Job Description for
Executive Director of the Development Corporation of Haskell
The Development Corporation of Haskell is a Type A economic development corporation in the state of Texas serving the interests of primary employers. The DCOH also has a blanket Type B policy passed by voters. The DCOH focuses on growing and diversifying the economy, offering services and incentives to primary employers expanding and relocating to Haskell, Texas. It is managed by a board of five appointed by the Haskell Mayor and City Council.
Haskell is a small community located north of Abilene and south of Wichita Falls at the intersection of Highway 277 & 380. The city’s population is 3,200 people and 6,000 in the county. Haskell serves as a regional hub for the small communities around it. The largest employers are the Rolling Plains Detention Center, Haskell Memorial Hospital, Haskell County, the City of Haskell, and Haskell Consolidated School District. Haskell is home to manufacturer, Steele Fire Apparatus, and houses a regional office for RRC Companies, a leading advisor to the renewable energy sector. It also houses a regional office for Helena, one of the foremost agronomic solutions providers in the United States. Haskell’s economy was built on agriculture, oil and gas, but has also diversified to include wind and solar energy clusters. Haskell has a variety of small businesses covering most industries owned by local citizens.
Duties and Responsibilities
The duty of the Executive Director (ED) will be the general management, coordination of all activities, committees, and projects affiliated with the Corporations initiative. The Executive Director will serve as a catalyst and coordinator in working with the Board of Directors and volunteers in accomplishing the objectives of the Corporation’s initiative. The Executive Director will be responsible for personal and regular visitation and contact with existing and new businesses. The ED will work closely with business executives, site selection consultants, real estate brokers, the media, and the general public.
The Executive Director will report to the Corporation’s Board of Directors. The Executive Director will be well-rounded and be able to handle most aspects of the job in-house.
- Economic Development Actions: recruiting jobs through new businesses and industry, or expansion of existing business and industry; emphasis on development and recruitment of industry and businesses to our existing industrial park.
- Partnerships: develops and maintains relationships with investors; maintain relationships with the following organizations: Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC), Governor’s Office for Economic Development, State Senator and Representatives, Texas Midwest Community Network (TMCN), National Rural Economic Developers Association (NREDA), USDA, Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA).
- Finance: The Executive Director will serve as the primary contact and solicitor of all funding efforts. The organization brings in around $200,000 yearly in sales tax. The ED will manage current assets and liabilities, serve as a loan officer, manage incentive packages and any other financial obligations of the organization.
- Budget Development/Management: work with the Board of Directors to develop a budget; operate the corporation efficiently, effectively, and make recommendations on the Corporation’s finances.
- Planning: develop a program of work; gather statistics and background of the development of industrial programs such as land use, advertising, labor force, demographics, education, quality of life, and keeping such information current, stay abreast of political issues that will impact the Corporation.
Education & Experience
- Bachelor’s degree is preferred; however, equivalent combination of education and experience is acceptable.
- Established track record (at least 5+ years) of business/economic development, expansion, and recruitment is preferred;
- Knowledge of Texas economic development programs on the state level, knowledge of Texas Economic Development laws is preferred.
- Knowledge of grant programs through state and federal agencies is also preferred.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Leadership: demonstrate initiative; self-starter; experience with building relations/partnerships with elected officials, private business owners, federal, state, regional and local government representatives.
- Communication: must have excellent communication skills, written, verbal and public speaking.
- Project Management: successful project management experience.
- Diversity: expectations are to develop relationships with diverse groups in the area to include business, government, and education; must be able to communicate with individuals from all socio-economic backgrounds.
- Computer Skills: knowledgeable of internet software and research; knowledgeable of the Microsoft Office software (excel, word, outlook, power point, etc.) Knowledge of social media platforms to advertise the organization and communicate with the citizens. Knowledge of website platforms like WordPress in order to manage the organization’s website, post agendas, etc. Proficient in QuickBooks accounting software in order to manage the company’s budget, assets and liabilities.
Our ideal candidate will be a team builder who can work with multiple stakeholders within the community. They will build relationships between various organizations and entities within Haskell.
Our ideal candidate will be an engaged, friendly person who will develop strong relationships at the state level. He/she must have an outgoing personality to carry on conversations with a wide range of different people.
The candidate must also be flexible and able to adapt and adjust based on the needs of the day and have good time management skills. He/she also must have a technical mindset that allows them to answer questions from different companies and to complete Requests for Proposals they receive.
Our ideal candidate will be a doer who can put plans into action. Our ideal candidate will be the face of the organization and will focus on job creation and recruitment of good paying jobs.
The candidate will have good project management and implementation skills, and good knowledge of, and genuine interest in, local primary employers.
- Motivation: high energy and self-motivated, able to create work without a lot of direction.
- Physical Demands: Able to lift/move up to 30 pounds; required walk, sit and stand; ability to climb, stoop, kneel, crouch and crawl, ability to talk, hear, taste and smell.
- Travel: 30% of time; have a valid driver’s license; be available for travel by car and air and for overnight stays as required.
Salary & Benefits
- Salary negotiable, depending on experience.
- The position includes TML health insurance, dental and vision, TMRS Retirement.
- Residency within Haskell County will be required.
- This position is not a remote position.
References & Background Checks
The finalists for the position will undergo background checks that may include:
- Criminal records
- Driving records
- Education completion
- Personality profile assessments
- Drug testing
- Professional references
How to Apply
Submit a cover letter, resume, and references by August 13, 2021.
Submit cover letter, resume, and references electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or mail information to the following address:
Development Corporation of Haskell
PO Box 1001
Haskell, TX 79521