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Job Posting : Rockdale MDD Executive Director

SUMMARY: Rockdale Municipal Development District seeks an experienced, energetic, and creative Economic Development Director to come to a growing community with a diverse population.  Strong candidates will have a portfolio of successful economic development initiatives, be entrepreneurial, tech-savvy, and creative in using strategies that promote the City’s assets while looking for ways to overcome challenges. 

Under general direction, this position plans, organizes, and directs Economic Development for the City by supervising the Rockdale Municipal Development District, strengthening the local tax base, and improving the environment of the community.  This position works at the discretion of the District Board and may be required to report to the City of Rockdale City Manager.

The intent of this position description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbent(s) in this position.  Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties in this description and incumbent(s) may be required to perform position related tasks other than those specifically listed in this description.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Provide leadership to the Economic Development Corporation through collaboration with other community development organizations.
  • Identify and assess funding opportunities for economic/community development growth and ensure viability of the organization.
  • Develop and maintain a well-defined marketing strategy for the community.
  • Develop and implement a business retention and expansion program to include regular verbal communication with business owners.
  • Work to attract prospective commercial and retail development to the area.
  • Identify and resolve issues and opportunities relative to existing business, their sustainability, and expansion.
  • Develop relationships and foster communication with City staff and boards of partnering entities.
  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of the community and area of economy on an annual basis and develop strategies that will capitalize on the strengths and eliminate/reduce weaknesses. 
  • Respond to inquiries and complaints from residents, business, contractor, and consultants, related to economic development issues or problems.
  • Assume an active role in organizations, institutions, and activities within the community.
  • Advise the Board of Directors on policies and activities.
  • Develop and disseminate reports, planning and budget documents.
  • Prepare grant applications or assist in the grant writing process.
  • Develop and implement budget recommendations.
  • Prepares and manages District agendas as directed by the Mayor, Board President and City Manager.
  • Complies supporting documents for agenda, prepares meeting minutes for approval by the District and attends evening meetings of the District and City Council, as needed.  Perform other related duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED BY THE POSITION:

  • Knowledge of economic development best practices.
  • Knowledge of industry trends, growth patterns and market projections.
  • Knowledge of economic and community development principles.
  • Knowledge of management concepts and principles.
  • Knowledge of budget management principles.
  • Knowledge of applicable City, State, and Federal ordinances, laws, and regulations.
  • Knowledge of supervisory principles and practices.
  • Skill in cultivating professional relationships with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Skill in managing municipal processes.
  • Skill in the development and implementation of collaborative economic development strategies.
  • Skill in management and supervision
  • Skill in problem solving.
  • Skill in operating computers and job-related software programs.
  • Skill in interpersonal relations.
  • Skill in preparing, developing, and presenting information to public officials, developers, contractors, consultants, and the public.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.

DESIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND CERTIFICATION: 

  •  A Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, or related field of study; Master’s Degree Preferred.
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in community and economic development projects, with five (5) years at the Director level.
  • Certified Economic Developer Designation (CEcD), through the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), preferred.
  • Must pass a post-offer pre-employment drug screening and post-offer physical exam.
  • Must possess a valid State of Texas Driver’s License.

ENVIORMENTAL FACTORS AND CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Work is performed in both internal and external environments.
  • May be subject to repetitive motion such as typing, data entry and vision to monitor.
  • May be subject to long hours and evenings.

MEETINGS

  • May be subject to repetitive motion such as typing and vision to monitor.
  • May be subject to bending, reaching, kneeling, and lifting (up to 50 lbs.)

EQUIPMENT AND TOOLS UTILIZED

  • Equipment utilized includes personal computer, copier, calculator, fax machine and standard office equipment.

SALARY

  • Salary depends on experience.

PLEASE SUBMIT RESUME' TO:  Michelle Larkin, Board President    info@rockdalemdd.org   (512)446-2111