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58 INC.

Director of Economic Development

58 INC.

 58 INC. is in search of its first Director of Economic Development to serve as the lead to direct the primary organization for industrial, commercial, and retail recruitment, retention and workforce readiness initiatives within all of Shelby County, Alabama and its municipalities.   58 INC.’s purpose is to advance economic prosperity and business health through a collaborative partnership among stakeholders focused on targeted initiatives and business recruitment to assure a robust economy in Shelby County.  The primary focus is balanced job growth in the commercial, retail, and industrial sectors.  The 58 INC. Director of Economic Development will  serve as a conduit to increase the economic vitality of Shelby County by working closely with various communities, corporate representatives, local government officials, business owners, private developers, chambers of commerce, and land-use planning officials to bring desired economic investment to all communities in Shelby County.

We welcome qualified candidates to review the job description and apply to become the Director of Economic Development for 58 INC. and be part of the Shelby County community.  We encourage you to take a look at the following websites to learn more about what Shelby County has to offer:

www.DiscoverShelby.com

www.shelbyal.com

www.shelbychamber.org

TO APPLY: Please send your 1) resume, (2) a cover letter (with a required salary range included), (3) three professional references and three personal references (with contact information) via email to info@58Inc.org.  For additional information about the job posting, living and working in Shelby County, or about 58 INC., please email info@58Inc.org

SALARY:  Salary based on experience and qualifications.

DEADLINE: Open until filled.

58 INC.

Director of Economic Development

58 INC.

Job  Summary:

The Director of Economic Development serves as a conduit to increase the economic vitality of Shelby County by working closely with various communities, corporate representatives, local government officials, business owners, private developers, chambers of commerce, and land-use planning officials to bring desired economic investment to all communities in Shelby County.  Under general direction of the Board of Directors, responsible for advancing economic prosperity and business health through collaborative partnerships focused on targeted initiatives and business recruitment to assure a robust economy in Shelby County.  The Director of Economic Development will lead the organization in preparation and execution of economic development strategies to attract new retail, commercial and industrial growth; facilitate and coordinate redevelopment, business retention and expansion; managing incentive programs and partnering with local organizations, businesses and communities to establish projects and programs to expand economic development opportunities.

Duties and Responsibilities:
·         The successful leader will develop and implement economic development initiatives from conception to completion to enhance the County’s economic competitiveness in the region.

·         Provides assistance in the development of short and long term economic and community development plans, as well as the gathering of information and preparation of studies, reports, and recommendations to achieve such goals.  This will involve the preparation and maintenance of information on utilities, taxes, zoning, transportation, community services, financing tools, and incentives, in order to respond to requests for information for economic development purposes, and the coordination with other departments and agencies as needed

·         Prepares economic development incentive packages, analysis, and/or recommendations.

·         Maintains a liaison with various local, State and Federal agencies, coordinating projects with agencies as deemed necessary and appropriate. Serves as a member of economic development groups or task force that promote economic and community development at the local, State or Federal level as appropriate.

·         Becomes familiar with and remains current on the existing inventory of available buildings, businesses, and development sites within all areas of the county to include both public and private buildings and land areas; builds and leverages relationships with national site selectors.

·         Provides information and/or make presentations to Commissioners, County Manager, city leaders, boards, commissions, civic groups, businesses, individuals, and the general public on economic development issues, programs, services, and plans. Manage accurate reporting of all lead and project data to stakeholders.

·         Analyzes existing economic situations relative to business attraction and expansion; reviews modern techniques for business attraction and retention and negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues; monitors program performance and periodically report status. Must have sound technical skills.

·         Formulates and implements marketing and business attraction strategies, including familiarity with the goals and objectives of the Entity.

·         Develop a Strategic Plan, working in consultation with both internal and external area stakeholders in economic development, then oversee and manage the tactical implementation of the Plan.

·         Monitors legislation and regulations relating to economic development, and report findings to the appropriate impacted parties

·         Attends professional development workshops and conferences to keep abreast of trends and developments in the field of economic development, and to represent the interest of all areas of the County on matters related to economic development

·         Constructs supportive partnerships and establishes communications between municipal and county governments, local government leaders, Chambers of Commerce in the region, state and other local economic development agencies.

·         Organize various opportunities to capture data and market research for utilization in program development and evaluation

·         Prepares and maintains information on utilities, taxes, zoning, transportation, community services, financing tools, and incentives, in order to respond to requests for information for economic development purposes, and the coordination with other departments and agencies as needed.

·         Assists with negotiation and the management of professional service contracts, property sales or acquisition, and economic development oriented negotiations, as assigned.

·         Works closely with the Chamber of Commerce to identify areas of concern in the recruitment, expansion, and retention activities

·         Provides professional economic development advice, assists in the application and permitting process, and serves as an advocate for economic development in line with the Comprehensive Plan, zoning ordinances, and goals established by the County and partnering cities.

·         Cultivate and maintain relationships with key economic development partners, the general public, area businesses, clients, the media, and others.

·         Works closely with area universities and colleges, schools, local Chambers and business organizations to develop and attract a workforce that matches the needs of the local businesses in addition to workforce readiness and workforce development initiatives.

·         Attends professional development workshops and conferences to keep abreast of trends and developments in the field of economic development, and to represent the interests of the County in matters related to economic development.

·         Researches and analyzes market trends; makes promotional presentations to development and industry groups and other community organizations; represents the appropriate local community in regional, state and national meetings.

·         Prepares and maintains a list of local businesses to be contacted for possible expansion/retention projects, meets with business owners; works with Chamber to prepare periodic status reports.

·         Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Entity, including the hiring of employees, supervision and discipline and/or dismissal of employees.

·         Prepares and submits annual budget to the board of directors for approval as needed.

·         Serve on local cooperative districts or improvement districts.

Supervision Exercised:
Direct supervision of staff members, technical and non-technical consultants, and project teams.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
A fundamental understanding of go to market strategies for business recruitment and retention is required.  Knowledge and understanding of working with the public to analyze and assist with their concerns. Ability to relate and interface with all levels of the organization. Strong ability to make presentations to all levels of the organization and to the business and public communities.  Skills and ability to utilize various technology based applications including various software packages to achieve financial requirements. Good analytical abilities.  Ability to communicate and manage well at all levels of the organization, exercise sound judgment and make decisions based on accurate and timely analyses. Ability to represent the Entity as part of boards and leadership positions.
Qualifications and Requirements:
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Successful completion of an Undergraduate Degree in Business Management, Finance, Economic Development, or related field from an accredited university
  • Minimum five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience in local or regional economic development
  • Minimum three (3) years’ experience of management and supervisory experience
  • Residence in Shelby County within 6 months of hire date
  • Valid driver’s license

PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS

  • Successful completion of an Graduate Degree in Business Management, Finance, Economic Development, or related field from an accredited university
  • Proven track record of board participation and experience
  • Seven (7) or more years of experience and proven track record in Economic Development Recruitment, Business Development, Project Management or Sales Team management, including experience with redevelopment and revitalization programs
  • Successful completion of the Intensive Economic Development Training Courses
Physical Demands & Work Environment:
WORKING CONDITIONS
Work is primarily performed in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances.  Work will also be required in field conditions when evaluating locations and undeveloped sites for future development.  Employees may interact with public and private representatives in discussing and negotiating development opportunities.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

This is primarily an office classification although meeting potential clients at works sites will be required.  Within the office, standing in work areas and walking between work areas may be required.  Must possess mobility to meet clients on jobsites with uneven field conditions in addition to working in a standard office setting and using standard office equipment, including a computer; to operate a motor vehicle and to visit various County sites; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, and over the telephone.  Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter and retrieve data using a computer keyboard, typewriter keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment.  This position will bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information.  Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 25 pounds.