Date Posted:         01-20-20
        Ottawa County Improvement Corporation
Reports To:            OCIC Executive Board
Position Status:      Full-time, Salaried Position
Benefits Include:    Vacation/Personal Time, Retirement, and Life Insurance

The Ottawa County Improvement Corporation (OCIC) serves as the lead economic and workforce development agency for Ottawa County. The mission of the organization is to advance, encourage and promote the industrial, economic, commercial and civic development of Ottawa County.

The OCIC is actively searching for an individual to fill the position of Director. The Director is part of a team responsible for developing relationships with local, regional, and national businesses, organizations, educational institutions, and agency partners to identify and carry out the economic and workforce development needs within the County. The Director is primarily responsible for planning, organizing and implementing efforts related to business attraction, retention and expansion. The Director serves as the economic development representative of Ottawa County to the various ad hoc organizations and coalitions at the local/regional/state levels in which the County participates. The Director is also responsible for overseeing OCIC personnel.

The ideal candidate will be able to operate independently and be a results-oriented, strategic leader who can work effectively and collaboratively with public and private sector partners. Additionally, the Director will have a solid level of expertise, credibility, accountability and passion for enhancing private sector profitability, encouraging capital investment and supporting job creation.


  • Provides agency leadership and oversight; updates and revises the agency’s economic development strategy as necessary and oversees its implementation
  • Guided by the economic development strategy, negotiates and structures financial assistance to eligible businesses in accordance with state mandated authority and takes projects from inception through closing
  • Oversees grant and contract management and any other commercial property matters, agency accounting, finance, risk management, compliance, and budgeting
  • Maintains regular contact with private sector businesses to assure their needs are being met
  • Effectively meets with local elected officials, employers, educators and other community organizations to convey services of the organization
  • Assists with workforce development functions related to development, retention and growth opportunities
  • Creates and supports a network of workforce and business development resources



  • Experience in economic development and/or public administration
  • Experience in a related occupation within a business or not-for-profit entity
  • Experience in workforce development strategies, including interagency coordination and managing funding requirements
  • Experience in managing and developing budgets and financial documents
  • Related BA or BS Degree
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office
  • Excellent organizational, supervisory, and communication skills
  • Must possess a valid driver's license and reliable transportation
  • Working knowledge of local, county, state and federal programs
  • Working knowledge of the legislative process at local, county, and state levels
  •  Experience working with a board of directors
  • Ability to effectively multi-task
  • Energetic and self-motivated
  • Ability and willingness to travel when necessary



Competitive salary consistent with experience. This is a full-time (40-hours per week) exempt position.  Attendance to night and weekend events may be required.



Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter via email at with the subject line reading OCIC Director Position. Questions should be directed to this email account only. This job posting will close at 5:00pm on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.

The Ottawa County Improvement Corporation operates in a Drug-Free Workplace and is an “Equal Opportunity Employer.” All applicants must be able to pass applicable background checks, drug testing, and other tests as approved and assigned by the Executive Board.  Applicants may be requested to undergo additional pre-employment checks/test including, but not limited to reference, credentials, driving record, etc.


Date Posted:        01-03-20
      Community Development Director
       Woodbury, Minnesota

Community Development Director, Woodbury, MN (pop. 73,898).  Woodbury, incorporated in 1967, is one of the fastest growing cities in Minnesota, and the 8th largest city in the state.  Over the past three decades the population has tripled, and is expected to exceed 87,800 by 2040.  As the economic hub of the Twin Cities east metro, Woodbury is well known as a healthcare and retail destination with a diverse economy of many growing business sectors, including finance, light industrial, office/showroom and distribution.

Woodbury’s Community Development Director is retiring in early 2020 after 43 years of service to the City. The City seeks a leader in the field of community development prepared to meet the demands of a growing, early redeveloping and dynamic community.

The Community Development Department includes land use planning and zoning, housing, economic development, inspections and code enforcement. Woodbury is a full-service city. In addition to Community Development, services also include Public Safety (Police, Fire, EMS), Public Works, Engineering, Parks and Recreation, Information & Communications Technology, Finance and Administration (HR, legal, clerk). The Community Development Director is responsible for leading a department of about 20 employees, and manages a budget of approximately $3.2 million. The position reports to the City Administrator.

Qualified candidates should have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in public administration, city planning, urban affairs or related field. A Master’s degree in one of those disciplines, or related field, is preferred;
  • Ten years of progressively responsible experience in planning, economic development and community development experience;
  • Minimum of three years supervisory experience;
  • A collaborative and communicative approach to work;
  • Comfort working with an array of stakeholders including elected officials, residents and intergovernmental contacts; and a
  • Passion for a fast-paced, demanding and rewarding environment.

A starting salary range is $120,000 - $140,000 +/- DOQ, and an excellent benefit package is offered.

Candidates should apply by February 10, 2020 with resume, cover letter and contact information for five work-related references to to the attention of Lee Szymborski, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, #130, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel:  847-380-3240. The City of Woodbury is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Date Posted:        12-11-19
       Recovery Coordinator - Economic Development
       City of Waseca, Minnesota

The City of Waseca is seeking a full-time Recovery Coordinator to serve as part of the City’s Economic Development team. This position will have the opportunity to engage stakeholders to develop a comprehensive marketing plan to repurpose and revitalize existing industrial infrastructure for the attraction and creation of new employment opportunities, and to support the collaboration on innovative projects (e.g., Manufacturing Resource Center) based on existing regional strengths.

Minimum qualifications:

·         Ability to travel as needed. Some travel will be required.

·         Bachelor’s degree or 10 years of directly related experience and proven track record of positive results in recruiting, business development, or related field.

·         Valid driver’s license.

This is a temporary position that is expected to exist for a duration of three years.

Starting salary is $81,690 - $91,901 per year, depending on experience and qualifications.

Waseca is a vibrant community of 9,410 people, and is comfortably nestled between two beautiful lakes. It’s located one hour south of all the big-city conveniences of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, 13 miles west of Owatonna, 25 miles east of Mankato, and 58 miles west of Rochester.

Waseca is known for its comfortable and friendly atmosphere, and offers a blend of hometown hospitality, rich history, and modern day convenience. The community features historic homes that peek from behind stately, century-old trees; quiet streets that wrap around city parks and ball fields; and the 1897 Courthouse that still stands proudly as a reminder of our city’s beginnings.

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