Director, Business and Community Development (Director III)

Job #: 2020-42

  • TWC Job #: 13995213
  • Opening Date: 2/13/2020
  • Travel Required: 30%
  • Monthly Salary: $8333.34 - $9750.00/mo
  • Position Location: Austin, Texas
  • Group Step: B28
  • Class: 1622

Veterans, Reservists or members of the Guard with a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) code of 641X – LDO- Administration, YN – Yeoman, MGT16 – Acquisition Project Management, 36A – Financial Manager, or other related fields may meet the minimum requirements for this position and are highly encouraged to apply.

Additional Military Crosswalk information can be accessed at: http://www.hr.sao.texas.gov/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_ProgramManagement.pdf

In order to qualify for this position a State of Texas Applications must be submitted through Work In Texas. The OOG requires all sections of the state application to be completed.

Only interviewed applicants will receive notice of the final disposition of the selection process. 

General Description

The Director of Business and Community Development (BCD) reports to the Executive Director of Economic Development and Tourism (EDT) within the Office of the Governor (OOG).  The Director leads the team responsible for facilitating the creation of new jobs and investment through strategic economic development activities including marketing the State of Texas nationally and internationally; attracting new businesses to the state as well as assisting existing Texas businesses to expand; industry engagement; small business development; and international trade and investment.  Develops strategies which include working with local economic development partners across the state as well as the dissemination of information on economic development issues to communities, Texas businesses, the Legislature, corporate prospects and site selection consultants.  Coordinates and manages economic development project responses and financial activities and assigns responsibilities to BCD team members. Duties performed in this position require sound judgment, a high degree of initiative and superior interpersonal effectiveness. Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude to use initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Duties

  • Directs the development and implementation of department goals, objectives, policies and priorities for the Business and Community Development department.
  • Works closely with state and local officials to ensure coordination on economic development prospects. 
  • Oversees the assembly, development and delivery of proposals to potential firms and/or consultants for relocation and expansion projects. 
  • Plans and implements the various programs and policies to attract, negotiate and support businesses regarding relocations, assistance and expansions. 
  • Ensures accuracy, thoroughness and timely completion of projects by BCD staff.
  • Reviews project applications and awards for compliance and completeness.  Provides recommendations to the Executive Director regarding program operation.
  • Develops and implements programs and policies to encourage the cooperation of Texas citizens, institutions, community partners and governmental agencies with EDT offices. 
  • Edits and approves various program reports and correspondence for the office.
  • Prepares and delivers presentations to internal and external audiences.
  • Demonstrates subject matter expertise, professional confidence and clarity when representing the office.
  • Establishes goals and objectives that support overall strategies; plans, develops, and approves schedules, priorities, and standards for achieving goals; and directs evaluation activities. 
  • Oversees the development and approval of statutorily required reports or other publications.
  • Monitors, analyzes and evaluates program operations and procedures; assesses workload, administrative and support programs and internal reporting relationships; and identifies opportunities for improvements, and directs the implementation of changes. 
  • Drafts briefing documents for OOG staff, as requested.
  • Remains well-informed of division and OOG initiatives, operations, new releases, web content, programs, statewide trends, and OOG policies and procedures.
  • Plans, assigns, and supervises the work of others.
  • Maintains regular attendance and may work extended hours as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in business administration, accounting, public administration, marketing, economics or related field
  • Eight (8) years professional experience as a project lead or manager in economic development or tax incentive programs for a state, regional or local economic development organization.
  • Three (3) of those years of experience should include supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of economic development industry and market terminology, Texas incentive programs, best-practice project management procedures and related business trends.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience and knowledge of rural economic development programs

Note: Experience and education may be substituted for one another on a year-for-year basis.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements

  • Knowledge of program area and of governing local, state, and federal laws and regulations.
  • Knowledge of the legislative process, which includes analysis, and interpretation of legislation.
  • Proficient knowledge and use of financial data systems.
  • Knowledge of and skill to work in Microsoft Word, Excel and Access.
  • Proficient knowledge and use of financial data systems.
  • Skill in leadership, management and strategic planning.
  • Skill in verbal and written communication.  
  • Skill in attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Skill in providing excellent customer service to both internal and external customers.
  • Skill in facilitation, negotiation, public relations and public speaking. 
  • Ability to administer programs.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external customers.
  • Ability to conduct exhaustive searches and evaluations of vast, technical data.
  • Ability to communicate effectively to convey complex ideas and concepts.
  • Ability to identify problems, evaluate alternatives and implement effective solutions.
  • Ability to prepare concise and accurate reports.
  • Ability to lead and coordinate the work of others.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and sound judgment in making critical decisions.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships within and outside the agency.
  • Ability to maintain the highest level of confidentiality.
  • Ability to travel frequently, 30%, (i.e., weekly-monthly) under normal conditions for long distances. 

 

Registration, Certification or Licensure:   Valid Texas Driver’s License. Texas Contract Manager Certification required within one year of hire date.

Physical Requirements and/or Working Conditions:  This classification functions in a standard office environment.  Ability to move up to 35 lbs.  Ability to drive and travel as needed.  Will need to move about the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, set up conference rooms for meetings, etc. Must be able to communicate and exchange accurate information via phone, computer and in person.  Must be able to observe and evaluate media in electronic, visual and/or audio format. Must have stamina to work a regular 8-hour work day and to work extended hours as needed.  Must be able to work hours during a legislative session that include holidays and as needed. 


The Office of the Governor is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires all new employees to present proof of eligibility to work in the United States within three (3) days of being hired. The Office of the Governor participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. Male candidates between 18 and 25 years of age are required to show proof of Selective Service registration (or exemption) prior to an offer of employment being extended. Such proof is not required to be filed with an application but must be provided upon request by the Human Resources office. For additional information pertaining to Selective Service registration, you may visit www.sss.gov. Applicants may obtain a copy of the Agency's Equal Employment Opportunity Utilization Report upon request.

Notice to Applicants Who May Require Reasonable Accommodation in the Interview Process

Applicants with disabilities who may need to discuss special accommodations during the interview process should contact 512-463-5873 and ask to speak to the Office of the Governor’s Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator in the Human Resources Department. If reasonably possible, please call at least 48 hours in advance to afford our representative and the hiring division sufficient time to properly review and coordinate your request.