Montana Jobs

facebook youtube linkedin
Mobile Montana Labor & Industry Mobile Logo

Job Information

State of Montana Native Entrepreneur Development Specialist in Helena, Montana

Department of Commerce Overview

Montana Department of Commerce believes in a healthy balance of Live, Work, Play culture.

Live:Create affordable and vibrant communities for all Montanans

By building affordable and vibrant communities where people want to live, we’re also creating places people want to visit. Strengthening our communities is at the core of Montana’s economic challenge and opportunity. To support a growing economy, hardworking Montanans need an affordable place to live, and a vibrant Main Street to experience.

Work:Support innovative and sustainable industries to strengthen Montana’s economy. Montana is where ideas grow into opportunities. Known as an incubator for innovation, Montana supports the growth and sustainability of industries and small businesses that strengthen our economy.

Play:Promote Montana’s spectacular, unspoiled nature and charming towns in innovative and efficient ways. Montana’s number one resource is our spectacular, unspoiled nature. It’s what brings visitors here, and fuels business growth. Visitors add billions to Montana’s economy, which directly benefits Main Street businesses.

Montana Office of Tourism Business Development Division Overview

Montana is the best state to live, work, and play. The Montana Department of Commerce is committed to supporting this by growing the economy through the development and promotion of business and industry across the state.

Within the Office of Tourism and Business Development Division, we aim to best do this by promoting our state’s virtues to visitors while also promoting our technical assistance and grant resources to businesses across the state to generate economic development to support all who have chosen to live, work and play here. Our approach to “Market Montana” ( with visitors and businesses combines the creative marketing talents of the Montana Office of Tourism, which drives one of the state's largest industries, with the business development knowledge of the Business Assistance programs, and industry research experts within the Research and Information Services bureau.

Together we support Montana businesses so residents benefit from a stronger economy. The diversity of our programs attracts employees of many different backgrounds and talents. However, all are passionate about the state of Montana. For more information and a sampling of our work, visit and

Job Overview

The position is responsible for the development of Native businesses through financial and technical assistance, networking, and statewide and community-based partnerships. This position enhances the ability of the Montana Department of Commerce and Indian Country Economic Development (ICED) to deliver and be responsive to targeted Indian business needs statewide. The position coordinates the resources and expertise necessary to deliver these services. The program coordinates with national, regional and state business development resources that seek to provide technical assistance and capital access to Native American start-up and existing business clients.


The position requires knowledge of:

  • principles and practices of business administration

  • public and media relations

  • adult training and education methods

  • small business management

  • contract administration

  • budget management

  • economic development practices

  • information technology

  • computer and Internet related skills for web-based training and content development

  • local, state, and federal technical and financial assistance organizations

  • Native American culture and perspective on business issues

  • procedures and vocabulary used in community business lending

  • business, state, and federal government operations

  • tribal governments and businesses

  • state and federal grant management

  • public relations methods


The position requires skills in:

  • effective oral and written communication

  • project and contract monitoring

  • program planning, development, and implementation

  • budgeting and tracking results

  • developing and maintaining relationships with clients, tribal representatives, local and state government and economic development entities

  • coordinating product promotional projects, including trade shows, arranging for product

  • developing and administering educational and training materials and presentations

  • Microsoft Office including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook

  • basics of Social Media platforms, website and database development and management.

  • public speaking


The position requires the ability to:

  • Independently plan and coordinate work activity and complete work on a timely basis

  • establish effective working relationships with department personnel, state officials, local business and community leaders, tribal members and leaders, and the public.

  • Communicate clearly and concisely verbally and in writing and pay close attention to detail

  • Deal effectively with cross-cultural differences, gain the confidence of business, government, and tribal leaders

  • Evaluate statewide business development and training needs

  • Develop and interpret program policies and procedures when applicable

  • Analyze and interpret financial and technical information

  • Conduct research and analysis

  • Negotiate, persuade, and take corrective action, when necessary and appropriate

  • Manage a large workload and respond to non-routine situations

  • Establish and maintain effective and positive working relationships with co-workers, the public, and local, state and federal officials.

*Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience): *

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Marketing, Business Administration, Finance, or a related field with coursework in marketing and business administration.

  • 2-5 years of experience including business development and marketing experience.

  • Other combinations of related education and experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • Experience working with tribal communities highly preferred.

How to Apply:

You are REQUIRED to attach a cover letter and resume at the time of application.

A complete state application is not required; however, you will need to initiate the application and attach the cover letter and resume in order to be considered for this position. Failure to submit any of the attachments will result in your application being incomplete and will not be considered further.

Materials submitted but not requested will not be considered in the selection process.

All documents for Veteran or Disability preference must be received or date stamped by the closing date. You will receive an email with instructions on how to submit such documents.

If you need an accommodation with the application process, please contact the HR office.

Benefits of Working for the Department of Commerce:

Look here to see the additional benefits! They include:


o Work/life Balance

o Health Coverage

o Retirement plans

o Paid Vacation and Sick Leave and Holidays

o And more…

*Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) – *Employment with the State of Montana may qualify you to receive student loan forgiveness under the PSLF. Look here to learn more and see if you may qualify!

Other important information to be aware of:

  • Only online applications are accepted.Materials submitted but not requested will not be considered in the selection process.

  • By applying online, you are able to receive updates and monitor the status of your application.

For a copy of the complete job description send your request to

Job: *Project/Program Management

Title: Native Entrepreneur Development Specialist

Location: Helena

Requisition ID: 20142989

Other Locations: Bozeman, Billings, Missoula, Great Falls