• President and Chief Executive Officer

  • Summary:
    The President and Chief Executive Officer has the overall responsibility for all programs, planning and operations and defining the current and future economic development needs for the Coastal Bend region.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES: Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

    • Responsible for the overall management of the organization and the long-range strategic planning and focus of CCREDC. Manage a highly effective and efficient senior staff and organization. Develop and submit strategic business plans that will sustain and enhance the organization’s revenue to support the goals of CCREDC.
    • Maximize and leverage a strong Board of Directors relationship and provide the strategic leadership necessary to ensure full Board participation. Maintain regular contact with and advise the Chair and the other Board members (Past Chair, Chair- Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer). Work with Board members and senior management on developing and executing policy and economic development strategy. Plan and organize the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and other meetings as appropriate.
    • Continue the leadership and support of the organization’s regional economic development efforts through the business attraction, marketing, retention and expansion. Maintain and enhance the strategic and diverse partnerships and alliances in place with all local, regional and state partners.
    • Responsible for regular dealings with top political and elected officials on the local, regional and national level.
    • Be accountable to the Chair of the Board of Directors on behalf of the membership of the organization, ensuring positive results for CCREDC. Serve as a principal spokesperson for CCREDC in all venues, pro-actively and reactively, with a goal to enhance CCREDC’s overall image.
    • Represent CCREDC before various conferences, conventions and business groups as panelist or principal speaker.
    • Represent CCREDC at all appropriate civic, cultural, charitable, business, and community activities.
    External Relationships
    • Texas Economic Development Council & Team Texas • International Economic Development Council
    • Office of the Governor and TexasOne
    • Industrial Asset Management Council
    • Site Selection Firms and Networks
    • Other targeted audience trade groups

    QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty, listed above, satisfactorily. The position requires the individual to be:
    1. An experienced leader with vision.
    2. A self starter with the ability and desire to follow through on projects.
    3. Ability to accept responsibility for control, planning, and implementation to complete
    essential tasks.
    4. Ability to perform and meet and exceed client, organizational, and self-imposed
    5. Ability to perform a complex and dynamic variety of duties often changing from one task
    to another without loss of efficiency or composure.
    6. Must exhibit an entrepreneurial spirit and be results and solutions oriented.
    7. Must be a team player.

    EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Four-year degree from an accredited school in Business, Economics, Management, Geography, Economic Development or a related field and a minimum of ten years practicing economic development or equivalent experience. CEcD is preferred.

    TECHNICAL SKILLS: Extensive computer skills including word processing, spreadsheets, database applications, presentation software and use of the internet.

    INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS: Extensive interpersonal skills are needed in community relations, working with the general public, funding entities, the Board of Directors, and other stakeholder organizations. Ability to respond to complaints and problems of a complex nature regarding policies, procedures, regulatory and other issues.

    CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION: Required to work with and safeguard confidential information. Confidentiality is regularly entrusted and would result in the loss of the client’s trust and business if not handled properly.

    LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret industry journals, financial reports, and legal documents, as needed. Ability to respond to inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write effectively to communicate with senior management of client firms and funding entities, public groups, and the Board of Directors.

    MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference and as well as basic mathematical concepts such as, but not limited to: fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

    REASONING ABILITY: The position requires the ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of situations where limited standardization exists. This includes the ability to judge deal progression and progress based on experience and training.

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands, handle, feel, talk, and hear. The employee is frequently required to sit for long durations. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms.

    WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    NOTE: This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements efforts, or working conditions associated with the job. While this list is intended to be an accurate reflection of the job, the Board of Directors reserves the right to revise the functions and duties of the job or to require that additional or different tasks be performed when circumstances change.