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Director of Business Recruitment - Douglas County Development Authority

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Director of Business Recruitment


REPORTS TO:                                Executive Director

The Douglas County Economic Development Authority, located in Douglasville, Georgia, is the lead economic development marketing agency for the county which includes Douglasville, portions of Villa Rica and Austell. The role of Director of Business Recruitment is to recruit companies in the targeted market areas of Advanced Manufacturing, Professional Services and Technology, and Digital and Media Entertainment. The Director will be involved and accountable for marketing, recruitment, coordinating site visits, research, responding to RFPs and RFIs, and engaging with current community, government business leaders identifying opportunities for expansion.

Education & Experience

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in business, economics, marketing or a related field, ideally with an MBA or other post-graduate work, from an accredited college or university; or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in the economic and/or community development field or related area.
  • Eligible to obtain a valid State of Georgia driver’s license within the first 30 days of Critical Thinking Skills
  • Possess skills necessary to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people and organizations.
  • Experienced team builder and leader that will ethically and effectively represent the DCEDA in a professional manner at all
  • Ability to evaluate and select among alternative courses of action quickly and
  • Ability to work well in high-pressure situations while maintaining composure and
  • Ability to identify potential issues and develop methodologies to prevent or limit the impact of those issues.
  • Ability to assimilate complex information and data from various sources and consider, adjust or modify to meet the constraints of the need.
  • Ability to effectively listen to, understand, and clarify concerns and issues expressed by stakeholders.

Financial Skills

  • Possess a clear understanding of revenue bonds and their positive impact on business growth opportunities; real estate financing; grant writing and administration; and governmental agreements, including but not limited to intergovernmental agreements and public/private contracts.

Technology and Communication Skills

  • Proficient with Office Productivity Suite, including Word, PowerPoint and/or Prezi, and Excel skills to prepare business correspondence, reports, and presentations with speed and
  • Skill in writing grammatically correct routine business correspondence such as letters, emails, meeting minutes, and other documents as
  • Ability to make oral group presentations to persuade others to accept a specific opinion, action and/or provide information or explain procedures, policies,

Economic Development and Marketing

  • Serve as a member of the EDA team to market Douglas County for economic development projects, both commercial and industrial, considering a potential location to create new jobs and increase investments therefore improving the tax base of the community. In addition to new growth, the Director is responsible for maintaining relationships with existing companies to keep current investments in the area. The Director will be held accountable for various initiatives, including but not limited to:
    • Develop publications, audio-visual presentations, and promotional material as needed that support the goals of the program. Develop detailed information on available sites, buildings and location possibilities through electronic means for immediate distribution.
    • Travel as needed to call on business prospects, state project managers, statewide economic development allies’ project managers, and professional site selection consultants to encourage the location of new business ventures in Douglas County. Maintain contact with local industry and keep them informed about business opportunities in the
    • Maintain confidentiality as required with all projects, investigate incentive possibilities, and establish a clear understanding of the advantages and benefits of locating in Douglas County especially in the areas of workforce development, utilities, transportation, environmental, cost of living, quality of life and other important factors. Keep the public and private sector informed of the progress of the program without violating any confidentiality agreement. Report as required to the Board of the EDA and other groups as
    • Work with local economic development allies such as other development authorities, Douglas County Chamber of Commerce, area school systems, colleges and universities, local utilities, local governments, Georgia Department of Labor, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Atlanta Regional Commission and others for the benefit of new and expanded industry and for the citizens of Douglas County.
  • Build positive relationships with elected officials and local community
  • Represent the EDA at various professional economic development organizations, including the Georgia Economic Developers Association, Southern Economic Development Council and the International Economic Development
  • Promote all available buildings and industrial sites in Douglas
  • Promote and provide various sources of financing for qualifying
  • Provide research, data and appropriate guidance to local, state and federal business and government leaders regarding the impact of economic development on the local tax
  • Serve as a team builder and facilitator between all local, state and federal officials as well as local and statewide utility and infrastructure vendors that impact the community.

Working Conditions - This is a diversified job requiring sustained mental effort related to public contacts, organizational issues, mediation, planning and technical areas as well as travel, public speaking and non- standard business hours.

The Douglas County Economic Development Authority is an equal opportunity employer.