Vice President of Economic Development & Executive Director

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Morris County Chamber of Commerce announces immediate job opening for position:

Vice President of Economic Development & Executive Director of the Morris County Economic

Development Corporation

 

Job Description

The Morris County Chamber of Commerce (“Chamber”) seeks a qualified candidate to fill the role of the Vice President of Economic Development (“VPED”) who will also serve as the Director of the Morris County Economic Development Corporation (“MCEDC”), which is a division of the Chamber, a 501(c)6 organization, and oversee the Morris County Economic Development Alliance, which is a 501(c)3 organization.  The Vice President of Economic Development will serve on the Chamber’s leadership team and report directly to the President of the Chamber. S/he will work closely with other members of the Chamber’s leadership team including the Vice President of Membership (“VPM”) & Business Development and the CFO.   The VPED will provide leadership and manage an Economic Development Manager and Project Coordinator who will assist in the execution of the MCEDC activities.

This frontline, senior leadership position is responsible for implementing and leading the overall strategy designed to accomplish the organization’s mission of creating and executing programs that drive business launch, growth and expansion, employment retention and attraction, and capital investment in the County.  The VPED will direct and administer the operations, programs and projects of the division and the 501(c)3.

 

Responsibilities include:

Plans:

Oversee the updates to the MCEDC strategic plan for the division and oversee the development of an economic development strategic plan for the county including the development of an RFP and management of consultants.  This will be handled in collaboration with the County of Morris.

 

Operations:

  Oversee the day-to-day operation of the MCEDC including:

o    managing staff,

o    developing, in collaboration with the CFO, an annual budget for the division including annual membership goals;

o    Manage the MCEDC website updates and create and maintain social media presence and posting schedule with staff support

o    Manage MCEDC subscriptions to membership associations

o    Oversee monthly MCEDC newsletter

  Plan and oversee fundraising events including:

o    the Annual Partners in Economic Development & Real Estate Awards lunch, the annual clay shoot at Hudson Farm, and the annual Business Growth Forum.

 

Meetings:

  • Convene quarterly the MCEDC Advisory Board to:update the members, government officials and non-profits regarding programs and goals of the MCEDC and solicit feedback and support for initiatives;

  Oversee MCEDC member activities including:

o    all MCEDC committees,

o    four annual municipal council workshops,

o    four workforce related workshops, and any additional member networking meetings,

o    Identify speakers and plan content and prepare agendas with logistics support from the

Chamber’s Event Manager;

o    Tour of local businesses.

 

Relationships:

County and municipal level:

  Communicate regularly with County officials and staff

o    develop relationship with administrative staff responsible for key departments including administration, planning, engineering, transportation;

o    Attend Freeholder meetings and subcommittee meetings, as requested;

o    Maintain relationship with Workforce Development Board

  Oversee outreach to municipalities including:

o    The “Listening to Business Initiative” that consists of surveying employers;

o    Preparing municipal marketing profiles;

o    Presenting at municipal EDC meetings;

o    Presenting at municipal governing board meetings, as requested;

 

State level:

Develop and maintain relationships with the NJEDA, the state’s Business Action Center (BAC), and ChooseNJ and other government partners to connect the business community of Morris County with resources available at the state level as appropriate;

Industry and non-profit partners:

o    Establish relationships with development and commercial real estate firms, banks and lending institutions, utilities, and relocation consultants;

o    Identify, develop and maintain relationships with other strategic partners such as the Tourism Bureau through which collaborative efforts would further the mission of the MCEDC and benefit Morris County

Place-based marketing and promotion of the county: Oversee marketing of the county including:

o    Attend trade shows and conventions to promote the county and oversee the digital marketing promotion campaign;

o    Engage in business attraction activities including outreach to domestic and international companies and site selectors;

o    Coordinate and host prospect tours;

o    Oversee property site locator on website;

o    Oversee purchase and maintenance of demographic and industry data;

o    Create and maintain market profiles for the thirty nine municipalities in Morris County;

o    Work with the transportation department to market the availability of freight line;

o    Create and maintain a relocation guide for the county.

o    Manage prospect referral opportunism in a database.

o    Respond to prospect inquiries and prepare responses to RFIs and RFPs, as appropriate.

 

Workforce & Talent Development:

o    Participate in collaborative workforce development initiatives including quarterly Morris@Work meetings with employers

o    Oversee creation and maintenance of online database featuring job opportunities of local employers

 

Additional:

   Identify funding sources for grants to help fund initiatives and, as funding is available, oversee a municipal grant program to encourage economic development initiatives at the local level;

   Oversee the StartUp MoveUp Morris initiative to create a more robust entrepreneurial and small business ecosystem in the county including:

o    workshops and related programming,

o    peer-to-peer support roundtables,

o    the annual youth pitch competition,

o    develop and maintain collaborative relationships with partners including the MorrisTech MeetUp and also institutions of higher education

  Maintain knowledge of state incentive programs

  Maintain knowledge of local real estate market.

   Serve on boards as representative of the MCEDC, as approved by the President, and participate in community events to promote the organization or business community or community at- large.

Other duties as assigned by the President.

 

The minimal position expectations for the VPED include:

1) Plan and coordinate initiatives consistent with the County economic development strategic plan and as outlined above.

2) Have initiative to propose, evaluate and execute new programs or services as part of MCEDC offerings to businesses in the County.

3) Attend courses, conferences, and conventions as approved by the President, for continuing education purposes, acquisition of new skills and best practices, and engagement with site selectors.

4) Attend, participate and present at regular Chamber Board of Directors’ meetings and any required staff training and staff meetings.

5) Be able to work flexible and a non-traditional schedule.  Attend morning and evening functions, such as networking events, as appropriate, that would increase member engagement or sponsorships.

6) Manage MCEDC team including the Economic Development Manager and Project Coordinator.

7) Work collaboratively with Chamber leadership team and staff and MCEDC members.

8) Manage and achieve annual MCEDC membership goals through:

  Planning and implementing outreach to new and prospective members with the VP of Membership;

  Creating existing member retention strategy with the Director of Retention and Engagement;

  Driving force to continually improve member satisfaction and engagement at the MCEDC. The successful candidate will always conduct herself/himself in a polite, professional and ethical manner.  Misrepresentations, extreme pressure, disrespect to members, prospects, or staff, or misuse of the CRM may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.

Business attire must be worn on all appointments.

 

Position Requirements & Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will be dynamic and driven and have demonstrable evidence of success, in these areas:  self-responsibility, high ambition and drive, positive outlook, high self-awareness, goal setting, supervising/managing, accountability, and collaboration.

Education requirements:  Bachelor’s Degree in economic development, political science, public policy, urban studies, real estate, government administration, land development or master planning, or similar field.  Master’s degree preferred but not necessary. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered when competency is demonstrated.

Experience:

   Five to seven years of progressively more responsible experience in the field of economic development;

  Proven track record leading economic development initiatives at local and/or county level;

  Proven track record of retaining and/or attracting businesses to a locale;

  Experience with managing non-profits and familiarity with financial statements;

  Excellent presentation and speaking skills in both formal and informal settings.

   Expertise in the use of data to analyze demographics and industry related information to understand local economic conditions and forecasting;

   Keen analytical and organizational skills are required to direct data gathering and analysis, formulation of reports and presentations;

  Competency in effective use of CRM systems;

  Competency in Microsoft Office software;

  Familiarity with social media (e.g. Facebook, LinkedIn);

   High level of professionalism when interacting with C-level executives, company representatives, elected officials, peers and the public.

   Maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion and judgement in dealing with sensitive and confidential information, as well as possess the ability to perform well under pressure and meet deadlines.

  Strategic thinker with track record of executing and implementing initiatives;

   Highly motivated self-starter that possesses strong organizational, analytical and time management skills to be able to handle multiple projects and priorities, anticipate the needs of prospects and exhibits good follow-through skills.

  Excellent written communication skills;

   Exhibits a strong attention to detail, high level customer service, problem solving, and project management abilities.

  Ability to work at a fast pace with urgency to produce results and achieve goals;

  Manage multiple projects and activities simultaneously;

  Communicate with confidence, enthusiasm and persuasion;

  Delegate as necessary with follow-up on timeliness and quality;

  Thorough knowledge and understanding of economic development practices and principles.

   Understanding of the needs of business to discern prospect needs and make appropriate decisions including key introductions to be made.

   Works well independently and in a team environment and possess the ability to self-direct duties with minimal supervision.

   Display a positive attitude, be amicable, and even tempered, with community members, prospects, and co-workers.

  Knowledge of Morris County NJ and north central New Jersey preferred.

 

This position is salaried, full time and not an independent contractor.  Bonus(es) may be awarded at the discretion of the Board.  Mileage, cell phone (fixed amount) and any entertainment expenses will be reimbursed based on approval of the President.  The successful candidate agrees to carry automobile insurance on his/her personal vehicle.

Salary Structure:

Salary depending on level of experience.  Please provide requested compensation in the cover letter. Benefits package offered with the potential of annual bonus at discretion of the Board.

To apply send resume and cover letter, including salary requirements and two references, demonstrating how you fit the profile above to meghan@morrischamber.org

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status. All candidates must be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis for any employer.

Must be able to lift 35 lbs.  Vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to focus. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  Local and regional travel is required. Long distance travel may be required including overnight stays.  Overseas travel may be required necessitating an up to date and valid passport.

Start date:  As soon as possible

 

About the Morris County Economic Development Corporation

The Morris County Economic Development Corporation is a partnership of business, government and private sector businesses and non-profits dedicate to growing the economy of Morris County, NJ through programs and services that result in business attraction, reaction, retention and expansion.

Website: www.morriscountyedc.org  The MCEDC serves Morris County, NJ, a county consisting of thirty- nine (39) municipalities with more than 500,000 residents.  Morris County consistently ranks in the top counties in the country.

 

About the Morris County Chamber of Commerce

The Morris County Chamber of Commerce is the voice of the business community in Morris County and the premier business association in north central New Jersey that serves more than 800 members and provides more than 300 events, forums and committee meetings on an annual basis. Over the last century, the Chamber has represented many thousands of member companies and their employees.

It is organized to help members grow, improve and protect their businesses.  It is dedicated to a pro- business environment and committee to economic vitality through education, networking opportunity, and advocating for businesses in a county having a substantial economic impact on the state and the country with a $53 billion gross regional product, more than 25,000 businesses and home to 800 headquarter locations.  Website: www.morrischamber.org

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