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Economic Development Specialist, Newberry County Economic Development

Newberry County Economic Development (NCED), a department of Newberry County Government, is seeking a dynamic and talented economic development specialist to help the director with day-to-day operations of the department.  

Job Responsibilities
The Economic Development Specialist will have primary responsibilities in the following areas:   
•    Completing requests for Information (RFIs) pertaining to potential taxable investment and job creation in Newberry County
•    Preparing reports and digital presentations
•    Maintaining Databases
•    Preparing communications
•    Providing existing industry support
 
Under the general supervision of the Director of NCED, the Economic Development Specialist will:
•    Complete RFIs on deadline for industrial development prospects, site consultants, and others proposing taxable investment and job creation in Newberry County
•    Prepare written reports and digital presentations for communication to both external and internal audiences, including the County Administrator, County Council, economic development prospects, existing industries, etc.
•    Survey the existing industry community to gather information
•    Maintain and improve the existing industry directory
•    Maintain Newberry County’s available properties databases, including those on www.newberrycountysc.org and www.locatesc.com
•    Play a lead role with event planning and execution
•    Monitor grant opportunities and respond when appropriate
•    Assist with the coordination and participation of the daily administration of Newberry County Economic Development
•    Attend training, conferences, seminars, meetings, etc., to enhance knowledge and skills

Desired Qualifications:
•    Bachelor’s Degree in a field relevant to economic development, such as economics business, or political science
•    At least 3 years of work experience, preferably in economic development or business development efforts, planning, project management or an equivalent combination of training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to be successful in the position
•    Outstanding interpersonal, written and verbal communications skills
•    Creative talents and strategic thinking abilities
•    Strong organizational skills and the ability to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously
•    Solid knowledge of the application of modern technologies to organize, communicate and produce effectively
•    Intermediate to advanced computer skills including Microsoft Office and Adobe products such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop and InDesign
•    Advanced research skills and the ability to leverage numerous resources to gather, assemble and present relevant data in intelligent and useful ways
•    Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a member of a team

Other Relevant Information:
•    Must have a valid South Carolina Driver’s License or ability to obtain one.
•    Overnight travel and weekend work may be required.
•    Annual Salary Range:  $30,000 - $40,000.  Fringe benefits include medical/dental insurance and enrollment in the SC Retirement system.
 
This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS: Applications will be accepted for this position beginning Monday, August 17, 2015, and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Newberry County Employment Applications may be obtained by visiting www.newberrycounty.net or by contacting the Human Resources Office at the Newberry County Courthouse Annex, 1309 College Street, Newberry SC, 29108. A resume may be included but will not be accepted in lieu of a Newberry County Employment Application. Applicants indicating college credit, degree(s) or specialized training on the application shall provide an official copy of related documents should they be selected for the position. Newberry County conducts background checks and tests for the use of illegal substances.

THE COUNTY OF NEWBERRY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. THE LANGUAGE USED IN THIS DOCUMENT DOES NOT CREATE AN EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT BETWEEN THE EMPLOYEE AND NEWBERRY COUNTY. THIS DOCUMENT DOES NOT CREATE ANY CONTRACTUAL RIGHTS OR ENTITLEMENTS. THE COUNTY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REVISE THE CONTENT OF THIS DOCUMENT, IN WHOLE OR IN PART. NO PROMISES OR ASSURANCES, WHETHER WRITTEN OR ORAL, WHICH ARE CONTRARY TO OR INCONSISTENT WITH THE TERMS OF THIS PAPAGRAPH CREATE ANY CONTRACT OF EMPL0YMENT.
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Laurens County Economic Development Office

The Laurens County Development Corporation Invites applications for the position of Executive Director.  Laurens County has a population of approximately 70,000 and is located in Upstate South Carolina. The County is primarily rural with close proximity to the urban area of Greenville, with primary employment being in the fields of automotive technology, education, warehouse distribution, and associated support industries. The Laurens County Economic Development Corporation is a public-private entity seeking an Executive Director. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of attracting new businesses, creating jobs, adding tax base and supporting existing business expansion within a community. This position reports directly to the Board of the Laurens County Economic Development Corporation.

Qualifications:

·         Professional Certification preferred. Economic Development training preferred.

·         Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, Public Administration, Marketing or development related field required, Master’s Degree preferred.

·         Minimum of 3 years of successful economic and business development experience, lead generation, project management, industry attraction and retention.

·         Successful candidate must reside within Laurens County within 90 days of hire.

·         Experience with Workforce Development and ongoing training.

Compensation/Benefits

·         Salary based upon credentials and experience.

·         Employment contract defining salary, benefits, and incentive plan to be negotiated.

·         Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills.

Job Duties:

·         Manage new prospect and project relations at all levels from lead/suspect origination to fulfillment of appropriate site selection and project analysis.  Process management from beginning to end.

·         Identify improvements, initiate, implement, and manage a pro-active aggressive existing industry and business retention program with a menu of programs and services.

·         Research, write, edit, and compile reports as necessary and respond to requests for information (RFIs) from consultants, clients, allies, and leadership.

·         Develop and implement both a domestic and international business attraction plan in coordination with the Board.

·         Develop a 5 Year Strategic Plan with quarterly updates provided to the Board; annually update the 5 Year Plan.

·         Provide support and creative leadership in the implementation of marketing initiatives, communication, digital and multi media including social networks typically used in Economic Development.

·         Plans, initiates and directs economic development programs and services for the County; oversees the preparation and maintenance of databases and site and demographic materials, files and records.

·         Prepare for project, prospect, consultant site tours and visits.

·         Assist with product development including sites, land, buildings, spec buildings and megasite and industrial park certifications.

·         Assist with workforce development initiatives and implementation of strategic solutions for a better prepared regional workforce.

·         Markets the County through various contacts and resources; calls on and responds to requests from businesses and site selection consultants; maintains confidentially on site prospects; markets both regionally and nationally.

·         Meets with civic organizations, developers, educational institutions, municipalities, land owners and citizens to learn the resources and needs of the County and promote the merits of economic development.

·         Consults and confers with local business representatives, Chamber of Commerce, realtors, and advisory committees regarding development activity planning and implementation.

·         Represents the Laurens County Economic Development Corporation at meetings of Laurens County Council, Laurens County Chamber of Commerce, and Municipal Council meetings as needed.

·         Maintains strong working relationships with local businesses and economic development agencies, South Carolina Department of Commerce, local Chamber of Commerce organization and other similar groups that promote economic development.

·         Prepares comprehensive reports and presentations as required; prepares department budget and monitors expenditures.

·         Performs other duties as required by the Laurens County Development Corporation Board.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

·         Considerable knowledge of principles, practices and processes involved in economic development

·         Considerable knowledge of the principles of management, business, organizational procedures and financing.

·         Considerable knowledge of economic, social and technological resources available in the economic development field.

·         Considerable knowledge of the assets of the community and federal, state and local laws pertaining to economic development and planning.

·         Skills in data collection and analysis; ability to establish and maintain pertinent data bases.

·         Ability to communicate efficiently and effectively.

·         Professionally dressed.

Application Process

Please submit cover letter (with salary expectation) and resume by Friday, September 4, 2015 to Dr. David Pitts, Laurens County Development Corporation Executive Director Search Chair at  davidpitts@lcsd56.org or by mail to: Dr. David A. Pitts, Laurens County Economic Development Corporation Search Committee,  211 North Broad Street, Suite B, Clinton, SC  29325.

Fill out the authorization form attached.


Richland County Economic Development Office

POSITION: Assistant Director for Economic Development

Job Code                    1150-PR625-002

Location                     Economic Development--Administration

Salary Range             DOE/DOQ

Opening Date             07/06/2015

Closing Date              Open until filled.

Position Status         Full Time

           

RESPONSIBILITIES:         Under the general supervision of the Director of Economic Development, the Assistant Director shall:

 

EXISTING BUSINESS:

1.                  Visit all manufacturing, distribution, and back office/call center employers at least once a year.

2.                  Manage the Richland County Manufacturers Council.

3.                  Complete an Existing Business survey on each industry once a year.

4.                  Assist existing business with expansion and/or miscellaneous needs.

5.                  Develop a comprehensive database of all existing manufacturers, distribution companies, and back office/call center operations.

6.                  Plan recognition/appreciation events for existing businesses.

7.                  Assist in regional workforce development efforts relevant to existing industry.


ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:

1.                  Serve as back-up for Director of Economic Development on industrial prospects.

2.                  Conduct marketing trips to industries/site selection consutants in targeted markets as required.

3.                  Attend industry tradeshows as required.

 

MARKETING AND RESEARCH:

1.                    Implement and maintain a marketing program to consultants and targeted industries.

2.                    Review and update marketing materials.

3.                    Monitor economic development website to assure data is up-to-date, professional and meets prospects needs.

4.                    Assure sites and building database is current and adequate.

 

 

DESIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Education and Experience:

1.                  Bachelor degree in business, marketing, or public administration

2.                  Three years’ experience in economic development

3.                  Any combination of education or experience

 

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

1.      Ability to communicate effectively – orally and written with industrial management

2.      Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external contacts

3.      Ability to carry out assignments to their completion meeting required deadlines.

4.      Good working knowledge of computers and other business equipment

 

Special Requirements:

1.      Valid South Carolina Driver’s License or ability to obtain one.

2.      Some travel required.

 

Software

1.      Microsoft Office, ACT (or similar CRM), Prezi, ArcMap (or similar GIS based software)

 

 To apply, please visit www.rcgov.us/Home/Careers.aspx.


Charlotte Regional Partnership

Director of Research

Position Reports To: Senior Vice President, Marketing & Research

The Charlotte Regional Partnership is a nationally ranked top regional EDO, representing a 16 county, bi-state region.  We are seeking a Director of Research to creatively, collaboratively and strategically utilize data to transform information into knowledge that is vital for our economic development marketing and recruitment activities. The ideal candidate possesses a naturally curious, inquisitive mind; critical thinking skills to analyze information and the commitment to work in a deadline-driven environment.  Our organization also values professional development and training, encouraging staff to pursue additional education in economic development, if they wish.

Duties & Responsibilities

Research

§  Build and maintain information, perform basic research, and analyze information pertaining to the Charlotte 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 the CRP knowledge management system so the entire team can access information for themselves;

§  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

§  GIS , using ESRI

§  Graphic Design, using Adobe CS6

§  Understanding of labor analysis, industry clusters and demographics

§  Ability to communicate effectively through reports and presentations

§  Skillful in Social Media

§  Self-motivated with proven ability to execute projects from start to finish

 

This position is currently open until filled.   Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume via email only to:  vgoeschl@charlotteusa.com

 

Executive Director of Economic Development ‐ Fairfield County, SC

 

GENERAL JOB DESCRIPTION
Under the supervision of the Fairfield County administrator, the director implements the mission and directives of the
Fairfield County Council and Administration in order to ensure the effective facilitation of industrial, business and
commercial investment in Fairfield 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.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES
Project Management:
- Manage new and existing projects from start to finish.
- Respond to requests for information from companies and consultants.
- Coordinate and execute prospect site visits.
- Prepare materials and presentations that highlight the County’s strengths.
- Coordinate with local, regional and state allies to utilize all project resources.
- Negotiate with industry representatives to encourage a location in the County.

Existing Industry:
- Ensure existing industry retention and expansion through maintaining relationships. This will include regular
visitation and contact with existing industries to address issues that arise.
- Assist with existing industry expansions.
- Survey industry for workforce information to for accurate responses to prospects.
- Promote community workforce initiatives and assist where possible in growing them.

Product Development & Marketing:
- Maintain up‐to‐date information on all available site and buildings and update allies for accurate marketing.
- Ensure the county has the appropriate product available developing new sites, parks and speculative
buildings when necessary.
- Perform planning duties with respect to transportation and infrastructure needs; contacts land owners to
determine and discuss potential development sites.

Marketing & Networking:
- Participate in networking events to build relationships with key allies, SC Department of Commerce
representatives, consultants, and companies.
- Attend marketing trips and events that promote the county and its assets to further economic development.
- Coordinate economic development and marketing efforts with the regional alliance, state and other allies.

Economic Development Office Administration:
- Prepare and submit grant proposals for special funding; administers grants received.
- Negotiate and administer various contracts and agreements.
- Provides direct assistance to the County Administrator and County Council in economic development
matters and regarding various special projects.
- 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.
- Compile, organize and utilize various financial information necessary in the preparation of the departmental
budget, and prepares and monitors the budget. Oversee the development and administration of the
department budget; ensures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities
and time.
- Receive and review billing invoices, public bids, grant applications, agreements, agreements, utility
contracts, deeds, tax records, annual reports, etc.

ADDITIONAL JOB FUNCTIONS & REQUIREMENTS
- Perform 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.
- Operate a variety of equipment such as a computer, printer, automobile, copier, telephone, calculator, fax
machine, tape recorder, etc. with knowledge of relevant software programs.
- Some travel both domestically and potentially internationally.
- Perform related duties as required.

EDUCATION & SKILLS REQUIREMENTS
- Requires Bachelor's degree in urban or regional planning, business or public administration, economics,
finance, marketing or other related field.
- Minimum five years of experience in public administration, economic development or marketing and
business development.
- 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.
- Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills. Interacts and communicates effectively and
persuasively with various groups and individuals including: County Administrator, members of County
Council, County department heads and staff, elected officials, 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.
- Detail oriented with the ability to work in a high‐pressure, fast‐paced environment that sometimes provides
little notice and short turn‐around times.
- Strong organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple projects at one time.
- Advanced computer skills in all Office programs including: Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

SPECIAL CERTIFICATIONS & LICENSES
- Must possess a valid state driver’s license.
- Economic development related certifications are preferred.

SALARY RANGE
Salary is commensurate with experience.

To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter stating salary requirements to:
Sandy Clowney
Fairfield County Administration Attention: County Administrator
P.O. Drawer 60
Winnsboro, SC 29180
Sandy.Clowney@Fairfield.sc.gov


Cherokee County Development Board

 

POSITION:                   Deputy Director

  

RESPONSIBILITIES:  The Deputy Director will have primary responsibilities in the following areas:   

·         Project Management

·         Existing industry and business retention programs and services

·         GIS/Mapping

·         Economic Development planning & programing

·         Research

 

Under the general supervision of the Executive Director of the Cherokee County Development Board (CCDB), the Deputy Director shall:

 

·         Manage both new and existing industry projects.

·         Research, write, edit, and compile reports, and respond to requests for information from prospects, clients, allies, and leadership.

·         Provide quarterly reports and updates on the CCDE ED Strategic Plan

·         Analyze and compile demographic and economic data in response to inquiries from prospective businesses.

·         Analyze the feasibility of proposed projects including fiscal and economic impact analysis.

·         In collaboration with the Executive Director, develop and present the annual budget to the Board of Directors and the County Council for approval.

·         Provide advice, support and planning for developing and administering high profile marketing initiatives, programs and projects relating to business recruitment and development.

·         Manage, develop and implement an aggressive and pro-active business retention and expansion program along with recruiting new businesses to Cherokee County.  Assists Cherokee County business community on issues affecting retention and expansion in the community.

·         Represent CCDB at public, social and business functions.  Provide testimony and information to civic and community organizations on areas that impact the initiatives of the CCDB.

·         Participate in community organizations and collaborate with partners that impact the goals and initiatives of the CCDB.  Such organizations include, but are not limited to, the CCDB Board, Cherokee County Council, City of Gaffney, Town of Blacksburg, Spartanburg Community College, Limestone College, ReadySC, SC Works, the SC Upstate Regional Alliance and the SC Department of Commerce.

·         Works with state wide agencies to identify appropriate funding and programs to assist local businesses with retention and expansion, as well as applies for funding as appropriate to assist local businesses.

·         Identifies and implements strategies to improve the overall health of the Cherokee County business environment.

·         Participates in economic development professional organizations and furthers decisions that supports the local business community.

·         Monitors grant opportunities and leverages by proposal submission when available.

·         Assist in the development, management and marketing of the Upstate Corporate Park, Cherokee Corporate Park, Meadow Creek Industrial Park and other county industrial parks.

·         Assist with the coordination and participation of the daily administration of the CCDB.

·         Assists in developing and implementing department policies and procedures; evaluates operations and makes recommendations and procedural changes to increase efficiency and effectiveness as appropriate.

·         Attends training, conferences, seminars, meetings, etc., to enhance job knowledge and skills, and also evaluate training needs of staff and make recommendations as needed.

·         Plans, schedules, organizes and directs announcement events, groundbreakings, industry appreciation/recognition events, investor relation events and other events related to economic development programs and projects.

·         Performs duties of Director as required in his/her absence.

 

Desired Minimum Qualifications:

  • Education and Experience:
    • Bachelor’s Degree required.  Preferred in the fields of economic development, business, marketing, planning or a closely related field. 
    • 3 years’ experience in economic development or business development efforts, planning, and/or business/industry attraction, retention and expansion programs, GIS, project management or an equivalent combination of training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to be successful in the position.
    • Economic development related certifications preferred.
    • Candidate must have outstanding interpersonal, written and verbal communications skills.
    • Creative and strategic thinking abilities.
    • Strong organizational skills and the ability to coordinate multiple projects.
    • Professional attitude and the ability to maintain confidentiality.
    • Intermediate to advanced computer skills including Microsoft Office products, Adobe and various data base essentials to analyze targets.
    • Applicant must have the SCCED certification or agree to complete the SCCED certification process as a Certified SC Economic Developer within 24 months of employment.
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team member.

 

·         Special Requirements:

 

 

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

 

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

 

Submit electronic cover letters and resumes electronically to cookj@sccsc.edu

Submit hard copy applications to:

Cherokee County Development Board

101 Campus Drive

Gaffney, SC  29341

 

The Cherokee County Development Board is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to an individual’s gender, race, color, national origin, citizenship, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability or any other status protected by law.  This includes decisions involving hiring, job placement, transfer, promotion, compensation, benefits, training and sponsored programs.

 


 Sumter Economic Development


POSITION            Economic Development Manager (Compensation commensurate with experience)

REPORTS TO      President, Sumter Development Board

FUNCTIONS:

Acts as Lead Project/Program Manager for Economic Development services and supports the President as the Assistant Director in the Presidents absence or upon assignment. The position will report to the President and support the President and Director of Operations in the General operation of the organization(s). The position will also carry out all activities related to project tracking for both new and existing projects.


PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES
            1. Project Management

            2. BRE - Business Retention and Expansion programs and services

            3. Existing Industry management

            4. GIS/Mapping - Product content management

            5. Proposal and Report Preparation

            6. Research and Market Analysis


MAJOR DUTIES

   Manage new prospect and project relations at all levels from lead/suspect origination to fulfillment of appropriate site selection and project analysis. Process management from beginning to end

   Identify improvements, initiate, implement, and manage a pro-active and aggressive existing industry and business retention program with a menu of programs and services

   Research, write, edit, and compile reports as necessary, and respond to requests for information (RFI’s) from consultants, clients, allies and leadership

   Provide quarterly updates on strategic plan

   Develop and implement both a domestic and international business attraction plan, in coordination with the President and Board of Directors

   Analyze the feasibility of proposed projects including benefit/cost analysis and economic impact studies

   Aid in the development of strategic planning

   Provide support and creative leadership to staff in the implementation of marketing initiatives, communications, digital and multi media

    Networking with consultants, service providers, Department of Commerce and other economic development allies

   Work in conjunction with and in partnership with City/County and State officials for program and project resources

   Prepare for project, prospect, consultant site tours and visits

   Assist in the maintenance and upkeep of the sites and building database

   Assist with product development including sites, land, buildings, spec buildings and megasite and industrial park certifications

   Assist with workforce development initiatives and implementation of strategic solutions for a better prepared regional workforce

   Regional, national, and international travel to participate in business attraction efforts representing the organization’s interest in new jobs and investment and expansion needs as required and necessary

 

         Existing Industry program:

-    Visitation

-    Industry Survey

-    Promotion of Industry and their needs

-    Coordinate education needs for Skilled and unskilled workforce

-    Summarize Survey results

-    Support Legislative needs

-    Support Industrial Association Programs

-    Coordinate “Aid To Industry” Projects- signage, landscaping, litter

-    Focus on Existing Industry Needs - workforce improvement initiatives   

 

ACCOUNTABILITY      Directly accountable to the President

                                    

Desired Skills and Experience:

Qualifications

   Bachelor’s Degree in public or business administration, economic or business development, marketing, public relations, planning, or related field or equivalent.

   Minimum 3 years of successful economic and business development efforts, lead generation, project management, industry attraction and retention or equivalent combination of training and experience that fulfills the requirements of the position.

   Outstanding interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills

   Ability to present accurate work with strong attention to detail in a high-pressure, fast-paced and ever changing environment while being held accountable for overall results

   Creative and strategic thinking

   Polished presenter

   Strong organizational skill with the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneous

   Professional attitude and demonstrated examples and ability to keep project/prospect information confidential

   Advanced computer skills in Word, excel, Powerpoint and Apple IOS including Keynote and Pages

   Travel and overnight travel required 20-25%+

   Must have or complete CeCD  or equivalent within 24 months

   Valid SC drivers license w good driving record

   Completed Background and personality test

 

Application Process

Interested parties may submit cover letters and resumes electronically to Daniel@logandevgroup.com 

Questions or hard copy applications may be directed to:

 

Daniel Logan, Chief Executive Officer

Logan Development Group

9 Industrial Park Drive, Box 107

Oxford, Mississippi 38655

662-231-9820

 

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of work performed. The statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

 


 

Sumter Economic Development

 

POSITION           

Manager - Communications and Strategic Initiatives (salary commensurate with experience)

REPORTS TO    

President, Sumter Development Board

FUNCTIONS              

Primary focus on the design and implementation of a comprehensive and integrated, multi-faceted marketing and media relations strategy through research, analysis, communication programming to enhance the visibility and image of the region on a local, national, and international level. In conjunction with these responsibilities, the position will lead strategic initiatives in workforce development/skill improvement, entrepreneurial and innovation development.

 PRIMARY DUTIES               

 1.     Develop and design innovative marketing strategies that communicate to in-market and out-market partners, allies, consultants and end-users.

2.    Conduct and assimilate information and research data on economic development topics, including economic recovery, technology and innovation strategies, emerging markets and industry sectors, trade and exports, labor market information,  and tax and incentive data

3.    Provide and initiate strategic workforce development solutions individually and in partnership with allies including all workforce partners and organizations

4.    Assist in investor relations and management of private sector fund development

5.    Create and implement special event and programming for workforce strategies and regional promotion

 

Support Duties

-          Creating presentations for the Board, prospects and others;

-          Maintaining prospect and ally databases;

-          Assisting in maintaining our product inventory (industrial parks, sites);

-          Creating promotional materials (ads, graphics, maps) and other items used for site analysis;

-          Filling and submitting completed info requests for prospects and consultants;

-          Creating cost-benefit and economic impact analyses; 

-          Coordinating and participating in trade shows, site consultant and corporate visits;

-          Creating press releases, reports and other communications for prospects and allies;

-          Maintaining the Board’s Web site;

-          Coordinating and participating in prospect and ally visits.

 

Community Support: The Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives serves in a support role for the entire community, at the direction of the president.

-          Serving as a stand-in speaker;

-          Writing speeches/creating presentations for the president to present at community/civic functions;

-          Serving on Boards, commissions and other groups in direct community support;

-          Filling information requests from community members, allies, etc.

 

 ACCOUNTABILITY

 Manager of Communications and Strategic Initiatives is directly accountable to the President/CEO.

 Desired Skill and Experience

    Bachelor required

    7+ years of proven experience in government or corporate relations environment

    Strong leadership history and success

    Background in corporate innovation, workforce development, economic development, marketing, public relations or corporate communications

    Knowledge and understanding of business functions and principles

    Organizational skills

    Executive Management experience analyzing, managing and solving complex situations and circumstances

    Project Management experience

    Collaborator/Team Builder

    Solid marketing experience and examples of innovative, creating multi-media platforms

 

Application Process

 Interested parties may submit cover letters and resumes electronically to Daniel@logandevgroup.com 

Questions or hard copy applications may be directed to:

 

Daniel Logan, Chief Executive Officer

Logan Development Group

9 Industrial Park Drive, Box 107

Oxford, Mississippi 38655

662-231-9820

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of work performed. The statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. 

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