Durham County is seeking an experienced, energetic and creative Economic Development Officer to come to athriving Southern community where opportunities abound. Strong candidates will have a portfolio of successful economic development initiatives, be entrepreneurial, tech savvy and creative in using strategies that promote the County’s assets while looking for ways to overcome challenges. The County is also looking for a candidate who can partner with community stakeholders to develop innovative strategies that produce new initiatives.
Reporting to the General Manager for Environmental Stewardship and Community Prosperity, the Economic Development Officer will focus on strategic County priority areas; apply outstanding research and analytical skills along with sophisticated marketing skills to identify and leverage a wide spectrum of economic development opportunities; expand the prospects for citizens without college degrees; promote niche manufacturing opportunities that complement existing health, life sciences, and high tech industries; work with Durham Technical Community College on matching their curriculum to strong wage jobs; and use technology to develop a robust website that attracts the interest of and supplies the desired data for prospects. Information about Durham County’s strategic plan can be found at” http://dconc.gov/government/departments-a-e/county-manager/planning-and-strategizing-for-the-future.
Qualifications: Requires any combination of a Bachelor’s degree in business, economics, planning, or a related field from an accredited University or College with five years of professional and progressive leadership experience in economic development. A master's degree and/or CEcD certification is desirable. Salary commensurate with experience, qualifications, and achieved outcomes. The County provides outstanding benefits including state/local retirement + additional 5% employer contribution to 401K. The successful candidate will also be the first occupant in an attractive new office space.
The successful candidate:
works tirelessly with business leaders and government officials to effectively interact with community, regional and state economic development and planning agencies;
possesses outstanding interpersonal skills reflected in a track record of engagement, networking and collaboration;
demonstrates keen marketing instincts and is skilled at working with and enhancing efforts and plans that attract interested parties while maintaining true to the County vision and ethics;
has a portfolio and project history of growth through expansion and retention of existing industrial bases (e.g. Life Sciences, Technology), and attraction of new industries and business;
has experience with infrastructure planning, as well as developing and marketing shovel-ready sites;
is an excellent public speaker to effectively present the County’s virtues and assets;
is a data driven and tech savvy program manager for researching, collecting and providing information on economic development drivers such as locations, incentive programs, etc.
is experienced being the point person for existing, interested and potential industries and businesses;
maintains effective working relationships with commercial realtors, commercial developers, corporate site selection consultants, engineers, and business owners;
is a strategic thinker, who understands how to manage and implement a strategic plan and can ensure that the plan is an ongoing “living document” aligned with County and City plans;
is knowledgeable of available incentives and grants to attract and recruit businesses and has a demonstrated track record of successful grant applications and management;
is a collaborator who has experience in partnering with department heads and key external partners to effectively evaluate opportunities and eliminate obstacles in a way that is satisfactory to all stakeholders;
advocates for best practices and can confidently and persuasively present options to the County Manager, General Manager, management team and Elected Officials;
is a results-oriented project manager who can effectively incorporate the input of multiple stakeholders to reach desired outcomes;
is a responsive, detailed and deadline oriented professional who continuously improves teamwork and customer service in a service-driven organization.
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with experience, qualifications, and achieved outcomes.
Durham County, is located in the Research Triangle Region of North Carolina, home to Research Triangle Park and one of the most economically competitive regions in the world. Research and development from the region’s major research, and many private and federal labs, have fueled business and economic growth here made the region a world leader in life sciences, information technology and clean tec...hnology. Consistently ranked among the top places to live, work and play, Durham is a magnet for talent, which helps attract innovative companies working in high- growth industries. Durham has long been known for world-class medical facilities and an industry-leading pharmaceutical sector. More recently, it’s become a hotspot for entrepreneurs and high-tech startups, propelled by the launch of American Underground, a startup incubator and accelerator. Durham is home to a premier performing arts center and the Durham Bulls AAA baseball team. Private investment is flourishing, redeveloping former tobacco and textile warehouses and historic buildings into trendy, mixed-use developments filled with cool housing options, restaurants, artist studios, retail spaces and small businesses. The government organization for Durham County has an overall budget of approximately $600 million. The County has 27 departments employing 2058 FTE employees.