Economic Development Director - Ackerman, MS

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Economic Development Director

Choctaw County (MS) Economic Development District

Desired Job Experience

  • Three plus years of experience with, and knowledge of, economic development programs and initiatives
  • Strong experience and knowledge of recruiting new business and industry
  • Ability to collaborate with state and regional economic development leaders and provide solutions to competitive projects
  • Knowledge in workforce development relative to economic development projects preferred
  • Strong history of leadership
  • Management experience with attention to details
  • Knowledge and understanding of operational functions
  • Proven track record of successfully navigating relationships with a board of Trustees and elected officials
  • Strong communication skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Ability to recommend and implement new programs and initiatives when needed
  • Network of key stakeholders and contacts at the regional, state, and federal levels

Characteristics & Personality Traits

  • Forward thinker
  • Strong Leader
  • Diplomatic
  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Communicator
  • Moral and Honorable
  • Integrity
  • Focused
  • Approachable
  • Resourceful
  • Driven
  • Creative
  • Collaborator/Team Builder
  • Listener


  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Advanced Degree, training, and certifications preferred
  • Work Experience most important

Top Requirements

  • Experience working within economic development
  • Work Ethic
  • Experience working with elected officials
  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Communication Skills
  • Must live in Choctaw County
  • Personable / People Skills
  • High Integrity

Goals & Objectives

  • Develop a marketing plan to create new jobs
  • Work closely with the Choctaw County Board of Supervisors on the potential recreational lake project
  • Complete “shovel ready” industrial sites
  • Coordinate existing resources and identify needed resources including utility infrastructure
  • Review current policies and procedures / make recommendations on changes and additions
  • Identify creative sources of additional revenue
  • Work closely with small business and the Chamber of Commerce to help foster growth
  • Manage the District’s industrial park and related propertiesStrengths of the Position
  • Supportive Board of Trustees and elected officials
  • Opportunity to make significant impact
  • Receptive stakeholders open to new programs and ideas
  • Pro-business / low-tax community
  • Strong public schools and higher education opportunities
  • Location and access to Starkville
  • Small town quality of life
  • Stable financially with guaranteed revenue from fly ash sales

Job Description


REPORTS TO: Choctaw County Economic Development District Board of Trustees

Job Summary

Establish the strategic direction for economic development in Choctaw County. Serve as chief economic development representative for the County. Responsible for overall administration and supervision of Choctaw County Economic Development District. Directs a staff and all business functions in the areas of Business Development, Marketing, Board Relations, Community Development, Workforce Development and Existing Industry as it relates to economic development.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Serves as chief economic development representative for the County. Markets the County and cities within the county to prospects, helps clients evaluate key location issues, find real estate solutions, engages appropriate state and local leaders and utilizes research information to develop proposals to companies. Utilizes experience with and knowledge of various aspects of economic development.
  • Develops and maintains cooperative working relationships with regional economic development partners, as well as municipalities, Mississippi Development Authority, TVA and other local/regional organizations and elected officials.
  • Leads various projects and initiatives set by the Choctaw County Economic Development District, and the Choctaw County Board of Supervisors.
  • Drives leadership on economic policy in the Represents Choctaw County Economic Development District through various public speaking engagements.
  • Advocates on behalf of state and local public policy related to economic
  • Develops, promotes and executes strategies for sustainable growth for Choctaw
  • Maintains memberships and proactive leadership in professional
  • Solicits public and private investment to support the annual programs of
  • Promotes and cultivates a strong communications network with partners and organizations to maintain strong relations, value and involvement.
  • Oversees Choctaw County Economic Development District programs of
  • Establishes priorities and goals for economic development Coaches and evaluates direct reports.
  • Supervises economic development budget process and execution to maximize use of funds and stay within budgeted amounts.
  • Supervises marketing initiatives to increase visibility of the
  • Directs team that produces programs for economic development events and board
  • Serves as media relations expert, when appropriate, on various economic development
  • Represents Choctaw County Economic Development at appropriate public and private meetings, including Board of Trustees, County Commission, and City Council meetings when necessary.

The above cited duties and responsibilities describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to the job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all the duties and responsibilities that an incumbent may be expected or asked to perform. Details of specific job tasks and expectations should be stated clearly in the employment agreement.

Education & Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration or related field
  • 3+ years of experience in economic development or related field
  • Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), Economic Development Finance Professional, and/or advanced degrees and trainings preferred

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to work effectively with all levels of internal and external associates/customers/colleagues
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent human relations skills
  • Outgoing, visionary, personable, aggressive, entrepreneurial
  • Ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships internally and externally with public and government officials and private enterprises
  • Ability to follow through on issues, make informed decisions that comply with policies and procedures, complete tasks and problem-solve
  • Track record as a results-oriented leader



Utilize internet web sites/functions


Public speaking/group presentations


Utilize word processing software


Reasoning and logic


Utilize spreadsheet software


Leadership and supervisory


Utilize database software


Retrieve and compile information


Typing/computer keyboard


Maintain records/logs


Analyze and interpret information


Verify data and information


Ability to communicate verbally


Ability to prepare written communications


Operate office equipment, fax, phone, calculator, etc.


Basic mathematical concepts (add, subtract, multiply, divide)


Investigate, evaluate and recommend



Advanced mathematical concepts (fractions,

decimals, rations, percentages, graphs)


Organize and prioritize information/tasks


Abstract mathematical concepts (interpolation, inference, frequency, reliability, formulas, equations, statistics)



Sitting for extended periods


Lifting up to 20 pounds of office supplies/equipment


Extended periods viewing computer screen


Carrying up to 20 pounds of office supplies/equipment




















Repetitive Motions



Normal office environment


Electrical current


Toxic or caustic chemicals


Housekeeping and/or cleaning agents


Flammable, explosive gases


Proximity to moving mechanical parts


Employee Acknowledgement:

I have reviewed and understand the requirements stated in this Job Description.

Application Process:

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