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Glacial Heritage Development Partnership
The Jefferson County Economic Development Consortium (JCEDC), including the member communities of Cambridge, Fort Atkinson, Jefferson, Johnson Creek, Lake Mills, Waterloo, Watertown, and Whitewater, was founded more than a decade ago to proactively drive area (area population: 108,000) economic growth. In recent years, JCEDC leadership has evaluated and concluded that the right approach is for the public sector to partner with and engage the private sector in developing, funding and implementing a dynamic new strategic initiative focused on (1) workforce development, (2) growth in businesses / jobs / capital investment, and (3) marketing / tourism.
Accordingly, JCEDC is underway in creating a private-public nonprofit corporation, the “Glacial Heritage Development Partnership” (GHDP), which will include a private sector board, and which will lead and coordinate the area’s economic development efforts. The plan is for an expanded JCEDC staff to manage implementation of GHDP’s/ JCEDC’s $4.1 million, 5-year plan (“2017-2021 Strategic Initiative”), and for the organization to be funded by private and public sector investors. JCEDC recently concluded a successful funding feasibility study, and intends to move forward expeditiously with a campaign to secure private sector funding to supplement the existing public sector budget. GHDP/JCEDC have commenced a search for a Chief Executive Officer to lead the organization as it evolves to become a full and strong private-public partnership.
The CEO/Executive Director (“CEO”) will serve as the lead economic development executive for Jefferson County area and report to the GHDP and JCEDC Boards and the County Administrator. The CEO will oversee all day-to-day GHDP / JCEDC operations, financial matters, implementation of Board decisions, and continued development and refinement of GHDP’s/JCEDC’s strategic initiative. The CEO will implement strategies in support of the 2017-2021 Initiative’s three goals and ensure that GHDP/JCEDC achieves its mission to drive economic and community development in the Jefferson County area.
• Implement the GHDP / JCEDC Strategic Initiative and make needed adjustments with Board’s/County’s
• Bachelor's degree in an applicable field from an accredited college or university. Master’s degree highly preferred
Compensation, Benefits, Residency
The annual starting salary range is $100,000 – $120,000, inclusive of a bonus up to $15,000, commensurate with experience and qualifications. This position is also eligible for a comprehensive benefit package. There is no residency requirement for this position; however, the CEO needs to be active and engaged in the greater Jefferson County community.
How to Apply
For more information about this position or the benefit package, or to submit an application, resume, and cover letter, please visit “Job Opportunities” at our Jefferson County partner's website on-line at this link.
OR send your materials directly to Terri Palm, Jefferson County Human Resources, at TerriP@jeffersoncountywi.gov (“CEO Application” in email subject line).
The deadline to apply is Tuesday, July 12, 2016. GHDP/JCEDC intends to interview the most competitive candidates thereafter and welcome the new CEO by the end of August. References and a background check will be conducted on the final candidate(s).