Director of Economic Development - City of Victoria, Texas

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The City of Victoria is seeking an entrepreneurial, dynamic, energetic, and creative professional with a proven track record in business recruitment, retention, and expansion as its inaugural Economic Development Director to lead the City’s efforts in providing a unified and coordinated presence in the provision of various economic development services provided by several area organizations.

Are you an innovative leader seeking an executive position? If so, we want to talk with you.  The Economic Development Director position is vital in the City’s ongoing effort to create Victoria as a destination, support economic growth, broad-based prosperity, quality jobs, and a sustainable quality of life by attracting new corporate investment and facilitating the expansion of existing businesses.   The Director will work closely with area economic development partners and City Departments to coordinate the promotion of business and overall economic development interests of the City of Victoria. The newly established Economic Development Department is initially projected to be comprised of two full-time employees including the Director and an administrative staff support position.  This position will report to the City Manager and will serve as a member of the City’s Executive Team

The Director will play a key role in ensuring Victoria is recognized as an ideal location for expanding and relocating businesses, and will help facilitate related improvements in infrastructure, Business Retention & Expansion (BRE) programs, for non-primary job employers, and support Victoria’s overall business climate. The position will also market Victoria to prospective investors and regularly work with local, regional, and state partners to ensure the City’s brand is well-known and competitively positioned to attract development investment opportunities.

The City of Victoria is located in the heart of the Golden Crescent of South Texas with a diverse population of over 67,000 and encompassing an area of approximately 37 square miles. Victoria is a cultural, historic, medical, educational, and economic hub for the area. With major highways 77, 59, 87, and the future Interstate 69 all intersecting in Victoria, coupled with its prime position along the NAFTA Corridor, the City is known as “The Crossroads of South Texas.”  The City is a home rule city with a Council-Manager form of government with a City Council comprised of the Mayor and six Council members.

A Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, or related field of study is required, with a Master’s Degree in Economic Development preferred. This position requires a minimum of five (5) to seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in community and/or economic development projects, with three (3) to five (5) years of executive-level experience.

Preference may be given to candidates with added credentials such as Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), Master Economic Development Practitioner (MEDC), Professional Community & Economic Developer (PCED) and/or other similar certifications.

The desired starting salary range for this position is $100,000 - $120,000, depending on qualifications, coupled with other traditional municipal benefits.

Please apply online.

For more information on this position contact:

Doug Thomas, Senior Vice President, SGR