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San Diego State University
  • Position Number: 5328898
  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Position Type: Business and Financial Management

Industry Investment Coordinator - CA Jobs First Southern Border Coalition - Cross-Regional

Req No: 2024-17187
Category: Research/Project
Type: Full-Time Contract
Salary: 7,225.00
Close Date: 6/14/2024

This position is budgeted for $7,225.00 per month and is non-negotiable. The interview process will consist of two stages: Initial Screening, where all applications will be reviewed and selected candidates will be invited for a first interview, and Job Talk Presentations, where chosen applicants will deliver a presentation after the first interview. This process aims to ensure thorough evaluation and selection of the most suitable candidates. Additional information regarding each stage will be provided to selected applicants as needed.

The Southern Border Coalition's mission is to develop a comprehensive regional economic plan that supports high-road jobs, an inclusive transition to a net-zero economy, and empowers and uplifts disinvested communities by fostering equity and creating sustainable opportunities for growth. To fulfill the mission, the Coalition will actively engage with disinvested communities, listening to their needs and perspectives on the future they want for their families and neighborhoods. The Coalition will work collaboratively with community leaders, local organizations, and individuals to co-create solutions that address the root causes of economic, health, and environmental inequity to ensure lasting impact.

Under the general supervision of the California Jobs First (CJF) Southern Border Coalition Principal Investigator, John McMillan, the Industry Investment Coordinator will be tasked with promoting system change and alignment activities. The positions will execute the following activities on behalf of the Southern Border Coalition:
  1. Uplift project ideas that were identified in community meetings, Stakeholder Mapping, and reports or initiatives previously identified during Coalition activities;
  2. Support the Subregional and Regional Task Groups in outreach about the Catalyst Program funding opportunities in the Southern Border Region, the process for applying for funding, and the sharing of other information related to the Coalition's Catalyst activities;
  3. Work within the Coalition on industries prioritized in the CJF Southern Border Coalition Planning Phase;
  4. Provide technical assistance to community members in preparing the pre-development application. The priority and majority of their time will be dedicated to projects that serve disinvested communities.
  5. Support the Coalition in cataloging projects that will support the proliferation of the prioritized industries and enhance high-quality job creation; label these projects as "exploratory" (agreed-upon ideas that are at the very initial phases) and "last-mile" (agreed-upon projects that need the final piece of the puzzle to begin development), or identify projects as "non-viable";
  6. Work with Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) staff and regional partners to find and apply for state, federal, and private grants;
  7. Meet with project sponsors to learn more about the projects and to prepare additional background for project evaluation, including an analysis of project viability within the constraints of CJF funding;
  8. Align Coalition-identified projects with federal funding;
  9. Liaise with workforce and economic development partners, High Road Training Partnerships, community-based organizations, and others capable of contributing to the success of the project to build an ecosystem around identified industries or sectors;
  10. Provide or procure technical assistance for Implementation grant applications and administration. The priority and majority of time will be dedicated to projects that are led by and serve disinvested communities.

This is a full-time position based primarily out of San Diego or Imperial County that requires in-person work. Some travel between counties may be required.

This position is grant funded. The grant that funds this position will end on September 30, 2026.

The Industry Investment Coordinator is responsible for but not limited to:


Support outreach, engagement, and community education activities related to deploying California Jobs First Catalyst funding. This includes supporting the development and implementation of a Training Plan that helps groups historically excluded from economic development planning activities be prepared to participate, lead, submit, and deliver successful projects as well as business matchmaking to ensure local workers and businesses understand and can access employment and procurement related to approved project. Support the development of economic development districts in areas of the region that do not currently have districts. Provide early community engagement on potential projects, including technical assistance in designing projects and preparing the grant application.


Work with regional partners to develop finance and investment strategies for selected pre-development and other priority projects identified by the Coalition. Assist Coalition members to find and apply for state, federal, and private grants and other financing that align with the Southern Border Coalition-identified projects. Conduct thorough research to understand grant guidelines, eligibility criteria, and application requirements. rite clear, concise, and persuasive grant proposals that outline the organization's mission, objectives, and programs. Tailor proposals to meet the specific requirements of each funding opportunity while highlighting the Coalitions and regions unique strengths and accomplishments. Work closely with Coalition members and teams to gather information, data, and supporting documents needed for grant proposals and other financing and investment options. To the greatest extent possible, Sector Investment Coordinators shall help identify funding opportunities for all project applicants. Coordinate with stakeholders to ensure proposals are accurate, comprehensive, and submitted on time. Cultivate relationships with potential funders, grant-making organizations, and other stakeholders to expand funding opportunities and strengthen partnerships.


Work with regional partners on operationalizing education and workforce training recommendations from Regional Plan and other workforce and educational and training plans that are in alignment, including but not limited to K-16 Regional Collaboratives, High Road Training Partnerships, local workforce development boards, career technical education strategies, and apprenticeships. Among other priorities that are identified in the Regional Plan, a focus shall be on assisting individuals in the subregion who have less than a two-year degree to gain the skills to participate in career ladders that lead to high road jobs in their subregion.


Review submitted applications and submit evaluation packages to the Southern Border Coalition for project selection. Facilitate, troubleshoot, problem-solve, and track the completion of funded projects to ensure funding is spent appropriately, local employment and procurement commitments are met, and anticipated disinvested community benefits are achieved. Make timely progress reports to the fiscal agency, co-conveners, and subregional and regional task groups. Prepare documents, correspondence, and reports; file documents; process standard and electronic mail; use office support technology and systems such as word processing, desktop publishing, Excel spreadsheets, and databases to produce results; process documents and records; make travel and other arrangements; order and maintain supplies; interact with and solve problems for internal and external clients.


Maintain and track records; create and maintain standard and electronic records, files and record keeping systems as necessary to ensure goals and objectives of assigned projects are met.


Attend workshops, trainings and conferences, in addition to assisting with project celebrations and events.

Minimum Knowledge and Abilities Required
  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills
  • Strong research & analytical abilities
  • Detail oriented with the ability to manage multiple competing deadlines and priorities.
  • An ability to apply independent judgment, discretion and initiative to address problems and develop solutions.
  • Competence in understanding, interpreting, and communicating procedures, policies, information, ideas and instructions.
  • Ability to use and quickly learn new office support technology systems and software packages.
Minimum Education & Experience
  • Equivalent to a bachelors degree in appropriate field related to program/project, or additional experience may be substituted for the required education on a year for year basis.
  • 4 years of progressively responsible experience in economic and workforce development, project finance, community development training, project management, grant writing, or similar activity.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Bilingual (Spanish)
  • 7 years of progressively responsible experience in economic and workforce development, project finance, community development training, project management, grant writing, or similar activity.
  • Knowledge of renewable energy production and distribution

Additional Applicant Information
  • Candidate must reside in California or live in a commutable distance from SDSU at time of hire.
  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Brackground Check results (including a criminal record check).
  • San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets/Title IX Employer.

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