Executive Director - Deadwood/Lead Economic Development

Deadwood-Lead Economic Development Corp.
Job Description

Job Description

Executive Director

Deadwood-Lead Economic Development Corporation


I.         Overall Responsibility and Accountability


A. All facets of the position are held accountable to the DLEDC Board of Directors.


B. Develop and implement programs that are defined by the DLEDC Board of Directors. Focus areas include business recruitment and expansion (marketing and financial coordination), entrepreneurial consulting, economic research, and labor force development for the Cities of Lead, Deadwood, and Central City.


C. Develop and maintain a competent organization with respect to structure, services and personnel.


D. Maintain regular communications with membership & primary employers.


II.        Planning and Administration


A.  Provide leadership to enable Deadwood-Lead Economic Development Organization to support job creation and retention.


B.  Work with the Board of Directors to develop a strategic plan/ annual program of work, and annual budget. Provide monthly communication and updates to the Board of Directors.


C.  Prepare agendas for Board and Committee meetings in consultation with the President and committee chairs Ensure that appropriate management information and operating data are provided to the Board of Directors. Ensure the timely preparation of budgets and financial reports, and maintain systems that ensure fiscal responsibility.


D. Meet with and provide information & support to all Committees.


III.      Public Affairs


A. Oversee public affairs efforts communicating goals, activities and benefits of economic development to DLEDC's membership and general public. Through public relations seek acceptance of new development programs, increase membership, and providing a positive and progressive message.


B.  Develop and maintain outside professional contacts to keep informed on the effectiveness of DLEDC, major activities of other industrial development organizations, and major state and national economic development activities which are likely to impact DLEDC and its constituencies.


C.  Foster cooperative and friendly relations with individuals, industries, organizations, and government agencies which may further promote or protect the interest of DLEDC.


D. Develop and maintain communications and professional relationship with the State Governor's Office of Economic Development. Travel to Pierre as needed to attain this goal.


E. Maintain liaison with City, County, Chamber, Congressional and Legislative delegation.


IV.      Marketing


A.  Maintain up-to-date information on the community pertinent to economic development, such as labor availability, building & site inventory and general census information.


B.  Market the community to economic development prospects and service companies with regional and national markets. Identify target industries and oversee preparation and implementation of necessary marketing materials.


C.  Develop high-quality literature or a presentation handbook that can easily be modified without major expense, and adaptable to specific contacts.


D.  Develop & execute a written plan identifying target industries and addressing how DLEDC best pursue such industries.


E. Collaborate with the Chambers of Commerce to include beneficial & accurate information for community relocation packets. 


V.        Directing and Controlling Work

A. Plan, direct, and coordinate all functions to ensure that quantity and quality of work performed meet high standards and that costs incurred are reasonable.


B.  Keep abreast of the latest developments in economic development and seek to improve policies, methods, procedures, and standards of performance.




Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree in Economic Development, Business Administration, Statistics, Economics or related field, and a preferred minimum of two (2) years of experience in economic development, marketing, or related field.


Supplemental Information: Knowledge of:


  • Principles, procedures, and strategies of economic and community development, planning and zoning, demographics, economic trends, forecasts, and impacts, and related principles and practices.
  • Marketing and research methods, principles, and procedures.
  • Statistical and financial analyses and presentation.
  • Database development, maintenance, and presentation.
  • Computer software and applications related to land use and economic planning and development procedures.


Skill in:


  • Assembling data and preparing summaries, analysis, recommendations and reports.
  • Working under pressure of deadlines, and establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with employees, officials, other agencies and the general public.
  • Operating a personal computer utilizing a variety of business software.
  • Effective oral and written communication.
  • Working independently.
  • Following written and oral instructions.
  • Critically thinking and self-motivating.
  • Reading and interpreting economic, marketing, statistical, and analytical documents, reports, research material and information, blueprints, and maps
  • Planning and implementing economic development programs and marketing strategies.


Special Requirements: 


  • Must have a valid South Dakota driver’s license and have access to a personal vehicle for business-related travel.
  • Must be willing to meet the travel needs of the position.
  • Must reside/relocate to the Deadwood or Lead community. 


Physical Demands / Work Environment: Standard office environment with periodic outdoor work.


The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as needed.



  • $50,000 - $65,000 Depending on experience
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and optional retirement plan
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