Economic Development Executive Director
The Economic Development Corporation of San Benito County is a collaboration of private and public investors, whose mission is to attract, grow and retain business and industry in San Benito County, in an effort to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in its communities of Hollister and San Juan Bautista.
Under the direction of the EDC Board of Directors and initially within a contractual capacity, the Executive Director will drive the initiative to build momentum for economic development in San Benito County, while engaging with its investors, partners and the EDC Board of Directors to design, manage and implement programs and projects. The Executive Director will adopt a passion for EDC’s mission, adhere to the highest standards and quality of his/her work, possess excellent analytical skills, with exceptional oral and written communication skills.
Design, implement, monitor and evaluate programs that encourage economic development in the County;
Develop and implement policies and programs targeted at business expansion, retention and recruitment;
Facilitate all County business attraction and retention efforts;
Communicate the elements of the County’s economic development and redevelopment strategy to diverse groups, while building consensus as a facilitator of this strategy;
Develop, maintain and foster key related relationships internally, as well as externally;
Secure funding support from a wide variety of public and private investors;
Coordinate economic development activities, including outreach, referrals, tracking and reporting, while focusing business’ attention and marketing on areas of economic development, redevelopment and capital improvement;
Initiate targeted recruitment efforts for development areas to attract industry to San Benito County;
Act as a liaison to City and County departments, regional agencies, state/federal agencies, and local organizations on matters relating to economic development and capital improvement issues;
Evaluate proposals containing incentives to help broaden the County tax base, generate, or attract new capital, to increase business activity, produce employment and diversify the County’s economic base;
Recruit entities and/or representatives to be included in technical team meetings to review specific proposed projects;
Write, plan, organize and coordinate the dissemination of information to the general public, communications media, public and private sector officials, industry and businesses and participate in activities associated with the release of this information to the public;
Compose material to be presented to legislative entities for the purpose of informing and obtaining funding and other assistance for EDC programs;
Serve as a resource to the EDC Board and other local economic development organizations in arranging media events, press conferences, tours, celebrations; prepare speeches, scripts and other informational material;
Plan, arrange and coordinate related workshops, information sessions and special conferences which can include program specific reports, newsletters, studies and other informational documentation.
At least 5-7 years’ managerial experience in a related government and/or private industry capacity;
Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Finance, Organizational Development, Public Administration, Economics, Planning, or related discipline, with emphasis on administration, management and economic development;
Proficient oral and written communication skills;
Proficient computer-related skills and in-depth Microsoft Office experience;
Holder of valid California Driver’s License and clean driving record.
$9,167 per month