The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 24 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and 365+ Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. The EVP of Economic Development has overall responsibility for leading The Partnership’s aggressive and on-going economic development efforts. This includes planning, directing and coordinating The Partnership’s activities and interactions with existing and potential businesses, governmental agencies and elected officials. Program focus is on new business recruitment, both nationally and internationally, existing business expansion and retention, research, entrepreneurial initiatives, and nurturing and growing and expanded economic development network. The incumbent serves as a vital member of the Senior Leadership Team of The Partnership, participating in policy decisions that impact Partnership programs and services; performs related work as required.
The ideal candidate is active in national associations and viewed as an industry thought leader with big ideas and strong industry-wide connections.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
The position serves as a member of the organization’s Senior Leadership Team and manages and develops community volunteer leadership for Boards and Committees focused on the mission and goals of The Partnership. Senior Leadership Team Responsibilities include the following: Recruit and develop quality leadership; align community leadership to organizational goals; cultivate community relationships that will provide the human and financial resources necessary to sustain organizational success. Specific duties of the position include the following:
Leads economic development team and proactively recruits new businesses to DSM with innovative strategies, while maintaining national consultant and business contacts, annual recruitment trips targeting national headquarters, site selection consultants and targeted corporate executives, regional prospect presentations and community tours including available sites and buildings. Maintains a focus on and understanding of inclusive economic development.
Leads existing business retention and expansion program, including an aggressive company visitation plan coordinated with our local economic development partners.
Leads creation and continuation of a National Marketing effort to promote the region’s business advantages.
Develops and/or directs the development of program/project plans for all assigned areas of economic development including measurable goals/objectives., determining financial/technology requirements and resources, staffing requirements and evaluation/reporting procedures.
Reports on program outcomes and accomplishments to the President/CEO and Board of Directors and justifies program changes; provides authoritative advice to the President/CEO and Board of Directors on matters of key importance to Partnership goals, programs and mission.
Serves in a leadership capacity or as a key facilitator in regional economic development. Implements activities that involve active participation of representatives from The Partnership, Investors and Affiliate members, federal, state and local governments, political leaders and affected business/community leaders.
Maintains strong relationships and active communication with stakeholders, including rural and urban economic development partners.
Collaborates with talent development staff on workforce needs for new company locations and local expansions.
Maintains active involvement with regional, state and national associations and organizations to advance the economic development work in DSM.
Other duties as assigned by President/CEO of The Partnership.
Minimum requirements necessary to perform successfully on this job.
Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree a plus. Minimum of five to seven years economic development experience required or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Certifications, Licenses, and Other Registrations: Valid drivers’ license. CEcD and/or economic development certification(s) a plus.
Travel: Extensive (about 25% of time) National and International travel required.
Supervisory Responsibilities: Direct supervision of staff required; preferred five to seven years management experience helpful to effectively lead and manage not only staff but also project volunteers and/or community leaders.
Computer/Office Skills: Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint and Salesforce. Proficiency with quantitative analysis, using database management and data querying.
Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints from members, governmental and regulatory agencies, trade associations, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style and format. Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
Mathematical Skills: Ability to work with mathematical concepts.
Reasoning Ability: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret a wide variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
Other Skills and Attributes: Strong command of English language required in individual situations as well as in small and large group settings. Must appear professional at all times. Also, must possess exceptional time management skills and the ability to multi-task. Additionally, exceptional sales, marketing and customer service skills necessary to be successful in a highly competitive environment.
Models and believes in The Partnership’s Core Organizational Values: Collaboration, Inclusion, Vision, Innovation, Leadership and Civility.
Represents the Partnership positively, professionally, courteously and effectively.
Assists or takes on new tasks to help the Partnership achieve its mission.
Integrates the Partnership’s organizational strategies by building positive internal and external relationships.
Maintains confidentiality regarding personnel and organizational information.
About The Greater Des Moines Partnership
The Partnership is an equal opportunity employer. It is The Partnership’s policy to assure employment and promotional opportunities are available to qualified employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, genetic information or any other legally protected characteristic.
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