Deputy Economic Development Director - Darlington, SC

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Under limited supervision serves as the deputy leader and contact point for economic, business, and community development in Darlington County by planning and coordinating programs designed to promote economic development in Darlington County through the recruitment of new industry and the further development of existing industry while assisting in the enhancement of the quality of life in Darlington County. Has the ability to communicate and work closely with the Darlington County Economic Development Partnership Board, Darlington County Progress, current and prospective businesses and industries. Must obtain legal primary residency in Darlington County within 6 months of entering the position and maintain such residency while in the position of Deputy Economic Development Director. Works under the supervision of the Economic Development Director and as the Economic Development Director reports to the County Administrator.


In conjunction with and collaboratively with the Economic Development Director

Responsible to recruit new industry by providing assistance with various matters as locations, facilities, etc.

Conducts an existing industry program with regularly scheduled industry visits to encourage and provide assistance, and act as liaison to existing local industry concerning economic development and provide resources and assistance in meeting expansion and other identified needs.

Develop and implement a marketing plan and promotional strategy to attract industry and business.

Develop and maintain positive working relationship with local governments, regional, state, federal agencies, other economic development organizations, prospects, and other officials as appropriate in fostering economic development efforts to include participation in marketing trips, seminars, training courses, and related meetings.

Develop, implement, and maintain data and statistics for recruitment of business and industry, industrial retention, and expansion. Such data should include industrial sites and parks, speculative buildings, demographic and survey data relative to the County's workforce and workforce needs, and infrastructure projects including water, sewer, roads, etc.

Provide direction for the preparation of grant applications, financing agreements, contracts, bid documents, public notices, etc., pertaining to industrial development and the execution and/or

administration of same. Includes contact with the County Administrator and Finance Director/Materials Manager.

Formulates short term and long term economic development goals.

Identify and build on existing resources such as Darlington Raceway and develop the County's potential for tourism.

Expand private sector participation in economic development and initiatives

Understands and assists in the compilation of financial and real estate transactions related to recruitment/retention/expansion projects, to include environmental reviews, business plans, and incentive packages.

Assist the Economic Development Director to Develop and prepare the budget for the department and related activities as defining departmental mission as to goals, objectives, and programs progress.

Maintain monthly reports of activities, plans, financial records, minutes, etc. as directed.

Prepares and present regular updates to the Darlington County Economic Development Partnership Board and Darlington County Administrator on economic development matters.

Responsible for policy evaluation and solution in regards to departmental related problems; compiles and evaluates data with other groups, committees, and boards in identifying community problems possible solutions with appropriate financial recommendations.

In conjunction with the Darlington County Economic Development Director, must provide the Darlington County Administrator with regular updates and briefs on all ongoing and perspective projects.


In conjunction with the Darlington County Economic Development Director, serves as deputy Secretary and staff for Darlington County Progress and coordinates joint projects with this group such as industry appreciation events, raceway events, formal announcements, receptions, etc.

Performs other related duties as required.


Bachelor degree in Regional Planning/Economic Development/Business Administration/Public Administration or a closely related field with six to nine years of experience in a progressively responsible administrative position within a public or private planning or economic development agency; or an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skill, and abilities.

Must have the ability to understand and assist with financial and real estate transactions in support of economic development. Required working knowledge of state and federal economic development programs, and experience in industrial recruitment and coalition building with business and governments desired. Requires highly developed organizational, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills. Have the ability to successfully carry out tactical programs. Must possess a valid S.C. driver's license.


Physical Requirements: Must be physically able to operate a motor vehicle as well as a variety of automated office machines and other equipment Including computer, fax machine, calculator, audiovisual, equipment, etc. Must be physically able to exert up to ten pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects. Position involves mostly sedentary work but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time. Must be able to lift and/or carry weights of approximately twenty pounds.


Data Conception: Requires the ability to compare and or judge the readily observable functional, structural, or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people, or things.


Interpersonal Communication: Requires the ability of speaking and/or signaling people to convey or exchange information. Includes the giving of assignments and instructions to coworkers and/or assistants. Includes the receiving of information and instructions from supervisors.


Language Ability: Requires the ability to read a variety of documents and reports. Requires the ability to prepare documents and reports such as budget, financial reports, technical reports, press releases, advertisement copy, brochures, requisitions, and general letters of correspondence, etc., using the proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar. Requires the ability to communicate with subordinates, the County Council, the Development Board, community leaders, government officials, civic groups, the media, and the general public with poise, voice control, and confidence.


Intelligence: Requires the ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagrammatic form. Must be able to deal with several abstract and concrete variables. Must be able to apply principles of rational systems such as accounting, personnel, marketing, engineering, legal systems, etc., in order to solve problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables.

Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to record and deliver information and to follow verbal and written


Numerical Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas: add and subtract totals; multiply and divide; determine percentages and utilize decimals; utilize algebraic, calculus, geometric, and trigonometric principles; determine time and weight, and apply statistical theory.

Form/Spatial Aptitude: Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width, and shape.

Motor Coordination: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes in utilizing automated office and other equipment.

Manual Dexterity: Requires the ability to handle a variety of items, office equipment, control knobs, switches, etc. Must have moderate levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.

Color Discrimination: Requires the ability to differentiate colors and shades of color.

Interpersonal Temperament: Requires the ability to deal with people beyond receiving instructions. Must be adaptable to performing under moderate stress when confronted with an emergency.

Physical Communication: Requires the ability to talk and/or hear (talking: expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words; Hear: perceiving nature of sounds by ear.)


Knowledge of Job: Is extensively knowledgeable in economic principles, and the development and planning of all facets of City/County Planning activities and programs. Has extensive knowledge and understanding of all pertinent codes, ordinance, regulations, and standards. Is knowledgeable in the methods and procedures of supervision and management as required to effectively oversee departmental functions. Possesses thorough knowledge and expertise in planning methods and theory and the processes involved in same. Is able to exercise appropriate functional and situational Judgment in a variety of situations. Is able to develop policy and procedures for the effectiveness of departmental operations. Is knowledgeable in planning and formulating departmental budgets as necessary and monitoring related expenditures. Is able to effectively communicate and interact with subordinates, supervisors, members of the general public, and all other groups involved in the activities of the department. Is able to assemble and analyze information and make written reports and documents in a concise, clear and effective manner. Have good organizational, management, human relations, and technical skills. Has a thorough knowledge of the responsibilities of Individuals directly supervised to ensure accurate and efficient completion of assignments. Is able to identify and analyze problems that arise in the areas of planning, and initiate and/or recommend solutions. Knows how to develop and administer goals for the department. Has the verbal ability to make effective presentations. Is able to utilize and understand computer applications and techniques as necessary in the completion of responsibilities.

Quality of Work: Maintains high standards of accuracy in exercising duties and responsibilities. Exercises immediate remedial action to correct any quality deficiencies that occur in areas or responsibility. Maintains high-quality communication and interaction with all County departments and divisions, co-workers and the public.

Quantity of Work: Performs described "Specific Duties and Responsibilities" and related assignments efficiently and effectively In order to produce quantity of work which consistently meets standards and expectations of the County.

Dependability: Assumes responsibility for completing assigned work. Completes assigned work within deadlines in accordance with directives, County policy, standards, and prescribed procedures. Remains accountable to assigned responsibilities in the technical, human and conceptual areas.

Attendance: Attends and remains at work regularly and adheres to County policies and procedures regarding absences and tardiness. Provides adequate notice to higher management with respect to vacation time and time-off requests.

Initiative and Enthusiasm: Maintains an enthusiastic, self-reliant and self-starting approach to meet job responsibilities and accountabilities. Strives to anticipate work to be done and initiates proper and acceptable direction for the completion of work with a minimum of supervision and instruction.

Judgment: Exercises analytical judgment in areas of responsibility, Identifies problems or situations as they occur and specifies decision objectives. Identifies or assists In Identifying alternative solutions to problems, or situations. Implements decisions in accordance with prescribed and effective policies and procedures and with a minimum of errors. Seeks expert or experienced advice where appropriate and researches problems, situations and alternatives before exercising judgment.

Cooperation: Accepts supervisory instruction and direction and strives to meet the goals and objectives of the same. Questions such instruction and direction when clarification of results or consequences are justified, I.e., poor communications, variance with County policy or procedures, etc. Offers suggestions and recommendations to encourage and improve cooperation between all staff persons and departments within the County.

Relationship with Others: Shares knowledge with managers, supervisors, and staff for mutual and County benefit., Contributes to maintaining high morale among all County employees. Develops and maintains cooperative and courteous relationships with department employees, staffers, and managers in other departments, representatives from organizations, and the public so as to maintain goodwill toward the County and to project a good County Image. Tactfully and effectively handles requests, suggestions, and complaints from other departments and persons In order to maintain good will within the County. Emphasizes the importance of maintaining a positive image within the County. Interacts effectively with higher management, County Administrator, professionals, and the public.

Coordination of Work: Plans and organizes daily work routine. Establishes priorities for the completion of work in accordance with sound time-management methodology. Avoids duplication of effort. Estimates expected time of completion of elements of work and establishes a personal schedule accordingly. Attends required meetings, planning sessions and discussions on time. Implements work activity in accordance with priorities and estimated schedules.

Safety and Housekeeping: Adheres to all safety and housekeeping standards established by the County and various regulatory agencies. Sees that the standards are not violated. Maintains a clean and orderly workplace.

Planning: Plans, directs and uses information effectively in order to enhance activities and production of the department. Knows and understands the expectations of the County regarding the activities of the department and works to see that these expectations are met. Designs and formulates ways, means, and timing to achieve the goals and objectives of the department and the County. Within constraints of County policy, formulates appropriate strategy and tactics for achieving departmental and County objectives. Effectively and efficiently organizes, arranges and allocates manpower, financial and other designated resources to achieve the goals and objectives of the department and the County.

Organizing: Organizes work and that of subordinate staff well. Ensures that staff members know what results are expected of them and that they are regularly and appropriately informed of all County and department matters affecting them and/or of concern to them.

Staffing: Works with upper management where appropriate to select and recommend employment of personnel who are qualified both technically and philosophically to meet the needs of the department and the County. Personally directs the development and training of department personnel ensuring that they are properly inducted, oriented and trained.

Leading: Provides a work environment which encourages clear and open communications. Has a clear and comprehensive understanding of the principles of effective leadership and how such principles are to be applied. Provides adequate feedback to staff so they know whether their performance levels are satisfactory. Commends and rewards employees for outstanding performance yet does not hesitate to take disciplinary action when necessary. Exercises enthusiasm in influencing and guiding others toward the achievement of County goals and objectives.

Controlling: Provides a work environment which is orderly and controlled. Coordinates, audits, and controls manpower and financial resources efficiently and effectively. Coordinates, audits, and controls the utilization of materials and equipment efficiently and effectively. Has a clear and comprehensive understanding of County standards, methods and procedures.

Delegating: Assigns duties to staff as necessary and/or appropriate to meet department goals,  enhance staff abilities, build confidence in the job and assists staff members In personal growth.  Has confidence in staff to meet new or additional expectations.

Decision Making: Uses discretion and judgment in developing and implementing courses of action affecting the department. When a particular policy, procedure or strategy does not foster the desired result, moves decisively and explicitly to develop and implement alternatives.

Creativity: Regularly seeks new and improved methodologies, policies and procedures for enhancing the effectiveness of department and County. Employs Imagination and creativity in the application of duties and responsibilities. . Is not adverse to change.

Human Relations: Strives to develop and maintain good rapport with all staff members. Listens to amt considers their suggestions and complaints and responds appropriately. Maintains the respect and loyalty of staff

Policy implementation: Has a clear and comprehensive understanding of County policies regarding the department and County function. Adheres to those policies in the discharge of duties and responsibilities and ensures the same from subordinate staff.

Policy Formulation: Keeps abreast of changes In operating philosophies and policies of the County and continually reviews department policies to ensure that any changes in County philosophy or practice am appropriately incorporated. Also understands the relationship between operating policies and practices and department morale and performance. Works to see that established policies enhance the same.


Depending upon qualifications W/ State Benefits, SC Retirement, paid Vacation, Holidays and Sick Leave Benefits.

After your one-year anniversary, you are eligible for a 2.5% incentive bonus in November as approved by County Council

Apply in the Darlington County Administrator's Office, 1 Public Square, Room 210 (Courthouse), Darlington, SC 29532 or obtain an application online at; then mail to the above address or email to