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The County of Dillon is seeking an Economic Development Director to provide management and leadership in the creation and implementation of economic development strategies for the County, and to perform related professional, administrative and supervisory work as required.

The Economic Development Director researches and formulates long-range goals for the organization, develops policy and position papers, and negotiates with chief administrative officers and/or elected officials.  Duties include the following:           

  • Plans, organizes and directs all programs and activities of the Economic Development Department, with emphasis on creating and implementing strategies to enhance the economic well-being of the Dillon County area.
  • Supervises support staff.  Supervisory duties include instructing; assigning, reviewing and planning work of others; maintaining standards; coordinating activities; selecting new employees; acting on employee problems; recommending and implementing employee discipline and discharge.  Reviews the work of subordinates for completeness and accuracy; evaluates and makes recommendations as appropriate; offers advice and assistance as needed. Provides for adequate staff training and development opportunities.
  • Develops and administers the department budget; ensures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities and time.
  • Provides direct assistance to the County Administrator and County Council in economic development matters and regarding various special projects.
  • Works in conjunction with the Dillon County Public Private Economic Development Partnership Board
  • Develops and recommends short- and long-range economic development strategies; gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendations.
  • Recruits and negotiates with industry representatives to encourage location in the County area; meets with elected officials to discuss incentive recommendations for prospects.
  • Encourages current local industries to create new jobs and invest additional funds.
  • Develops and maintains a comprehensive inventory of available buildings and sites in the community for economic development purposes; identifies potential properties to be used for industries, businesses, industrial parks and commerce business centers; identifies costs and potential funding sources for site and park development.
  • Prepares and maintains information on utilities, taxes, zoning, transportation, community services, financing tools, etc.; responds to requests for information for economic development purposes.
  • Directs the research, analysis and evaluation of technical information to determine feasibility and economic impact of proposed industrial expansions and developments.
  • Researches and recommends infrastructure development programs to the County Administrator and County Council.
  • Negotiates and administers various contracts, agreements, partnerships and coalitions.
  • Secures and administers grant funds and donations for use in funding various County projects.
  • Confers with local, state, and federal governmental officials to effect changes in local policies or ordinances discouraging effective development.
  • Develops and conducts an ongoing public awareness and marketing program designed to support economic development efforts. Presents programs about development plans to various community, industry and civic groups; prepares public relations materials in multi-media formats, including on-line and computer media.
  • Represents the department and County at various local, regional and national conferences and meetings; serves as liaison to other counties, municipalities, state and federal agencies, various boards and commissions, chambers of commerce, merchants’ associations and other community/professional/civic groups, industries / businesses, the news media, other professionals and the general public.
  • Receives and responds to inquiries, concerns, complaints and requests for assistance regarding areas of responsibility.
  • Performs general administrative work as required, including preparing reports and correspondence, entering and retrieving computer data, reviewing mail and literature, conducting and attending meetings, etc.
  • Attends training, conferences, seminars, meetings, etc., to maintain awareness of legislation, trends and technology related to economic development planning and implementation.

Requires a Bachelor’s degree or education and training equivalent to four years of college education in urban or regional planning, business or public administration, economics, finance, marketing or other related field.  Must possess a valid South Carolina state driver’s license with good driving record.  Applicant must successfully pass drug screening test.  Resume and applications will be accepted until position is filled.  

Applications may be obtained at the Dillon County Administrative office, 109 South Third Avenue Dillon, SC 29536 or online at  Dillon County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. TDD: 843-841-3707.

Please note: In order to be considered for any position with the Town of Bluffton you must complete and submit a Town of Bluffton Employment Application and submit it along with a cover letter and resume.  Please visit our site for the application and submittal instructions. 


VP of Innovation

General Definition of Work

The VP of Innovation will lead Bluffton’s innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives to foster and develop a culture thriving on investment in the local and regional economy.  The position will be responsible for marketing Bluffton as the leader and preferred destination for innovation, entrepreneurship and related growth.  The VP of Innovation will be involved with programming an approved state-of-the-art facility (called the HUB) to house Bluffton’s innovation and economic development efforts. The HUB will be the nucleus for all local and regional economic innovation and economic action.   

A primary function of the position will be to coach and mentor entrepreneurs while working with key community partners to help develop entrepreneurial culture in the region. Ensures the success of the Don Ryan Center’s commitment to supporting economic development by facilitating entrepreneurship development.

This position will report directly to the Don Ryan Center for Innovation (DRCI) CEO. Additionally, they will collaborate with DRCI Board of Directors, mentors, organizational partners, businesses, and the Town of Bluffton in executing the DRCI strategic plan.

Other duties will include evaluating local resources, needs, goals, and opportunities to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the Bluffton region. This position will require hands-on involvement with the HUB and Don Ryan Center Membership.

Essential Functions

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.

Oversees the day-to-day operations of the business incubator and innovation strategies. Includes marketing, recruiting clients, and screening potential innovators.

Skill in community relations and marketing for successful recruitment of clients and partners to Don Ryan Center.

Acts as a catalyst to strengthen the region’s entrepreneurial support network by coordinating the delivery of selected services to the Don Ryan Center membership and start-up concierge customers.

Assist entrepreneurs with strategy development including, hiring, organizational processes, financial management, growth, and investment strategy.

Assist in coordinating entrepreneurship education programming for Don Ryan Center membership series.

Coach and advise on business development, marketing, fundraising, and team composition; rotating among multiple startup organizations in varying stages of development.

Support the management of customer-driven new product development from prototype design to launch.

Serve as a liaison to ecosystem partners and investors to insure that expectations are exceeded and schedules and budgets are met.

Support vetting of proposals of business strategies, value proposition, customer traction, technology viability, market size, and competitive positioning.

Work with key public and private organizations at the national, regional, and local level for the purposes of assisting in the growth of the startups’ strategy.

Support and advance the creation of strategic partnerships with regional and local educational institutions, governmental agencies, and service partners.

Evaluate, seek and secure potential funding sources through program revenue, grants, donors, etc.

Develop and maintain a client database, prepares periodical reports, and maintains record of projects, progress and status of innovators.

Coordinate, maintain, and review needs of clients to ensure the Don Ryan Center is meeting current targeted industry needs.

Manage incubator funds by working with CEO to develop budget.

Assist in coordinating operations of the Hub (physical space) with CEO and Operations Manager.

Attend and participate in the DRCI monthly Board Meetings and other Town of Bluffton meetings as required.

Serve as an example and advocate for the Town’s Mission and Core Beliefs.

Perform emergency or disaster-related duties as assigned.

Assume specified duties and responsibilities of the CEO as directed and performs other duties as apparent or assigned.

Other Skills and Abilities 

Ability to mentor entrepreneurs in key start up activities related to team formation, strategic marketing, human resource issues, financial management, business development, strategic partnering, and fundraising.

File reports as requested and required in a comprehensive and timely fashion.

Ability to evaluate business operations, technologies, and entrepreneurs with regard to the likelihood of business success, management strengths and deficiencies, and market opportunity.

Possess a strong understanding of customer expectations, strategic direction, and applying this information to strategic and tactical decisions.

Engender and exhibit a positive and collaborative attitude.

Skill to make presentations to companies, board members, funding sources and others.

Experience in seeking and applying for Grant opportunities.

Ability to manage and coordinate multiple disparate projects, clients, timelines, and goals in a fast-paced environment.

Experience and Education

Bachelors of Science Degree from four-year accredited college or university. Experience in the private sector with a start-up or small business organization. Acceptable academic or work-related experience in a high tech industry, with experience with a start-up technology firm. Minimum of five-year’s experience in supporting and growing organizations to meet market needs. An equivalent combination of education, experience, and appropriate training may be considered.

Physical Requirements

This work requires the occasional exertion of up to 10 pounds of force; work regularly requires sitting, speaking or hearing, using hands to finger, handle or feel and repetitive motions and occasionally requires standing, walking, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling, reaching with hands and arms, pushing or pulling and lifting; work has no special vision requirements; vocal communications is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word levels; work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data, using of measuring devices and observing general surroundings and activities; work has no exposure to environmental conditions; work is generally in a moderately noisy location (e.g. business office with copy machines, telephones and/or computer printers, light traffic).

Special Requirements

Innovation Certification or International Economic Development Council Certified Economic Developer designation preferred.

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

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