SVRA Business Investment Manager - Virginia

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SVRA Business Investment Manager

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) serves as a regional catalyst for economic transformation. The mission will be accomplished through applied research, advanced learning, economic development, advanced manufacturing, and conference services. Driving Economic Transformation is at the heart of everything we do at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. WE discover breakthroughs, create opportunity, grow innovation, power progress, and host greatness. Each of our divisions plays a critical role in daily preserving and delivering this mission.

What will you do?
The SVRA Business Investment Manager is responsible for marketing the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research and Southern Virginia Region for business recruitment and existing business expansion. This position is responsible for business development efforts in the region and performs a wide variety of economic development activities relating to industrial business attraction, retention and financing of industrial projects, coordinating between site consultants, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) and company leaders with localities for industrial projects.

The Southern Virginia Regional Alliance (SVRA) is based at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR), in Danville, VA, and works with the city of Danville and the counties of Halifax, Patrick and Pittsylvania. The SVRA promotes the region through collaborative marketing and public relations efforts to create a strong economy that benefits the citizens of the Southern Virginia Region. This position will report to the IALR Vice President, Economic Development /SVRA Executive Director.

Where will you work?
We are looking for staff to work onsite in Danville, VA.  Because of the nature of the position, you can expect moderate travel to support the economic development efforts of the SVRA and IALR. 

What do you offer?

  • Minimum (3) three years of experience in economic development, financing, redevelopment, commercial real estate, local planning, public relations/marketing or a related field is required. 
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Statistics, Finance, Accounting, Business, Marketing, Urban Planning, Economic Development, International Affairs, Economics; or comparable experience is required.
  • Knowledge of economic development strategies, business financing, business taxation, land use policy and commercial/industrial real estate development, federal, state and local programs applicable to industry and job development inclusive of sites, buildings, planning, utility and permitting.
  • Credentials in Economic Development (e.g. American Institute of Certified Planners, Certified Economic Developer and Certified Industrial Development) preferred.
  • Must have effective time management skills with the ability to triage work load and remain flexible to meet demanding priorities.
  • Ability to communicate on diverse levels and maintain confidentiality are required and essential to the performance of assigned duties, ensuring that confidential information is protected; works with partner organizations to support their protocols for confidentiality.
  • Technology skills and experience in the use of software applications such as Microsoft Office, content management databases like Sales Force preferred.
  • Must be able to work in a time-sensitive environment with frequent interruptions and deadlines.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to travel throughout Virginia as well as occasional out-of-state trips.

What IALR Offers
IALR offers a salary range of $90,000 - $100,000.  IALR offers unique career opportunities in an innovative environment, all to support the economic transformation of Southern Virginia. Eligible employees are afforded excellent medical, dental and vision coverage with lower-than-expected costs and participate in the Virginia Retirement System to save for their future.

How to Apply
Apply online at  Interviews will begin as qualified applicants are identified.