The St. Louis Mosaic Project (“Mosaic”), part of the World Trade Center-St. Louis and the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership (the “Partnership”), works to grow the number of foreign born in the St. Louis region. Mosaic is a non-profit organization working to impact the regional growth and economic prosperity through immigration.
The future growth of the region depends on the attraction and retention of international students, especially those from China. Due to language and cultural differences, these students would most benefit from a consultant who knows our St. Louis business community and can position the students to best advantage for local job openings. The person reports to the Mosaic Project Executive Director. The consultant will rotate time at the local universities with students/career service staff and with businesses in the community. The consultant will advocate for the students to fill jobs that are currently unfilled in the St. Louis market, most likely the STEM jobs for which there are many openings and few local candidates.
Mosaic needs the services of a St. Louis regional (Missouri and Illinois) consultant from July 10, 2017 through mid-January 2018, with option to renew for an additional 6 months. This will be on an off-site part-time consulting basis, called “Mosaic Chinese International Student Corporate Career Consultant”.
Scope of Services
The individual selected would work with Mosaic and the Partnership to provide services pursuant to this RFP including, but not necessarily limited to, the following:
- Spend time on 10 local university campuses advising the Chinese international students about the St. Louis job market
- Spend time with companies identified through Mosaic to educate on hiring and presenting candidates
- Work closely with the Asian Chamber and OCA (Pan-Asian cultural group) to connect international students with mentors, advisors, connections
- Meet local company “Employee Resource Groups” for Asians to help students connect
- Be visible with the Regional Chamber, Mosaic Ambassador Companies and other hiring companies to present candidates
- Work with local immigration attorneys to connect students and companies who need services for hiring international talent
- Work with the Mosaic Project to increase awareness of this talent source to the local, national and international business community through articles, presentations, seminars
- Track number of students met with, connected to local companies and hiring success for internships and full time job placements
Proposals must include, at a minimum, the following information:
1. Experience and Qualifications of Individual - Provide a detailed description of your professional experience working with international students, especially Chinese, as well as connections and years of experience with the corporate hiring community. Include related Asian community outreach or economic development experience. Chinese language and written skills are required as well as fluent English and competence with the US business marketplace.
Hours/Month: 20 Fee paid ($30/hr) part-time, offsite, plus mileage. Contract position begins July 10, 2017 for first six months portion.
References. Provide at least two references to show connections in the regional Chinese community and one reference to show connection to a company in St. Louis
Selection of a consultant will be based on demonstrated qualifications, approach to and understanding of the project. The Partnership may elect to choose the most highly qualified respondents for an interview or further discussions.
Selection of a consultant will be made on the basis of the following criteria:
- Willingness to immerse oneself in the Chinese international student community on campus and with university administrations; knowledge of the St. Louis Missouri and Illinois Asian community and educational community desirable
- Experience working with Chinese students and/or with employers of international talent preferred
- Excellent verbal and written/electronic/digital communication skills in English and Chinese
- Ability to develop and deliver presentations to Chinese student groups and to corporations in the daytime and/or evenings as determined by the university needs or corporate needs
- Outgoing and energetic
- Superb interpersonal and relationship-building skills
- Collaborative work style, but can also work independently
- Creative, solutions-oriented thinker
The Partnership encourages submission of proposals from minorities, immigrants, and women, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, ancestry, or national origin in consideration of this award.
Submission of Proposals
One hard copy or one electronic copy of the proposal shall be submitted. In addition to the proposal submission requirements specified in this RFP, the following requirements apply to all proposals:
- All hard copy proposals must be signed in ink by the proponent submitting the proposal.
- Any changes or erasures on the proposal shall be initialed by a person with authority to sign on behalf of the proponent.
Terms and Conditions
- The Partnership reserves the right to reject any and all proposals submitted. The Partnership reserves the right to select one or more proponents to assist in providing the services, or any portion thereof, described in this RFP. Additionally, any and all RFP project elements, requirements and schedules are subject to change and modification. The Partnership also reserves the unqualified right to modify, suspend, or terminate at its sole discretion any and all aspects of this RFP process, to obtain further information from any and all respondents, to waive any defects as to form or content of the RFP or any responses by any individual, and to negotiate with any proponent if and when, in the Partnership’s discretion, the Partnership deems that to be in its best interest. Proponents may be asked to make one or more presentations and participate in interviews.
- This RFP does not commit the Partnership to award a contract, to defray any costs incurred in the preparation of a response to this request, or to procure or contract for services. All submitted RFPs become the property of the Partnership as public records. All proposals may be subject to public review, on request, unless exempted as discussed elsewhere in this RFP.
- By accepting this RFP and/or submitting a proposal in response thereto, each proponent agrees for itself, its successors and assigns, to hold Mosaic, the Partnership, St. Louis County, St. Louis City, and all of their various agents, commissioners, directors, consultants, attorneys, officers and employees harmless from and against any and all claims and demands of whatever nature or type, which any such proponent, its representatives, agents, contractors, successors or assigns may have against any of them as a result of issuing this RFP, revising this RFP, conducting the selection process and subsequent negotiations, making a final recommendation, selecting a proponent or negotiating or executing an agreement incorporating the commitments of the selected proponent.
- By submitting proposals, each proponent acknowledges having read this RFP in its entirety and agrees to all terms and conditions set out in this RFP.
- Proposals shall be open and valid for a period of 60 days from the date of their submission to the Partnership.
Summary of Submission Requirements
Proposal with resume and cover letter shall be received at the following address no later than 5:00 p.m. (CDT), May 19, 2017:
St. Louis Economic Development Partnership
St. Louis Mosaic Project
7733 Forsyth Blvd., Suite 2200
Clayton, Missouri 63105
Attn: Betsy Cohen
Submittals which arrive after the deadline, for any reason, may disqualify the submittal.