Columbia County Economic Team Seeks Economic Development Director

The Columbia County Economic Team (CCET) is Columbia County Oregon’s one-stop for business development, specializing in: business retention and expansion services, site location and acquisition, and public incentives and financing. CCET offers a coordinated, results-oriented response to the priorities of businesses in Columbia County.

 CCET membership includes representatives from public and private sector organizations throughout the County, working together to stimulate private investment and job creation.

Columbia County is home to diverse industries with strengths in manufacturing, logistics, leisure and hospitality. The County includes multiple pro-business communities offering excellent sites, affordable utilities, ample infrastructure capacity and a skilled, productive workforce—all within close proximity to Portland and major national and international trade corridors.

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Columbia County Economic Team (CCET)

Economic Development Director

GENERAL STATEMEMT OF THE POSITION: CCET is seeking a dynamic leader and economic development professional for the provision of CCET’s business retention, expansion, and recruitment services.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Duties include, but are not limited to the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Ø Actively manage specific business client retention, expansion and recruitment cases, from outreach and needs assessment, through identification and implementation of development activities, to follow up case monitoring/technical assistance.

  • Serve as the County’s Enterprise Zones manager and point person for other business incentive programs.
  • Identify and implement efforts to expand the County’s cluster development efforts in areas such as aviation, small manufacturing, energy, industrial development and wood products. Initiate new industry cluster development as appropriate.
  • Support expansion of the County’s retail, commercial and micro-enterprise business development.
  • Provide assistance and information to businesses interested in relocating to or expanding in Columbia County and gather information about current industries in the County.
  • Implement the CCET’s County-wide economic development plan, providing bi-annual reports to the CCET Board, County Board of Commissioners, Port of St Helens, local governments within the county, private sector stakeholders and investors, and the general public.
  • Actively manage CCET’s marketing communications within and outside the County, including the CCET website and other media.
  • Represent CCET at designated meetings. Provide information on CCET business retention, expansion and recruitment activities and status of projects.
  • Draft CCET’s annual economic development budget for review by the CCET Board and manage CCET fiscal operations to remain within budgetary constraints.
  • Seek funding opportunities to continue and enhance economic development activities of the County.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITES: CCET staffing only includes the Economic Development Director, with some administrative activities, such as accounting, provided under a sub-contract. From time to time an intern or volunteer may provide some assistance and require supervision.

SUPERVISON RECEIVED: Work is performed with considerable independence under the general direction of the Columbia County Economic Team Executive Committee. Consequently, the position requires an individual who is pro-active and a self-starter. Expectations are that the CCET Board’s primary role will be to monitor Economic Development Director work outcomes, rather than supervise day-to-day activity.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: At a minimum, Bachelor’s degree, in the field of business, public administration, economics, or related field with at least three (3) years of experience in economic development, community development, business management, or public administration, preferably working with governmental agencies in a confidential and/or public relations capacity, with experience in fundraising. Any satisfactory combination of experience and training which demonstrates the ability to perform the above duties may be acceptable. IEDC certification is preferred but not required. Demonstrated economic development skills including experience in the use of public/private financing techniques is required.

KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABLITIES: The successful candidate must have demonstrated leadership skills, including excellence in communications and forging collaborations. This position requires the following abilities:

  • Work independently with little or no guidance.
  • Conceptual thinking—Being able to quickly get to the heart of a business problem, set priorities, and develop and initiate realistic solutions.
  • Superior communication—Both verbally and in writing.
  • Sound judgment and a willingness to take reasonable risks.
  • Adaptable to change or new situations, including acknowledging and working through conflict openly. Accepting of responsibility and being able to work well with ambiguity.
  • Collaborative work style—Look for opportunities for people to contribute, develop skills, take responsibility and be trusted. Shares responsibility for the County’s economic development success.
  • Analytical thinking—Plan, implement and evaluate economic development activities based on policy guidelines, regulations and law.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills—Develop and maintain harmonious and effective working relationships with other agencies, County officials, local businesses, and the general public.

Trustworthy—Maintain confidentiality of business deals as appropriate. Communicate politically sensitive information effectively.

This position also requires proficiency using computers and business software such as Microsoft Office Suite word processing, spreadsheets and data bases.

 WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical and environment demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. However, significant driving throughout the County and/or State is required, including business site visits around the County. Office work will include: Sitting, walking, stooping, kneeling, and reaching, repetitive grasping, finger dexterity to perform typing, writing and, clerical duties; continuous speaking and hearing in interactions with members of the public and outside agencies in person or by telephone; continuous clarity of vision at close range and ability to adjust focus; continuous performance of reading, writing, assimilating and analyzing information; continuous use of judgment, reasoning and patience.

RESIDENCY: If not already a resident of Columbia County, the CCET Economic Development Director is expected to become a resident within one year of employment.

SALARY/BENEFITS: Compensation is competitive, based on qualifications, certifications, and experience.

HOW TO APPLY: The CCET Search Committee is managing the recruitment process. Interested and well qualified individuals should submit the following electronically to:

1) Cover letter

2) Resume

3) Brief narrative responding to the following questions:

a. Economic development success in the last 3 years, including jobs/capital investment created, and specific role played

b. Specific example(s) of a business expansion or retention problem solving, including the process involved

c. Skill set bringing to the position

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled.

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