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The Position | President/CEO

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The Texas Forest Country Partnership (TFCP) is seeking an President/CEO to lead a dynamic regional economic development/community development program. The position presents an opportunity for an engaged and talented person who is committed to continuous learning and growth in the field of economic development and redevelopment. It provides strategic leadership and administration for the regions recently developed SET Strategic Plan.

The position is responsible to provide direction to a 12-county regional strategic economic development plan established through the SET (Strengthening Economies Together) program, a grant program from USDA Rural Development and Texas A & M University.

The Ideal Candidate Should:

  • Possess knowledge and experience with state, regional and local economic development programs, community and economic development incentives and government relations.
  • Have experience in community engagement, working with elected officials, strategic planning, and collaborative partnerships.
  • Be a clear and effective communicator who will serve as a community ambassador
  • Be innovative with the ability to lead projects, analyze problems, identify solutions, build consensus, and negotiate effectively.
  • Possess the ability to build relationships among elected officials, local businesses residents, and regional and state partners.
  • Be service oriented, patient, and culturally sensitive.
  • Possess good organizational skills, social medias, and website management.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop strategic initiatives that further the mission, goals and objectives of the TFCP
  • Perform day to day office operations, prepare monthly agendas and packets for TFCP
  • Board, prepare annual budgets, and year end reports
  • Represent the TFCP at local, regional and state organizational events and communicate new initiatives and information to community officials, staff, and organizations as appropriate.
  • Directs, implements, manages, and supervises the programs, operations, activities, budget, and any employees of the TFCP.
  • Responsible for directing varied assignments in the field of economic development which requires skill in business recruiting, real estate development, finance, marketing, and planning.
  • Develops innovative programs to help developing businesses with financing and resources.
  • Forges and maintains partnerships with community organizations, stakeholders and businesses.
  • Develops methodology to target businesses for recruitment.
  • Prepares and monitors annual budget.
  • Supervises preparation of information packets, promotional materials, and website information including economic, statistical, financial, population growth, demographic, and other information for public dissemination.
  • Provides site analysis information, including demographic, tax, fee, development, and related information.
  • Maintains records and databases of business prospects and contacts.
  • Presents oral and written reports to the TFCP Board, economic development interest groups, other interested parties, and the public.
  • Direct economic development initiatives to achieve the goals and objectives outlined by the TFCP Board.
  • Raise membership funding by retaining existing and attracting new members.
  • Develop economic development leads and assist and draft proposals to business prospects.
  • Oversee annual existing business outreach program.
  • Develop short and long-term economic and community development plans utilizing the recently developed SET Strategic Plan accountability based outcomes.
  • Act as a liaison with various local, state, and federal agencies, coordinating projects with agencies as deemed necessary and appropriate.
  • Formulate and implement marketing and business attraction strategies, based on the goals and objectives of the TFCP Board.
  • Serve as a member of economic development groups or task forces that promote economic and community development at the local, state or federal level, as deemed necessary or appropriate by the TFCP Board.
  • Attend professional development workshops and conferences, as necessary and approved by TFCP Board, to keep abreast of trends and developments in the field of economic development, and to represent the interest of the TFC Region on matters related to economic development.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • State laws, municipal ordinances and policies which relate to economic development.
  • Database development, maintenance, and presentation.
  • Local, regional, and federal economic development programs and policies, including grants and other funding sources.
  • Ability to identify, participate in, support, and promote regional outreach and community partnerships.
  • Prepare oral, written, and graphic reports, documents, brochures and pamphlets, maps, and related planning and economic development documentation.
  • Establish project priorities and manage diverse and numerous ongoing projects.
  • Communicate effectively and establish and maintain effective working relationships with other regional contacts, the public, developers, business owners, citizen groups and other employees.

The ideal candidate has:

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Community Development, or related field. A minimum of five years progressively responsible organizational and leadership experience in economic/business development is preferred
  • At least two years in a supervisory and administrative capacity
  • An entrepreneurial spirit with a proven track record of successfully developing and implementing vision and strategy
  • Must be enthusiastic and forward thinking with a high level of energy and a “make things happen” personality.
  • Experience working with public officials, state and federal agencies, community residents and the business community.
  • Any equivalent combination of acceptable experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work.

Key Competencies:

  • A solid understanding of economic/business development practices.
  • Strategic approach and analytical problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to execute plans and strategies effectively.
  • Sound relationship building skills and demonstrates ability to work cooperatively with peers, stakeholder groups, and government officials.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail.
  • Be action oriented and take a can-do approach.
  • Manage time effectively to ensure deadlines are met and activities are maintained, or brought to conclusion, as appropriate.
  • Be equally effective working on their own or as part of a team.
  • Conduct themselves in a professional manner.

Hiring Details and Compensation:

This position is a full-time, exempt, with a flexible schedule that may include occasional evening and weekend hours.

The salary is supplemented with an attractive package of benefits, including medical, dental and RX insurance, LTD, Group Life Insurance and an excellent retirement package through Texas County & District Retirement System.

Competitive compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience starting @ $85,000.

To Apply:

Send a letter of introduction, resume, salary history and up to four work-related references to:

Executive Search Committee
Texas Forest Country Partnership
PO Box 747
Lufkin, Texas 75901

Or email to jerryhuffman44@outlook.com

Recruitment will continue until the position is filled, with first consideration given to applications received by August 4th, 2017.