I came across the following RFP this morning. I am no expert on teh subject, so I will put it to the Throbbing Brain. Would you consider this to be an independent contract position or an employee. The person is expected to work 40 hours per week (so effectively, no other clients), at a location chosen by the client, with a list of specific activities determined by the client, reporting to the client on a monthly basis.
For what it is worth, I have no intention of pursuing this. When you consider what it pays, it is not worth the effort. Interestingly, though, I see many communities closer to home attempt to hire planning or economic development staff as contract employees, for 20 hours per week, at about $30,000 per year. Overhead should eat up at least ten percent of the total, and then you need to consider the self-employment taxes, health insurance, and other costs that need to come out of that sum. Sadly, many independent planners string together two or three of these kinds of positions to survive.
The ---- extends an invitation to submit a proposal for economic development services as outlined below. This contract could be renewed annually for up to 3-years. There is a potential for the position to extend beyond three years.
The independent contractor selected to fill this position would be expected to work 40 hours per week and to maintain regular office hours in a local office as selected by the ---- Board of Directors. Depending upon qualifications, the salary range could be as high as $60,000 annually. The contractor would be required to attend and report at all ---- board meetings as well as monthly member meetings.
The overall goals of the program the independent contractor would manage are to:
✓ Maintain and create jobs in ---- County ---- by identifying ways to retain existing companies, expand existing local companies, assist new start-up companies and recruit outside companies to expand or move to the area.
✓ Research the landscape of resources, opportunities and barriers within the region and identify ways to enhance or eliminate as needed.
✓ Improve workforce skills by developing appropriate training resources.
✓ Increase awareness of the region to outsiders.
The ---- Board of Directors has identified the following tasks and objectives: