The Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District was established in 1967 and subsequently funded in part by Arkansas Act 118 of 1969 based upon the template set by Congress in 1965 by Public Law 89-136, known as the Public Works and Economic Development Act.

Disaster Recovery Coordinator/Communications Specialist

GENERAL PURPOSE OF THE JOB: The Disaster Recovery Coordinator/Communication Specialist works under the general supervision of the Deputy Director and is responsible for assisting local communities in recovering from Covid-19 and generally improving local economies through developing grant applications, completing grant agreements, leading and facilitating regional projects, and providing a full range of administrative services for awarded grants within the nine county District of Northwest Arkansas. Furthermore, this position will be responsible for promoting the work of the District through both traditional and social media platforms. It is governed by state, federal, and local laws, along with all District policies.


  1. Assists in the application process for potential grant funded projects, helping to structure projects following detailed guidelines and analyzing proposed projects for eligibility and feasibility.
  2. Coordinates with the grantor agencies in the development of grant agreements including scope of work, budget, and special conditions, conducting meetings with concerned parties, and coordinating all programmatic aspects of grant implementation.
  3. Implements, administers and monitors approved grants to assure conformance and compliance with all program regulations; conducts periodic on-site inspections of projects, chronicles activities related to project, reviews and prepares amendments and change orders as required, and conducts project close-out procedures to ensure compliance with state and federal rules and regulations.
  4. Provides technical assistance to potential and actual grantees by conducting training sessions, advising on project eligibility, and communicating program guidelines and regulations.
  5. Serves as project liaison between the granting agency and the grantee, working in close association with project engineers, architects, contractors and subcontractors, coordinating details relative to project development, construction and completion.
  6. Serves as the organizer and lead facilitator for miscellaneous community specific and regional projects.
  7. Performs research to evaluate the prospects for new programs and grant opportunities for NWAEDD and its members.
  8. Assists in compiling and completing community/regional surveys and compiling regional data that benefit the NWAEDD member communities.
  9. Develops press releases and social media posts to promote the work of NWAEDD.
  10. Responsible for developing fresh content for the District’s website and social media platforms.
  11. Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills including presentation skills.
  • Strong editing skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to speak in public.
  • Confidence & ability to interact with elected officials.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and manage complex projects.
  • Proficient with the Internet and Microsoft, including but not limited to, Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Familiarity with social media platforms & updating website content.
  • Self-motivated with ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Obtaining the appropriate certifications will be required.
  • Evening meetings & travel required at times.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment while working within the framework established by NWAEDD management.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s Degree (B.A. or B.S.) from a four-year college or university; or five years related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

REASONING ABILITY: High skills: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

COMPUTER SKILLS: Excel for spreadsheet analysis, Microsoft Word for correspondence, and District software for financial operation. Use of other computer software/hardware as necessary.

Please send Resume to:

Pam Schubert
HR Coordinator
Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District, Inc.
P. O. Box 190
Harrison, Arkansas 72602

or email Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

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