Vice President of Economic and Community Development

Are you passionate about growing the Indiana Uplands? ROI is hiring!

Organizational Overview:

Regional Opportunity Initiatives (ROI) is a 501(c)(3) organization established to advance community and economic prosperity in the Indiana Uplands, an eleven-county region in southwest central Indiana that includes Brown, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Owen, and Washington Counties.

ROI seeks to advance regional prosperity through its education, workforce, and quality of place initiatives. Key to the organizational mission is the development of sector-based strategies to support the life sciences, national security and defense, and advanced manufacturing.

Vice President of Economic and Community Development
Job Summary and Responsibilities:

The Vice President (VP) of Economic and Community Development is a strategic, innovative, and highly collaborative leader with exceptional communication and interpersonal capabilities. The primary objective is to improve talent and workforce attraction in the Indiana Uplands region through the implementation of place-based strategies and initiatives. The VP cultivates and maintains relationships across a multitude of partner organizations at the local, regional, and state level. Working with communities, economic development organizations, governmental entities, businesses, and education providers, the VP of Economic and Community Development will work to ensure the Uplands is prepared to fulfill its significant potential and poised for growth.

ROI’s place-based initiatives include strategic investments in projects that foster a high-value quality of place and advance a sense of regionalism. Quality of place initiatives advance ROI’s mission by serving as a key component of a larger strategy to advance prosperity in the region. Paired with ROI’s strategies for education and workforce, quality of place initiatives will serve to attract employees, residents, and businesses to live, work, play, and invest in the Indiana Uplands. Place-based strategies currently include the Indiana Uplands Regional Housing Study, the Ready Communities Planning and Implementation Grant program, the WestGate@Crane Feasibility Study and Master Plan, and the Indiana Uplands branding and marketing initiatives.

The VP of Economic and Community Development is responsible for supervising a program manager, as well as planning, implementing, and evaluating the effectiveness of projects and initiatives designed to improve workforce attraction and retention across the 11 counties of the Indiana Uplands.

This individual will:

  • Become the foremost expert on quality of place and workforce attraction in the Indiana Uplands and deploy that expertise to advance the region
  • Provide oversight for existing place-based strategies to ensure fidelity in delivery, implementation, and analysis
  • Design and deploy strategies for activating the recommendations and findings of key studies and analyses conducted by ROI or by others
  • Serve as a resource for local, county, and regional organizations implementing place-based strategies for attracting and retaining talent. Ensure stakeholders have the technical assistance necessary to effectively deploy resources, including those from ROI, for maximum impact
  • Proactively identify challenges and opportunities that must be addressed for the region to advance, compete, and thrive
  • Work collaboratively with ROI colleagues on efforts of shared significance and co-design strategies that offer multi-faceted approaches to addressing an opportunity or challenge
  • Develop strong working relationships with organizations that can provide benefit to the region through services or funding including local, state, and federal organizations, economic development entities, philanthropic organizations, and various associations
  • Embed analysis, evaluation, and accountability into all aspects of the work
  • Advocate for the region as a biased enthusiast for the Indiana Uplands, its communities, employers, and people. Work with the communication team to plan, direct, and coordinate activities designed to create or maintain a favorable public image or raise issue awareness
  • Serve as an advisor to the President and CEO as a member of the leadership team

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

Program Management

  • Direct the Ready Communities grant program. Provide input and direction with regard to assessing community needs, including developing collaborative approaches to addressing needs and implementation of those strategies.
  • Oversee staff responsible for Ready Communities grant reporting systems, including identification of metrics, tracking, and monitoring.
  • Support community outreach and engagement processes while building local capacity to improve workforce attraction and retention.

Program Support

  • Attend and participate in county, regional, or other relevant meetings convened by or involving local economic development leaders or county or state policymakers.
  • Advise the President and CEO on issues pertaining to consultant contracts, funding process outcomes, or other emerging issues.
  • Assist the President and CEO in monitoring the ROF budget.
  • Provide lead staff support to ROI board meetings. With the President and CEO, plan and prepare monthly board agendas. Prepare board members documents and other materials as necessary.

Program Administration

  • Lead implementation processes, including RFP and consultant contract management used to allocate ROI resources.
  • Design contracting agreements for ROI and provide ongoing oversight of contract compliance and financial reporting.
  • Lead communication with contracted organizations and develop procedures to ensure compliance with ROI objectives.
  • Travel to meet with individuals, agencies, and groups across the region and state, within the workday and after hours, as needed.

ROI Management

  • Assist in formulating and executing ROI policies, strategies, and investments in quality of place, sector strategies, and education programs

Resource Development

  • Identify and access available data and information from staff and agency sources and indicators from relevant sources, as well as connect communities to appropriate grant opportunities
  • Develop cooperative and collaborative relationships with community stakeholders

Foundational Competencies

  • Design Thinking: Using design thinking principles to develop innovative solutions to systemic challenges
  • Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people and communities.
  • Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of and understanding others’ reactions, anticipating responses.
  • Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Coordination: Identifying complex problems and reviewing relevant information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Systems Analysis: Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing: communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Occupational Competencies

  • Strategic research: Research long-term possibilities for improvements and plan steps to achieve them.
  • Strategic planning: Knowledge of the elements defining the foundation and core of an organization such as its mission, vision, values, and objectives.
  • Improvement strategies: Identify root causes of problems and implement strategies for effective and long-term solutions.
  • Diplomatic principles: Familiarity with the practices of facilitating agreement and collaboration by convening stakeholders, conducting negotiations, protecting the interests of the objectives, and facilitating compromise
  • Teamwork Principles: Cooperation between people characterized by a unified commitment to achieve a given goal, participating equally, maintaining open communication, facilitating effective use of ideas
  • Communication: exchanging, conveying information in appropriate voice, timing, and method. Make use of various types of communication and media channels with the purpose of constructing and sharing ideas or information.
  • Public relations: Perform public relations (PR) by managing the spread of information between an individual or an organization and the public.
  • Corporate social responsibility: Knowledge of the handling or managing of processes and relationships in a responsible and ethical manner
  • Forming of public opinion: Familiarity with the process whereby perceptions and opinions toward something are forged and enforced
  • Improvement strategies: Identify root causes of problems and submit proposals for effective and long-term solutions
  • Project Management: Understand project management and the activities, which comprise this area, including variables such as time, resources, requirements, and unexpected events
  • Leadership Principles: Set of traits and values that guide the actions of a leader with regards to relationships, goals, and vision

Contact Information

To express interest in this position, please submit a cover letter and resume electronically by August 5, 2019 to:

Jacquelyn Carnes
Assistant to the President and CEO
Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc.

For questions about the position, please contact:

Tina Peterson
President and CEO
Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc.

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