Small Business and Entrepreneurship Manager
Full-Time Small Business and Entrepreneurship Manager at Ramsey County
Available Openings: 1
Industry: Government, Management
Pay Type: Salary
Compensation: $80,257.93 - $121,615.23 Annually
Education Preferred: Yes
Education Level: Bachelor's Degree
E-Verify: Yes
Criminal Background: Yes

Basic Function

The Community & Economic Development is hiring a Small Business and Entrepreneurship Manager that will support Ramsey County through coordination, implementation, and accountability of business programs and strategies identified in the county’s Economic Competitiveness & Inclusion Plan (ECI Plan). 

Basic Function

To lead the department in planning and policy analysis that informs the strategic priorities and goals of the department; to provide accurate, objective, timely and useful research and analysis; identify and evaluate creative solutions to complex internal and external issues that improve effectiveness and responsiveness; to be responsible for the administration and direction of the Community and Economic Development Department unit to which assigned; to function as a member of the department management group; and to perform related duties as assigned.

Click HERE (Download PDF reader) to learn more about this posting.

The current vacancy is in the Community & Economic Development department.  The eligibility list created by this vacancy may be used to hire other Planning Manager vacancies in the department or County.

Flexible Workplace
This position is identified under the designation of ‘flex work eligible’, meaning that the employee can formally opt to be in-office full-time or work a flex schedule in which at least two-days per week are performed in office and other days can be performed in a remote-first environment. Regardless of selection, the position carries expectations regarding on-site responsibilities and will require schedule flexibility beyond the minimum expectations set forth in the county’s flexible workplace policy. To view Ramsey County’s Flexible Workplace policy, go to: Flexible Workplace Policy - Ramsey County

If an internal candidate is selected, salary will be set in accordance with the personnel rules (i.e., promotion, transfer, or voluntary reduction).

To view or print a copy of the complete Ramsey County job (class) description for this position, go to: Job DescriptionsOnce at this page, you can browse the alphabetical list or search for a job description.  

Exam/Screening Process Information


The examination process will consist of the following section with each section weighted as indicated:

Training and Experience Rating = 100%
The examination for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Manager will consist of a training and experience rating, comprised of the questions in the attached supplemental questionnaire. Not all applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will pass the training and experience rating.  The rating on this supplemental questionnaire will depend on your answers to the questions – do not mark “see resume” or “see work history” as a response. Please answer all your questions clearly and completely.  Failure to respond could affect your score and final rank on this examination.
Eligible List:  The names of all applicants who filed a properly completed application and passed the examination/screening process shall be placed on the Rule of 10 list for an employment opportunity as a Planning Manager. This list will be certified to the appointing authority which may use this list to conduct interviews to fill a vacancy. Candidates will remain on the list for 1 month or until hired, whichever occurs first. A notice will be sent to applicants at the time the eligible list is posted, informing them that the list has been posted and their rank on the list.
Veteran's Preference:  This is a classified position requiring an open, competitive selection process.  Veteran's Preference points will be applied after a candidate passes the examination process.  Applicants who are eligible for veteran's preference should update their veteran's DD214, and other supporting documents, and submit them as an attachment at the time of application.
Criminal Background Checks:  All employment offers are conditioned upon the applicant passing a criminal background check. Convictions are not an automatic bar to employment. Each case is considered on its individual merits and the type of work sought. However, making false statements or withholding information will cause you to be barred from employment, or removed from employment.

E-Verify Participation:  Ramsey County participates in the federal E-Verify program. This means that Ramsey County will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. If the Government cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, Ramsey County is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact DHS and/or the SSA before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment. Employers may not use E-Verify to pre-screen job applicants and may not limit or influence the choice of documents you present for use on the Form I-9.
Equal Opportunity Employer:  Ramsey County provides equal access to employment, programs, and services without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, sex (except when sex is a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification), disability, familial or marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, public assistance status, place of residence, political affiliation, or national origin. Ramsey County is deeply committed to advancing racial equity and promoting diversity and inclusion within all areas of our workforce.
To print a paper application for this posting click Paper Application (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader). You will need to print this posting and answer the supplemental questions associated with this exam and submit them with your completed paper application.
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Examples of Work Performed

  1. Promote a diverse, culturally competent, and respectful workplace.
  2.  Manage the monitoring and evaluation of a broad array of departmental programs and services and supervise Community and Economic Development Department staff, as assigned.
  3. Organize and direct functions of the Community and Economic Development Department, as assigned.
  4. Provide information and analysis on the utilization of the Department's programs, the quality of its services, and the outcomes for clients.
  5. Analyze and evaluate existing policies and procedures.
  6. Develop reports and present findings to the Department management and staff, the County board, state and federal agencies, community groups, and the public.
  7. Provide data as required to meet state and federal mandates and reporting requirements.
  8. Function as a member of the Department Management Group, which oversees and directs planning, research and evaluation, budgeting/finance, and operations.
  9. Respond to ad hoc requests for information by extracting data from the state and county-level data systems.
  10. Oversee special research projects involving contracted researchers, university-based groups, and student interns.
  11. Assist managers and supervisors with the development of programs and services to specific target populations.
  12. Represent the department at meetings with federal, state and county officials.
  13. Meet with private organizations, special interest groups or interested parties to determine community priorities and strategies.
  14. Serve as a resource to the department, providing policy and planning and research and evaluation expertise.
  15. Assist management in the presentation of new programs, policy recommendations, and planning and evaluation information to the County Board.
  16. As part of a budget team, help develop and recommend a divisional budget and assist Directors in determining the budgetary needs of divisions and the Department as a whole.
  17. Develop and implement strategies for planning and evaluation of service delivery.
  18. Analyze proposed legislation and regulatory requirements for potential impact to the department and service programs to target populations.  Propose and coordinate the development of new legislative issues in response to departmental needs and coordinate the department's legislative efforts.
  19. Work cooperatively with the Department Director and other division directors, managers and administrators in establishing and achieving both departmental and divisional goals and objectives.
  20. Coordinate, develop and maintain the department's performance measurement system as required.  Provide evaluation data on the Department as required as part of the County's semi-annual budgeting and performance measurement system.
  21. Oversee ongoing data collection methods, analyze data and write the Department's Annual Report.
  22. Coordinate and oversee reports and present findings to department management and staff, the County Board, state and federal agencies, community groups and the public.
  23. Coordinate strategic planning and community health planning efforts, including collection and analysis of data; identification of priority health issues; develop objectives, strategies and partnerships to address issues and align departmental mission, vision, strategy and goals.
  24. Conduct or direct research and policy analysis studies including issue identification and clarification, literature review, assessment of best practices, environmental scanning, economic and business analysis of external trends, program evaluation, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, survey development, impact assessments, census data analysis and policy development options and recommendations to support the decision-making process of the department.
  25. Work with division directors, managers and administration to assist in identifying human service or public health program impacts by researching pertinent legislation, health trends, and community needs, by interpreting the results of data collection, and by identifying service delivery strategies and research.
  26. Provide leadership for the development and delivery of staff training and coordination of cognitive behavioral programming for clients, as assigned.
  27. Responsible for implementation of evidenced based practices within a department or facility setting; provide direction and oversight for e-learning, classroom training, skill practice, applied observation, coaching and feedback.  Create and sustain high-quality programming for clients in both individual and group settings, as assigned.

(The work assigned to a position in this classification may not include all possible tasks in this work and does not limit the assignment of any additional tasks in this classification.  Regular attendance according to the position's management approved work schedule is required.)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, , 24, 27.


Minimum Qualifications

Education: Bachelor's degree in business administration, public administration, public health, social or behavioral science or other related area.

Experience: Seven years of experience in service planning, service delivery, public policy, evaluation or a related function appropriate to human services, public health, corrections, or assigned department.

Substitution: A Master's degree in business administration, public administration, public health, social or behavioral science or other related area may substitute for two years of the required experience.

Certification/Licensure: None.

Preferred:  Ability to provide transportation to and from meetings.

Ramsey County

Contact: Jessica Damm
Metro Square
121 East Seventh Place
Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota 55101
Transit: On bus line, On the Green Line