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Executive Director


Henrico, VA, USA

About US

Henrico County is a dynamic suburban county with a population of 325,155. Henrico has a total land area of 245 square miles in the heart of Metro Richmond. We are the location of Richmond International Airport and Richmond Raceway which hosts NASCAR twice a year.

Henrico County is one of only 36 localities in the United States with an AAA bond rating from three major national bond rating agencies. We feature a dynamic, pro-business community that supports 25,000 businesses (including four Fortune 1000 headquarters and 90+ foreign firms), ranks number one for retail sales per capita and is home to over 325,000 residents.

The Henrico Economic Development Authority (EDA) serves as the direct point of contact for development in our county. We help businesses navigate the complexities of site selection -- from initial research to completed deal. And for businesses already located in Henrico, we are always on call to help them succeed in any way we can.

Fast facts about Henrico:  88% of the workforce have their GED; 34% boast a bachelor's degree or higher; AAA Bond Rating; 55% of the U.S. population is within 750 miles of Henrico; and 60 foreign firms operate in Henrico. Discover more about Henrico at

General State of Duties


Closing Date:  This position closes on Monday, October 29, 2018.

Henrico County is seeking an ambitious and energetic candidate for the Executive Director of the Henrico Economic Development Authority (EDA).  This position plans, organizes, directs and evaluates the entire operation of the Henrico EDA; provides effective leadership and management of the organization, and is accountable for sound operations and financial engagement.

Essential Duties


Are you ambitious and energetic enough to lead an organization as driven as the Henrico EDA? Do you have the self-starting, collaborative, results-driven work ethic that is needed to take our county -- and our team -- to the next level? We need a candidate with the mental agility to analyze data and synthesize complex concepts. We require an individual who is as passionate as we are about promoting our county's many assets to make Henrico the location of choice for business. We are looking for a strategic thinker with a vision for a stronger, more robust Henrico.

Responsibilities of the position include:  identify and engage potential prospects for job creation and capital investment in Henrico; oversee progression of economic development projects and engage in deal negotiations; develop and maintain relationships with existing Henrico businesses; identify opportunities for local partnerships, company, expansion, and business retention needs; utilize outreach opportunities to provide a forum for the EDA's message and seek input from local companies on business needs; build a strong working relationship with the Henrico County Board of Supervisors, County Manager and staff, the EDA Board, Greater Richmond Partnership, Virginia Economic Development Partnership, and regional and state stakeholders and partners for an effective delivery of services; recruit, develop and retain a talented and high-performing group of economic development professionals; manage the day-to-day operations of EDA staff while interacting closely with the EDA Board of Directors; initiate, plan, implement and review a domestic and international marketing program that is cluster-based and targeted to specific/selected industries to foster the EDA's message around the globe; oversee the management of the EDA's annual $1.5 million budget and monitor the expenditures of the funds in accordance with the adopted budget.

The professional skills required for this position include:  hands-on experience developing new business prospects and managing projects to successful completion; experience developing and maintaining sound working relationships with state and local appointed/elected officials and business and community leaders; strong financial management and budgeting experience; willingness to travel, including internationally; proficiency in Microsoft Office and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software; experience implementing successful marketing initiatives; demonstrated track record of executing business deals, real estate transactions, project financing and public incentive negotiations that have resulted in successful developments; significant experience with industrial and commercial projects, including site selection, financing and land acquisition, building development and infrastructure completion.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university (Master's degree preferred) and a minimum of ten (10) years of highly visible senior leadership in the economic development arena or equivalent, including at the local level; OR any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Additional Information


Professional economic development certification (CEcD or other) highly considered.


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