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Job Title: Project Manager
Agency: Department of Commerce
Opening Date: Wed. 05/04/16
Closing Date/Time: Wed. 05/18/16 11:59 PM Eastern Time
State Salary Range: $38,703.00 - $71,608.00 annually
Agency Hiring Range: Min: 45,000.Max:65,000.
Job Type: FTE - Full-Time
Location: Richland County, South Carolina
Normal Work Schedule: Monday - Friday (8:30 - 5:00)

Under supervision of the Division Director, will serve as project manager (sales consultant) to generate and manage complex projects that result in job creation and capital investment in South Carolina. Work with business clients to identify and recommend site locations, business advantages, workforce availability, and demonstrate South Carolina's quality of life. Present and sell business opportunities in South Carolina through sales, missions, trade shows, consultant referrals and special events in collaboration with local economic development representatives, community and business leaders, and state and local government representatives. Track lead generation and project management data in the agency's Customer Relationship Management System to allow for analysis and monitoring of projects.

Minimum and Additional Requirements:

A Bachelor's degree in business, marketing, finance, public administration or a related fieldand three (3) years' experience. Excellent communication skills (both written and oral) a must.

Preferred Qualifications:
Economic development experience preferred. Graduate degree preferred. German language skills a plus.

Additional Comments:
Position will require national and/or potential international travel. Applicant must have the ability to establish and maintain effective business relationships with current and prospective clients, possess knowledge of the South Carolina business community and business operations, possess excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and maintain the ability to organize information and make sound judgments regarding project priorities and strategies. Must be proficient in Microsoft Applications and have ability to learn Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Databases. Ability to plan, organize, and direct complex projects.

Department Name: Department of Commerce
Address: 1201 Main Street, Suite 1600 Columbia, SC 29201Map/Directions
Phone: 803-737-9887


Executive Director of Bluffton Public Development Corporation

The Executive Director performs highly professional, administrative and technical work coordinating the public development efforts of the Town of Bluffton and the Bluffton Public Development Corporation. Work is performed under the general direction of the Town Manager.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The following functions are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of the specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Serves as Executive Director of the Bluffton Public Development Corporation and works with the Board of Directors to produce and implement a Strategic Plan.

Develops and implements programs identified in the Strategic Plan and others necessary to support public development in the Town of Bluffton.

Oversees the Town’s public development planning and implementation efforts and coordinates with private sector and other governmental agencies.

Evaluates local resources, needs, goals and opportunities and aggressively promotes businesses in the Town of Bluffton.

Acts as business recruitment and commercial development facilitator for the Town as well as focus on the retention and expansion of existing businesses.

Ensures the collection and provision of useful data to businesses and individuals in making investment decisions as well as advises the Town Manager regarding capital improvements and funding mechanisms for projects that serve as a catalyst for economic development and redevelopment programs.

Represents the Town in meetings with Federal, State, and County agencies and coordinates with other economic development agencies.

Markets Town-owned buildings and land suitable for economic development related investment.

Other Skills and Abilities

Extensive knowledge of economic research studies, business recruitment and retention/expansion programs, the principles of economic development.

Knowledge of real estate marketing, land development, and business principles.

Education and Experience

Master’s Degree in Public or Business Administration with 10 or more years of extensive professional experience in economic development, real estate development, business administration, or community development.  An equivalent combination of education, experience and appropriate training may be considered.

Special Requirements

International Economic Development Council Certified Economic Developer designation or National Development Council Economic Development Finance Professional or American Planning Association American Institute of Certified Planners designation preferred.

Possession of an appropriate driver’s license valid in the State of South Carolina.

Salary is negotiable based on experience. EOE. We offer excellent benefits and a great place to work.

Please visit the Town of Bluffton’s website at for a complete job description and to complete and submit the required Town of Bluffton Employment Application.  



Job Title: Project Manager, Business Development Services

Position Reports To: Director. Business Development Services

The following activities represent the key duties and responsibilities for a Project Manager within the Business Development Services division.   Primary duties include assisting the business development team with lead generation and executing tactics within the program of work for the Charlotte Regional Partnership.  A Project Manager has outstanding and relevant academic credentials, experience engaging with diverse group of clients, investors and other members of staff.    

An excellent attitude and aptitude for learning new things is required.  This position does require limited travel within the region, state, and from time to time conferences across the United States.

Project Managers report directly to the Director, Business Development Services, but may also work at the direction of senior management.  Ability to be resourceful and detailed is required, and Project Managers should approach every task as a learning activity. 

Duties & Responsibilities

  -Assist business development services team with project organization, research, coordination and client delivery;

-Attend project meetings and client meetings where time permits;

 -Respond to and manage selected business development projects;

-Work with local economic developers to manage projects on behalf of CRP;

 -Coordinate and execute lead development system;

 -Work with internal and external stakeholders to improve our proactive and reactive efforts

  -Actively be engaged in international, national and regional economic development business organizations including, but not limited to, IEDC, NCEDA and SCEDA

 -Contributes to the efficiency of the Charlotte Regional Partnership by performing other duties and participating in special projects as needed

Knowledge and/or Experience

This person should have an undergraduate degree from a respected college or university; professional certification (CEcD) and/or a master’s degree are a plus, but are not required.  This person should have previous experience in an economic development environment (or a combination of economic development and related) characterized by steadily increasing responsibilities; direct experience with significant business attractions.   Time spent in a regional EDO is a plus. 

This candidate will need to be a self-starter with a strong sense of urgency; a flair for selling value-added ideas and concepts to diverse clients and stakeholders; an unwavering advocacy for regionalism; experience with a broad spectrum of economic development functions including domestic and international lead generation and prospect management, retention and expansion tools, and technology commercialization.  They must have outstanding communication skills; be an effective writer and public speaker; an active listener; someone who can enhance the communication loop and local developers through early involvement, timely information updates and strong follow through; a consensus builder.

For interested candidates, please send a cover letter and resume to   



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