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Executive Director, Adams County Economic Development Corporation

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 3:28 PM | Jill Ewing (Administrator)

Adams County Economic Development Corporation
P. O. Box 492
Decatur, Indiana 46733-0492

Position: Executive Director

Position Summary:

The Adams County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) Executive Director administers and manages the activities of the Corporation. The incumbent will direct the Corporation’s efforts including, but not limited to, business development, workforce development, job attraction and job retention. Incumbent will employ skills to attract new industry and assist existing employers in growth; will help provide a trained workforce and market industrial space including available building(s), industrial (business) park(s) or greenspace.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Report to and work close with the ACEDC Board of Directors to review, evaluate and develop strategic plans and programs designed to retain existing jobs, expand current employment opportunities and provide workforce training opportunities;
  • Attract new business developments and have ability to employ prudent economic development functions;
  • Work directly with new and existing businesses and facilitate local and state incentives to grow the local employment and tax base;
  • Establish a strong visible leadership position with staff and community. Be a consensus builder with impeccable integrity. Have a willingness to put organization and community above self;
  • Work with appropriate community, county, and state officials to develop and broaden community development strategies;
  • Develop annual work plan supporting strategic objectives. Establish measurable results for each strategic area. Determine activities to be used to achieve the measurable outcomes;
  • Develop and maintain Corporation budget; supervise and direct staff personnel;
  • Manage and oversee ACEDC Revolving Loan Fund activities such as filtering applicants and monitoring repayments;
  • Develop and implement corporation marketing programs including website, follow up with specific prospects and/or site selection consultants and travel to attract business;
  • Maintain direct contact and participate in essential activity with regional and state officials in economic development;
  • Encourage business with highly trained and skilled jobs in order to retain local talent;
  • Facilitate training programs or develop opportunities for new business start-ups;
  • Maintain appropriate Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) records relative to business and industry contacts and visitations;
  • Advise and assist in tourism development as is related to economic development.
  • Promote the goals of the Corporation through speaking opportunities to county wide civic organizations and business groups;
  • Act as liaison for the Board and Adams County officials with stakeholders, the community and other economic development organizations;
  • Maintain and have ability to ensure confidentiality with the Board of Directors, BRE industry relationships and of Regional economic development relations;
  • Incumbent will work with the Board to target potential fundraising opportunities and maintain a 5-year commitment from potential investors.

Job Requirements:

I. Education and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, public administration or related field preferred;
  • If not already attained, successful completion of a basic economic development course preferred in the first year;
  • Thorough knowledge of Corporation organization, policies and purpose;
  • Thorough knowledge of Corporation decisions, practices, procedures, objectives and goals;
  • Broad knowledge of the theories, principles, practices, and methodology of administrative management and of governmental administrative structures;
  • Knowledge and experience with policies and procedures of local and state government related to economic development;
  • Ability to communicate complex theories and principles to a broad spectrum both verbally and in writing and be self-motivated;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective, cooperative, and productive work relationships – most often confidentially;
  • Ability to comprehend, analyze, interpret, and correlate technical material;
  • Ability to anticipate problems, initiate corrective action and direct the work of others.

II. Working Conditions:

Fast paced, highly detailed work environment. May sit for a long period of time, stands, lifts, and moves intermittently during working hours.

This role description is intended to describe the normal level of work required for this position. The ACEDC is a dynamic organization in a rapidly changing industry. Accordingly, the responsibilities associated with this position will change from time to time in accordance with the corporation’s business needs. More specifically, the incumbent may be required to perform additional and/or different responsibilities from those set for herewith.

This description is not intended as a contract and is subject to change. Any written contractual agreements supersede this document. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

III. Responsibility:

The incumbent is responsible for directing staff personnel involved in carrying out the activities and services of the ACEDC. The incumbent works independently and possesses sufficient technical authority for work. Decisions and major recommendations on projects are reviewed for compliance with Corporation policy and attainment of goals.

IV. Personal Work Relationships:

Incumbent works with staff personnel, Board of Directors, community, county, and state officials, personnel from business groups, business leaders considering Adams County and the public for the purpose of exchange and coordination of projects, problem resolution and information and idea exchange.

V. Physical Effort and Work Environment:

Work is performed in an office environment with no unusual physical demands or requirements. Travel is necessary relative to projects, complete assignments and for economic development related meetings.

VI. The successful applicant will be engaged in and become an integral part of the Adams County community.

Adams County Economic Development Corporation -

Member: Indiana Economic Development Association

Member: Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

Member: Local Economic Development Organization (LEDO) Council

Member: Northeast Indiana Regional Chamber

Interested candidates may send cover letter & resume to: ktinsley@adamscountyedc.com

Or mail to: Executive Director Search Committee

Adams County Economic Development Corporation
P. O. Box 492
Decatur, Indiana 46733-0492

All inquiries will be held as confidential

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