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President & Chief Executive Officer

Greenville City Economic Development Corporation - Greenville, SC , USA

Job Description:


Salary $164,000.00 - $214,000.00 Annually

Location 206 S. Main Street - Greenville, SC

Job Type Full Time

Job Number 01037



Opening Date 10/02/2023

FLSA Exempt

Brief Description

As the inaugural President and CEO of the Greenville City Economic Development Corporation, a non-profit organization responsible for overseeing and executing the economic development efforts of the city of Greenville, South Carolina, you have an exceptional opportunity to lead and shape the growth, prosperity, and economic well-being of one of the most attractive mid-size cities in the country. The City of Greenville is not a typical municipal environment.  Our City is one of the most urbanized mid-size cities in the Country and is heralded worldwide for our planning, livability, and desirability. We top multiple quality of life lists, including being named one of the friendliest, most charming, and overall best places to live. We are a bold and enterprising community, led by a forward-thinking, professional City Council and urban planner City Manager. We are seeking a high-performing leader who is innovative, entrepreneurial, charismatic, and passionate about making a meaningful impact. With Greenville's unique blend of vibrant culture, diversity, entrepreneurial spirit, and natural beauty, this role offers an exciting environment to drive economic success. You will provide strategic leadership, build partnerships, and execute initiatives that align with the city's recently adopted Economic Development Strategic Plan. This position requires visionary thinking, business acumen, real estate prowess and a deep understanding of economic development principles.

Applications must include a resume and cover letter for consideration.


Job Requirements

Bachelor's degree in business administration, economics, urban planning, or a related field. 

A track record at least 10 years of experience in senior management and leadership success in driving economic development, preferably with experience in real estate and innovative and entrepreneurial environments.


Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in economics, finance, planning, real estate, public administration, or a related field. 


Driver's License Requirements

Valid South Carolina Class D Driver's License.


Performance Requirements

Knowledge of:

Federal, state, and local laws, codes, regulations, and standards governing the delivery of Economic and Community Development services. 

Economic and community development issues, principles, and techniques, including state and federal policies and programs, capital improvements programming, applicable regulations and regulatory devices, associated data sources and information systems.

Redevelopment laws and processes; local government revenue sources and tax increment financing.

Real estate development, planning principles, urban design, and retail attraction. 

Principles and practices of budget development, administration, and accountability including funding sources impacting program and service development.

Management principles and practices necessary to plan, analyze, develop, direct, and evaluate programs, administrative polices, and organizational structures.

Human Resources laws and practices. 

Ability to:

Attract investment, cultivate partnerships, and achieve tangible results in economic growth.

Recruit developers from out of market that can provide unique approaches to real estate development and re-development.

Execute initiatives and activities to facilitate local business attraction, expansion, and retention, including economic development recruitment and support work to broaden the City's retail and commercial base.

Demonstrate a strong strategic mindset with a forward-thinking approach, staying abreast of emerging trends and best practices in economic development.

Successfully work with boards of directors, elected, and appointed municipal officials.

Demonstrate charismatic and persuasive communication skills, capable of inspiring stakeholders, investors, and the community.

Bring a demonstrated passion for making a positive impact, driving inclusive growth, and empowering communities.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the board of directors, city manager, city officials, city departments, community stakeholders, corporations, and other relevant organizations (Greenville Local Development Corporation, Greenville Area Development Corporation, Greenville Chamber, Upstate Alliance, SC Department of Commerce, NEXT, etc.).

Establish appropriate financial and administrative structures and controls. 

Manage multiple projects and perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines. 

Successfully manage high-profile projects through collaboration, consensus, and creativity.

Demonstrate the highest level of creative thinking, complex analysis, and reasoning to originate and develop innovative programs. 

Consult on issues, presenting complex information, explaining analysis and rationale, and making recommendations with the requirement to exercise persuasion to obtain cooperation, consensus, or approval of action to be taken.

Communicate at a superior level verbally and in writing, including capacity to communicate complex ideas compellingly to a variety of audiences.

Effectively manage communications involving a high degree of difficulty (i.e., contentious confidential sensitive or political) with very diverse, very important contacts both inside and outside of the organization. 

Use discretion, persuasion, conciliation, dispute resolution, mediation or negotiation skills when dealing with complex situations. 

Exercise integrity, ingenuity, and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks.

Expertly conduct research, locate relevant information, and critically evaluate the research findings.

Translate technical data, financial documents, and accounting records into an easily understood format.

At an advanced level, write policies, contracts, speeches, formal presentations, and/or technical and legal documents and correspondence.

Operate general office equipment to include scanner, printer, copier, smartphone, and computer with Microsoft Office Suite and related business software.

Other Information

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Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance

The Greenville City Economic Development Corporation (GCEDC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions. Prospective and current employees should contact Human Resources to request an ADA accommodation.


Contact Information

John DeWorken
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