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President and Chief Executive Officer

The Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation is seeking a dynamic, high-energy executive who is focused on working in collaboration with private and public sector stakeholders to realize a vision that enables the county to achieve its economic growth and diversification objectives. MCEDC seeks a leader who is passionate about driving sustainable job growth and aggressively pursuing the creation of effective partnerships and relationships throughout the County and the region.

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Responsibilities:

  • Propose, develop, and lead initiatives to competitively position the County for domestic and international business attraction and investment.
  • Lead a team devoted to the growth and expansion of existing businesses and industries across the County.
  • Provide strategic direction to MCEDC’s Board of Directors and county stakeholders to determine the best use of its assets.
  • Oversee the continued growth and development of the County’s “brand;” champion the brand both internally and externally and serve as the public face of the organization.
  • Develop high-level networks with representatives of local, state, and federal governmental agencies, business and industry, regional and community agencies, and other business and economic development organizations (e.g., Chambers of Commerce, tourism associations).
  • Identify the need for and oversee the development of a variety of regional, national, and international marketing materials and programs to promote the County.
  • Develop and sustain trusting relationships with the leadership of prospective companies, national and international site selectors, and commercial and industrial realtors.
  • Represent the MCEDC to the media on matters of economic and business development, either alone or in conjunction with Board members and/or community officials.
  • Provide direction for necessary research, marketing, and site facilitating programs to enhance economic development and job growth within the County.
  • Identify opportunities to further develop new industry sectors to diversify the County’s business base.
  • Promote entrepreneurism and innovation for key industry growth sectors.
  • Coordinate with WorkSource Montgomery to align talent pipeline needs/availability.
  • Evaluate programs to ensure available resources of the area meet the needs of potential business development.
  • Ensure an organizational structure with clear roles and accountability; foster a culture that rewards productivity and innovation.
  • Serve as chief liaison to the Board of Directors, including facilitating agenda setting, Board member orientation, and proactive communication and record-keeping.
  • Regularly communicate to the Board on the MCEDC’s financial position and progress against established objectives.
  • Lead the creation of annual operating plans and budgets.

Core Competencies:
The CEO must:

  • Be a passionate, visionary, inclusive, accessible, and authentic leader.
  • Have a strong understanding the economic development ecosystem and how to work within a multi-jurisdictional community to strengthen commerce (high-level network to include local, state, federal governmental agencies, as well as business and industry associations).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of domestic and international business and markets, business development competencies, and the ability to close deals.
  • Be adept at interfacing and advocating on behalf of the business community.
  • Build a culture of trust and collaboration amongst private and public-sector entities across the County and region.
  • Demonstrate strategic thinking and a track record of execution.
  • Be a highly effective communicator, both written and oral.
  • Have the courage, resilience, and persuasiveness to move forward actionable initiatives that will foster economic growth.
  • Form great teams, both internally and externally, to execute the MCEDC’s mission.
  • Exhibit an ethical approach and commitment to community interests.
  • Be self-confident, self-aware, and energized by challenges.

Qualifications:

  • The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
  • Bachelor’s degree and at least ten years of progressively responsible senior leadership experience, with a track record of success and proven results in leading a complex organization.
  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • Business acumen and project management skills.
  • Proficiency in community, economic and business development and strategic planning.
  • Understanding of the changing dynamics of the business environment in the County and what is required to attract businesses to a community in such an environment.
  • Strong character, with emotional intelligence, authenticity, and a broad perspective.
  • Ability to collaborate and negotiate with community partners and diverse groups of people and interests.
  • Superior interpersonal and organizational communications, ability to build and sustain working relationships and build coalitions.
  • Ability to deal calmly, rationally, and tactfully in a creative, fast-paced, and occasionally stressful environment. Be a good listener.
  • Proven ability to attract, retain, and develop excellent staff. The ideal candidate must continue to build, strengthen, and energize a high-performance staff that can successfully implement and manage current and future initiatives while providing a collaborative and empowering environment.
  • Effective Board relations; an open communicator who can provide timely information, minimize conflict, and implement policy initiatives, and a clear understanding of the difference between policy and administration.
  • Professional experience with public relations, media relations, and public speaking.
  • Experience working with academic communities to create and leverage public-private partnerships.
  • Familiarity with Maryland/D.C./Virginia region.

Selection Process:
Candidates for this position will be evaluated by Jorgenson Consulting. The most qualified individuals will be invited to participate in the next phase of the selection process. For consideration, please submit a letter of interest and résumé to Todd Jorgenson at MCEDC@jci-inc.net.

References and Background Information:
It is policy to complete an extensive background and reference check of candidates. Once strong mutual interest has been established, candidates are asked to provide a list of references that should include, but not be limited to, a supervisor, a peer, a development client and a subordinate, as applicable. Candidates will be asked to sign an authorization to release Information for the purpose of a background investigation, which may include verification of education, credit check, criminal and driving records. Should an offer be extended prior to the completion of these checks, the offer will be made contingent on the successful completion of the reference and background checks.

EEO Statement:
Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


Economic Development Specialist

The Economic Development Specialist is an exempt, full-time position and serves as a key member of the MCEDC’s business development team. This position reports to the Director, Business Retention and Expansion. This position will perform increasingly responsible work to attract and retain businesses in Montgomery County. Responsibilities include interacting with businesses, business organizations, and County resources to meet needs pertaining to the creation, maintenance and expansion of businesses to create a diverse, sustainable economy and long-term economic growth for Montgomery County. In addition, the Economic Development Specialist will work with the County’s small business community and perform outreach to minority and ethnic chambers of commerce and related groups, to develop partnerships and programs to support those business communities.

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Overview:
The Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) brings a big and bold approach to achieving greater economic competitiveness and prosperity across Montgomery County, MD.

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation with a fresh public/private perspective, entrepreneurial spirit, and proactive approach to economic development, the MCEDC is focused on maximizing Montgomery County’s rich diversity of people, talent, and business expertise to keep the county at the leading edge of today’s competitive economic development environment.

Overseen by a Board of Directors with both public and private sector representation, the MCEDC is committed to growing the county’s vibrant business community and leveraging current strengths and advantages to build an even stronger, more stable, and diverse future economy that benefits all members of the community.

Essential Functions/Duties/Tasks

  • Assist in recruitment and retention efforts focused on targeted industry sectors, and work with the MCEDC team to implement a wide range of economic development projects and programs.
  • Become familiar with the full range of economic development assistance provided by MCEDC and its partner organizations, and identify and develop tools and resources for businesses and community partners.
  • Schedule and coordinate joint company visits with MCEDC partners, and participate in same.
  • Respond to requests for information and develop subject-matter-expertise in order to provide connections and guidance to businesses, partners, the general public, and/or outside agencies.
  • Serve as economic development contact for businesses, prospective partners, government, and other organizations, and represent MCEDC and act as liaison for a variety of meetings, advisory groups, boards, committees, agencies, councils, and/or other related groups.
  • Research and develop new business contacts and opportunities and draft proposals, applications, presentations, and other documents as needed to develop opportunities.
  • Research the local community to identify small and minority business and community groups, and identify opportunities for creative partnerships.
  • Conduct proactive outreach to minority and ethnic chambers of commerce, business associations and businesses to learn about their constituencies, services and priorities, and to inform them of the economic development assistance provided by MCEDC and its partners.
  • With MCEDC staff, initiate meetings and conduct strategic and effective presentations with representatives of local business and community organizations to cultivate partnerships and generate new opportunities for the MCEDC to help grow jobs and the business tax base.
  • With MCEDC staff, create and implement partnership programs and initiatives that build stronger, more aligned collaboration among the MCEDC and partner organizations.
  • Continuously build and maintain a collaborative relationship with businesses, partners and client communities.
  • Through regular ongoing engagement with businesses and small and minority business community groups, help identify community needs and service gaps.
  • Track business interactions and results in MCEDC’s Salesforce database.
  • Perform other duties of a similar nature and level as assigned.

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Ability to develop respect and trust from community and business leaders
  • Ability to understand the viewpoint of business, including minority and underserved business communities
  • Superb communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to listen actively and present clearly and effectively in positive or negative situations, and to respond well to questions
  • Writes clearly and informatively and varies writing style to meet needs
  • Independent and strategic thinker with the capacity to generate new ideas and act creatively
  • Strong team player
  • Ability to represent MCEDC at community-based events and meetings
  • Comfortable organizing interns and volunteers
  • Adaptable to changes in the work environment, managing competing demands, changing approaches or methods to best fit the situation, and dealing with frequent changes or unexpected events.
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure, to meet tight deadlines within budgetary constraints, and to handle multiple projects simultaneously and autonomously
  • Hold a valid U.S. driver’s license

Preferred education and experience:

  • Experience working in community collaborations or coalitions
  • Experience working in an entrepreneurial environment
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 3+ years of relevant experience
  • Proficiency in working with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Familiarity with standard office equipment
  • Foreign language fluency—ideally, applicants will be proficient in one or more languages that are relevant in the local business community

Description of physical demands and work environment:

  • Must be able to travel throughout the county to companies, partner organizations, meetings and events
  • Must be able to occasionally travel outside of the region to events and trade shows
  • Must be able to use office equipment and computers
  • Position may require moderate lifting of supplies and materials from time to time
  • The working environment is a general office environment with a moderate noise level

Job Type: Full-time, Exempt
Job Location: Montgomery County, MD
Required education: Bachelor’s Degree
Required experience: Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience
Salary: Commensurate with experience

To apply, visit: https://www.indeed.com/job/economic-development-specialist-2452474eb7f9c4e5

Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter for consideration. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

EEO Statement:
Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.