EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - for Heart of the Hills Economic Development Corporation, a small but effective organization located in the heart of the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota.
Our Vision: Intentionally building a vibrant and thriving Hill City community while maximizing quality of life. Our mission is to advance community and economic growth.
Reports To: The Executive Director reports to the President and is accountable to the Board of Directors of Heart of the Hills Economic Development Corporation (HOHEDC) who set policy and direction.
Job Overview: The Executive Director (ED) is a new part-time staff position that will be responsible for the professional leadership, management and growth of HOHEDC. Working together with the President and Board of Directors, the ED will advance Economic Development in Hill City through the development and implementation of goals that reflect the organization’s mission and vision. The position provides overall leadership for fundraising, strategic planning, organizational development, completion and administration of projects and financial oversight. A successful candidate will use previous experience in Economic Development, Business or Non-Profit organizations to provide the leadership, expertise and motivation that guides and supports HOHEDC in achieving its goals.
Responsibilities and Duties: 1. Is a key partner, providing guidance and support in achieving HOHEDC's goals. 2. Helps the Board ensure adequate financial resources through organizing and executing annual Membership Drive, Annual Meeting, Fundraising, Sponsorships and Grants. 3. Economic Development Engagement - Is actively engaged in local, regional and statewide economic development including attending the GOED annual conference and applicable regional planning district meetings. Attends Economic Development Overview Sessions and other professional development activities. 4. Responds to Requests for Information (RFI) from the state GOED regarding new business prospects. Answers inquiries from businesses and prospects in Hill City, providing information on resources such as loans, grants, and business services that are available. 5. Develops Annual Action Plan, ongoing EDC Budget & Community Assessment with follow-up and re-evaluation periodically including annual Business Retention & Expansion Plan.
Qualifications & Requirements: 1. Experience in Economic Development, Business or Non-profit leadership 2. Proven fundraising ability with the ability to relate to, negotiate with and build trust with business owners and partners 3. Demonstrated ability to interact and communicate effectively with a wide range of people, especially donors & sponsors, business owners, staff of governmental agencies and elected officials 4. Demonstrated effective writing skills, with willingness to create documents and reports supporting HOHEDC projects and organizational initiatives.