Hendry County Economic Development Council Executive Director Position
Date Posted: August 22, 2017
Location: 644 South Main St. Labelle FL 33935
About the Position
The state of Florida, our region, and Hendry County have invested in multiple initiatives that make our community a natural fit for growth. Traditional Economic Development practices continue to change and our local focus continues to adapt to what is most important to securing our most fitting, and most relevant path forward. Hendry County is ideally located, has ideal physical assets, and a community committed to achieving an environment most conducive to business and talent retention.
Economic Development (in Hendry County is a “community effort,” consisting of a partnership between: The Economic Development Council (EDC), the State, County and municipal governments. (infrastructure, land use, construction, relevant policy, and many other enabling facets are now recognized as integral parts to our efforts), Workforce & Career Development (public and private education), along with local and regional alignment with key players are the elements needed to take Hendry County to the next level.
The Hendry EDC is the core entity tasked with ensuring effective collaboration, necessary and relevant policy support, and ensuring that the right expectations and awareness are delivered to the community.
Skills most imperative & relevant to the Hendry County EDC
The Hendry County Economic Development Council Executive Director (Executive Director) will be a passionate leader, possessing superior communication and team building skills; The ideal Hendry EDC Director will attend networking events, strengthen local, regional, and state relationships most beneficial to bringing the assets, programs, and businesses needed to progress the vision of a future Hendry County – a community aligned with the assets and participants that make us who we are. The ideal candidate will understand the “tried and true” principles in the ED “tool box” be an innovator, and will have the capacity to push change, collaboration, and leadership needed to achieve the goals most important to the community. The ideal candidate is a professional willing to learn the community, love the community, and understand the many desires present, but able to prioritize and achieve those goals in the manner most beneficial to the organization and the community.
The Executive Director will preferably have the following skills and experience to be effective at business attraction, business growth and sustaining target industry businesses:
- coordinating, convening, communicating and connecting partners and stakeholders
- marketing and sales (especially to generate deals – regional, Florida, domestic, international)
- closing deals (utilizing the state, regional and local ED “tools”)
- seeking and obtaining Florida, federal, regional, and local ED incentive programs, grants and funds
- political, public and media relations (including legislation coordination effecting or enhancing ED)
- experience coordinating a volunteer Board and Executive Committee
- experience coordinating member/investor relations
- events logistics (marketing, educational and fund raising)
- superb written, verbal, networking and social media skills
The Executive Director Duties and Responsibilities:
- Works intensely to: market for, find and close economic development deals.
- Develops and oversee a budget; while maintaining and building the investor funds from both public and private entities.
- Pursue the most relevant grants for funding of the organization, strategic partners, programs, and initiatives.
- Work effectively with state and local officials on incentive packages, while maintaining adherence and focus on local investor and community driven strategic initiatives such as: workforce development, ensuring housing and affordable living needs, providing ample support to local businesses, while concurrently maintaining an active focus on bringing in the best external business opportunities for the community.
- Public spokesperson for economic development matters.
- Administers the organization including managing and directing the EDC Projects Manager/Executive Assistant and volunteers.
- Conducts Monthly Board meeting.
- Conducts Monthly Board executive committee meeting.
- Attends County and City Board meetings as needed.
- Attends State meetings that align with Economic Development (Florida Chamber, EFI, DEO, FDOT).
- Works with regional economic development, workforce and infrastructure organizations; Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance, Florida Heartland Regional Economic Development Initiative, SBDC, CareerSource Southwest Florida, Heartland Regional Transportation Authority.
- Keeps the EDC Board and stakeholder partners informed on best practices and all aspects of economic development
- Manages and oversees the Education Improvement Task Force which includes the Annual Captain Hendry Dinner fundraiser with the EDC Projects Manager/Executive Assistant.
- Manages and oversees the Leadership Hendry Glades program for both adult and youth classes with the EDC Projects Manager/Executive Assistant.
Candidate Experience and Education
The ideal candidate will have economic/business development, commercial real estate marketing, sales, leasing or development related experience. Community Development and policy-driven experience is a highly desired trait. The candidate should have an established professional work record in either not-for-profit, public, or private organizations. A successful track record of leading and managing boards that have diverse backgrounds including private business, elected officials and other partner organizations.
- Experience with and knowledge of economic development programs in Florida or other states.
- Experience with and communicating with business executives, site selection consultants, ED project developers, public officials and the media.
- Experience with marketing, research, and implementing ED programs and initiatives.
- Bachelor’s degree is required (preferably in business, real estate, marketing, communications or similar degree program).
All resumes should be submitted on or before September 15, 2017
Tuesday R. Tritt
PO Box 697
LaBelle FL 33975