Position: President & CEO
Reports to: Board of Directors
Last Revised: August 2019
FSLA Status: Exempt
Work Schedule: As required by the duties of the position and as outlined by the Board of Directors
Application Requirements: Email Resume, Cover Letter and 5 Professional References
Closing Date: September 15, 2019
Requesting a highly motivated and collaborative individual that is responsible for directing programs, staff and directives centered around our 4 objectives:
- Diversify our Economy,
- Develop our Competitive Assets,
- Nurture Strategic Partnerships, and
- Tell our Story to new and existing prospects.
This position will assist in all aspects of developing and implementing economic development strategies for the benefit of Sandoval County and Rio Rancho, and reports to the SEA Board of Directors. You must be willing to travel to visit clients and new prospects.
This position reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for directing the operations of Sandoval Economic Alliance (SEA). SEA’s mission is “Leading the attraction, expansion, and development of the economic-base economy for Rio Rancho and Sandoval County."
- Plans, directs, and supervises the operations and activities of the SEA and staff, including partner recruitment, fund-raising initiatives, and budget administration.
- Develops, implements and regularly updates an economic development strategic plan which contains short- and long-term objectives to promote business growth, retention, and development.
- Facilitates the implementation of the community-wide economic strategic plan.
- Monitor and identify changes in the economy (job gains/losses, housing starts, demographic changes, etc.) and reports changes as related to the economic development strategic plan.
- Coordinates, directs, and implements programs and projects that support commercial, office and industrial development; workforce development and other initiatives to achieve the economic development objectives identified.
- Oversees the development and implementation of a business retention and expansion program, including a system of regular communication with the region’s business community.
- Creates and implements a proactive business attraction and recruitment program which may include additional marketing and public relations materials, direct mail, targeted market studies, and database maintenance.
- Promotes the activities of SEA through correspondence, publications, news releases, and public speaking, including testifying to governing bodies in support of key projects and initiatives.
- Prepares responses to development proposals; prepares preliminary calculations such as cost-benefit analyses; recommends financial incentive packages; assists with negotiation and review of development agreements; coordinates incentive plans with city and county officials; and communicates with taxing districts.
- Makes public presentations to local governing bodies, area chambers of commerce, and other similar groups regarding SEA’s initiatives.
- Conducts business-related research projects and prepares reports as requested.
- Represents SEA at various community, regional and national functions.
- Continuously monitors and implements best practices, including performance measurements.
- Performs related duties as directed by the Board of Directors.
KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED BY THE POSITION
- Knowledge of economic development, planning and marketing principles.
- Knowledge of available economic development incentives and their application.
- Knowledge of business and development financing.
- Knowledge of labor force characteristics and impact on business development.
- Knowledge of regulatory licensing and permitting procedures.
- Knowledge of computers and job-related software programs.
- Skill in planning, organizing, directing and coordinating the work of personnel.
- Skill in the analysis of problems and the development and implementation of solutions.
- Skill in the preparation of clear and precise administrative reports.
- Skill in oral and written communication and discretion with sensitive and confidential information.
- Collaborative skills to facilitate partnership with community and public entity partners.
The Board of Directors assigns work in terms of goals and objectives with varying degree of specificity. The Board reviews work through conferences, reports, observation of agency activities, and attainment of established objectives. Performance feedback is provided through periodic reviews and assessments.
Guidelines include SEA’s adopted policies and procedures, New Mexico State Statutes and local policies governing economic development incentives. These guidelines require judgment, selection, and interpretation in the application. This position develops agency guidelines for adoption by the Board of Directors.
COMPLEXITY/SCOPE OF WORK
- The work consists of varied management and supervisory duties. The fluid nature of the work contributes to the complexity of the position.
- The purpose of this position is to direct SEA’s economic development functions. Success in this position contributes to the successful development of new and existing businesses.
- Contacts are typically business leaders, other economic development professionals, site selectors, real estate professionals, co-workers, elected and appointed officials, and members of the general public.
- Contacts are typically to provide services; to give or exchange information; to resolve problems, or to motivate or influence persons.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT
- The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table or while intermittently sitting, standing, or stooping. The employee occasionally lifts light and heavy objects.
- The work is typically split between performance in an office and at off-site meetings held in a variety of settings. Off-site meetings may include environments containing varying degrees of noise, dust and differing terrains.
This position has direct supervision over the various office staff as appropriated by the Board of Directors.
- Certified Economic Developers (CEcD) preferred.
- Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of a baccalaureate degree in a course of study related to the occupational field.
- Experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the diverse objectives and functions of the position and to coordinate the agency’s work with multiple external entities, usually interpreted to require five to seven years of related experience.
- Ability to communicate and work effectively with government officials, investors, developers, business leaders, and staff members.
- Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver's license issued by the State of New Mexico for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.
Hiring is subject to background checks and drug testing.