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Business Associate

CERC is seeking applications for the position of Business Associate.

About CERC

The Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC) is a private, business-driven nonprofit organization in the midst of a transformation. In 2019, Governor Lamont identified CERC as a key strategic partner in the effort to reinvigorate economic development in the state of Connecticut. Working in in close collaboration with the Department of Economic and Community Development, CERC’s redefined mission is to lead and drive statewide business recruitment and retention activities. 

“New CERC” is taking a highly strategic and aggressive approach to implement its strategy. CERC’s strategy is to engage, retain and recruit businesses through business development, thoughtful research and strategic marketing. CERC will continue to be highly collaborative in this effort, working with state and local government officials as well as other nonprofits and CT-based businesses.

Job Description

This is a truly unique opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a growing, fast-paced and entrepreneurial nonprofit organization with a civic mission. In addition, the role will provide an opportunity for the Associate to develop an in-depth understanding of CT’s private and public sectors and provide ample networking opportunities in both arenas.

The Business Associate will be involved in nearly all facets of CERC’s day to day operations. The position supports the research, business development, business engagement and partnership teams, requiring superior organization and communication skills, an ability to multi-task, a team orientation and an entrepreneurial mindset. CERC is a relatively flat organization, so the Associate will have regular exposure to senior team members and have direct involvement in CERC’s most important strategic initiatives. In short, this is a high-impact role.

We are seeking individuals with proven analytical capabilities and communication skills. A minimum of 2-3 years of prior professional experience is required, ideally working for a company such as (but not limited to) a financial services or consulting firm. Since one essential role of the Associate will be to conduct research and assemble/analyze data, a working knowledge of business, and economic data/information sources would be ideal. The ability to distill and synthesize information, summarize key insights and communicate conclusions in both written and verbal forms will be essential. The Associate may also be called on to represent CERC “in the field” at events, industry gatherings, conferences, etc. As such, the person must have strong interpersonal skills and be comfortable networking in those settings.

Qualifications/Required Skills

  • Demonstrated analytical and research capabilities
  • Proven oral and written communication skills
  • Capacity to synthesize, distill, summarize and draw conclusions from research, data sets
  • Ability to work in teams and independently
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to multi-task and “manage up”
  • Exceptional attention to detail, computational accuracy
  • Fluency with MS Office Suite (Excel, Word and Power Point), data visualizations a plus
  • A bachelor’s degree

Working Conditions

Full-time position with occasional attendance at evening or weekend meetings or presentations.

Position and compensation will be offered at an associate level depending on education and experience. To apply, submit a cover letter and résumé to Natalie Rosenbaum (nrosenbaum@cerc.com).