Business Development Specialist


Business Development Specialist




  • Design, deliver and support a business development program that is about business retention and expansion, new business development, jobs creation and electrical load growth.


  • Market SLEMCO electricity to new customers and existing customers looking to expand.
  • Maintain close contact with local government leaders and local and state economic development leaders to promote the interests of SLEMCO.
  • Assist in Franchise agreement negotiations.
  • Participate actively in community and civic programs and projects in such a manner as to bring respect and improved public relations; and to seek every opportunity to develop an understanding and acceptance of SLEMCO’s plans, programs, and objectives.
  • Know all SLEMCO rate schedules and be familiar with their application and be able to explain them to customers.
  • Serve as liaison and coordinate work with Franchise communities.
  • Call on customers, prospects, builders, developers and become acquainted with them as individuals through personal contact.
  • Develop close working relationships with other economic development professionals at local, state, and national levels.
  • Advise consumers on applicable rates, SLEMCO policies, rules; and regulations, contract terms and all other procedures that affect consumers.
  • Be aware of opportunities to retain existing business and secure new business in the face of competition.
  • Join economic development trade organizations at local, parish, regional, state, and national levels. Join and participate in area Chambers of Commerce.
  • Assist in Member Communications, particularly regarding SLEMCO social media accounts.
  • Attends City Council and Parish Council meetings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned and directed from time to time.



  • Business and/or Economic development work experience desired.
  • If individual does not already have an economic developer certification, he or she will be encouraged to pursue one.
  • Individual should have knowledge of the SLEMCO electrical distribution system.


  • College degree and/or Certified Economic Developer certificate preferred. 
  • Substantial experience in this field may be substituted for a college degree. 
  • Continuing education will be required from time to time in related areas of this position or other areas as directed.


  • Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with one half hour for lunch.
  • The employee is required to work odd and unusual hours, including Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, or evenings.
  • Employee is required to be available for emergency and/or prearranged work whenever called upon.
  • Employee must be willing to do some traveling. Much of work is performed outside the office.
  • Hand-eye coordination and fine manipulation skills are necessary to operate computers and various office machinery.
  • This position also requires good listening skills.
  • The employee may be required to push, pull, lift and /or carry up to 30 pounds.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet.

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Location: Lafayette, LA
Date Posted: September 14, 2022
Application Deadline: October 14, 2022
Job Type: Full-time