Organization: Economic Vitality Corporation (EVC)
Location: San Luis Obispo, California
Position Type: Permanent, full‐time
Application Deadline: End of business day Jan. 16, 2017
Start Date: Immediate
Compensation: Commensurate with experience.
Benefits: Health Insurance, 401K Retirement Plan (employer matches up to 4%)
Established in 1994, the Economic Vitality Corporation (EVC) is the only economic development organization that serves all of San Luis Obispo County. A 501(c)(3) non-profit and public/private partnership, the EVC mission is to create jobs, foster investments, and promote business on California’s Central Coast. This highly respected organization works directly with business and government leaders on key issues to support the regional economy.
The EVC Senior Project Director will provide strategic leadership and management oversight to new and ongoing projects and economic development initiatives; steward and administer grants and other funding sources; conduct industry research; monitor and track EVC projects and initiatives; build and foster relationships with government officials and business leaders as well as with local businesses and entrepreneurs; manage groups of volunteer business leaders; organize and facilitate meetings; and communicate via written reports and public presentations with government officials, boards of directors, business leaders, and community members. The Senior Project Director coordinates closely with the EVC President/CEO and its Board of Directors. This is a highly public role within the community.
- Provide project management leadership for new and ongoing projects and initiatives within the EVC with full accountability for deliverables, timetables, budgets, and consultative processes;
- Manage implementation of economic development projects involving local government and industry stakeholders;
- Assess business community needs and coordinate resources to enhance existing programs;
- Consult with business and government leadership to develop and foster public policy and industry solutions to retain and create jobs within the County;
- Partner with economic development partners in/and neighboring counties to foster economic progress and a positive business climate throughout the state;
- Participate in fundraising efforts, including grant writing, to develop new funding sources;
- Serve as an EVC advocate when working externally with public policy makers and key business and community leaders;
- Serve as a primary point of contact for EVC relationships on behalf of the CEO as needed;
- Organize, facilitate, and occasionally lead meetings with industry and community partners;
- Prepare and deliver various communications on behalf of EVC, including press releases and presentations, to elected officials and appointed governing bodies;
- Formulate and implement communication and social media strategies, including public affairs campaigns, with industry and local government to support the EVC mission;
- Develop, maintain, and manage business and professional relationships with individuals and groups who may hold opposing or conflicting viewpoints;
- Work collaboratively with the internal team and with government and business partners;
- Assist in managing staff.
Experience managing complex projects with multiple stakeholder interests; strong interpersonal and intercultural communication skills; an advanced level of writing proficiency; effective presentation skills to reach a variety of audiences; demonstrated excellence in time management and organization; high levels of proficiency in computer software programs such as Microsoft Office; knowledge of principles for performing in a customer‐oriented and service‐centered manner; flexibility and responsiveness to client and organizational needs; critical thinking and problem-solving skills; ability to work independently to develop specific goals, organize work, and prioritize tasks to accomplish objectives; keen attention to detail; capacity to work well under pressure; high levels of personal and professional integrity.Preferred Qualifications
An earned bachelor’s degree; at least five years of relevant experience fostering business relationships; a clear understanding of the local political landscape and regional economy; experience overseeing business or government projects; evidence of participation in the drafting and submitting of grants or other formal reports; demonstrated ability to present information effectively in one‐to‐one and small-group settings with co‐workers, clients, the public, and the press.
This position requires reliable transportation for work‐related matters with mileage reimbursement. A background check is required.