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Job Title:  RURAL GRANTS SPECIALIST

RURAL GRANTS SPECIALIST - 60023526
Posting Close Date:  N/A
Location: 

CARSON CITY, NEVADA, US, 89701

Requisition Id:  7917

Department: DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS

Division: DTCA - DIVISION OF TOURISM 

Business Unit: HR-COMMISSION ON TOURISM 

Work Type: UNCLASSIFIED 

*Pay Grade:  

Salary Range: $65,000.00 - $75,000.00

Fulltime/Parttime: Full Time 

 

Recruiter: SARV LONG 

Phone: 775 684-0114 

Email: s.long@admin.nv.gov 

 

 

Position Description

The Rural Grants Specialist engages with Nevada’s rural communities to effectively assess and administer Travel Nevada’s Rural Grant program. The Rural Grants Specialist will be expected to provide leadership and direction for internal staff and the Tourism Advisory Committee in evaluating and recommending marketing grants and projects that help extend the reach and exposure of the Nevada brand.  The successful candidate will also be working in tandem with the Destination Development Manager to assist in administrating the Destination Development Grant program.

The Rural Grants Specialist will act as Travel Nevada’s territory liaison, attending meetings and working closely with stakeholders across rural Nevada in six designated areas – Cowboy Country, Pony Express, Nevada Silver Trails, Reno-Tahoe, Las Vegas and Indian Territories. They will help to create, launch and maintain Travel Nevada’s ambassador program which is an industry-facing platform focused on improving visitor’s experience as outlined in our Strategic Plan.

Job Responsibilities

Reviews all grant requests submitted through the online grant system and communicates with grant applicants regarding the application process. Notifies applicants in writing regarding awards and denials.

  • Verifies non-profit grant eligibility of all applicants and compliance of applications with grant guidelines and that submission criteria have been met.
  • Organizes and administers the Territory Advisory Committee (TAC) meetings comprised of the chairs of the six territories and rural commissioner. TAC meets to review grant recommendations.
  • Makes grant award recommendations to TAC committee during set grant cycles.
  • Works with grant award recipients on reimbursements of funds within the identified grant cycles. Rural Grant Programs Specialist ensures that all criteria have been satisfied, funds were spent according to original grant recommendation, back-up documentation and final evaluation has been properly submitted.
  • Manages and maintains all grant (folders) documents and data.
  • Prepares and presents grant recommendations to Nevada Commission on Tourism for final approval.
  • Ensure all State statutes and Division guidelines for compliance are followed.
  • Keeps Chief Industry Relations Officer apprised of all grant matters, including number of grants submitted, grants recommended, dollar amounts requested, dollar amounts recommended, organizations which have become out-of-compliance, etc.
  • Works in tandem with the Destination Development Manager to process destination development grants.

Job Responsibilities

Territory Liaison

  • Acts as liaison with tourism industry partners throughout the state.
  • Is an active and engaged partner in regularly scheduled meetings of the six rural territory organizations, apprises the territories of opportunities available to their respective members, communicates agency business to the territories, and drives territory membership.
  • Assists market managers on all rural familiarization tour (FAM) opportunities by communicating fam needs to Nevada partners and matching FAM needs with partner offers.
  • Organizes periodic grant workshops and other educational opportunities intended to educate non-profit organizations about grant funding opportunities that are available to help drive visitation to our rural communities.
  • Helps administer and leads educational programs designed to educate our rural partners on development of destinations and products to better serve the travel industry through the Visitor Experience.

               

Rural Roundup Conference

  • Completes informal RFP process to determine upcoming Rural Roundup conference locations.
  • Works with the selected community to determine and approve pre-conference events, meals, venues, lodging, transportation, etc.
  • Creates the conference agenda, run of show and coordinates IT, guest speakers and break-out sessions.
  • Ensures educational sessions are relevant to rural Nevada and meet current/future tourism industry trends and best practices.
  • Oversees the Rural Roundup registration, conference budget and sponsorships.

Assists Chief Industry Development Officer with the planning of other events and projects as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Four-year college degree in business, marketing, communications, or related subjects.
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in tourism marketing, destination development or related field.
  • Experience in culture and heritage tourism, outdoor adventure, marketing, rural economic development, and community relations strong preferred

Essential Skills and Competencies

  • Demonstrated leadership skills with the ability to communicate and implement Travel Nevada’s vision and strategic plan with enthusiasm, building positive participation with stakeholders.
  • Adept at diplomacy, negotiation and issue resolution, managing conflict and disagreement through collaborative discussion to reach positive conclusions.
  • Highly developed oral and written communication skills with the ability to articulate key points, interpret non-verbal communication, and use active listening to adjust one’s communication style to optimize personal effectiveness.
  • Is results driven, sets goals, aggressively track results and produces accurate reports.
  • Demonstrated skills in project management, budgeting, and coordination of multiple projects and assignments.
  • Ability to work with a wide variety of people at all levels, exercises confidentiality and discretion as appropriate.
  • Ability to network, build relationships and influence internal and external stakeholders at every level within a diverse population of organizations, associations, and interest groups.
  • Excellent time management skills, including demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and prioritize multiple projects
  • Works effectively independently as well as collaboratively with a team of colleagues and stakeholders
  • Ability and willingness to work the occasional evening and/or weekend
  • Demonstrated leadership skills with the ability to communicate and implement Travel Nevada’s vision and strategic plan with enthusiasm, building positive participation with stakeholders.
  • Adept at diplomacy, negotiation and issue resolution, managing conflict and disagreement through collaborative discussion to reach positive conclusions.
  • Oral and written communication skills with the ability to articulate key points, interpret non-verbal communication, and use active listening to adjust one’s communication style to optimize personal effectiveness.
  • Demonstrated skills in project management, budgeting, and coordination of multiple projects and assignments.
  • Ability to network, build relationships and influence internal and external stakeholders at every level within a diverse population of organizations, associations, and interest groups.
  • Excellent time management skills, including demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and prioritize multiple projects
  • Works effectively independently as well as collaboratively with a team of colleagues and stakeholders
  • Ability and willingness to work the occasional evening and/or weekend
  • Demonstrated leadership skills with the ability to communicate and implement Travel Nevada’s vision and strategic plan with enthusiasm, building positive participation with stakeholders.
  • Adept at diplomacy, negotiation and issue resolution, managing conflict and disagreement through collaborative discussion to reach positive conclusions.
  • Highly developed oral and written communication skills with the ability to articulate key points, interpret non-verbal communication, and use active listening to adjust one’s communication style to optimize personal effectiveness.
  • Is results driven, sets goals, aggressively track results and produces accurate reports.
  • Demonstrated skills in project management, budgeting, and coordination of multiple projects and assignments.
  • Ability to work with a wide variety of people at all levels, exercises confidentiality and discretion as appropriate.
  • Ability to network, build relationships and influence internal and external stakeholders at every level within a diverse population of organizations, associations, and interest groups.
  • Excellent time management skills, including demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and prioritize multiple projects
  • Works effectively independently as well as collaboratively with a team of colleagues and stakeholders
  • Ability and willingness to work the occasional evening and/or weekend

This recruitment may close at any time based on the number of applications received.  Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

 

*The salary range indicated in this announcement is based on the Employee/Employer retirement compensation schedule. An employer-only option is available at a reduced salary range.

 

The State of Nevada is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action in recruitment of its employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion or belief, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, domestic partnership, genetic information (GINA), or compensation and/or wages.

 


Nearest Major Market: Carson City
Nearest Secondary Market: Reno