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Executive Director of Economic Development - Clarendon County, SC

 

GENERAL STATEMENT OF JOB

Under the supervision of the Clarendon County administrator, the director implements the mission and directives of the Clarendon County Development Board in order to ensure the effective facilitation of industrial, business and commercial investment in Clarendon County.  With considerable initiative and independent judgment, directs the economic and industrial development of the County with the creation and implementation of economic development strategies.  These strategies include short and long range initiatives to ensure future success.  The director promotes expansion of existing industries in the County and the establishment of new industries. Assists new and existing industries and businesses in obtaining infrastructure support, grant funding and manpower.  Promotes the County’s attributes with the creation of marketing materials and maintains a database of County resources.  Coordinates economic development activities with various local, regional, State and Federal officials and agencies and the Central SC Alliance. 

ESSENTIAL TASKS

                 Ability to perform at a high level of independence.  Plans, organizes and directs all programs and activities of the Economic Development Department, with emphasis on creating and implementing short and long range strategies to enhance the economic well-being of the Clarendon County area.  Gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendations.

                 Provides direct assistance to the County Administrator, County Development Board and County Council in economic development matters and regarding various special projects.

                 Develops programs to attract new industry and business to the County; receives and responds to  inquiries from business representatives, manufacturers and others interested in establishing or expanding operations in the County; arranges and/or conducts tours of County facilities and real estate available for industrial use.

                 Negotiates with industry representatives to encourage a location in the County. Plans, conducts and follows up on prospect visits; prepares prospect presentations, presentation graphics and proposals.  Actively involves the Development Board in industry recruitment.  Meets with elected officials to discuss incentive recommendations for prospects.

                 Assists existing industries and businesses in County with problems and concerns pertaining to infrastructure support, grant funding and manpower availability, contacting County, State and Federal agencies to provide available assistance as appropriate.  Encourages existing industries to create new jobs and invest additional funds.

                 Serves as coordinator for, or participant in, community and regional economic development committees, providing input and advice based on expertise and/or observations; participates in activities of such groups as appropriate to promote interests of County.

                 Prepares, collects and maintains demographic, geographical and economic data about the County; investigates labor supply, transportation, utilities, taxes, zoning, community services, financing tools and other requirements for establishment of new and growth of existing industry. Prepares and continually updates technical reports, brochures, news releases; etc., used in publicizing the advantages of locating in the County. 

                 Receives and responds to requests for information, inquiries, complaints and concerns for economic development purposes.

                 Develops and maintains a comprehensive inventory of available buildings and sites in the community for economic development purposes; identifies potential properties to be used for industries, businesses, industrial parks and commerce business centers; identifies costs and potential funding sources for site and park development.  Photographs and develops necessary materials to market the properties.  Maintains data on all marketable properties.

                 Directs activities such as research, analysis and evaluation of technical information to determine feasibility and economic impact of proposed expansions and developments.

                 Coordinates economic development and marketing efforts with regional alliance and other allies.

                 Compiles, organizes and utilizes various financial information necessary in the preparation of the departmental budget, and prepares and monitors the budget. Oversees the development and administration of the department budget; ensures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities and time.

                 Prepares and submits grant proposals for special funding; administers grants received. Negotiates and administers various contracts, agreements, partnerships and coalitions. 

                 Receives and reviews billing invoices, public bids, grant applications, agreements, agreements, utility contracts, deeds, tax records, annual reports, etc.

                 Ability to review, evaluate, prepare and/or process technical and legal documents, agreements, prospect presentation materials, site maps and plans, utility maps, cost/benefit analyses, technical reports, statistical reports, budget documents, proposals, memos, correspondence, etc.

                 Attends and participates in conferences, trade shows, marketing missions, prospect visits etc. to promote Clarendon County.

                 Attends and participates in community, County and Development Board meetings; attends classes, workshops and seminars as appropriate to keep abreast of legislation and trends in economic development practices.

                 Interacts and communicates effectively and persuasively with various groups and individuals such as subordinates, the County Administrator, members of County Council, County department heads and staff, elected officials, members of the Development Board, industry/commercial officials, prospects, site owners, news media, consultants, engineers, attorneys, school officials, real estate brokers and the general public to develop public awareness and support of economic development efforts and to foster effective working relationships.  Confers with local, state, and federal governmental officials to effect changes in local policies or ordinances discouraging effective development.

                 Presents programs about development plans to various community, industry and civic groups; prepares public relations materials in multi-media formats, including on-line and computer media.

                 Represents the department and County at various local, regional and national conferences and meetings; serves as liaison to other counties, municipalities, state and federal agencies, various boards and commissions, chambers of commerce, merchants’ associations and other community/professional/civic groups, industries / businesses, the news media, other professionals and the general public.

                 Performs planning duties with respect to transportation and infrastructure needs; contacts land owners to determine and discuss potential development sites; utilizes computerized tools to draw building and utility lines on site maps for clients.

                 Supervises the operation of the Development Board Department; directs and supervises duties of support staff. Supervisory duties include: instructing, assigning, reviewing and planning work of others; maintaining standards; coordinating activities; allocating personnel; selecting new employees; acting on employee problems; recommending employee discipline, discharge and salary increases. 

                 Reviews the work of subordinates for completeness and accuracy; evaluates and makes recommendations as appropriate; offers advice and assistance as needed.  Provides for adequate staff training and development opportunities.

 ADDITIONAL JOB FUNCTIONS & REQUIREMENTS

                 Performs general administrative work as required; including: typing and preparing reports and correspondence, entering and retrieving computer data; reviewing email, mail and literature; conducting and attending meetings, answering the telephone, faxing information, copying, filing, etc.

                 Operates a variety of equipment such as a computer, printer, automobile, copier, telephone, calculator, fax machine, tape recorder, etc. with knowledge of relevant software programs.

                 Performs related duties as required.

                 Must maintain residency in Clarendon County within one year of employment.

 EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Requires Bachelor's degree or education and training equivalent to four years of college education in urban or regional planning, business or public administration, economics, finance, marketing or other related field with at least five years of experience in public administration, economic development or marketing; or an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

SPECIAL CERTIFICATIONS & LICENSES

                 Must possess a valid state driver’s license. 

                 Economic development related certifications are preferred.

 EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

Requires at least six years of economic development experience.  Management experience is preferred.  The director must reside within the County and be actively involved in community events and organizations.

To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter stating salary requirements to tmcmillin@centralsc.org.



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