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Economic Development, Director Overview

Work Type: Non-Classified/Professional

Job Code: 75311

Pay Grade: P15

FLSA Status: Exempt

Career Level: Director

Family: Finance & Business Operations

Function: Research Administration


Ensure the economic development and community engagement mission and goals of the university are efficiently and effectively achieved.

Level Scope

Oversees through subordinate Managers a large, complex organization with multiple functional disciplines/occupations, OR manages a program, regardless of size, that has critical impact upon the campus. Significant responsibility for formulating and administering policies and programs, manages significant human, financial, and physical resources, and functions with a very high degree of autonomy. Frequently influences business decisions made by senior leadership. Oversees through subordinate Managers the accountability and stewardship of campus resources and the development of systems and procedures to protect organizational assets. Negotiates and influences others to understand and accept new concepts, practices and approaches.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree and 8 years experience or equivalent, including 5 years managerial experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Ability to work in structured and unstructured environments

Working knowledge of trends in economic development, university/industry collaboration

Highly organized, self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit

Strategic planning skills

Demonstrated proficiency with conceptualization, design, and implementation of community and economic development projects

Ability to manage professional boards and committees

Superior communication, organizational and interpersonal skills

Excellent creative problem solving skills

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Economic Development, Director must:

  • Partner closely with research staff and industry and community members to better understand market trends and to forge collaborations that can benefit both the University, the participating partners, and the regional and national economy.
  • Develop and lead initiatives and programs to improve and increase interaction with industry and community members to the mutual gain of the university and the economy
  • Coordinate campus activities related to economic development
  • Serve as a liaison with local, regional and national economic development organizations and organizations aligned with the University
  • Support recruitment of new businesses and strengthen existing businesses within the state in cooperation with economic development organizations and government agencies
  • Encourage and assist faculty and other University personnel in developing opportunities for industry collaborations in the future

35% of Time the Economic Development, Director

  • Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Economic Development, Director

  • Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Some positions may involve frequent bending, moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 50 pounds; some positions may involve moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 70 pounds; standing up to eight hours each day; working in all weather conditions; exposure to high noise levels and require wearing hearing protection.

Travel Requirement

Ability to drive and access multiple on-campus and off-campus locations everyday in a timely manner.

Career Path

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business need, are required for movement into higher level jobs.


Incumbent must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work.  Final employment offers are contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual.  In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.