Applications accepted from: ALL PERSONS INTERESTED
Division/Section: Office of Business Opportunity
Workdays & Hours*: Monday – Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm, occasional weekend/holidays ***subject to change***
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES/ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
The Office of Business Opportunity within the Houston Airport System is committed to creating a level playing field on which Minority, Women, Small, and Persons with Disabilities Business Enterprises (M/W/S/PDBE) and U.S. Department of Transportation Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) and Airport Concession Disadvantaged barriers, ensures non-discrimination, and provides the tools necessary to compete successfully within the Houston Airport System (IAH, HOU, EFD) and the overall marketplace. HAS-OBO accomplishes this by certifying businesses, providing support to and serving as an advocate for these businesses to maximize their participation on airport contracts, monitoring the utilization of certified businesses on contracts with goals, and ensuring prevailing wages are paid on relevant contracts.
This purpose of the Business Development Coordinator position serves to increase the City’s supplier diversity pool in order to promote economic inclusion in City contracting. With a focus on business owners applying for DBE and ACDBE federal certifications, the role will utilize his/her understanding of local, state, and federal regulations and a detail-orientation to review, analyze and make recommendations on their eligibility for certification. “Must be able to pass a criminal background check, obtain and maintain federally mandated security clearances where required.”
The Business Development Coordinator duties will include but are not limited to:
Makes needed information available to the business community, such as sources of supply, government contract and bidding procedures, market data, sales opportunities and management aids.
Makes presentations to firms throughout the city to explain services and promote better understanding of business relationships available with the City. Disseminates information about program requirements to businesses, the public and outside agencies through workshops, seminars, and telephone and office walk-in inquiries.
Assists with and maintains contacts with commercial and industrial firms. Acts as liaison between business firms and city agencies to facilitate the resolution of immediate and long-range concerns or problems.
Receives and handles business requests requiring the cooperation of partner organizations and Federal, State, and other City agencies.
Compiles data and prepares periodic reports as requested.
Assists in investigations of specific problems in the file and makes recommendations to resolve problems.
Certifies or designates businesses for inclusion in City procurement, in accordance with local, state and federal regulations. This may include businesses that are owned, operated and controlled by minority, women, and persons with disabilities, as well as businesses located within the City or local area, or small businesses as established by the Small Business Administration (SBA).
Determines initial and continued program participation based on ownership and control of the business, as well as business operations such as management, expertise, functionality, independence and SBA (Small Business Administration) size standards.
Conducts on-site visits to verify the location, functionality, and legitimacy of a business through examination of the physical premises, equipment, inventory, day-to-day operations, staffing and business records such as bank statements, leases, payroll records, invoices, etc.
Conducts on-site interviews with City businesses, vendors, service suppliers, and their employees and references, to monitor contract regulations. Audits construction businesses’ payroll, financial statements and tax records to verify compliance with contract regulations.
Reviews and records construction businesses are in compliance with Labor Compliance Standards.
Monitors Small/Minority/Women Business Enterprise (S/M/WBE) utilization on City funded projects.
Monitors and enforces prevailing wage payments by City businesses for compliance with municipal, state and
federal regulations by auditing payrolls, conducting site visits, observing worker performance, and investigating wage violations.
Compiles supporting documentation and prepares summary reports and program participation recommendations based on information gathered or ascertained.
Conducts pre-certification workshops and responds to public and business inquiries regarding MWDBE/SBE certification programs or status. Provides information to other certifying agencies requesting field audit reports.
There is only a slight source of discomfort from exposure to less-than-optimal temperature and air conditions. The position may involve dealing with situations where occasional exposure to office chemicals and/or periodic use of a video display terminal are required. Requires the ability to make simple gross motor responses within large tolerances.
Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Liberal Arts or a related field.
One year of responsible, professional administrative experience is required. Directly related professional experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.
Preference will be given to those with a degree in Finance, Accounting and/or business. A valid drivers license is a plus. The following skillsets are highly preferred.
Effective time management and organization
Business law legal experience
Workshop facilitation skills
Intermediate level of experience in the Microsoft Office Suite
**Preference shall be given to eligible veteran applicants provided such persons possess the qualifications necessary for competent discharge of the duties involved in the position applied for, such persons are among the most qualified candidates for the position, and all other factors in accordance with Executive Order 1-6. **
SELECTION/SKILLS TESTS REQUIRE
The selection process will involve application review and/or interview. Department may administer skills assessment test.
SAFETY IMPACT POSITION Yes
YES – If yes, this position is subject to random drug testing and if a promotional position, candidate must pass an assignment drug test.
Pay Grade 18
Factors used in determining the salary offered include the candidate’s qualifications as well as the pay rates of other employees in this classification.
Only online applications will be accepted for this City of Houston job and must be received by the Human Resources Department during active posting period. Applications must be submitted online at: www.houstontx.gov.
To view your detailed application status, please log-in to your online profile by visiting: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/houston/default.cfm or call 281-233-1043.
If you need special services or accommodations, call 281-233-1043. (TTY 7-1-1)
If you need login assistance or technical support call 855-524-5627.
Due to the high volume of applications received, the Hiring Department will contact you directly, should you be selected to advance in our recruitment process.
All new and rehires must pass a pre-employment drug test and are subject to a physical examination and verification of information provided.
Applicants are encouraged to attach a cover letter and resume along with their completed application when applying. For further information pertaining to the Houston Airport System, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDWLV_sJFoM.
EEO Equal Employment Opportunity
The City of Houston is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual’s sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.
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