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Business Development Officer Application

Choose New Jersey is seeking a knowledgeable professional to be our next Business Development Officer (BDO). As part of the Business Development Team, the BDO coordinates sector-specific, industry lead generation activities domestically and internationally which will contribute to the continued successful economic development initiatives of Choose New Jersey. The successful candidate will serve as the main contact for all activities in his or her respective industry segments that are critical to the State’s economy.


  • Conducts proactive lead generation outreach. Establishes contacts to promote economic development activities, continually updates the customer relations management (CRM) database and industry data. Actively manages project pipeline with leads and opportunities within assigned sectors.
  • Organizes domestic and international industry/business analyses and prepares responses for requests for information. Performs research and detailed analyses across multiple industry sectors.
  • Develops a firm understanding of New Jersey’s key industry sectors as assigned. Stays abreast of news as it relates to assigned sectors.
  • Attends events, trade shows and conferences and meets with businesses to identify business and collaboration opportunities for New Jersey. These events could be both domestic and international.
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with key stakeholders, including local economic development officers, NJ Economic Development Authority sector leads, real estate brokers, and economic incentives advisors.
  • Supports Business Development’s Research Manager in managing and preparing responses for requests for information from site selectors, real estate brokers, and other key service providers.
  • Prepares presentations, in collaboration with the Marketing team, and presents to businesses and key stakeholders.
  • Provides additional support on projects and activities, such as domestic and international trade missions and other business development outreach events.


  • Understanding of economic development and state and local government programs, including the state’s suite of incentive programs for businesses.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize work and effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously under tight deadlines.
  • Experience working with clients at all-levels of seniority and from foreign countries; awareness and respect for cultural diversity.
  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Strong organizational skills and detail oriented.
  • Ability to exhibit sound judgment in making decisions.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively within a team.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality on sensitive matters.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, inclusive of Outlook. Project Management software experience (Asana or a plus.
  • Proficiency with Choose New Jersey’s CRM software, HubSpot, preferred.


  • 3+ years of economic development, urban planning, or state-related experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Business Administration, Urban Planning, Marketing, or related field.

Additional Information:

  • This position will require frequent travel. A valid driver’s license and passport are required.
  • Authorization to work in the U.S. is a precondition of employment.
  • Vaccination against COVID-19 (inclusive of a booster), or having a documented medical exemption is a pre-requisite for employment.
  • Three references will be required.


Choose New Jersey will offer the successful candidate a competitive salary aligned to their education, years of experience and skillset. Other factors such as location are also considered when determining the salary offered. Total compensation & offer package will also include the benefits below.


  • Hybrid work schedule
  • 4 weeks PTO + 10 sick days
  • 14 holidays observed + your birthday
  • 401(k) plan with company match
  • Paid bridge/family leave
  • Comprehensive health insurance plan
  • Vision, dental, and life insurance plans at no cost

About Choose New Jersey:

Choose New Jersey is a privately funded 501(c)(3) nonprofit economic development organization. Our mission is to stimulate job creation and attract capital investment to New Jersey. We market New Jersey both domestically and internationally as an ideal state to grow a business in the United States. Our knowledgeable, experienced staff, supported by a network of State agencies and private partners, provide free, confidential assistance to guide companies in establishing operations here. We strive to grow New Jersey’s economy by harnessing the power of business, labor, academia, and government.

Choose New Jersey is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or against otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities. It is Choose New Jersey’s intent that its employment and personnel policies and practices conform to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action.


Relocation & Expansion Services

We provide customized RFI responses, demographics, detailed market assessments and other complimentary business relocation and expansion services. When your company chooses to grow in New Jersey, we also will help you publicize your good news.

Site Visits

We’ll make your property search seamless, so you find the site that best meets your relocation or expansion needs.

Economic Development Connections

Our public and private partners provide a wide range of services. From higher education research collaboration to regulatory and legal assistance to workforce training, they’ll ensure you have a smooth landing.

Jen Lenhardt
Chief Administrative Officer