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Vice President, Economic Development Round Rock Chamber, TX

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Round Rock Community

Round Rock, Texas is located within the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area. With a population of approximately 115,000, it is the largest city in Williamson County and consistently one of the fastest-growing cities in Texas and the country. It has a median age of 33.2 years and a median household income of $74,995. The current unemployment rate is 2.9 percent, with a total labor force of approximately 69,000. Round Rock is home to world-class businesses, including Dell Technologies Inc., Emerson Automation Solutions, Round Rock Premium Outlets, Baylor Scott & White Healthcare, St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, and Shop LC.

Round Rock is one of the nation’s most economically vibrant cities, and the public and private sectors are committed to supporting, encouraging, and fostering success. It offers an exceptional business climate, top talent, superior real estate, and an unparalleled quality of life. Ideally situated along Interstate 35, just north of the state capitol in Austin and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Round Rock offers easy access to hospitals, colleges, world-class shopping, hotels, museums, and more. Round Rock is consistently ranked as one of the coolest suburbs in America, demonstrating that people want to live as well as work in the city.

Round Rock is home to several post-secondary education institutions including Texas State University - Round Rock, Austin Community College (ACC), Texas A&M Health Science Center, Art Institute of Austin, and South University. In addition, Round Rock is in close proximity to many other top-ranked colleges including The University of Texas. This equates to more than 100,000 students enrolled in nine universities and 50,000 in six community colleges within a fifty-mile radius, guaranteeing a pipeline of motivated, highly educated employees.

Round Rock Independent School District serves over 50,000 students across fifty-five campuses. It is an “A-rated” district by the Texas Education Agency and is the only school district in Texas to earn an AAA credit rating from both Moody’s and Fitch.

Round Rock is a well-managed city, having been recognized for its work in city planning, crime prevention, and transportation planning. It maintains a low cost of living, an expedited permitting process, below-average utility costs, and a low crime rate. For more information on the city, see https://roundrockchamber.org/economic-development/about-round-rock/accolades/

Round Rock Chamber

The Round Rock Chamber is the economic-generation leader for Round Rock. It is dedicated to ensuring the city reaches its potential through the chamber’s economic development and community enhancement efforts. With approximately 1,000 investors, the chamber works every day to provide significant value by producing meaningful and measurable results. Honored with the 2018 Chamber of the Year Award by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives for its work in the Eight Pillars of Economic Generation and operational excellence, the chamber is the catalyst for building prosperity in Round Rock.

The chamber’s economic development program was recently honored with a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for its Economic Impact Analysis of Public-Private Program Funding – Momentum, a project in the category of Multi-Year Economic Development from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The chamber initiates programs that create a dynamic business climate and improved quality of life through innovative community partnerships and invested business leaders. The Momentum program is currently in year 2 of its fourth five-year economic development plan. For additional general information, please visit the chamber’s website at www.roundrockchamber.org

Vice President, Economic Development

The Round Rock Chamber has undergone a true evolution. With a new strategic plan, a refocused mission, and an aggressive business plan, the chamber is reinforcing its position as the community’s economic-generation leader. By focusing on meaningful and measurable results in support of its approximately 1,000 investors, the chamber is working to ensure that Round Rock is the preeminent business community in all of Texas.

This lofty goal that can only be accomplished with an aggressive and experienced economic development professional leading the chamber’s business retention, expansion, and attraction efforts. The vice president of economic development must be someone who can anticipate the needs of current and future Round Rock businesses and deliver appropriate solutions. He or she must promote the community’s assets and convince companies’ leadership that Round Rock is the most viable option for long-term economic success.

The vice president of economic development oversees the chamber’s business development strategies, including the activities related to its economic development partnership with the City of Round Rock and the Momentum campaign, while monitoring the programs’ effectiveness. The incumbent must build and sustain relationships with local, regional, and national stakeholders. The vice president must undertake proactive efforts to recruit targeted industries that will fuel job creation, capital investment, and tax revenue. Finally, the vice president of economic development will serve as the staff liaison for assigned committees as well as special task forces.

The ideal candidate for the position of Vice President, Economic Development has:

·         a bachelor’s degree, with master’s degree, preferred

·         a minimum of five years’ experience in economic development, business management, public administration, or related field(s) (work experience and professional certifications may be considered in lieu of education requirement)

·         a demonstrated and quantifiable record of job retention and/or creation

·         contacts in one or more of the community’s target industries (life sciences and healthcare; technology and computing;            professional and financial services; innovative manufacturing)

·         Extensive knowledge of economic development best practices including innovative marketing techniques

·         the ability to provide excellent customer service and be a team player

·         the ability to produce a large quantity of high-quality work with limited supervision

·         a demonstrated ability to work well with volunteers and staff at all levels

·         strong ethics, including a commitment to transparency and confidentiality

·         a strategic mindset with the ability to execute and to inspire trust

·         high proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite

SELECTION PROCESS

Candidates for this position will be evaluated by Jorgenson Consulting. Only a limited number of the most highly qualified applicants meeting the requirements will be invited to participate in the interview process. For consideration, please submit a letter of interest and résumé to Dianne Reid at RRChamber@jci-inc.net.

REFERENCES AND BACKGROUND INFORMATION

There will be an extensive background and reference check of candidates. Once strong mutual interest has been established, candidates are asked to provide a list of references that should include, but not be limited to, a supervisor, a peer, a development client and a subordinate, as applicable. Candidates will be asked to sign an authorization to release information for the purpose of the background investigation, which may include verification of education, credit check, criminal and driving records. Should an offer be extended prior to the completion of these checks, the offer will be made contingent on the successful completion of the reference and background checks.