Commonwealth of Kentucky

Communications & Resource Coordinator, KY Innovation (Cabinet for Economic Development)

Company Description

KY Innovation is a fast-paced agency working to transform Kentucky’s startup ecosystem. We operate within the Secretary’s Office in the KY Cabinet for Economic Development and are chiefly responsible for the Commonwealth’s innovation and entrepreneurship agenda, including: regional innovation hubs to support startups, university commercialization and technology transfer, capital formation and investment in early stage ventures, accelerator and pitch competition management, SBIR/STTR grant funding, corporate and public partner engagement (including a multi-faceted partnership with MIT), and related programs and overall strategy for supporting a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem in Kentucky.

Thank you for your interest in non-merit (governor appointed) career opportunities with the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the state's largest employer.

Job Details

Through effective execution of wide-ranging and multi-faceted administrative duties, this position supports two key areas of our work: 1) Communications, Engagement, and Resource Coordination and 2) Administration. The position is full-time and reports to the Operations Director. As with all roles in our lean organization, it is cross-functional meaning that although the position is part of the Operations team, the responsibilities of the role will require you to work across the organization and specifically to support the Executive Director.

Critical Success Personal Attributes and Strengths:
• Keen ability to work independently, show initiative, and take ownership.
• Natural problem solver with a bias to action.
• Excellent judgment, poise, and professionalism; able to represent KY Innovation and the Executive Director to external partners.
• Able to re-prioritize tasks and support teams based on frequently changing needs and move forward even when faced with ambiguity.
• Appreciates and enjoys bringing a high level of detail to tasks.
• Prefers to collaborate with others rather than working alone, natural relationship builder.
• Drive to see what is coming around the next corner and plan for what-ifs.
• Enjoys communications and social media projects.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Communications and Engagement Team Support:

• Maintain web/social media strategy and create associated content. 
• Manage and distribute all electronic newsletters and mass emails.
• Manage our email distribution system and add continuous value to our contacts database.
• Compile, distribute and track reports, brochures, invitations, and other communications to support stakeholder engagement. 
• Support and track communications with external partners and founders.
• Provide administrative support for key engagement groups such as regional innovation hubs.
• Maintain all distribution and email lists for the organization.
• Work with KY Innovation staff, Cabinet Public Affairs and Business Development teams to develop useful materials for communicating KY Innovation’s mission and integrating its operations within CED.
• Assist with preparation of grant applications as needed.

Events and Program Support:

• Prepare, edit and format documents (memos, letters, presentations, etc.) to support the Program Team.
• Set-up and coordinate logistics for events, conferences, and site visits. 
• Support, create, develop and assemble event, meeting, and conference materials. 
• Support leadership team by making travel arrangements, scheduling meetings and other administrative tasks as directed by the Operations Director. 
Administrative Support for the Executive Director:

• Support the Operations Director in scheduling and prioritizing a complex calendar comprised of varied and frequently shifting commitments. 
• Anticipate, plan and support the Executive Director for upcoming meetings, events, and other calendar commitments. 
• Support the Executive Director in creating and editing documents and presentations. 
• Arrange Executive Director’s travel, create detailed travel itineraries, and process resulting expense reports. 
• Provide support in responding to all communications for the Executive Director (email, telephone, etc.).

To perform this job effectively, a Bachelor’s Degree is required. Experience in, and knowledge of social media, website administration, message management systems. The ideal candidate will have strong qualifications in:
• Written and verbal communication skills.
• Administrative and project management.
• The ability to work independently and with others.
• The ability to work with multiple partners at all levels.
Reports to: Director of Operations

Other: Travel will be required in order to be onsite regularly in KY Innovation regional cluster offices for meeting with partners and clients.

Salary: $39,000 - $42,000

*Upon appointment, employees in this class may be required to maintain a valid driver’s license and required to drive a licensed vehicle. This status may be necessary for the length of time in this class. If this is necessary, it will be listed in the specific position description for that position. Applicants and employees in this job title may be required to submit a drug screening test and background check. Applicants and employees in positions which perform job duties that may require contact with offenders in the custody or supervision of the Department of Corrections or with youth in the care, custody, or supervision of the Department of Juvenile Justice must meet qualifications pursuant to the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act, 28 C.F.R.115.17 and 115.317.
The Commonwealth of Kentucky does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or veteran status. Reasonable accommodations are provided upon request.

  • August 26, 2019
  • 87-93-50


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