Local economic development district seeks executive director

Executive director
Baton Rouge North Economic Development District

The Baton Rouge North Economic Development District is seeking a talented individual to serve as their Executive Director. The Executive Director’s role is to develop the district to provide for substantial economic activity and employment opportunities. The ideal candidate possesses at least five years of demonstrated success in the economic development arena.

The deadline to apply is June 4, 2021.

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Baton Rouge North Economic Development District (District) is seeking a talented individual to serve as their Executive Director. The Executive Director’s role is to develop the area included within the District to provide forsubstantial economic activity and employment opportunities. Working closely with the 13 member board, theExecutive Director will design and implement sustainable, innovative solutions that drive investment, create jobs,strategically advance the economic base, and improve quality of life within the District.The ideal candidate possesses demonstrated success in the economic development arena: creating programs andincentives to recruit and attract new businesses; growing existing businesses and creating new jobs; and developingstrong partnerships and collaborations with both the public and private sectors.

The District

The District boasts a combination of geographic, political and workforce assets with proximity and accessibility to multimodal transportation options, local universities, and colleges. The second largest airport in Louisiana, the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport and the largest Historically Black College and University in the country -Southern University are both located in the District. A variety of federal, state, and local incentive programs areavailable for businesses and investors in the District. The latest achievement for the District is the recentannouncement of the 2.9 million-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center which will be completed in 2022 and will create thousands of jobs for the District.

Essential Functions

The Executive Director will: • Implement and update the District’s Strategic Plan and ensure that it includes relevant City-Parish, state, national, and international initiatives. • Communicate frequently with the board chair and coordinate with the Executive Committee of the boardon prospects, data management, screening of qualified projects, economic incentive proposals, anddrafting agreements. • Perform statistical or frequency analysis and prepare various statistical and narrative reports and presentations to the board and other public entities. • Develop the District’s Annual Report and Budget. • Plan and execute targeted local, state, national and international business development recruitment trips. • Develop and maintain professional relationships with clients, developers, consultants, City-Parish, state,national and international allies through professional contact and participation in related industryorganizations. • Collect data for economic development analysis such as employment trends, commercial buildings andland vacancy, and availability of development sites. • Collect and update information about the community as a whole including tax rates, school system,housing costs, etc., to present a comprehensive picture of business opportunities. • Identify areas of opportunity and weaknesses to improve the competitiveness of the District. • Initiate, develop, and maintain programs to encourage businesses and industries to locate, retain, andexpand their business within the District. • Coordinate and exchange information related to economic development with Chambers of Commerce, City-Parish, and other governmental agencies such as the Louisiana Workforce Commission, and othergroups concerned with economic development such as the Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors. • Serve as a liaison with new businesses and assist them with required permits including building permits, utility services, fire codes, zoning issues, and certificates of occupancy. • Assist new businesses to develop a relationship with various chambers of commerce and other business networking organizations.  • Assume administrative responsibility for the daily operation of District Office to include budgetadministration, project tracking and reporting. 

Required Knowledge/Skills/Abilities

• Exercise sound judgment, tact, creativity, resourcefulness and leadership in dealing with city staff, the public, local government/state/federal officials, committees and boards, as well as privately-owned businesses. • Meet deadlines, prioritize, and organize work assignments. work well under pressure and stress andmake competent decisions. Work well independently and with others as part of a team. • Possess knowledge of common business, governmental, and real estate terminology and practices. • Demonstrate excellent writing and proofreading skills for use in the development of marketingmaterials, presentations, reports and collateral development. • Be flexible, as responsibilities may require extensive work hours and/or working evenings/weekends, asneeded, to attend meetings, prepare briefing presentations, complete analysis and research, or for otherresponsibilities as assigned and relevant to the job. • Have excellent speaking and presenting skills, as this position will present material in public meetings,community meetings, etc.

 Required Education, Training, Experience, Certificates, and/or Licenses 

• Bachelor’s degree in related field or minimum of five years of increasingly responsible economic development experience .• Will be responsible for knowing, interpreting, staying abreast of new development and implementationof relevant federal, state, and local laws, programs, and economic development initiatives and programs,including but not limited to workforce development incentives and programs. • Must possess valid Louisiana Driver’s License and successfully pass a Motor Vehicle Report check. 

Compensation• Salary commensurate with experience. 

To Apply• Send current resume and references toBRNEDD@consultssa.com.