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Executive Director, Hendricks County Economic Development Partnership (Avon, IN)

Friday, May 15, 2020 4:06 PM | Jill Ewing (Administrator)

Summary of Position

The Hendricks County Economic Development Partnership (HCEDP) Executive Director (ED) provides vision and leadership in planning, directing, managing, and overseeing economic development programs and projects within the County. The ED will be responsible in promoting the County’s economic development initiatives and achieve strategic goals.

Essential Duties

Administrative Duties:

Provides vision and leadership in administering comprehensive economic and development programs including operations, personnel, budgeting, policy development, and program supervision. The ED also ensures quality, responsiveness, efficiency, and effectiveness in the operation;

Directs strategizing, planning, organizing, reviewing, designing, and evaluating of the overall operations and development of the organization’s administration;

Directs Partnership’s goals and objectives to be consistent with priorities, policies and procedures as established by the Board of Directors; identifies actions and obtains buy-in on these objectives that support the County’s economic development goals and action agenda.

Substantive Executive Director Duties:

Responsible for the implementation of, with support from the board of directors, a new fundraising plan for the future of the organization, and opportunities for economic development throughout Hendricks County;

Oversees and leads on collaborative efforts with outside partner organizations to support local business growth, expansion and relocation, new business recruitment, retention and expansion to further the community development initiatives within the trade area of Hendricks County; addresses business or business community concerns; addresses business or community needs and presents at meetings, as needed;

Upholds standards and laws governing 501c6 organizations.

Attends county-wide events representing HCEDP.

The ED will hire, train, oversee and manage the responsibilities of all HCEDP staff in an office environment.

Budget Duties:

The ED holds a fiduciary responsibility for the management of a $600,000 budget that is sourced by both public and private funding. Responsible for making financial recommendations on capital purchases, annual budget and expense allocations; oversees financial planning for organizational functions and needs in concurrence with Board of Directors approval;

Works with County Elected Officials and their staffs, HCEDP staff and other county staff, and shared services partners to establish priorities and set schedules and budgets for timely completion of projects.

Acceptable Experience and Education

Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s Degree preferred) from an accredited university or college in Economics, Business or Public Administration, Urban Planning, Finance or related field, plus five (5) years of increasingly responsible professional experience in economic or business development or international business management.

Or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Certificates and Licenses Required

Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), or other certifications in economic development are preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Technical/ Computer/ Office Equipment

  • Proficiency using a computer, including advanced proficiency with the Microsoft Office programs Word and Excel, the internet, spreadsheets and databases.
  • Ability to operate office equipment, including printers, copiers, fax machines, calculator and phones.
  • Ability to prepare records, letters, reports and other formal documents.
  • Ability to process data.
  • Ability to use and create spreadsheets, databases and other software applications.

Communication and Relationship Skills

  • Above average verbal and written communication skills including the ability to describe and explain concepts.
  • Ability to negotiate with, motivate and persuade others.
  • Comfortable and skilled presenting to groups.
  • Ability to communicate complicated or sensitive information.
  • Strong presentation and training skills.
  • Maintains confidentiality and uses discretion regarding organizational information.

Analytical and Judgment Skills

  • Strong decision-making and problem-solving abilities, including the ability to make judgments based on interpretation of information, when others’ opinions may be in conflict, and to know when to seek assistance.
  • Ability to make informed decisions efficiently and effectively.

Planning and Organizational Skills

  • Ability to prioritize, organize and manage tasks and time effectively.
  • Ability to consistently meet deadlines.
  • Above average project management ability.
  • Ability to actively participate and support strategic planning initiatives.
  • Ability to work efficiently in conjunction with other offices or organizations.

Financial Skills

  • Ability to track and control revenues.
  • Tracks, monitors, and advises on budget and financial information.
  • Ability to create and manage processes to authorize expenditures.
  • Above average detail orientation and ability to ensure accuracy of information for self and others.
  • Ability to purchase equipment, supplies and materials that are high quality and cost effective.
  • Ability to collect, reconcile or process cash/ checks and other valuables.
  • Strong mathematical abilities (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, percentages, and ratios), including the ability to apply principles of algebra and geometry, to work with probabilities and statistical inferences, and to process data.
  • Ability to check and verify financial documents.

Work Environment/Physical Demands

  • Ability to work in a deadline-oriented office environment on a flexible work schedule.
  • Ability to sit for extended periods and operate computer workstation.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to interpret policies and take appropriate action on such.
  • Ability to sit and stand for periods of time and to move intermittently throughout the workday in fast paced environments.
  • Ability to be exposed to noise, inclement weather, and extreme temperatures.
  • Strong sensory skills, such as good hearing, dexterity, feeling, and good eyesight, including the use of color perception.
  • Ability to speak clearly and interact frequently with others, both in person and through phone, e-mail, and written correspondence.
  • Ability to push/pull, lift, move, and carry up to 30 pounds.
  • Ability to travel daily and occasionally overnight. Some travel within the state approximately 10% of the time.

FLSA Status: Exempt salaried position.

This position reports to the Hendricks County Economic Development Partnership Board of Directors comprised of members of the public and private sector within Hendricks County.


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