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Indiana Economic Development Association members and friends are available to help qualified professionals find a job. On this page, you will occasionally find links to just such opportunities.To post a new job opening, email Jill Ewing, IEDA COO. There is a $150 (members)/$200 (nonmembers) fee for all job postings. Job postings will posted here for a period of 30 days.

Executive Search Support

The Indiana Economic Development Association is committed to elevating the professionalism of local economic development professionals. IEDA aims to accomplish this by providing professional development opportunities to its members, by providing scholarships for professionals that are seeking certification, and by offering assistance to local economic development boards as they search for an exceptional and qualified professional to fill an executive vacancy.

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  • Friday, April 29, 2022 10:46 AM | Jill Ewing (Administrator)

    Cornerstone Alliance is Berrien County’s lead economic development organization, whose mission is to increase employment opportunities, private sector capital investments and the local tax base in Michigan’s Great Southwest, with specialized business services offered in economically distressed areas.

    Small businesses represent the lifeblood of the community and are key to the community’s economic future. In carrying out its mission, Cornerstone Alliance was approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to serve as a host organization to a Women’s Business Center program. The Women’s Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance (WBC) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2004 that provides business training, counseling, resources, and technical assistance to targeted communities for economic and social empowerment through a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation. The WBC focuses on providing business counseling, education, and resources to populations that have historically faced social or economic barriers, which include women, people of color, and low-to-moderate income households. The goal of the WBC is to provide entrepreneurs with the knowledge needed to help them start, grow, and expand their small business and achieve financial independence.

    In May of 2022, the Women’s Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance was recognized as the WBC of the Year for the State of Michigan.

    The WBC is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The WBC at Cornerstone Alliance offers services to residents and businesses in Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties.

    Since 2004, the WBC has served over 8,000 small businesses, helped start or grow 240 businesses, created additional jobs for many, and brought over $ 12 million into Southwest Michigan.

    Position Summary

    The WBC at Cornerstone Alliance is seeking a dynamic, outgoing, customer-service driven, thought leader to direct and manage the WBC program at Cornerstone Alliance. This position will effectively serve entrepreneurs in Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties through entrepreneurship education, counseling, and business development and be a strong liaison with the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership’s Women’s Business Center program.

    This position manages the delivery of services to a variety of business clients, with full responsibility for compliance with the federal WBC grant requirements and directives. This position heads up the program management, participating in collaborative and strategic planning processes to offer high-quality services to its clientele. The WBC Program Director provides leadership in marketing, outreach and implementation of programs, and supervises the WBC Manager and external consultants to ensure appropriate program delivery. The WBC Program Director acts as the staff liaison to the Women’s Business Center Advisory Council, a group consisting of local industry leaders and WBC client entrepreneurs, that provides guidance and insight to staff regarding the operation of the WBC program.

    The WBC Program Director also plays a key role in grant management, which includes financial management and reporting, data collection, report writing, and other administrative duties directly associated with the SBA WBC grant The Program Director also plays a key role in identifying and securing new funding streams.

    The ideal candidate would have a strong small business and/or training or financial counseling background, enabling them to provide programs and services to business clients; as well as a strong communications capacity to help network, provide outreach and represent the WBC program in a variety of public settings. The ideal candidate will be community-driven and have demonstrated experience working with diverse populations.

    Primary Responsibilities:

    A. Program Planning, Development and Implementation

    1. 1. Develop program plans to ensure grant obligations are met and impact realized
    2. Integrate with partner programs and services to ensure success for WBC clients
    3. Track effectiveness of programs using Outcome Tracker CRM
    4. Report to WBC Advisory Council and Cornerstone Alliance Boards on WBC program
    5. Develop, maintain and implement annual WBC program/event planning schedule

    B. Business Training and Consulting

    1. Deliver business workshops and webinars, as needed
    2. Provide business consulting, as needed, in subject area of expertise
    3. Manage staff and consultants to provide these same services
    4. Travel throughout Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties to provide business consulting, meet with community organizations, market the program, etc.
    5. Staff the Three Oaks satellite office a minimum of once per week to serve clients in south Berrien and Cass Counties.

    C. WBC Program Marketing and Outreach

    1. Develop and maintain marketing plan and timeline to ensure strong program participation and reaching target markets
    2. Coordinate and write marketing materials (online and paper)
    3. Engage with local media, write and submit success stories, and advance the public image of the WBC at Cornerstone Alliance
    4. Effectively communicate goals of the WBC in community meetings
    5. Build community partnerships – especially with private industry including banks, local businesses, chambers of commerce, service clubs, other SBA Resource Partners such as the Small Business Development Centers, SCORE, etc.

    D. Program Staff and Consultant Management

    1. Recommend employment status of program staff and consultants to the Cornerstone Alliance President
    2. Manage and train program staff when needed
    3. Oversee the work of the WBC Manager to ensure proper program delivery
    4. Lead effective program meetings

    E. Grant Administration

    1. Manage all program administrative and budget needs with the Cornerstone Alliance President & CEO
    2. Keep accurate and consistent records of client activity
    3. Ensure that SBA budget expenditures are property disbursed and documented
    4. Complete and submit quarterly and annual reports in EDMIS as requested by both SBA district and federal offices to ensure compliance with and adherence to all SBA regulations and requirements
    5. Ensure programs are tracked for effectiveness and meeting WBC goals/milestones using Outcome Tracker CRM
    6. Attend all SBA and AWBC (Association for Women’s Business Centers) conference calls, webinars, and training conferences (Local, regional, statewide, and national travel).

    Reporting Structure: The WBC Program Director reports to the Cornerstone Alliance President & CEO and works closely with the program and administrative staff and external consultants to ensure consistent and effective program delivery and activity/outcome tracking for the WBC. The WBC Program Director oversees the WBC Manager.

    Skills & Qualifications:

    • Dedication to Cornerstone Alliance and WBC missions
    • Ideal candidate will have first-hand experience and compassion for the WBC’s target groups of women, people of color, and low to moderate income business owners, understanding their needs, wants, values and goals
    • Experience in nonprofit organization and federal grant management
    • Ability to develop and implement administrative processes and program plans on-time and within budget
    • Demonstrated skills in program outreach, marketing, and client interaction
    • Experience in supervising direct reports, other staff, and consultants
    • Ability to identify priorities, take initiative, and make clear recommendations to ensure successful delivery of programs, services, reporting and customer service
    • Experience in counseling people. Ideal candidate will have financial counseling experience
    • General knowledge of the workings of federal, state, and local government
    • General knowledge of microenterprise/small business development field and business concepts
    • Must have advanced knowledge of financial skills, i.e. budgeting, cash flow
    • Willingness to travel (local, regional, statewide, and nationally) and work evening or irregular hours as needed
    • General knowledge of Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties
    • Must be adaptable and able to respond to changes in the working environment
    • Must have a high level of computer and social media skills - Must have a technology mindset
    • Must have solid written and verbal communication skills
    • Must have an ability to train others in skills and knowledge
    • Must be able to work independently and exercise good judgment in a team environment
    • Must be open and have a willingness to learn in all areas of job description.

    Requirements:

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Business or similar field
    • 5-years equivalent experience
    • Two years of experience working in a nonprofit or government agency preferred.
    • Experience working in a microenterprise or small business development and/or community-based nonprofit organization.
    • Computer proficiency (general computing skills, Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat) and excellent writing skills a must.
    • Experience with Outcome Tracker CRM, EDMIS a plus.

    Visit the WBC at Cornerstone Alliance’s website at https://www.cornerstonewbc.com, Cornerstone Alliance’s website at https://www.cstonealliance.org, and the Small Business Administration’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership https://www/sba.gov/offices/headquarters/wbo

    Salary Range: $60,000 to $70,000, and a generous benefits package that includes Health & Dental Insurance, Paid Time Off and Holidays, Simple IRA program and match, and more.

    Position Open Until Filled.

    Expected Start Date: June 6, 2022

    Please do not call the office asking about this position.

    To Apply:

    Email the following to rcleveland@cstonealliance.org

    1. Cover letter which includes a description of your qualifications as they relate to the position description provided; why you are interested in this position; and highlighted experience that particularly qualifies you for the position.
    2. Resume
    3. Writing samples
    4. Two professional references
  • Wednesday, April 20, 2022 12:29 PM | Jill Ewing (Administrator)

    The Deputy Director for a renewable energy organization is a consulting role, serving as an independent contractor to the organization. This organization is a non-partisan, statewide organization that supports the development of renewable energy, primarily large-scale solar and wind projects, through service and communication to citizens, local public officials, businesses and others to educate them about the economics, cost savings, and community and environmental benefits of renewable energy. Initiative and drive are expected to creatively identify new methods and processes for outreach to accomplish the organization’s goals.

    • Act as the public voice and face of the organization for designated area of the state and assigned issues and stakeholders.
    • Through local outreach, find and engage with community groups, businesses, community leaders, and local officials, as well as speak at community events, such as local civic, agriculture and education organizational meetings to promote the goals of the organization and recruit them to become advocates for projects in their community.
    • Grassroots and GrassTop organizing of local supporters to encourage attendance and participation at local hearings, events and though other mediums, such as letter writing and phone calls.
    • Work closely with Executive Director, other Deputy Directors and consultants regarding programming, outreach mechanisms, and development of overall strategies and policy for renewable energy.
    • Support and assist in creation of documents, letters, leave behind material and other necessary items as assigned.
    • Provide functional supervision of Field Coordinator(s) related to project activity and community outreach in accordance with operational goals (if such positions are filled).
    • Direct advocacy (lobbying) of state legislative officials (elected or staff) is NOT a responsibility of this position.
    • Work from a home-based office
    • Travel and other expenses related to the position will be reimbursed.

    Interested parties should contact Steve Eberly, Executive Director at steve.eberly@hoosiersforrenewables.com or 765-426-8403 cell

  • Monday, April 11, 2022 12:14 PM | Jill Ewing (Administrator)

    OVERVIEW: The President is the Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance (Alliance). The Alliance serves as the lead economic development organization for Kokomo and Howard County, Indiana and focuses on enhancing the economic prosperity of the community by achieving goals and executing programs that benefit the community’s employers, residents, institutions, and visitors.

    The Alliance consists of the combined efforts of the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Council, the Greater Kokomo Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Kokomo Downtown Association, the Greater Kokomo Visitors Bureau, and Inventrek Technology Park.

    The CEO is responsible for the overall operations of the Alliance and leads the five organizations that comprise the Alliance to promote community prosperity.

    REPORTS TO: Board of Directors of the Alliance.

    SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Manages all subordinate supervisors and staff, currently numbering 10.

    EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred. Completion of economic development and/or chamber of commerce certification or program also preferred.

    SKILLS and BACKGROUND:

    • At least 10 years of related experience in economic development, chamber of commerce management, or industry management.
    • Demonstrated experience in membership development and fundraising and in developing, monitoring, and managing a budget of over $1 million.
    • Other acceptable industry experiences may include workforce development, talent attraction, capital project planning and management, marketing and communications.
    • Experience operating in a results-focused environment with an emphasis on metrics and deliverables.
    • Social media awareness
    • It is expected that the CEO will reside in Howard County

    COMPETENCIES:

    • -Leadership
    • -Communication, oral and written
    • -Initiative
    • -Presentation abilities
    • -Collaborative
    • -Integrity

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Develops a strategic plan that promotes the vision of the Alliance in cooperation with the Board of Directors.
    • Ensures successful tactical implementation of the strategic plan.
    • Refines the strategic plan as necessary to address marketplace and competitive challenges and opportunities.
    • Attracts, recruits and retains an excellent professional staff.
    • Maintains a workplace that embodies the values of the Alliance; promotes a culture of teamwork; engenders high staff morale; establishes clearly delineated responsibilities; and sets defined expectations for performance, accountability and success.
    • Develops specific procedures, programs, budgets and policies in response to the strategic plan, including measurement guidelines to track and analyze performance.
    • Assists the Chair and Executive Committee as needed to support the work of the Board of Directors.
    • Communicates regularly with the Board of Directors, investors, regional partners, elected officials, and other constituents.
    • Oversees and directs marketing initiatives to achieve measurable outcomes that produce leads and ensures professional management of leads in order to maximize the location, growth and expansion of businesses and investment in Kokomo and Howard County.
    • Engages with public and private sector investors to provide the necessary financial support for the Alliance to succeed in its mission and to execute its Program of Work.
    • Maintains existing investor relationships and develops new relationships through meaningful communication and interactions.
    • Maintains a strong working relationship with public officials at local, state, and federal levels.
    • Maintains strong working relationships with community partners and professionals.
    • Develops appropriate relationships with regional organizations.
    • Advocates on behalf of business in policy-related matters that affect the business climate in Kokomo and Howard County.

    To apply: Submit a cover letter and resume, by email, to Michelle Reed at mreed@greaterkokomo.com

  • Monday, April 11, 2022 11:52 AM | Jill Ewing (Administrator)

    RESULTS STATEMENT: I am accountable for producing the following results:

    One Southern Indiana (1si) expects this position to be primarily responsible for conducting and supervising the activities associated with the economic development operations of the organization, including developing and implementing the organization’s economic development strategy and metrics of success, business creation, attraction, and retention and expansion.

    This Vice President, Director position will supervise the Sr. Director of Business Development and the Director of Business Retention & Expansion and Talent. In collaboration with the HR Coordinator, develop staff professional development activities and performance-based training plans and ensure staff, space and materials are adequate for meeting performance expectations. Additionally, this position may oversee and manage all aspects of the organization in cooperation with the President/CEO.

    As Vice President, this position may serve as the lead authority for the organization when authorized by the President/CEO. This position serves as a member of the Executive Team, and thereby shares responsibility for organizational leadership.

    ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

    Vice President Functions:

    1. Serve as the lead authority for the organization when authorized by the President/CEO.
    2. Represent 1si in all aspects of the organization, including policy discussion, legislative testimony, and media interviews, as assigned.
    3. Serve as a member of the Executive Team, and thereby share responsibility for organizational leadership.

    Director of Economic Development Functions:

    1. Develop/upgrade relations with all economic development partners (regional, state, national, etc.).
    2. Coordinate with President/CEO and staff on workforce development and education efforts to support existing industry and business attraction needs.
    3. Supervise Sr. Director of Business Development; Director of Business Retention & Expansion and Talent; and any additional economic development staff or interns.
    4. Responsible for lead generation, tracking, coordination, and management. Include updates in FileMaker or other software.
    5. Work to support the efforts of the Director of Engagement with existing or potential investor communications.
    6. Coordinate all press announcements and releases concerning economic development projects and/or closures.
    7. Keep President/CEO abreast of all economic development activities and/or issues and engage in policy-related conversations as necessary.
    8. Participate in strategy and goal setting for economic development metrics.
    9. Report economic development activities to appropriate board and/or committee members (Board of Directors, Executive Board, Economic Development Council, Investor Relations, etc.).
    10. In collaboration with the Controller, responsible for developing an annual economic development budget, managing the ED budget, and updating monthly budgetary forecasts.
    11. Manage the Economic Development Council, including but not limited to: agenda preparation, meeting facilitation, topics and/or speakers, etc.

    Business Attraction Services:

    1. Lead all business attraction projects and marketing for new business development for Clark and Floyd Counties, as well as other contracted geographies.
    2. Provide “first contact” with all prospects/projects in a timely manner.
    3. Work with economic development and marketing staff to ensure accurate and effective marketing and outreach materials (print and electronic).
    4. Arrange and host prospect/project visits – ensuring all project needs are met and contacts made.
    5. Oversee inventory of sites and buildings database.

    Business Retention & Expansion Services:

    1. Oversee and guide all components of existing Business Retention and Expansion program.
    2. Oversee management of the Metro Manufacturing Alliance and its activities.
    3. Participate in business crisis and opportunity responses.
    4. Provide all follow-up activities and ensure expectations are met.

    Other duties as assigned.

    ESSENTIAL SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

    1. Undergraduate degree preferred; or High School Diploma (or GED/High School Equivalence Certificate) with minimum five (5) years of commensurate experience in economic development or senior-level client/customer service/Sales/Supervisory roles.
    2. Customer/Provider Relations – Understand the essentials of customer satisfaction and apply it in the process of servicing the customer. Communicate customer feedback to management for action. Understand and follow internal processes to respond to customer needs. Suggest improvements or issues with processes. Answer all inquiries on a timely basis.
    3. Demonstrated ability to motivate stakeholders and partners toward shared objectives.
    4. Related experience in developing, implementing, and enforcing personnel policies, procedures; Manage, coach and evaluate employees and conduct performance reviews.
    5. Strong interpersonal, writing and presentation skills including the ability to communicate with all levels of management and audiences with diverse backgrounds and educational levels. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
    6. Ability to take independent actions and calculated risks. Respond promptly to customer needs, seek opportunities to improve processes and implement creative solutions.
    7. Develop innovative approaches and ideas; Present ideas and information in a manner that persuades positive interaction.
    8. Strong analytic and research skills including the ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
    9. Provide full attention to what other people are saying, respectfully communicate by taking time to understand the points being made and ask questions at appropriate times to obtain clarification.
    10. Excel in prioritizing daily functions and dealing with multiple deadlines and high volumes of work. Plan work activities for employees and/or sales campaigns and develop realistic action plans.
    11. Display original thinking and creativity; Meet challenges with resourcefulness; Generate suggestions for improving work; Develop innovative approaches and ideas.
    12. Ability to interpret information in company provided programs to identify Key Performance Indicators and utilize to enhance employee performance and productivity.
    13. A self-starter, assertive demeanor and lifelong learner.
    14. Understand basic business financial statements and reports.
    15. Understanding of state and local government operations and programs.
    16. MS Office Proficient; Use keyboard, laptop, projection equipment, and other office equipment with proficiency.
    17. Ability to travel for the role as required.

    NONESSENTIAL SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

    These are desirable, but not necessary, aspects of the job.

    1. CEcD Designation
    2. Chamber of Commerce experience and knowledge of operations

    ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

    1. Ability to maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities which may include: sitting, standing, or walking for extended periods of time; operating office equipment; arrange meeting room tables and chairs; and lifting up to 25 pounds.
    2. Visual Acuity; ability to see and hear within normal parameters, must use hands and fingers to use keyboard and mouse; operate equipment or controls; reach above shoulder heights, below the waist; or lift to file documents or store materials throughout the work day. Proper lifting techniques required.
    3. Ability to self-transport from office to client meetings and 1si programs and events.
    4. Dress for this position is business casual or business attire (unless the day’s tasks require otherwise) always having closed toe footwear available for any scheduled or impromptu on-site meetings. A clean, professional, well-groomed appearance is expected.
    5. Must reside within the 1si Service Area.

    SUPERVISION OF OTHERS

    1. Senior Director of Business Development
    2. Director of Business Retention & Expansion and Talent
    3. All 1si team members as needed and directed by President/CEO and complimentary to the Controller/HR Coordinator, Director of Programs & Events, and Director of Engagement.
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