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Job Title: Senior Program Director-Existing Industry
Agency: Department of Commerce
Opening Date: Thu. 02/23/17
Closing Date/Time: Sun. 03/05/17 11:59 PM Eastern Time
State Salary Range: $59,161.00 - $109,457.00 annually
Agency Hiring Range: Min: $59,161Max:$109,457
Job Type: FTE - Full-Time
Location: Richland County, South Carolina
Normal Work Schedule: Monday - Friday (8:30 - 5:00)
Under limited supervision, the selected person will oversee the day-to-day operation of the Existing Industry program, as well as management of staff to include existing industry manager(s), as defined by the agency.

The Senior Program Director for Existing Industry is responsible for implementing new ideas on outreach and coordination of efforts to expand the agency's reach to existing industry; oversight of the coordination and scheduling of company visits for the Existing Industry (EI) Managers, as well as coordination with others in the agency engaged in company visits.

Duties include developing relationships with economic developers (EDs) to ensure cooperative efforts with them and the EI team for industry visits and communications. Ensuring that the EI team updates and reports in the agency's Customer Relationship Management program. Coordinating with division administrative assistant for interns and their duties for the EI program, as well as monthly reporting for the EI program to the Division Director. Approving travel, developing training plans and reviewing performance of all full-time employees; renewing contracts for part-time employees. Work closely with the Deputy Director of Special Programs to ensure coordinated efforts with the Department of Defense grant programs and subsequent industry visitations. Report to Division Executive Staff, on a weekly basis, regarding strategic companies in need of attention and move quickly to assign and direct appropriate actions. Reporting closings and layoffs to the Executive Office as well as the Governor's office, and coordinate efforts with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW). Serve as speechmaker and presenter to various groups as required or directed. Subject matter may, or may not, be directly related to EI programs or efforts. Provide support to Industry Appreciation Week event as presented by the agency.

Serve as the Secretary of Commerce's appointee to the South Carolina Manufacturer's Extension Partnership (SCMEP) Board of Directors. In doing so, be responsible for providing oversight of a $1.3MM budget to determine how the funds are to be allocated to manufacturers on a statewide basis. Carry out agreed-upon terms of the Memorandum of Understanding that exists between to the two agencies. Actively serve as ex-officio member of the board and attend quarterly board meetings, special call meetings as well as strategic planning sessions. Oversee the coordination of efforts for company visits and ensure cooperation between the SCMEP and EI teams. Report to the Division Director, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Commerce on the execution of the MOU and funding associated with the partnership.
Minimum and Additional Requirements:
A bachelor's degree in business administration, economics, engineering or a related field and 10 years' experience or economic development related field; or a combination of education, training and experience that would enable the individual to perform the scope of work. Ability to establish and maintain effective business relationships with S.C.'s business and industry community. Ability to assess business operations and opportunities and related industry outlook. Experience in private sector business, sales or marketing a plus. Excellent communication skills, both written and oral. Ability to organize information, set priorities and manage multiple projects at the same time. Must be proficient in Microsoft applications, and understand or have the ability to learn customer relationship management (CRM) database(s).
Additional Comments:
This position may require weekends, overtime and overnight travel 70% of the time.
Department Name: Department of Commerce
Address: 1201 Main Street, Suite 1600 Columbia, SC 29201Map/Directions
Phone: 803-737-9887


 Position Opening: Director, Investor and Public Relations


Position open until filled

Central SC stimulates economic expansion and facilitates job creation by promoting the City of Columbia and the surrounding 9-county region as a valuable location for businesses.  Central SC was founded in 1994 and is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public/private partnership seeking a Director for Investor and Public Relations.

Position Overview   

The main objective of this position is to raise funds to support the operations of the Central SC Alliance.  In order to accomplish this, the director must work to maintain and cultivate existing relationships while creating new relationships with public and private sector allies. 


This position reports directly to the President & CEO and VP for Economic Development & Operations.

Primary Duties

  • Responsible for retaining current private sector support and maintaining relationships with existing investors while looking for opportunities to increase the total level of support.
  • Arrange opportunities for partners to interact with and update Central SC staff on their company and services.
  • Engage investors on a consistent basis and provide updates on Central SC when appropriate.
  • Organize and host “lunch and learns” for investors and prospects.
  • Generate invoices for investors and ensure collection of accounts receivable in a timely manner.
  • Identify, cultivate and maintain prospective investor relationships to secure additional private sector support.
  • Assist in managing relationships with 10 public sector partners (9 counties and the City of Columbia), including quarterly invoicing, reporting and annual presentations to council.
  • Maintain and strengthen the social media presence for the company via Twitter, Linked-In and Facebook including identifying relevant news stories, posting updates, connecting with strategic companies and organizations, and for branding Central SC with economic development.
  • Improve awareness of Central SC by arranging for unique community relations opportunities (engagement with similar organizations and economic development projects, speaking and presenting at business and service clubs, interaction with the Chambers of Commerce, etc.).
  • Send out all press releases for project announcements and Central SC updates including assistance with developing quotes for the release.
  • Plan, organize and execute the Annual Meeting, Mid-Year Meeting and Holiday Drop-in events. This includes creating the Annual Report and Mid-Year Score Card, securing all sponsorships, food donations and catering, manage invitations and RSVP’s, and assisting with the development of the program agenda and presentation.
  • Work closely with the project team to ensure investors get visibility with prospects when possible.

Skills Required

  • Significant experience in fundraising and/or sales.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office, Quickbooks, social media platforms and Microsoft Dynamics CRM (or equivalent) for maintaining contact databases.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, including making presentations to corporate executives and local government officials.
  • Ability to establish and maintain external relationships in a strong team environment and work effectively with local and state public/private investors and allies.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects while utilizing strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to be a team player, willing to assist team members with assigned tasks.

Education Requirements

  • Minimum BA or BS Degree in Business, Marketing, Public Administration, Non-Profit Management or other relevant degree.

Submit a resume, cover letter and salary requirement to:

Tracy McMillin, VP Economic Development & Operations

Central SC Alliance, 1201 Main Street, Suite 100, Columbia SC 29201



Position Opening: VP, Business Development

Job Title: Vice President, Business Development
Reports to: Senior Vice President, Economic Development

The Charlotte Regional Partnership is a nationally ranked regional EDO, representing 2.8 million residents across a 16 county, bi-state region, collectively marketed as Charlotte USA. We are seeking a Vice President, Business Development to actively, collaboratively and strategically attract new capital investment and job opportunities to the Charlotte regional market.

Position Description
The ideal candidate has outstanding relevant academic credentials; a proven track record of recruiting domestic and international clients; a keen sense of self-awareness; the ability to broadly navigate key expectations of private and public sector stakeholders; and the initiative to be a leader in the industry by building a globally competitive team that leverages intelligence and relationships to recruit businesses to Charlotte USA.

This position is expected to lead a team which currently includes two project managers and one project coordinator, as well as execute the CRP’s Program of Work as it’s written, while keeping an open mind to potential new opportunities as they arise. Substantial commitment to travel will be required, both domestically and internationally. Non-traditional hours to accommodate for time changes and deadlines may also be required. Familiarity with international business protocols is preferred. Fluency in a foreign language is not a requirement, however seen as a highly favorable skill.

This position reports directly to the SVP, but works very closely with all members of the CRP team.

Duties & Responsibilities

Business Development
 Actively develop new domestic and international business leads
 Host and support companies during their visits to the region
 Participate in organizations locally, statewide, and internationally to be visible in the profession
 Organize and facilitate domestic/international business development missions
 Lead and mentor a project management team to successfully manage deal flow

Strategic Engagement
 Implement recommendations of the Regional Strategic Plan to impact performance metrics
 Work with EDAC and other allies to improve our proactive and reactive efforts
 Contributes to the team by performing other duties and participating in special projects as needed

Professional Development
 Maintain and actively participate in consultant associations
 Attend SCEDA, NCEDA and/or IEDC events annually

If interested, please respond directly by sending a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Eligible candidates will be contacted after March 1st for interviews.
*No phone calls, please*


Position Opening:  Director, Research

 Job Title:                              Director, Research

Reports to:                          Vice President, Marketing & Research


The Charlotte Regional Partnership is a nationally ranked regional EDO representing 2.8 million residents across a 16 county, bi-state region, collectively marketed as Charlotte USA.  We are seeking a Director of Research to creatively, collaboratively and strategically transform data into knowledge that is vital for our economic development marketing and recruitment activities.  

Position Description

The ideal candidate possesses a naturally curious and inquisitive mind; critical thinking skills to analyze information and process the ability  to work in a deadline-driven environment.  This position is fast-paced and projects are varied but vital to this role is the understanding of regional/local economic development data and its sources.  Seen as crucial to our success, this role interacts with many functions of the organization.  The degree of accuracy, time-sensitivity, and collaborative nature of this position cannot be understated.  Having recently completed a Regional Strategic Plan, this position creates a unique opportunity for an individual to actively track the growth of a fast growing, dynamic economy.

Duties & Responsibilities


  • Maintain information, perform basic research, and analyze information pertaining to the region;
  • Prepare project research for economic development prospects;
  • Prepare market research for publications, speeches, and collateral material used to promote the Charlotte USA brand;
  • Conduct proactive business development research to identify potential prospects for the team’s lead generation research;
  • Organize and manage knowledge management system
  • Communicate with the various economic development agencies in the region (and states) to learn of specific assets that help to market and promote the region;
  • Communicate with investors and additional resource organizations;
  • Participating in, and initiating, special projects as needed.

Preferred Skill Sets

  • Previous experience working in an economic development environment
  • Previous experience working with ESRI’s ArcView platform is helpful
  • Understanding of, and the ability to communicate labor force trends, industry clusters and their impact, as well as demographic trends to a wide spectrum of audiences
  • Ability to communicate effectively through reports and presentations
  • Proven track record of working effectively and collaboratively within a team environment
  • Self-motivated with dedication to execute projects from start to finish

If interested, please respond directly by sending a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to  Eligible candidates will be contacted after March 1st for interviews. 

*No phone calls, please*


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