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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR (application deadline: August 31, 2019) External Application Process

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Sampson County is seeking an experienced, energetic and creative Economic Development Director to come to aSouthern community where charm, open spaces, an excellent geographic location have combined to create economic development opportunities.Strong candidates will have a portfolio of successful economic development initiatives, be entrepreneurial, tech savvy and creative in using strategies that promote the County’s assets while looking for ways to overcome challenges. The successful candidate will be a proactive partner with community stakeholders to develop innovative strategies that produce new initiatives.
The Community
Established in 1784, Sampson County, with Clinton as the County Seat, is the largest North Carolina county in land mass. Sampson County stretches sixty miles long and thirty-five miles wide. At 963 square miles, the county is just about the size of the State of Rhode Island. Tucked into the southeast corner of the state known as the coastal plains, our picturesque county boasts gently rolling hills, rich farmland and friendly, bustling communities. The climate is temperate, without winter and summer extremes, so it’s perfectly suited to a relaxed lifestyle where people can enjoy outdoor activities year-round.
Located between the beautiful beaches of the east coast and the majestic Appalachian Mountains of the west, Sampson County is but an hour’s drive from the state capital. Served by Interstate 40 east and west, and Interstate 95 north and south, Sampson County has an ideal transportation network to get people where they need to go. Locally, there is a broad range of cultural and recreational activities ranging from performing arts and libraries to the best golf, hunting and fishing to be found. 
Economically, Sampson County is one of the State’s most diverse agricultural counties and more often than not, the leading producer of many of the State’s commodities. Nearly 65,000 people reside in Sampson County and its eight incorporated municipalities of Autryville, Clinton, Garland, Harrells, Newton Grove, Roseboro, Salemburg and Turkey. Today, industries have realized that Sampson County enjoys not only a seasonal climate conducive to agricultural growth but also a progressive business climate that encourages diverse industrial growth as well. Learn about the County’s largest employers here. Traditional values and a strong work ethic ensure businesses have a large, stable and productive work force. Sampson County Schools, the community college system, and targeted employment and training programs, guarantee workers are well trained. For more information about Economic Development visit the website.
Located near the intersection of I-95 and I-40, Sampson County offers easy access to large metropolitan markets without all of the congestion. The capital of Raleigh is about an hour to the northwest. The historic port city of Wilmington an hour to the southeast. The County is also within close proximity to world-class research universities, two international airports, two deepwater ports and some of the most pristine sandy beaches in the United States.
About the Organization and Position:  Sampson County has an overall FY20 general fund budget of approximately $122.5million.  The County has 26 departments employing 544FTE.  The County maintains A1 (Moody) and A ratings (Standard and Poor) and has been issued a GFOA award winning budget for the last eight years.  Economic Development is a key priority for the Board of County Commissioners. 
Reporting to the County Manager, the Economic Development Director will lead development of  strategic County priority areas; apply outstanding research and analytical skills along with sophisticated marketing skills to identify and leverage economic development opportunities; expand the work development prospects for citizens without college degrees; promote niche manufacturing opportunities that complement existing industries; work with Sampson Community College on matching their curriculum to strong wage jobs. 
The Economic Development Director is the liaison with an advisory board, the Committee of 100, working extensively in the region to maintain and expand relationships with a track record of developing close working relationships with governmental groups at the local, state, and federal level, and constituents/stakeholders which might include elected officials, board of directors, employees and other business and community support organizations.
Qualifications:  Requires any combination of a bachelor’s degree in economic development, business administration, or related field and at least six years of experience in economic development activities, managing projects and people in a nonprofit, public agency, or private company.  A master's degree and CEcD certification is preferred. The hiring range is $65,256 - $87,576 with salary offered commensurate with qualifications.   The County provides a generous benefits package, including leave options, health care benefits, retirement benefits, and a 401-K plan, in addition to their salary plan.  Residency within the County is required within a negotiated timeline.
The successful candidate:
  • works tirelessly with business leaders and government officials to effectively interact with partners, community stakeholders, regional and state economic development and planning agencies, private and non-profit entities and prospective business partners;
  • possesses outstanding interpersonal skills reflected in a track record of engagement, networking and collaboration;
  • possesses a track record of outstanding intergovernmental collaboration;
  • demonstrates keen marketing instincts and is skilled at working with and enhancing efforts and plans that attract interested parties while maintaining true to the County vision and ethics;
  • has a portfolio and project history of growth through expansion and retention of existing industrial bases and attraction of new industries and business;
  • has experience with infrastructure planning, as well as developing and marketing shovel-ready sites;
  • is an excellent public speaker to effectively present the County’s virtues and assets;
  • is a data driven and tech savvy program manager for researching, collecting and providing information on economic development drivers such as locations, incentive programs, etc.
  • is experienced being the point person for existing, interested and potential industries and businesses;
  • maintains effective working relationships with commercial realtors, commercial developers, corporate site selection consultants, engineers, and business owners;
  • is a strategic thinker, who understands how to update, manage and implement a strategic plan and can ensure that the plan is an ongoing “living document” aligned with County and City plans;
  • is knowledgeable of available incentives and grants to attract and recruit businesses and has a demonstrated track record of successful grant applications and management;
  • is a collaborator who has experience in partnering with department heads and key external partners to effectively evaluate opportunities and eliminate obstacles in a way that is satisfactory to all stakeholders;
  • advocates for best practices and can confidently and persuasively present options to the County Manager, management team and Elected Officials;
  • is a results-oriented project manager who can effectively incorporate the input of multiple stakeholders to reach desired outcomes; and,
  • is a responsive, detailed and deadline-oriented professional who continuously improves teamwork and customer service in a service-driven organization.   
To confidentially apply, please go to, and click on the Economic Development Director – Sampson County title on the left side of the page. All applications must be submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal – NOT the County Application portal, nor any other external website; it is not sufficient to send only a resume. Resumes and cover letters as well as unofficial transcripts should be uploaded with the application.   Application review begins September 2, 2019.  Successful semi-finalists will be invited to participate in interviews and skill evaluation in Sampson County, October 1-2, 2019.  Candidates are encouraged to reserve these dates for travel to Sampson county should they be invited to participate.  Sampson County is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
The recruitment and selection process is being managed by Developmental Associates, LLC

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Deadline for Applying : Aug 31, 2019