ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR:

JOB SUMMARY

The Economic Development Director is responsible, under the general supervision of the Sole Commissioner, for facilitating community and economic development planning and initiatives; identifying and fostering economic development opportunities; securing funding for economic development opportunities; assisting local organizations, businesses and individuals with establishing economic development plans and projects; marketing Walker County to attract businesses to the area; serving as liaison between the various county and city officials, county and city departments, infrastructure and utility providers, civic organizations and the business community.  Serves as the Executive Director of the Walker County Development Authority, as well.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES

  • Becomes familiar with the existing inventory of available buildings, business and residential development sites within Walker County, including both public and private buildings and land
  • Identifies opportunities for community economic development in order to develop sectors, projects and initiatives
  • Monitors legislation and regulations relating to economic development and reports findings to the appropriate impacted parties
  • Serves as County liaison with local, county, regional and state economic development boards and committees
  • Works closely with the Northwest Georgia Development Authority and the Walker County Chamber of Commerce to identify areas of concern in the promotion of business location and expansion within Walker County
  • Consults with utilities to anticipate and address infrastructure needs to attract business development
  • Plans and directs the Economic Development Department by designing and administering the department’s budget, developing marketing plans and programs
  • Attends all meeting of the Walker County Development Authority, Planning and Zoning Commission and Commissioner’s Public Meetings
  • Represents Walker County on regional planning and economic development issues with private, regional, state, and national agencies, and with all other appropriate economic development agencies and organizations
  • Develops a strategic plan for economic development
  • Other duties as assigned. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time without notice

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree in an academic field related to economic development activities preferred
  • At least five years of progressively responsible experience in professional economic development activities, preferably with some portion of that with a public economic development agency
  • Experience in grant writing and grant management

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Ability to coordinate, set up and operate audio/visual equipment
  • Ability to learn basic photography, videography and related equipment
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with governmental officials, business and industrial representatives, news media and others, as necessitated by work assignments
  • Read, write and speak English at a level necessary for satisfactory job performance
  • Knowledge of modern office equipment
  • General safety rules and regulations pertaining to duties
  • Procedures and policies pertaining to duties
  • Ability to organize workflow and coordinate activities for short-term and long-term projects
  • Ability to effectively express ideas orally and in writing
  • Ability to tend to details while keeping broad goals in mind
  • Ability to assign priorities to tasks and to reassign priorities as the situation and circumstances change
  • Ability to adapt to changes in work condition
  • Ability to analyze, plan and organize work
  • Ability to understand and follow quickly and accurately complex oral, written or demonstrated instructions and procedures
  • Ability to work with a diverse constituency, and business and development community
  • Computer skills in MS PowerPoint, Word, Excel, as well as Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
  • Ability to observe safety principles and operate all tools and equipment in an efficient, effective and safe manner
  • Skill in group facilitation for use in community workshops
  • Skills in creative problem-solving to gather relevant information and to solve less well-defined planning problems
  • Ability to process information, applications and forms requiring accuracy, thoroughness and attention to detail
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings, maps, plats and site plans
  • Ability to travel out of town by automobile or plane

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

  • A valid driver’s license and proof of auto insurance, and maintain a satisfactory Motor Vehicle Report (MVR)
  • A valid U.S. Passport

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the Economic Development Director‘s job. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the essential function of this job.

This position requires the ability to speak, hear, stand, walk and see frequently. Repetitive motions are also required, with the ability to exert up to 15 pounds of force occasionally to lift books or files, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. The employee stands for periods and walks frequently. The ability to manipulate hands, fingers and arms to operate office equipment and a computer keyboard is required. Employee may occasionally be subjected to disruptive or contentious people and frequent local travel.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is usually exposed to a noise level that is low to moderate. Work is performed in an office environment about 70% of the time and normally seated. Employee must be able to attend and participate in lengthy meetings at night after working a normal workday. Employee must be able to drive a motor vehicle safely under routine conditions to various County/WCDA facilities, local businesses and community group meetings, as well as driving in congested traffic and in unsafe road conditions caused by factors such as fog, smoke, rain, ice or snow.

STANDARDS FOR MEASURING PERFORMANCE

  • Successful development and implementation of objectives; continuous growth in service provided
  • Effective leadership
  • Appropriate and positive interaction with staff, management, volunteers, community groups and professional associates
  • Accomplishment of job functions in effective and timely manner
  • Proficiency in oral and written communication
  • Effectiveness in establishing priorities, working on multiple assignments and concurrent projects
  • Exercise of sound judgment in the absence of specific guidelines
  • Demonstrated ability to thoroughly analyze problems; to meet demanding and changing deadlines in spite of interruptions
  • Adherence to established policies and procedures

To apply for this position, click on the job title to access the application packet. Fill it out and send the application packet, plus a resume and cover letter:

Walker County Commissioner
Sharleen Robinson, Human Resources Director
P.O. Box 445
LaFayette, GA 30728

You may also e-mail your resume, cover letter and application packet forms to s.robinson@walkerga.us. Make sure you include a link to your demo reel if you decide to e-mail your information.

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