Executive Director, Norwalk Economic Development Corporation
The Norwalk Economic Development Corporation (NEDC) is seeking an experienced individual for the position of Executive Director who will develop and implement economic development strategies for the Norwalk area.
In addition to managing and leading NEDC’s economic development team, the Director will conduct outreach activities to recruit new businesses and encourage the retention and expansion of existing businesses in the Norwalk area. Participating and leading local workforce development groups and initiatives will be a key component of the Director’s responsibilities.
This individual will also develop successful networks throughout the community that bridge political, business and industry stakeholders. Collaboration with other local and regional economic development groups and government agencies will be essential. The Director will coordinate incentive programs to new and expanding industries through state, local and federal governments.
Reporting to NEDC’s Board of Directors, the ideal candidate will hold a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Economics, Marketing, Public Administration or a related field, with at least five years’ experience in economic development and/or executive positions.
The Director will oversee the preparation and administration of the organization’s budget, manage the personnel and programs, report to the board of directors, lead fundraising initiatives and assist in identifying and securing other funding sources, manage investor relations (Mayor and department heads, Norwalk City Council, 70 private sector businesses and individuals), keep apprised of industry trends, and establish and maintain strong relationships with local, regional, state and federal partners. Lead the organization by ensuring NEDC meets its objectives and measurable outcomes, adheres to its scope of work and is aligned with the community’s needs and opportunities for growth.
The candidate should possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to conduct effective public presentations. Crucial is experiential knowledge of community economic development trends and practices, global economic trends and influences; business retention, expansion and attraction methods; public business and community relations practices; and economic activity measures and analysis. A valid Ohio driver’s license is required.
Compensation package is commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience. Base salary of $60,000. Potential for increase in salary based upon experience and qualifications may be considered.
Resumes should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for resume submission is Friday, April 16th. For more information, call John Lendrum at 419-706-1472.
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