Executive Director

Champaign County, home to the University of Illinois, features world-class technological resources and superb location and transportation benefits that make it a strategic hub for technology and industrial development. Rooted in the heart of the Midwest and anchored by micro-urban Champaign-Urbana, the County is home to Nobel Prize winners, Olympians, critically acclaimed international film and music festivals, world-renowned entrepreneurs, one of the nation’s top marathons, the most powerful supercomputer on a university campus, leading environmental scientists, the world’s premier university-based performing arts complex, numerous inventions that have changed lives for the better around the globe, a long line of distinguished artists, designers, and architects, and much more.

The Champaign County Economic Development Corporation was established in 2001 to create a public-private partnership working together to grow the local economy, including job attraction, business retention and expansion efforts in Champaign County. The Executive Director will provide the leadership necessary to develop and implement successful economic development strategies within the context of the organization’s strategic plan. The successful candidate is expected to direct the program of work to achieve the organization’s priorities, including workforce development facilitation; business / industry engagement and; regional promotion. The Executive Director should have leadership, management and communications skills, the ability to organize, budget, plan and implement complex projects, and the ability to implement the organization’s strategic plan. The ideal candidate will be a strong leader with excellent communication skills, have local and/or regional community knowledge and experience, the ability to adapt to change and work collaboratively with staff and the community, and an understanding of the economic development process and marketing strategies. The ideal candidate will also be driven to succeed, possess unquestionable ethics and judgement, and the ability to succeed in a diverse, multi-stakeholder environment. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required. Compensation commensurate with experience and qualifications.

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For full consideration, please submit a letter of interest, resume, and professional references to no later than 4 pm on May 21, 2018.

The Champaign County EDC is an equal opportunity employer.