The Executive Director reports to the Renew Moline, Inc. Board of Directors and provides expert assistance in planning, coordinating and facilitating transformational, economic development programs and projects in Moline. The Executive Director is responsible for assisting with the development and negotiation of contracts for projects undertaken by Renew Moline, Inc. with the City of Moline. Work also includes recommending and overseeing legal, consultant and other professional service agreements to complete this work.
Renew Moline is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to economic development and redevelopment within the City of Moline which thereby contribute to the growth of the entire Quad Cities. It is committed to increasing employment, retaining jobs, enhancing the tax base and making visual and aesthetic improvements, thereby enhancing the quality of life for residents by facilitating the cooperation of the private sector and all levels of government.
The Executive Director will direct and coordinate economic development efforts for development or redevelopment projects. The Executive Director will build relationships internal and external to Moline and the region in order to connect people and resources to facilitate project development. The Executive Director will interact with local, state and federal elected officials and their staff.
The Executive Director will be actively engaged in membership recruitment and fundraising as well as leading strategic planning with the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors and the board.
- Working with private and public leadership, develop strategic and tactical plans to support the economic growth of the City of Moline. Aligning with the City’s master development planning, work with businesses, community groups, developers, commercial real estate brokers and governmental agencies to achieve these strategic plans and City economic development policies and programs.
- Acting as a liaison between Renew Moline/City and private sector, develop internal and external communication tools for sharing information and promoting business within the City. Collaborate with other cities in region as a desirable place to do business. Focus planning and commitment to business retention, expansion and attraction.
- Working with appropriate stakeholders such as the business community as well as regional, state and Federal economic development organizations to create effective partnerships that support the Mission of Renew Moline as well as the planning goals of the City. Implement and markets programs that strengthen the City economic base.
- Providing a strong voice in the community to articulate the value of planning and design, work to develop strong collaboration, understanding the value of internal and external relationships to achieve the City’s economic development goals. Connect people and organizations to find agreement and focus to achieve these goals.
- Preparing, obtaining board approval and operating within operational and capital financial plans, keeping the board chair fully informed, in a timely fashion, of any anticipated deviation from plans.
- Assisting with negotiation of contracts between the City, private developers and/or other governmental and private entities for transformational development and redevelopment projects.
- Facilitating the Design Build Management Team (DBMT) process and Project Management Team (PMT) meetings.
- With approval of Executive Committee, arranging for the services of external consultants and acts as liaison on behalf of Renew, or as appropriate, the City of Moline, or both.
- Briefing and timely advising City staff, Mayor and Council, and Renew board chairman and board, as required by chairman, regarding economic development projects.
- Assigning work to Renew staff, overseeing work procedures, and inspecting work in progress and upon completion.
- Producing management plans including current and critical path schedules for economic development and private redevelopment projects.
- Demonstrating continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality, seamless service to internal and external customers.
- Coordinating activities and maintains good relationships with Quad Cities First and other Local Economic Development Organizations.
- Managing Renew building condominium relationship including calling meetings; overseeing vendor selection and payment of bills; and facilitating prioritization of capital projects.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Leadership skills; effective team building and the development of sustainable partnerships.
- Ability to appropriately communicate to diverse groups and to build consensus.
- Principles and practices of economic development, planning, public administration, municipal budgeting and finance, public relations, negotiating, and staff supervision.
- Laws, ordinances, regulations and policies of government agencies as they affect the business community.
- Public sources of funding and grant application processes.
- Develop effective communication strategies and planning. Communicate the Renew and City vison to large and small groups.
- Identify and develop partners in economic development. Work cooperatively with city and Renew employees, consultants, clients and potential clients and anyone else encountered during the Executive Director’s performance of duties.
- Negotiate in writing and in person with private and public agencies and with representatives of various stakeholders.
- Maintain confidential information.
- Create, review and analyze Renew Moline financial statements.
- Analyze financial aspects of development projects.
- Perform a broad range of supervisory responsibilities over others, including influencing without authority.
- Communicate with media consistent with an aligned message as agreed to by the board and city.
- Communicate in the English language by phone and in person in one-on-one or group settings.
- Comprehend and make inferences from written material.
- Learn job-related material primarily through structured lecture and reading.
- Produce written documents in the English language with clearly organized thoughts using proper sentence construction, punctuation, and grammar.
- Work safely without presenting a direct threat to self or others.
- Physical capability to carry out the essential functions listed.
- Possessing a personal vehicle for use on the job, with the ability to operate the vehicle safely, possessing a valid driver's license and having an acceptable driving record.
- Occasional travel to meet with state and other governmental entities and other partners and stakeholders regarding economic development opportunities and strategies.
ACCEPTABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
- Five years increasing supervisory experience; effective leadership and communication experience.
- Preferred five years of experience in coordinating and directing the implementation of development, redevelopment and capital improvement projects, including four years of experience supervising a professional staff.
- A bachelor's degree in marketing, public relations, communications, economics, business administration, public administration, urban planning or a related field. Other combinations of experience and education that meet the minimum requirements may be substituted.
- Salary compensated with experience.
- Participation in Corporation’s Simple IRA with a corporate match of 3 percent of salary after two years of employment.
- Health and dental insurance.
- Compensation of cell phone expenses.
- Reimbursement of Corporate travel expenses, with accompanying receipts.
- Paid holidays, sick days and vacation time.