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Executive Director, Appanoose County Economic Development Corporation Board, Centerville, Iowa

  • Direct economic development initiatives to achieve the goals and objectives outlined by the Appanoose County Economic Development Corporation Board. 
  • Be responsible for all financial matters and the overall fiscal health of corporation. The Executive Director shall:  Develop and implement the annual operating budget of the organization; ensure that the corporation achieves annual and long-term goals for both earned and contributed income; give impetus and support to the fundraising and ongoing financial improvement efforts of the corporation; ensure that the systems are in place to support and sustain the activities of the corporation; and operate faithfully under a budget approved by the board of directors annually, the development of which the employee shall play a significant role.
  • Provide administration of the Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) and the Intermediary Relending Program (IRP) including:  collection of monthly payments, all accounting and maintenance of necessary loan records, marketing to increase number of business loans, completion of USDA Rural Development reports and online loan updates as required.
  • Raise membership funding along with retaining existing and attracting new members.
  • Develop economic development leads and assist and draft proposals to business prospects.  Oversee annual existing business outreach program to include coordinated visits to the region’s top employers and the execution of approved interview procedures.
    • Develop short and long-term economic and community development plans with assistance from AEDC committees and approval of the AEDC Board.
  • Gather information and prepare studies, budgets, financials, reports, and recommendations to achieve such goals.
  • Prepare and maintain information on utilities, taxes, zoning, transportation, community services, financing tools, and incentives, in order to respond to requests for information for economic development purposes, and coordinate with other departments and agencies as needed.
  • Work directly with the Appanoose County Board of Supervisors and their comprehensive plan, city governments, planning and zoning in addition to any other entity that would present themselves to accomplish the goals as established by the AEDC Board of Directors.
  • Identify areas of concern in the promotion of business location and expansion within Appanoose County and develop action plans to address those concerns.
  • Act as a liaison with various local, state, and federal agencies, coordinating projects with agencies as deemed necessary and appropriate, e.g., IEDA, IDOT, IFA, USDA-RD, etc.
  • Lead negotiations and the management of professional service contracts, property sales or acquisition, and economic development oriented negotiations, as assigned with support of the AEDC Executive Committee, Board, and responsible committee.
  • Formulate and implement marketing and business attraction strategies, including familiarity with the goals and objectives of the AEDC Board.
  • Serve as a member of economic development groups or task forces that promote economic and community development at the local, state or federal level, as deemed necessary or appropriate by the AEDC Board.
  • Monitor legislation and regulations relating to economic development, and report findings to the appropriate impacted parties, including AEDC Board of Directors, Appanoose County Board of Supervisors, area businesses, clients, the media, and others.
  • Serve as a member of various committees, as assigned by the AEDC Board.
  • Attend professional development workshops and conferences, as necessary and approved by AEDC Board, to keep abreast of trends and developments in the field of economic development, and to represent the interest of Appanoose County and the region on matters related to economic development.
  • Strive to strengthen the competitiveness of Appanoose County
  • Act as a team player with Board Members, AEDC Members, community and county leaders staff and others.
  • Conduct other duties as assigned by AEDC Board.
  • Experience in and understanding of economic, business, and community development.
  • B.A. or B.S. degree with specialization in economic and community development or a related field; or any equivalent combination of experience and training.
  • Certified Economic Development Professional (CEcD) certification preferred.
  • Understanding of infrastructure and planning and zoning programs and processes.
  • Communication and project management skills necessary to work effectively with groups and individuals, engineers, architects, contractors, developers, businesses, supervisors, elected officials, AEDC membership and the general public.
  • Ability to establish working relationships with other organizations and economic development practitioners.
  • Computer proficiency and budget development and administration skills. Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and other applicable software.  Ability to update AEDC website and social media posts.
  • Valid driver’s license
Job Type:
Centerville, Iowa (works with Appanoose County)

Salary commensurate with experience.

B.A. or B.S. degree with specialization in economic and community development or a related field; or any equivalent combination of experience and training.
How to Apply:

A cover letter and resume should be sent to  Attn: Rod Glosser, RRWA, 16166 Hwy J29, Centerville, IA 52544. 

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Rod Glosser
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