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Alliance Pickens

Existing Industry and Workforce Development Manager

Pickens County.South Carolina.USA home to Class A sites, National Champions and Scholar Technician® is seeking a candidate for the position of Existing Industry and Workforce Development Manager.  This position will have two primary responsibilities:

1.       Assist Pickens County industry to grow, add more jobs and more capital investment.

2.       Assist the School District of Pickens County, Tri County Technical College and others to develop or modify programs and curriculum to better align with the needs of the local workplace.

Pickens County and the School District of Pickens County are striving to align local education with local workforce development.  One of our key goals is to increase the volume and velocity of technically skilled students graduating in Pickens County in preparation for optimal college and/or career readiness.  Therefore, to show a true partnership and alignment of our mutual goals, this position is funded half by the School District of Pickens County and half by Pickens County.  The position reports to the Executive Director of Alliance Pickens.


Job Duties Include

·         Work closely with Pickens County existing industry to identify needs and provide means by which to assist as appropriate.

·         Align the various federal and state assets and programs to provide maximum benefit for Pickens County companies as appropriate.

·         Work closely with Pickens County existing industry to identify specific workforce issues.  Collate and assimilate the combined data for ongoing presentation to the School District of Pickens County.

·         Work closely with the School District of Pickens County, Pickens County Career and Technology Center, Pickens County industry and others to develop college and career readiness, workforce development, and skill development solutions.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Qualifications Include

·         A Bachelor or Master degree in Business Administration, Education or Economic Development or related field.

·         Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and customer relationship software.

·         Advanced interpersonal communication, public speaking and writing skills.

·         Intrinsic competencies of an analytic aptitude, as well as an aptitude for problem solving individually and in groups; and the ability to perform in sometimes high pressure environments.

·         Manufacturing, economic development or education backgrounds a plus.

Applicants submit a cover letter and resume detailing qualifications for the position to Ray Farley  The position will be open until filled.  If selected for further consideration, we will request additional information.

Area Director
Division of Economic Development and Workforce Competitiveness/readySCTM


State Classification Title: Project Manager I



DEPARTMENT:                      Division of Economic Development and Workforce Competitiveness/readySCTM

LOCATION:                              York Technical College – 452 S Anderson Road, Rock Hill, SC 29730

SERVICE AREA:                      York, Lancaster and Chester counties

BAND RANGE:                       $48,622 - $69,289 - $89,956             BAND: 07

HIRING RANGE: $48,622 - $65,500

OPENING DATE:                   July 18, 2017                                                 CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled


SUMMARY OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Manage all tasks associated with multiple small or large-scale workforce development projects that result from a business location or expansion in the state and that involves new employment opportunities for the State’s citizens.  Deploy the organizations project management approach and methodologies of discovery, design, and delivery of projects and key components of the organizations core competencies in business development, training and project execution to delivery state incentive services to client companies in the most effective manner; managing the human, capital and equipment resources required to successfully execute the project. The day to day duties will include (but are not limited to) the ability to leverage technology to accomplish the following: Coordinate and manage workforce projects using the prescribed methodologies designed by the organization based on project level complexity and specific client company requirements; Develop final scope of work, budget, and schedules for multiple small or large-scale projects to ensure project deliverables are met on time and within budget; Manages the business development efforts that lead to the attraction and retention of workforce projects in the local college service area, and represents the SC Technical College System, readySC and the State of South Carolina in attending meetings of local, state, national and international organizations involved in the project management of economic development activities to enhance competence and awareness in technology, training techniques, methods and innovations.

SBTCE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A bachelor’s degree and five (5) years of experience in project management and in developing and implementing training programs for business and industry, including instruction and curriculum development.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience in project management. Must have strong presentation and communication skills. Must be able to manage multiple tasks and responsibilities to include, but not limited to problem solving, flexible work scheduling, adapting to a changing environment and working with a wide variety of people at all levels.  Certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP) or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) is highly desirable, but not required. Must possess ability to manage project budgets in designated area ranging from $5000 to over $2,000,000.


APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Persons interested in this opportunity, should apply online at, and select SC Technical College System, System Office from the agency listing.  Please complete the State application to include current and previous work history and education.  A resume may be attached, but not substituted for completing work history and education sections of the application or to determine if an applicant has met the minimum qualifications and additional requirements for the position.

Greenville Area Development Corporation (GADC)

Research Manager


The Research Manager is responsible for performing a wide variety of tasks that supports the project management/business recruitment staff in the areas of project activity, site and building database, economic development website, and research and marketing support.  Manages all research efforts including but not limited to compilation of data/reports and assisting with projects as assigned.  Position reports to the Senior Vice President.


Job Duties include:

  • Works closely with Project Managers on economic development projects
  • Builds and maintains information, performs basic research, and analyzes information pertaining to the Greenville area
  • Conducts research and assists with the completion of RFIs for economic development leads
  • Prepares reports, conducts surveys, makes maps and develops presentations
  • Assists in the follow-up to economic development leads generated during marketing efforts
  • Acts as liaison to local allies and other economic development agencies in research, marketing, and economic development capacities; maintains relationships
  • Maintains and updates the GADC’s website and sites and buildings database
  • Monitors all marketing collateral for consistent accurate content; creates additional collateral as needed
  • Stays abreast of new technologies

Skills and Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor or Master degree in business, public administration, economic development, economics, urban or regional planning, finance, international relations or related field. Mastered degree preferred.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite, Geographic Information Systems, Customer Relationship Management software, and publishing software
  • Core competencies should include strong computer skills, strong oral and written skills, strong interpersonal skills, database management skills, critical thinking and problem solving, proven analytical aptitude, demonstrated success of working with groups and independently, ability to effectively prioritize and execute programs and initiatives in a high pressure environment.
  • Economic development related experience preferred.

All applicants should submit a résumé and cover letter detailing relevant experience to No calls please.  Position open until filled.

Demographic and Market Research Analyst
Appalachian Council of Governments (ACOG)

The Appalachian Council of Governments (ACOG) is seeking a candidate for the position of Demographic and Market Research Analyst to perform professional work in the collection and analysis of socio-economic data for the ACOG region.  The role will encompass certain regular tasks around the collection and analysis of core data, as well as a range of activities that contribute to and support the team’s production and delivery of research material.  The Demographic and Market Research Analyst will monitor forecasts of regional population, housing, and economic trends, support the agency’s InfoMentum and FactFinder programs, and apply analytical methods to real-world applications.


Essential Duties are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills.  They are intended to be accurate summaries of what the job classification involves and what is required to perform it.  Employees are responsible for all other duties as assigned.

  • Works as part of a dynamic, collaborative, and interdisciplinary team focused on using data and technology to support informed regional planning.
  • Conducts research to identify emerging needs, trends, and services related to assigned area of offerings, and compiles and analyzes data.
  • Responds to inquiries/requests for technical assistance.
  • Designs and implements marketing and/outreach materials to ensure public exposure to program offerings through print publication design, web site editing, social media, e-newsletters, direct mail and other applicable mediums.
  • Identifies funding sources for programs; participates in writing and administering grants.
  • Ensures project compliance with applicable internal and external requirements.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Skills required:

  • Research methods
  • Data management
  • Report preparation methods
  • Technical and narrative writing
  • Program coordination principles and techniques
  • Marketing and/or public outreach principles
  • Effective time management
  • Computer software including word processing, spreadsheet, database, and desktop publishing applications

Ability to:

  • Exercise sound judgement
  • Demonstrate independent problem solving and decision making
  • Prepare a variety of reports
  • Compile and analyze data
  • Coordinate program activities
  • Conduct outreach activities
  • Prepare collateral and marketing materials
  • Assess the consequences and outcomes of program initiatives
  • Speak in public


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, economic development, public or business administration, finance, or a related field.
  • Proficiency in the use of computer software programs including the Microsoft Office suite.
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, economic development, public or business administration, finance, or a related field.
  • Two (2) or more years’ experience in economic development, business attraction and/or development research, community development planning, or a related field. 
  • Proficiency in the use of desktop publishing using the Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Knowledge of geographic information systems and proficiency in the use of Esri ArcGIS.
  • Membership and participation in related professional organizations.
  • Designation or educational experience in pursuit of designation as a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) are desirable.

Any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience, which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job, may be substituted for evaluation at the discretion of organization management.


Physical Ability:  Tasks require the ability to exert light physical effort including, but not limited to, lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling, etc. of objects and materials of light weight (generally 25 pounds and less).  Tasks may involve extended periods of time in seated position and at a keyboard or workstation.

Project Management:  Tasks require the ability to schedule, coordinate, and manage various projects of varying degrees of difficulty, size, and complexity.  Duties require an attention to detail that ensures accuracy in the development of published materials and data products.

Equipment, Machinery, Tools, and Materials:  Tasks require the ability to operate, maneuver, and/or control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials, commensurate with duties of the position.

Social and Interpersonal Communication Skills:  Position requires professional social and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to function in a major organizational unit requiring significant internal and external interaction.

Reasoning:  Position requires functional reasoning skills enabling the analysis of major problems that necessitate complex planning for interrelated activities that can span one or several work units.  Position requires situational reasoning skills allowing for the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and innovation in situations involving broader aspects of the organization.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this job.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified in this position.  This job description is subject to change as the needs and requirements of the job change.


To apply for this position, please send a resume and cover letter to:

Brooke Ferguson, Economic Development Director


The Appalachian Council of Governments is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation: Executive Director Job Opening

Founded in 1769, Beaufort County, SC is part of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort MSA. With a population of over 180,000, it is one of the South’s fastest-growing counties, much of which can be attributed to the development south of the Broad River along the Highway 278 Corridor. The northern portions of the county have also seen steady growth due to a strong military presence around the City of Beaufort. The county housed nearly 86,500 employees in 2016, and the number is expected to grow another 3% throughout the next 3 years. Top industries include Government, Accommodation & Food Services, and Retail Trade.

The Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation’s vision is to organize, structure and lead economic development efforts on behalf of the county that will trigger new private investment, create job opportunities, and establish a more diversified economy and healthier tax base. It is expected that the BCEDC will achieve this vision with engagement and support from public officials, key partners and business leaders. The Corporation will also look to participate in new alliances and partnerships that will explore opportunities for light industry and small business growth, technology-led business support, workforce development, regulatory reform and other initiatives to back a healthy economy.

Job Description:
The Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation is seeking a seasoned professional to fill the Executive Director role, serving as leader and manager of the organization. A recent organizational strategic plan was adopted by the BCEDC Board, with full support from the Beaufort County Council, and identifies the need for new leadership that will synthesize the above vision and mission and take responsibility for leading the County’s diverse economic initiatives. The Executive Director will report to the BCEDC Board of Directors (currently 6 public sector individuals, but to be expanded to include private sector representation), and will serve Beaufort County and other municipalities.

Major Duties Include:
The Executive Director will lead the following six organizational objectives:
• Rebuilding trust among private and public stakeholders
• Light industrial/commercial site assessment and facilitation
• Marketing and attraction through regional alliance partnership
• Workforce development, access and competitiveness
• Small business and entrepreneurship encouragement
• Business retention and expansion through chamber alliance partnership
Other responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Management of a small organizational staff, as well as the work of partners
• Measuring and reporting on the performance of initiatives led by the BCEDC and its partners
• Identifying and assessing funding opportunities to support the new organization, as well as economic development initiatives
• Working closely with the Board of Directors to create new economic and community development initiatives
• Recognizing strengths and weaknesses within the community and responding accordingly
• Working with education and training providers to support their effort to build a workforce to better support local business needs.

Position Requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree in business, economics, public administration, or relevant subject from an accredited college or university
• Minimum five (5) years of experience in community and economic development, significant experience in a senior management position preferred
• Advanced degree in a related field is a plus
• Current status as a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) or Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) will also be considered advantageous
• Proven experience working with governing boards and managing staff
• Possess strong understanding and knowledge of state and federal economic development agencies and their programs
• Demonstrate economic development program performance, fiscal accountability and budget management skills
• Efficient and effective communication skills
• Excellent organizational skills
• Ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively with BCEDC Board, County officials, state and regional representatives, chambers of commerce, workforce development organizations and other stakeholders and partners to create a competitive business environment leading to greater job opportunities for County residents and a more diversified economy and tax base
• Established capability to produce results as a well-respected practitioner in the field of economic development

The position offers a competitive benefits package, annual salary dependent on selected candidate’s specific qualifications.

How to Apply:
Interested applicants should email their resume and cover letter to:
Rob Camoin c/o Anna Winslow at
Please send with subject line: Resume – Beaufort County EDC

Applications will be accepted until filled. If selected for further consideration, we will request additional documentation at a later date. Please no telephone inquiries.For further details see the position profile.

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