Deputy Director Economic Development - York County, SC

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Deputy Director of Economic Development

$99,597.00 - $154,355.00 Annually


York County Economic Development, SC

Job Type

Full Time

Job Number



Economic Development


Economic Development Oper

Opening Date


Closing Date

3/21/2024 5:00 PM Eastern



About us

York County is located in the Piedmont region, between Broad River and Catawba River. The diverse landscape is home to family-friendly towns/cities, a progressive urban region and lakefront communities. We are excited that you want to join our team and recognize that our employees are the foundation for our success.

Mission Statement - York County provides quality public services in an open, efficient, and responsive manner.

Vision Statement - York County provides an environment where all citizens and businesses can thrive and succeed.

York County Economic Development is the lead organization responsible for recruiting businesses, retaining and growing existing firms, and promoting and marketing York County. It also assists in strategic initiatives across York County that are focused on product development, workforce development, infrastructure improvements and quality of life.

About our opportunity

The Economic Development Department is excited to hire a Deputy Director to join their team!  This position primarily works as an independent contributor, and the purpose of this position is to support and coordinate with the Director the management of operations of the office and implementation of the program of work to include the recruitment of new businesses, development and implementation of a cutting-edge marketing program, planning and development of economic development product, workforce development initiatives, and the management of daily operations of the office.

Full Salary Range:  Pay Grade 129; $99,597 - $154,355 per year. Salary is determined based on experience and/or education. 

Work Schedule: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (40 hours per week), occasional weekend and evening work required for special events and does require travel.

Duties and Responsibilities:      

  • May coordinate, assign and review work and establish work schedules; maintain standards; monitor status of work in progress; inspect completed work assignments; answer questions; give advice and direction as needed.
  • Serves as back-up for Director of Economic Development on economic development activities to include providing general oversight and operational guidance to office staff, attending prospect meetings, attending and presenting at York County Growth Partners meetings and County Council meetings, and coordinating with and/or making presentations to other stakeholder groups. 
  • Formulates and assists in the implementation of policies and procedures that increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the office. Evaluates existing processes and programs and makes recommendations to the Director. 
  • Assists in the development, implementation and management of a comprehensive business recruitment and marketing plan that is continuously reviewed for effectiveness, accuracy and relevancy. 
  • Leads or assists in marketing trips to targeted markets, coordinates and manages local marketing and promotional events and attends industry and other tradeshows as needed. During these trips and activities, holds meetings with site location consultants, business decisionmakers and other allies and leaders, which requires the ability to operate a vehicle. 
  • Manages economic development projects from inception to completion, as needed. This can include leading department’s efforts in responding to project inquiries and formal requests for information or proposals.
  • Assists in the product development efforts for the Department that may include: ensuring all due diligence needed to have an in-depth understanding of county-owned and other unique product in York County has been performed; master planning, evaluating and making recommendations on existing county-owned properties; pursuing funding and relevant certifications to increase the marketability of county-owned properties; and coordinating with the Director and Research Manager to identify and research new potential industrial and commercial sites.
  • Assists with strategic initiatives of the Department and works with the Existing Industry team to assist firms who are going through business expansion projects.

About you

Experience and Education:  

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Economic Development, Business Administration, Planning, Commercial Real Estate or related discipline.
  • Eight (8) years of economic development, business administration, planning, or related experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Prior supervisory experience preferred. 

Certifications and Licenses:  
  • Must possess and maintain a valid state driver’s license.
  • Certified Economic Developer (CED), South Carolina Certified Economic Developer (SCCED) preferred.

Applicants with equivalent experience and/or education may be considered.

Physical Demands / Work Environment / Disclaimer

Physical Demands:  

Physical demands refer to the requirements for physical exertion and coordination of limb and body movement.
  • Performs sedentary work that involves walking or standing some of the time and involves exerting up to 10 pounds of force on a regular and recurring basis or sustained keyboard operations.

Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance: 

York County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  ADA requires the County to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with management.

Standard Clauses  
May be required to work nights, weekends, holidays and emergencies (man-made or natural) to meet the business needs of the County. This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of essential functions and responsibilities that are required of an employee for this job. Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

York County Government

6 South Congress Street
P.O. Box 85
York, South Carolina, 29745