Executive Director - Union County, SC
Salary Range: Competitive Salary Commensurate with Experience
Work Schedule: Typically, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm. Position will require adjusted/flexible work hours and some weekends. Travel and overnight assignments should be expected.
Position Summary: The Executive Director is responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing economic development functions from conception to completion including business attraction and incentive negotiations, planning, product development and a wide variety of administrative, professional, and technical tasks. In addition, he/she is responsible for implementing economic development goals and objectives for the County and maintaining a positive working relationship with elected and appointed officials, economic development allies and other partners within the County, region and State of South Carolina. The Executive Director is expected to be energetic and possess the skills of a trusted advisor for County stakeholders with regard to economic development.
Position Supervision: The Executive Director will work under limited supervision and general direction of the County Supervisor. He/she is expected to exercise ethical principles, sound judgment and discretion with assigned responsibilities and adheres to confidentiality as defined by the County. The Executive Director will seek technical assistance and subject matter advice from the County.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The Executive Director is responsible for leading initiatives to secure opportunities for economic and business development, increase employment opportunities, and enhance the quality of life for citizens of the community. Essential responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
- Influences and builds relationships with prospects, consultants, company decision makers, and media sources; establishes and strengthens relationships with stakeholders, elected officials, and partner organizations.
- Develops and implements short and long-term business development plans as well as gathering of information for presentations, statistical reports, and recommendations to achieve goals and objectives.
- Implements initiatives and activities to facilitate business attraction to broaden the County’s industrial base and coordinates activities throughout the location process.
- Analyzes existing economic situations relative to business attraction; monitors and evaluates effectiveness of efforts and initiatives.
- Conducts market research, data analysis, and project planning for the purpose of business attraction; inputs information and maintains files.
- Directs, plans, and manages finances of the County Development Board; submits budget proposal to the County Supervisor on an annual basis for review/approval.
- Identifies and analyzes industrial sites and buildings to determine quality prior to and during promotion; responsible for maintenance, landscaping, and improvements of the industrial site portfolio.
- Makes recommendations in negotiations, prepares and processes documents to include contracts, agreements, and request for proposals/qualifications.
- Develops and implements an integrated/strategic marketing and communication plan to advance the County’s visibility and competitiveness; generates prospects through lead generation activities and coordinates prospect visits/activities.
- Manages the County Website and social media by positioning the organization as relevant and positive.
- Provides information and makes presentations to councils, boards, commissions, civic groups, businesses, and the public on economic development issues, services, and plans.
- Prepares graphics, charts, tables, and promotional activities for economic development activities and/or prospects.
- Prepares grant proposals, applications, contracts, and other information required to secure funding for economic development projects.
- Monitors state and federal legislation which impacts economic development efforts; advises County Supervisor and Council accordingly.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
Qualifications: Master’s degree preferred in related economic development field and 7+ years substantial experience in planning, business attraction, product and infrastructure development, business development or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities for the position. Preferred candidate will have a proven track record in economic development, marketing, prospecting, business development, managing projects and demonstrated achievements in leadership, organizational, and communication skills. Strong relationships within regional, state, national, and international economic development ecosystem a plus. South Carolina Certified Economic Developer designation is preferred.
Relevant Skills: Must be able to develop strategies, communicate effectively, possess excellent communication skills, orchestrate and facilitate meetings, and have the ability to lead the organization. Requires knowledge to act as a trusted advisor for elected officials and other leadership. Must possess basic knowledge of math skills, the ability to analyze data, determine trends, and apply results. Requires efficiency in Micro Soft Office Suite, standard office equipment, and the ability to utilize/design maps, tables, charts and prepare concise reports.
- The Executive Director will work with a 10-member advisory board who will provide guidance, advice and insight within their respective fields to promote the success of industry recruitment, retention, and expansion projects and stimulate job growth in County.
- The Executive Director will provide supervision to County Development Board employees.
- Other duties, responsibilities and activities may be assigned.
- A background investigation will be conducted along with drug testing after a contingent offer of employment.