The City of Danville, is seeking an experienced, energetic and creative Economic Development Director to come to aSouthern Riverside community where charm, open spaces, and excellent local and regional partnerships 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 City’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: View a short video about the City: https://vimeo.com/188848506.
About the Organization: Danville is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia and operates under a Council/Manager form of government. The City has a total budget of $287M and approximately 1100 employees working across 13 departments. The Economic Development Director manages a budget of $1.5 million dollars and oversees nearly $7 million in incentives, property acquisitions and renovations for the Industrial Development Authority (IDA). Working with five highly motivated and talented employees, the Economic Development Director reports to the City Manager and will serve as the City’s key expert for community growth and development. To learn more about the department, check here: https://www.danville-va.gov/Directory.aspx?did=60. Key Opportunities: Danville has been on the upswing economically for the last five years and uniquely is one of five communities being considered for a Casino (referendum in November). There is also a great deal of engagement and initiative around downtown redevelopment, industrial recruitment, existing industry assistance, small business promotion, new small business development, active partnership with agencies in the area to help with entrepreneurship, as well as an Inter-state partnership with North Carolina regarding an industrial park. To learn more about the opportunities, check out the website: https://www.discoverdanville.com/
Qualifications: The Economic Development Director must demonstrate significant experience in an environment with similarly diverse functions, serving an urban environment. The candidate's work history must include well-rounded experience with a minimum of six years of increasingly responsible experience in Economic Development including three years of administrative and supervisory responsibility and a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business administration, urban planning, public administration, or related field. A master’s degree is preferred. Salary and Benefits: The starting salary range is $115,000 - $135,000. The full salary range is $115,000 - $149,000 annually. Starting salary will depend on experience and qualifications. The City provides an excellent benefits package. Visit http://www.danvilleva.gov/286/Benefits to learn more. To apply, please go to http://www.developmentalassociates.com and click on the Economic Development Director – Danville, VA link on the left side of the home page. All applications must be submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal – NOT the City portal, nor any other external website; it is not sufficient to send only a resume but resumes and cover letters should be uploaded through the portal. Application review begins June 10, 2020. Semi-finalists will participate in a combination of virtual and face to face assessments on July 16 or 17. The City of Danville is an EOE. All inquiries should be emailed to email@example.com. Recruitment and selection services managed by Developmental Associates, LLC.
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About City of Danville, VA
The Community: View a short video about the City: https://vimeo.com/188848506.
With a population of about 43,000 and located in the Piedmont region of south-central Virginia along the North Carolina border, Danville, offers small-town charm as well as the advantages of a city overflowing with energy. It sits strategically on the banks of the beautiful Dan River and has taken advantage of this setting by developing the Danville River District.
The area offers a wide variety of activities including festivals, special events, concerts, the Danville Braves minor league baseball team, and many outdoor activities. Danville’s history includes being a regional hub for tobacco and textiles. As those industries declined, Danville has reinvented itself to have economic diversity. The community is the home to key employers in manufacturing (e.g. Goodyear Tire and Rubber, Nestle, and EBI), Finance (CIT Commercial), and Healthcare (SOVAH, Roman Eagle Memorial). Further, higher education institutions such as Averett University and Danville Community College offer continuing education and learning options in the region.
Demographically, the city is 48% Caucasian, 48% African American an...d 3% Hispanics of any race. With over 50% of the population under 45 years old and one-third under 25, the City continues to work hard to develop and promote quality of life choices for all ages with focused efforts in K-12 schools, job training, economic development, employment, and recreation.