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Special Projects Program Manager

Program Coordinator II (AH40/06/60022456)


DEPARTMENT:  Division of Economic Development and Workforce Competitiveness /readySCTM

LOCATION:    111 Executive Center Drive Columbia, South Carolina 29210

BAND RANGE:    $39,960 - $56,947 - $73,935

HIRING RANGE:   $39,960 - $50,000                       BAND:        06

OPENING DATE:  July 21, 2016                              CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled       

SUMMARY OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The Division of Economic Development and Workforce Competitiveness is responsible for statewide delivery of readySC™, Apprenticeship Carolina™, and the Enterprise Zone Retraining Act, three major programs critical to Economic Development and Workforce Development for the State of South Carolina.  The Special Projects Program Manager, under general supervision, provides a wide range of program and project support functions necessary for the operation of the Division and for the delivery of readySC™ projects , Apprenticeship Carolina™, Enterprise Zone activities and Divisional special  projects across the State.  Provide program and project support for the Sr. Management of the Division by conducting activities including but not limited to the following: Provide oversight of and assistance to projects of exceptional magnitude, especially as it relates to unique or specialized work processes and reporting requirements. Conduct research and benchmarking activities critical to the competitiveness of the Division, especially as related to comparison with other states. Coordinate activities and special initiatives to improve efficiency and effectiveness, especially as related to work process improvement and cost reduction.  Assist with activities to maintain, improve and advance the Brands of SCTCS, Division, readySC™, and Apprenticeship Carolina™.  Oversee the management of the statewide Enterprise Zone Retraining Program.  Developing new business in cooperation with colleges, reviewing training plans prior to approval, being the single point of communication for E-Zone activities, and reporting required by the SCDOR.  Maintains strong relationships with economic development and workforce development allies across the state to insure effective and efficient collaboration and action when necessary to resource or support projects.  Participate in the business development initiatives of the Division through direct interaction with clients as appropriate and by leading activities in support of business development goals of the Division.

SBTCE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  A bachelor’s degree and three (3) years of experience in relevant program experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  A bachelor’s degree and three (3) years of experience in developing and implementing training projects for business and industry, including instruction, curriculum development and training needs analysis. Knowledge of Project Management methods and tools.  Proven presentation and facilitation skills. Must be able to identify and create reports reflective to training processes and results.  Proven ability to establish and maintain working relationships with peers, partners and clients is required as is the ability to communicate effectively and efficiently orally and in writing.  Strong leadership skills whether in managing or supporting roles and assignments.  Must be skilled in managing multiple tasks and responsibilities and problem solving.  Must be willing to adapt to changing environment.  Must be self-driven to work independently, as well as part of a team.  Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate clearly at all levels of the organization – verbally and in writing.  Proficiency with MS Office Suite and presentation technology and equipment: Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Word and the ability to achieve proficiency in utilizing agency software.


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


Director of Business Research – Economic Development Department

(Manager Level 2)

This position will report to the Executive Director of Charleston County’s Economic Development Department, and is responsible for developing and implementing the research strategy for Charleston County’s Economic Development Department; serving to strategically position Charleston County’s competitive advantage in the recruitment of new industries and fostering the development of existing ones. Responsibilities include the creation of a research information database, the management of prospect lists, the customization of confidential prospect proposals, and the assistance in presentations to corporate executives considering Charleston County for investment.

This position will also have significant research related functions, including the completion of Requests for Information (RFIs) from prospects and site selection consultants, the updating of the department’s website, research of State law pertaining to incentives and other programs, and other duties as assigned.

The Director of Business Research will collect and maintain databases from commonly used sources, design table and charts for use in economic and demographic reports, research new data sources, create and maintain Charleston County’s sites and buildings database, and create, design, and format maps. This position should also possess a thorough knowledge and understanding of South Carolina and Charleston County employment and demographic data.

In the fulfillment of all research duties, the Director of Business Research must maintain professional working relationships with higher education entities, private non-profits, utilities, the development community, and all federal, county, regional, and municipal agencies. This position requires occasional evening, weekend work, and in-state travel in response to urgent assignments.

Minimum requirements include a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Economics, Finance, or Research/Statistical Analysis supplemented with up to three (3) years of economic development research, economics, mathematics, statistics, geography, marketing, urban planning, program management, or business research experience or Business Master’s Degree in Research/Statistical Analysis or related Business, Mathematics, or Economics/Finance Field. Experience in economic development, site selection, and/or relevant disciplines may be substituted. Excellent interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills are essential. Certifications in the economic development field are highly desirable as well as a knowledge and understanding of the Charleston County economic and political environment and opportunities. Must have ability to operate a personal computer using standard or customized software applications. Must have valid driver’s license with the ability to obtain a South Carolina license upon acceptance of position is required.

Salary Range:  $56,056 – $76,252

For more information please contact Heather Ford,, 843.958.4511



Serving a core constituency of cities, counties, regional economic development (ED) organizations, universities, utilities, and other stakeholders, the SC Appalachian Council of Governments provides ED strategic planning, grant writing, and a public-private web based ED information program called “InfoMentum” (  This ED Services Director is responsible for overseeing delivery of each of these services.


·         Serve as the Program Director for the ACOG InfoMentum program (, managing program development and marketing of services in coordination with the programs governing board of investors.

·         Manage the budget of the InfoMentum program, including revenue/expenditure management, retention and recruitment of investors, and identification of other revenue opportunities (grants, special projects, etc.).

·         Effectively interpret, organize and communicate the demographic and market data offered by the InfoMentum program to advance ED projects throughout the region.

·         Serves as hands-on consultant for communities, facilitate the ACOG-developed, 7-step “Entrepreneur Friendly Toolkit” planning program for stakeholders who seek to attract and support small business development ( 

·         Develop strong working relationships with economic development organizations at the local, regional, state and federal levels.

·         Write and annually update the 5-Year regional Comprehensive E.D. Strategy (CEDS).

·         Write effective ED grant proposals for both internal program development and for special projects throughout the region.

·         Guide communities through strategic plan preparation, including existing industry Business Retention and Expansion plans, neighborhood revitalization plans, and other planning processes as identified.

·         Attends night and weekend meetings within the region and state as necessary to promote economic program and work with stakeholders.

·         Leads two full-time staff members.

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.


·         Strong oral and written communication skills are essential.  The ideal candidate is a confident public speaker, a skilled conversationalist, and a strong writer.

·         Strong knowledge of and experience in the modern ED profession, including ED finance, downtown development, redevelopment, business recruitment, state and federal programs, infrastructure, business incubators/accelerators, etc.

·         The ability to interpret, organize and communicate demographic and market data to support ED

·         Ability to manage multiple priorities and projects. The ED Director has many direct work assignments in addition to leadership and management responsibilities.

·         Professional experience in managing project and program budgets.

·         Competence working with Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook (e-mail) in order to perform daily responsibilities.

·         Competence with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a plus.


Master’s Degree plus three years of ED experience, or Bachelor Degree plus five years of ED experience.  Preferred educational background includes Public Administration, City and Regional Planning, Business Administration, Statistics, GIS, Economics, and/or other related fields.


The application period will close on July 29th. Qualified candidates should submit via mail or email a cover letter, resume and a list of three professional references to:

SC Appalachian Council of Governments

Attn: Chip Bentley

P.O. Box 6668

Greenville, SC 29606


Salary Range - $55,446 - $83,767

The Appalachian Council of Governments is a member of the South Carolina State Employee Health Insurance and Retirement Programs.


The SC Appalachian Council of Governments is an equal opportunity employer.



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