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Economic Development Manager

Open Position

The Greater Dallas County Development Alliance is a public-private partnership representing the Cities and unincorporated areas located in Dallas County, Iowa. The Alliance’s mission is to support economic vitality and growth throughout the County and create a region that is desirable to relocate or expand business and be considered a place of choice by residents and visitors. The Alliance is seeking a professional to assist in our efforts to implement our strategic plan implementation and increase awareness of business development opportunities.

The Economic Development Manager for the Greater Dallas County Development Alliance will provide support in business recruitment and retention efforts and manage economic development projects. The ideal candidate will possess excellent customer service and problem-solving skills, self-motivation, and attention to detail. This position will report directly to the Executive Director.

Essential Functions of the Position:
  • Develop and maintain business relationships with business, community, and state leaders.
  • Assist in creating and implementing strategies and programs that promote the economic vitality of the Alliance as an organization and a region.
  • Collaborate with and, at times, supervise staff to oversee member relations through communication, networking, and list management.
  • Participate in the design and implementation of marketing and communication efforts by managing social media, website, and marketing material content.
  • Facilitates community and business use of available resources, aid business retention, coordinate community-based business networking opportunities, and serve as a liaison to businesses in navigating the local and state development and incentive processes.
  • Interfaces and coordinates with the development community, local businesses and various City and County departments.
  • Conducts market research and other studies to trends and determine viable development and redevelopment opportunities and projects.
  • Gathers, analyzes, and presents written and graphic presentations for boards, commissions, and other related audiences.
  • Prepare responses to requests for information from prospects, developers, and other economic development partners.
  • Grant writing experience preferred but not required.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Job KnowledgeSome knowledge of principles and methods of applying economic development concepts, including practice in promoting and stimulating economic activity; considerable knowledge of commercial and small business finance; some knowledge of development laws and related procedures; some knowledge of real estate procedures and documents; some knowledge of financial loan documents; some knowledge of or the ability to gain knowledge of Location One Information Service (LOIS); some knowledge of research methods and personal computer applications; ability to interface with business clients, developers, government officials, community leaders, and others; ability to exercise resourcefulness in problem solving; ability to use initiative and sound independent judgment in the course of undertaking assigned responsibilities. Candidates must have working knowledge of state, local, and federal economic development programs and how to access labor and statistic data for the Dallas County region.

Must have excellent verbal and written communication and organizational skills and demonstrated ability to multi-task. Microsoft Office experience required. Adobe experience preferred. Candidates must have knowledge of economic development principles, practices, and techniques.

Physical Requirements: Ability to lift up to 30 pounds preferred.

Minimum Required Qualifications:
Bachelor’s Degree and 3-5 years of economic development experience;
Any equivalent combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skill, and abilities.

Possession of a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance.

Work Environment:

Inside office environment with appropriate heating and cooling, not subject to significant occupational or environmental hazards other than those normally associated with general public contact, dust or odors. Field conditions outdoors are varying weather conditions, with varying street level noise; and touring properties that are undeveloped, in various stages of development, including properties where construction is in progress. Some overnight travel, evening, and weekend work may be required. Personal use of vehicle required.

Salary and Benefits:

The compensation for this position will be commensurate with experience with a salary range of $50,000-$70,000 annually. The Alliance provides full time employees with health, dental, vacation, 401k, office flexibility, cell phone and mileage reimbursement, fitness facility access, and professional development.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to apply.

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