CEO/Executive Director

Columbia County Economic Team – Executive Director


The Columbia County Economic Team (CCET) seeks the services
of a dynamic and innovative leader to serve as its Executive Director.  The ideal candidate will be someone who:

is relationally adroit, gifted in forging
strategic partnerships with elected officials, other economic development
staff, and private businesses, to build awareness of and support for CCET’s
brand, and to nurture Columbia County’s economic competitiveness.demonstrates a thorough understanding of and
experience with the various areas of expertise necessary to build a strong
local economy – financial incentives, infrastructure funding, workforce,
business recruitment/retention/expansion, micro-enterprise/start-up assistance,
and regulatory framework.Is a results-driven, solutions-oriented,
decisive individual; one who is skilled at tackling challenges; who strives for
excellence; and who appreciates the importance of collaboration with a diverse
array of stakeholders in accomplishing CCET’s mission.Is able to quickly and effectively “triage”
challenges and opportunities, prioritizing workload and resources to assure the
best strategic deployment of those resources in alignment with Board direction
and the organization’s mission and goals.Is committed to the principles of equity and
inclusionHas a passion for rural communities and
understands how to achieve their economic success while honoring their
integrity, traditions, and unique character.

CCET seeks a candidate who can position Columbia County to
reach the next level.  We recognize that
a healthy economy is an essential ingredient to a healthy community – a place
where people want to raise their families, whose children have ample
opportunities to thrive.  A place which
takes advantage of its considerable assets, and which addresses its challenges
through intelligent solutions.  Located
30 minutes outside of Portland, Oregon, Columbia County is ready to take its
place in the sun.

“About Us”

The Columbia County Economic
Team (CCET) is Columbia County’s one-stop shop for business services. We are
the trusted local partner for your next business relocation or expansion within
Columbia County, specializing in: site location and acquisition, business and
economic data, public incentives and financing, and process facilitation.

We offer a coordinated,
results-oriented response to your business priorities. CCET’s membership
includes representatives from public and private sector organizations
throughout the county, all working together to stimulate private investment and
job creation.

We represent pro-business
communities, who offer excellent sites, affordable utilities, ample
infrastructure capacity, and a skilled workforce. All this in close proximity to
Portland and major national and international trade corridors. 

Columbia County is home to
diverse industries, with strengths in manufacturing, logistics, leisure, and hospitality. 
Whether you represent one of these industries or provide a new edge – let CCET
help you find the best environment for your business to excel.

Our Mission

The mission of the Columbia
County Economic Team is to deliver business-driven economic development
services that support the creation, growth, and retention of Columbia County

Our Goals

The goals of the Columbia County
Economic Team are to:

Expand, retain, and recruit
businesses and industries participating in existing or new industry
Increase per capita income,
diversify the economy, and promote sustainable economic growth through
family wage jobs.
Coordinate the delivery of
professional economic development services by networking the efforts of
existing and new organizations.
Provide leadership to create a
climate in which existing businesses can thrive while attracting diverse
new investment.

About the Position

The position reports directly to
a board composed of members from both the public and private sector.  Currently the position supervises one full
time staff, and also manages consultants and contractors on a broad range of

Essential Job Duties

Promote Columbia County’s economic competitiveness,
by recruiting new businesses, retaining and expanding existing businesses, securing
funding for new infrastructure and taking other actions to increase the supply
of development-ready land, assuring a workforce pipeline, creating and managing
incentive programs including serving the role of Columbia County’s Enterprise
Zone Manager, and coordinating the County’s and its cities’ regulatory framework
to align with goals for new business investment.Forge and nurture relationships with decision
makers throughout the County who influence the County’s economic vitality –
business owners, elected officials, agency staff, and partners in the region and
State such as Greater Portland Inc, ColPac, and Business Oregon.Build CCET’s membership and financial health, by
actively recruiting new companies, and by demonstrating CCET’s value to
businesses and others.Work closely with City and County regulatory departments,
to assure that Columbia County secures a reputation as a great place to do
business with reasonable land use regulations, quick and fair entitlement
processes, and reasonable fees with flexible payment options.Oversee CCET’s finances, through careful
oversight of the organization’s financial and personnel resources, and by
growing the financial capacity of the organization by attracting new and
increased investment from the public sector and especially from private
industry.  Ultimately, increase support
by demonstrating that CCET exceeds investors’ expectations through superior
performance.Promote new business investment in Columbia
County by targeted outreach to businesses, and by communicating the substantial
advantages and assets of the County – land, workforce, accessibility,
regulatory flexibility, incentives, and other factors that drive a business’
location or expansion decisions.  This
work will be performed in close partnership with other County entities as well
as regional and State partners such as GPI and Business Oregon.Understand and assess the factors that affect
Columbia County’s economic competitiveness – strengths, weaknesses,
opportunities and threats.  Assist the
Board and partners in developing and implementing programs and other
initiatives to address these factors, i.e. capitalizing on strengths and
opportunities, and minimizing weaknesses and threats.  This will include investigating and
recommending new initiatives as well as modifying existing programs.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Familiarity and experience with Federal, State,
and Local incentive tools such as the State’s Enterprise Zone, urban renewal,
Opportunity zones, New Market Tax Credits, infrastructure funding.  Understanding of tax incentives in the
context of local, State, and Federal tax law and policy.Experience in applying for and securing grants
and other outside funding sources.Familiarity with the real estate development
process, including development finance, leasing and marketing, and entitlements
in the context of Oregon’s land use process.Familiarity with the various partners that
affect CCET’s ability to achieve its mission – the County, the cities,
Chambers, ColPac, the Port of Columbia County, Portland Community College,
Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center, Greater Portland Inc., the Oregon
Regional Solutions Team, Business Oregon, and above all, the existing and
future businesses of Columbia County.Strong writing and oral communication skills,
whether to large groups or sensitive one-on-one conversations or
negotiations.  Expertise in creating and
actively maintaining communication systems – website; printed material; social
media; public speaking to elected bodies, business organizations, and community
groups; earned media.Retaining and overseeing the work of consultants
and contractors to perform a wide array of tasks – professional and technical studies,
website and other social media development and maintenance, and print materials.Strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to
easily relate to a wide variety of individuals and organizations – business
owners, public officials, CCET Board, partners in other organizations, local
Chambers.Ability to select, train, motivate and supervise
staff that report to the Executive Director. 
This includes motivating supervised staff to perform well, providing
helpful feedback to staff both informally as well as through regular
performance reviews, and generally providing staff the ability to perform their
work with a suitable degree of autonomy. 
Ability to implement discipline and termination if necessary.Analytical acumen – capacity to quickly absorb
and evaluate complex information, and craft an intelligent approach to a
challenge or an opportunity.Experience in actions and policies to increase
the supply of development ready land. 
This includes such measures as alignment of zoning regulations and
permitting processes, strategic infrastructure investment, and preparation of
studies to determine the supply of land and the measures needed to make that
land available for development.Familiarity with and experience in cultivating a
robust micro-enterprise/start-up/entrepreneur culture.Creation and management of information
systems/record-keeping to allow the Board to assure to its satisfaction that
expenditures and staff efforts are properly aligned with the Board’s strategic goals.Oversee and
coordinate the development and administration of the CCET budget, aligning the
budget with the Board’s strategic partnership; forecasting funds needed for
staffing, equipment, materials, services, and supplies; and approve
expenditures and implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Business or Public Administration,
Economics, Real Estate, Planning or a closely related field, or five years of
increasingly responsible experience in local or regional economic development
or urban planning, or some combination thereof.

Additional Licenses, Certificates, Physical Abilities and
Special Requirements

Must possess a driver’s license valid in the State of
Oregon, and have an acceptable driving record.


Salary Negotiable; Target range of $90,000 – $115,000.  Benefits include medical and dental,
retirement plan.

Application for this Position

Please submit a pdf of the complete application packet to 
Application packet must include a cover letter, resume, and brief
narrative (not to exceed five pages) which addresses the applicant’s
qualifications for the position, particularly in light of the essential job
duties, knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics described in
this recruitment.  Applicants are
encouraged to describe their past experience particularly in roles and setting
similar to the CCET position, and their work style.

Deadline: CCET will accept applications until the position
is filled.  Interested parties are
encouraged to submit their application no later than July 31, 2020, to be
considered in the initial round of evaluation.