For Chief Executive Officer, McKenzie Industrial Development Corporation
(Director of Economic Development)
An executive position charged with the following responsibilities:
The executive director of the McKenzie Industrial Development Corporation is responsible for economic development activities in McKenzie, Tennessee and its service area. These include, but are not limited to, recruitment of new industry, assistance with the expansion of local industry, tourism development, retiree recruitment and retail development and any other opportunities as they arise.
As executive director of McKenzie Industrial Development Corporation
- Manage the staff functions on a day-to-day basis;
- Exercise general oversight of programs and functions as administered by administrative assistant(s);
- Attend county and local functions as necessary and advise and confer with the Board of Directors as it relates to staff management concerns, allocation of expenses, and overall direction of industrial corporation’s efforts;
As director of economic development -
- Act independently, while properly interpreting the general expressions of the Board;
- Be creative and innovative;
- Constantly communicate developments to the Board in accurate but summary fashions; and,
- Be effective as a liaison to media, local industry, local governments and extended community.
- Develop and maintain close relationships with marketing personnel in the state marketing office, West Tennessee Industrial Association, Regional TVA Industrial Development Office, USDA Rural Development, plus Tennessee Economic and Community Development, Northwest Tennessee Development District associates, and other economic development personnel as needed;
- Stay fully apprised of industrial assistance programs offered through TVA, ECD, NWTDD, and other agencies.
- Develop and maintain an existing industry program by developing relationship with local plant managers and human resources personnel; call or visit on a routine schedule; and involve Board members in visits as appropriate;
- Cooperate and assist when possible with the city government’s efforts to promote economic development.
- Oversee the maintenance of (a) inventory of existing commercial and industrial buildings with appropriate specifications; (b) appropriate system of illustration short-term and long-term financial position of the industrial corporation; (c) a viable filing system for industrial prospects past and present; document files in a manner, which creates a clear chronology of events, decisions, offers, etc.; (d) files of industrial properties and be conversant with all site aspects; (e) keeping website information to TVA, state and WTIA current; (f) a viable written plan for the economic development of McKenzie;
- Be conversant with local zoning and building codes and administrative personnel;
- Manage the financial and physical assets of the corporation and account for same on regular basis to the Board;
- Track and monitor existing agreements to ensure compliance and perform audits accordingly;
- Manage all industrial prospect visits and form a response team appropriate to prospect interest, including development of incentive packages;
- Develop and maintain contacts with other economic development professionals and organizations;
- Field all related inquiries and respond accordingly in a timely manner;
- Make recommendations to the Board concerning all aspects of economic development, including, administration, planning, and general philosophy of development;
- Represent the Board when appropriate at various economic development meetings and forums:
- Keep the Board informed on a regular and routine basis;
- Supervise the Board’s efforts to recruit retail business in conjunction with TVA Consumer Connection Program;
- and perform other duties as requested by the Board.
- A bachelor’s degree in business management, marketing, community development, economics, or related field
- Experience in economic development or related field or a combination of those two.
- A progressive and stable career history
- A graduate of formal economic development training or the willingness to obtain certification in the Economic Development Institute within one year of the hiring date.
- Salary commensurate with experience
- Successful candidate must reside full time within the McKenzie service area, preferably the 38201 zip code, or establish residency within one year.
- Successful candidate must dress in appropriate business attire –either formal or business casual as described below:
Business Formal – Women – suit, business-style dress, dress with a jacket, stockings, appropriate pants, dress shoes. Men – dark business suit, dress shirt, conservative tie, dark dress socks, dark leather shoes.
Business Casual – Women – skirt, khakis, or pants, open-collar shirt, knit shirt or sweater (no spaghetti straps or revealing attire); Men – seasonal sport coat or blazer with slacks or khakis, dress shirt with tie or open collar; loafers or loafer-style shoes. (no shorts, t-shirts, gym shoes, or white socks).
Membership in Outside Organizations, Political Office and Opinion
The executive director should not seek any government or other social club position without the approval of the board. The executive should be mindful he or she shall represent the board in a professional manner at all times. The executive should avoid political opinions or inappropriate postings on social media.
The executive director will be subject to periodic performance reviews.
Working Relationships Requirements
The Board - The executive must earn and maintain the respect and confidence of the Board, individually and collectively. He or she is to prepare an agenda for meetings, and maintain accurate and complete minutes and records of those meetings.
He or she is to carry out the plans and programs of the Board in accordance with established policies, and serve as representative of the Board for all contacts with the staff. He or she will initiate programs for consideration by the Board and advise the Board on all matters under consideration. He or she will provide ex-officio support to all committees designated by the Board.
The Community – The director will establish and maintain personal contacts with key community leaders. He or she will work to improve the commercial, industrial, cultural, and civic health of the community. The director will represent the Board in meetings of local, state, and national organizations. He or she will strive to develop a better public understanding of the purpose of, functions, and value of the Board. The director should seek guidance from the Board prior to registering for conferences requiring travel, overnight stays, or multiple days out of the office.