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Virginia Economic Development Partnership

Title: Business Presentation Specialist
Location: Richmond, VA

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) is seeking a Business Presentation Specialist to join its Research Division. The Business Presentation Specialist will create and support the development of highly-customized presentations to help the Research team and other VEDP divisions effectively communicate their message to clients and stakeholders. The Specialist will excel at conveying complex ideas and information in a clear, compelling, and visually-appealing way that adheres to established brand and design standards. By enhancing the effectiveness of organizational communications, this position will play an essential role in furthering VEDP’s economic development goals.
  • Collaborate with organizational leaders to prepare executive-level presentations on high-priority economic development and organizational initiatives, to be delivered to a variety of internal and external audience
    • Create, design, and format electronic presentations that convey complex ideas and information in a clear, compelling, and visually-appealing way
    • Edit and proof presentations to accurately reflect content
    • Update existing presentations to improve their effectiveness and quality
  • Work with the Research team and Sales partners to create and improve materials used to convey Virginia’s advantages to companies
    • Create, design, and update presentations and content to be shared with companies at all stages of the project lifecycle
    • Create complex graphic elements supporting key messages from Virginia’s value proposition
    • Finalize layout of client proposals to ensure content and visual cohesiveness
  • Support efforts to ensure consistent design/formatting standards for presentations and build presentation development capabilities across the organization
    • Offer expertise on PowerPoint shortcuts, best practices, and other means to improve organizational proficiency
    • Provide guidance and feedback on ways to improve the content and design of presentations
    • Advise on the appropriate and consistent use of established brand and style guidelines to help achieve a consistent look and feel across the organization
Experience and Education:
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience preferred
  • Previous experience using PowerPoint to create client-facing slide decks
  • Demonstrated success in crafting, designing, and developing compelling presentations and documents
  • Expert skills in PowerPoint, and familiarity with InDesign
  • Understanding of the technical aspects of presentation development, including constructing templates, use of masters, color themes, optimizing media, and delivery on different platforms (print, laptop, mobile)
  • Strong conceptual and design sense
  • Attention to detail with emphasis on accuracy and quality
  • Excellent editing and proofreading skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong collaborator, working well in a team environment while also able to function as an individual contributor with self-direction and accountability
  • Comfortable speaking with internal stakeholders, with strong interpersonal skills
  • Adaptable, quickly grasping creative direction and receptive to feedback
  • Strong time management skills, deadline-oriented and efficient
  • Resourceful and able to deliver with limited or incomplete information
  • Proactive in communicating and documenting project progress
All candidates must apply through our website: https://www.vedp.org/about-vedp
A valid driver’s license is required. Applicants must provide a résumé, a cover letter, and a portfolio showcasing five or more high-end, visually compelling presentations. The resume and cover letter will be uploaded during the application process.  Please send the portfolio only to vedphr@vedp.org.  Application deadline: October 2, 2019.

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Industry: Marketing - Other
Career Level: Early Career (1+ yrs experience)
Minimum Education: High School or Equivalent
Job Status: Full Time
Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience
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