JOB OPPORTUNITIES

City of Pelham

Economic Development Director

The City of Pelham is currently accepting applications for the full time position of Economic Development Director.

SUMMARY: The Economic Development Director coordinates the City’s economic development activities and administers the City’s economic development program including prospect development, industry contacts, and negotiation with industry representatives at all levels to encourage business development in the City of Pelham. The Economic Development Director reports to the City Manager and serves as the secretary (ex officio) of any development organizations within the City as permitted by law (i.e., CDA, IDB).

Recruits commercial and industrial business developers through targeted marketing; meetings with developers, brokers, retailers and others to encourage business development opportunities in the City of Pelham.

Answers questions from prospective business partners on available properties in the City; zoning policies and processes as requested or as necessary to make business decisions.

Organizes activities; prepare solicitation letters to local and national businesses, including retailers; prepare information packets for distribution to perspective business clients; and prepare proposals for specific businesses targeted for location to the City of Pelham.

Implements economic development programs from researching state and federal economic development programs; monitors ordinances or legislations; fosters partnerships with industry representatives both internal and external to the city; recommends policy or program changes to the City Manager to increase effectiveness and efficiencies of the City’s economic development initiatives.

Partners with the City’s Communications Manager to inform the residents of impending strategies or activities that may impact the Pelham community; provides assistance to the communications manager to create messaging relevant to Pelham businesses and economic development, updates media platforms and makes presentations to City Council, private or public partners to encourage local business development.

Leads negotiations on business partnerships or development agreements for commercial and industrial business development in the City, which may include tax abatement options or similar business development incentives; monitors agreements for compliance with state, local and/or federal regulations and works with the City’s finance department to ensure compliance with agreements.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Qualified applicants will have a Bachelor’s Degree in economics, business administration, marketing, or a closely related field, from a college or university and a minimum of five (5) years related professional experience required. An equivalent combination of education, training, and/or experience may be considered.

Experience in fiscal planning, budget preparation, and economic development tools and incentives are required.

Preferred qualifications include:  Graduate of an accredited university economic development institute, experience in coordinating community development activities and programs and demonstrated knowledge of workforce development strategies.

The ideal candidate should be skilled in building and maintaining a broad and diverse spectrum of partnerships with City Officials, business leaders, financial institutions, developers, city departments, and the community.

COMPENSATION: The compensation range for this position is $83,345.27 – $108,746.67. The City of Pelham also offers an excellent benefits package and participates in Tier 1 of the Retirement Systems of Alabama.

Applications are available on the city’s website and can be downloaded. Completed applications and resumes may be emailed to hr@pelhamalabama.gov  or mailed to City of Pelham, Human Resources, at P.O. Box 1419, Pelham, AL 35124. The final date to submit applications is Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at 5:00 PM.

City of Prattville

Economic Development Director

Prattville, Alabama)The City of Prattville, located in central Alabama, has launched an executive search for an economic development director. The Chason Group (www.thechasongroup.com) has been retained to lead the Mayor and Council through the process.

The economic development director is responsible for directing and facilitating inclusive and strategic economic development initiatives to grow and maintain jobs and increase the tax base in the City of Prattville and surrounding areas. The professional is accountable for both commercial and industrial recruitment and maintenance. Other responsibilities include: providing leadership and guidance to the City of Prattville’s economic development team; oversight of all daily operations; and, in collaboration with the community, developing and implementing a strategic economic development plan on an annual basis. The director represents the City of Prattville at meetings with clients and working with various partners.

For the complete position announcement, please click here. To upload a cover letter and resume, please click here.

Alabama Department of Commerce

Compliance Specialist

This position is responsible for assisting with the administration of the compliance reporting process for certain economic development incentive programs for the Business Development Division of the Alabama Department of Commerce, including but not limited to: data collection/mining, reporting, statistical analysis, and other tasks related to Commerce’s administration of economic development incentive programs. This position reports to the Incentives Manager.

For more information, click here.

The Shoals Economic Development Authority

Project Manager

The Shoals Economic Development Authority (The Shoals EDA) is an economic development organization in Northwest Alabama, representing Colbert and Lauderdale Counties.

The Project Manager will be responsible for planning, organizing, monitoring, managing and evaluating economic development project activities for The Shoals EDA. Specifically, under the general direction of the Vice President of The Shoals EDA, the Project Manager position will be focused on providing overall assistance to the economic development team working to support new and potential project activity, as well as gaining and maintaining a high-level working knowledge of the area’s marketable assets, building and site characteristics, regional value proposition and local and state incentives. This position will manage projects assigned by the Vice President related to product development, new business/industry opportunities, start-ups, existing industry expansions, and property maintenance.

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Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority

Business Development Director

Join an experienced economic development team to lead successful business attraction and expansion projects for Tuscaloosa County, Alabama!

The Business Development Director will play a key role in development and implementation of new business recruitment strategies, oversight of business retention efforts, and overall project management.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Assists with strategic economic development initiatives for TCIDA.
  • Works closely with local, regional and state economic development allies, site location consultants, real estate brokers, and others to generate leads.
  • Markets and promotes Tuscaloosa County as a strong business location at various industry conferences, tradeshows, events etc. (Virtual or in-person)
  • Analyzes the physical and economic feasibility of proposed projects.
  • Manages projects from start to end in a timely and highly professional manner.
  • Manages prospect tracking, and reports lead generation progress.
  • Able to act as both a lead and support role in economic development projects.
  • Accurately assess project needs and seek to provide real solutions.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in various incentives programs.
  • Provides existing industry outreach and completes industry surveys.
  • Updates and maintains contact list of primary employers.
  • Identify companies with expansion plans or any possible closures/downsizings.
  • Researches HQs for existing companies and schedule visits (Virtual or in-person)
  • Works well within a team setting, as well as independently to achieve the mission of the TCIDA.

Qualifications:

  • Five years of experience in economic development project management and/or economic development operations.
  • College degree in business, economics, public administration or related field.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Computer skills (Microsoft Office, Adobe, etc.)
  • Professional certifications or Master’s degree is a plus.
  • Existing relationships with the site location consulting industry is a plus.
  • Skills related to GIS, drone piloting, graphic design, innovation/entrepreneurship or other unique skills/experiences are highly valued.

Salary range:  $75,000-$95,000 plus benefits

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to Danielle.Winningham@tcida.com.  Add JOB: BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT to your email subject.

Jasper, Alabama Industrial Development Board

Executive Director

Exciting opportunity responsible for ensuring Jasper has a constant deal flow of industrial prospects considering Jasper and eventually landing in Jasper. This person will proactively pursue new industrial development lead generation for Jasper and attract and assist domestic and international businesses to Jasper. He or she will respond to proposals and inquiries by companies, consultants, state allies and others looking for available land or buildings in Jasper. They will be responsible for organizing and leading Jasper’s existing industry expansion initiatives along with assisting in the planning, development and redevelopment of industrial/commercial parks, buildings and infrastructure related to such parks and facilities including speculative buildings. This person will pursue automotive suppliers given our proximity to multiple major automotive plants, but also seek to recruit diverse industries in order to diversify our economy. Their responsibilities also include developing and implementing long and short-range strategies, policies, plans and initiatives to promote economic development and industry recruitment. This person must maintain continuous engagement with national, state, county and local organizations, agencies, boards and authorities involved in economic development, including participation in state and national level workshops and conferences.

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Finance, Economic Development, Public Administration, Marketing or related field from an accredited university.
  • Minimum of seven years of progressive local or regional economic development experience.
  • Must demonstrate tangible successes of having recruited industries in a small community in a leadership position.
  • Must possess the ability to build consensus and develop productive relationships with stakeholders

Salary: $100,000-$125,000 plus competitive benefits package.

Submit resume and writing samples to jasper@thenextmovegroup.com by Friday April 9th, 2021 at Noon CST. Brittany McCoy, 504-615-7174

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City of Auburn

Commercial Development Director

The City of Auburn is seeking a Commercial Development Director to lead the City’s commercial development recruiting and retention efforts. The successful candidate must have experience in commercial or economic development, be capable of structuring incentive packages and have general knowledge of municipal commercial development recruitment and retention.

The salary range is competitive and will depend upon qualifications. The City of Auburn has an excellent benefits package and is a member of the Retirement Systems of Alabama with all employees eligible for Tier 1 benefits. Learn more about Auburn’s comprehensive and competitive benefits program here.

Interested individuals may submit their application electronically via the City of Auburn’s website which can be accessed using this link:  http://www.auburnalabama.org/jobs.

This position is open until filled.

The City of Auburn is an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace.

Conecuh County Economic Development

Economic Development Director

Conecuh County is seeking an economic development professional to generate prospect activity for Conecuh County by serving as our Economic Development Director. The Director will be responsible for industrial recruitment, retail recruitment, existing industry support, property development, and workforce development support. The Director will report to the Conecuh County Commission.

For more information click here.