The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) is a non-profit, investor-driven organization that leads economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area. Today, BRAC investors include more than 1,500 businesses, civic organizations, education institutions, and individuals. In this capacity, BRAC serves as the voice of the business community.

Business Development Intern

Be part of BRAC’s efforts to build on the momentum transforming the Capital Region’s economy! We are looking for a skilled and driven individual to support BRAC’s efforts executing a long-term strategy for job growth and enhanced quality of life. 

Position Description
The Business Development internship is an important function supporting the execution of BRAC’s “Think Bigger” strategy. The role supports BRAC’s business development team and presents a potential opportunity to transition into a full-time position. The intern’s work will be of significant contribution to transforming the region, including new companies committing to invest and grow their operations in the Baton Rouge Area.

The internship will require a commitment to the team, consisting of internal and external executives, working closely with all team members to identify and implement best-in-class economic development policies and processes that are applicable to the targeted industry segments.

The position will report to BRAC’s Senior Vice President of Business Development, but will also support and interact routinely with other business development team members.

The Business Development Intern must be available to work an average of 20 hours a week, preferably able to come in 3-5 times a week.

Key Responsibilities
The intern will be responsible for the following:

  • Support the Business Development team in preparing and creating materials for local stakeholder, investor, committee and company meetings
  • Assist with the management of the Salesforce Database
  • Perform research functions for projects and targeted industry sectors using multiple databases and sources
  • Assist in the development of strategic business development plans for the target industry sectors
  • Perform data entry for BRAC’s Business Retention & Expansion/Research Teams
  • Assist in Administrative staff support including, credit card reconciliations, check requests, orders, invoicing, scheduling meetings and booking meeting space
  • Perform coordination and planning duties for company or site selection consultant visits to the Capital Region
  • Assist in coordinating with parish partners on the Tier 1 grant
  • Assist with design projects: fliers, PowerPoints, reports and/or guides
  • Curation or creation of business development content for the BRAC blog
  • Assist with the quarterly Baton Rouge Area Briefing
  • Assist with reporting on BD team successes, goals and metrics for BRAC external facing reports and newsletters

Qualifications

  • Junior or Senior Student working toward a degree in Economics, Business, Finance, Marketing or Mass Communication preferred but will consider other candidates demonstrating skills
  • Strong verbal and written skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and the entire Office Suite
  • Ability to multitask and meet strict deadlines
  • Database management experience preferred
  • Quick study with an aptitude for understanding contract or grant work
  • Preferably familiar with database/website editing, as well as keyboard shortcuts
  • Comfortable speaking on the phone and making calls

To Apply
Please send resumes to caroline@brac.org with the subject line “Business Development Intern.” No in-person or phone inquiries will be accepted for this position. Only emailed submissions will be accepted.

Economic Competitiveness Coordinator

Mission
The Economic Competitiveness Coordinator (ECC) is responsible for providing administrative and operations support to the Baton Rouge Area Chamber’s Economic Competitiveness Team (BRAC EC).  BRAC EC is responsible for researching and promoting the economic competitiveness of Louisiana’s 9-parish Capital Region.  In so doing, the EA supports BRAC’s governmental affairs and economic competitiveness activities.

Given the high-profile, yet confidential, nature of economic competitiveness, this position supports the highest level decision-makers and advisors within the community, including but not limited to the Senior Vice President of Economic Competitiveness, Directors and Managers of Economic Competitiveness, Board Members, company CEOs, and state and local elected officials.  A high degree of independent judgment and initiative must be exercised in determining the approach/action to take in non-routine situations.

Goals and Objectives
Reports to the Senior Vice President, Economic Competitiveness but supports the Economic Competitiveness team as needed with the following:

  • Supports the Economic Competitiveness team with projects, events, reports, research, and other related functions, including all administrative tasks as they arise and ensures timely completion of all administrative tasks assigned.
  • Assists with creating and maintaining project management systems and procedures to streamline workflow and/or improve current systems for greater efficiency in the department
  • Manages calendar for SVP EC, including scheduling meetings, venues, and attendance; providing administrative support and follow-up on matters arising from meetings; keeping relevant notes in calendar events
  • Coordinate all administrative functions of BRAC’s affiliated Political Action Committee, FuturePAC, including drafting communications and agendas, creating invoices, filing public reports and registrations, taking minutes, distributing meeting packets, updating roster, and supporting fundraising activities.
  • Prepare for and assist with all EC meetings including scheduling, room set-up, updating distribution lists, keeping attendance lists, and ensuring appropriate materials and technology are available.
  • Collects, maintains, deposits and submits all checks and check requests for EC, BRAC, FuturePAC, and Baton Rouge Leadership, including data entry into internal software and to appropriate financial institutions.
  • Maintains an event and communications calendar for the EC Team; delegates appropriate assignments and activities.
  • Ensures required financial and other confidential reports, registrations, and certifications are prepared, submitted and managed as required on a weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual basis
  • Develops and maintains a clear understanding of the team and organization’s mission and goals.
  • Attends external meetings as needed and represents the organization professionally and appropriately.
  • Assists the Accounting Department on an as-needed basis with routine accounting work as well as special projects and audits.
  • Assists with correspondence/report preparation and other administrative functions as necessary, including file maintenance, copying/printing.
  • Performs administrative duties for Baton Rouge Leadership program as needed.
  • Works with vendors to obtain and manage quotes and coordinate services.
  • Supports preparation and distribution of reports, analysis, marketing communications, and other materials to external audiences.

Ideal Candidate Must Have:

  • Minimum: Associate’s degree (Bachelor’s degree preferred) in Business, Management, Marketing, Accounting, Communications, Non-Profit Management or related field.
  • Experience supporting multiple high-level executives.
  • Ability to synthesize complex work plans into step-by-step actions.
  • Proficient with Microsoft: Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Strong communications skills including written reports and verbal presentations.
  • Self motivation around personal, professional and team goals.
  • Ability to juggle and prioritize multiple tasks and achieve completion deadlines.
  • Demonstrable people skills and leadership capabilities to interact and organize various stakeholders including C-level executives, elected/appointed officials, economic development allies, legislators and community leaders.
  • Strong listening skills and ability to establish rapport with business decision-makers.
  • Innovative problem solver with a positive attitude, energetic and team builder/team player.
  • Remains motivated and organized to successfully supporting multiple executives in a demanding high paced work environment.
  • Comfort learning to use new data-based software.
  • Experience with basic accounting processes and principles.

Any other duties related to the operational functions of the Economic Competitiveness Team, as may be assigned by the Senior Vice President, Economic Competitiveness

To Apply
Please send cover letters and resumes to jobresponses@hrsolutions.net with the subject line “Economic Competitiveness Coordinator.” No in-person or phone inquiries will be accepted for this position. Only emailed submissions will be accepted.

Baton Rouge Area Tour Guide

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber is seeking a Tour Guide to join the organization’s Talent Development team. This role is responsible for helping welcome newcomers or people considering a move to the Baton Rouge Area. The Tour Guide will conduct tours of the city, showcasing the thousands of amenities it offers. Tours take place Monday – Friday in the hours between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The position will be paid by the hour and rental cars are provided.

This position requires candidates to have a valid driver’s license and car insurance. Candidates must also love Baton Rouge and know their way around town.

 

To Apply

Resumes will be accepted only via email at talent@brac.org with the subject line Baton Rouge Area Tour Guide. Any questions should be directed to this address. Please do not contact office by phone or in person.