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Vice President, Economic Development

Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC
Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC in Colorado Springs, CO 80903
$115,000 - $125,000 a year - Full-time


Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC in Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance

Full job description

** Please submit a resume and cover letter with your application.

Position Scope

The Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC is the largest economic development, chamber of commerce, and business advocacy organization in southern Colorado. We work with industry leaders, educational institutions, military personnel, government, and community agencies and a wide array of community professionals dedicated to developing economic prosperity for our region.

The Vice President of Economic Development (VP) will lead and direct projects, programs, and people with little supervision, but in coordination with the Senior VP of Operations and the COO, according to set goals and approved budget. This role is responsible for overseeing the full range of activities related to successful, targeted industry business retention and expansion (BRE) and business attraction programming for the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC. Leads a team that:

· Executes and manages all BRE and expanding-in-market investment activities as they relate to proactive outreach, identification of projects, and follow up.

· Executes a proactive business attraction strategy including company visits, tradeshow attendance, and building relationships with site selection consultants to build an effective sales pipeline to win projects.

The VP reports to the Senior VP of Operations. The VP of Economic Development leads, coaches and supervises a project management, business retention and expansion and data intelligence team. Externally, the VP interacts with existing businesses, investment prospects, site selectors, the real estate community, economic development organizations in the state and country and community and state partner organizations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

· Responsible for leading, establishing, enhancing, and driving execution of an effective economic development strategy

o Ensures seamless support from the ED team for all BRE and expanding-in-market investment leads and projects, from initial contact to location decision/public announcement, including but not limited to, preparation of information, coordination of incentives and programs, and consistent, supportive follow up with clients/partners.

o Works closely with Defense Development to plan & coordinate efforts for retention and attraction programs.

o Ensures there is coordination and aftercare outreach and services as an attraction project transitions into hiring and operations and becomes an existing business.

o Oversees the data intelligence efforts of gathering information on existing firms, especially in targeted industries, to assess overall business climate of the region and inform other areas of programming and strategy.

o Works in collaboration with all Pikes Peak region communities, to understand the existing business community and various needs for successful ED efforts.

o Makes certain team is fully trained and in coordination of local and state incentives and programs, including analysis, in collaboration with local and state program partners/representatives.

o Empowers and engages CSCEDC staff and community partners to support the existing business community and leverage any competitive advantages of the Pikes Peak region to win projects.

o Ensures all project and programmatic deadlines are met with an exceptional work product.

Knowledge Management

o Ability to lead, inspire, teach, train, and hold a team accountable for goals, measurements, core values and actions

o Relationships, processes, plans, and protocol are documented and accessible to allow for continuity and excellence in service delivery.

o Ensures that the team utilizes and maintains the internal database (CRM) and reporting mechanism for all activities and outcomes related to economic development project pipeline for various internal and external audiences (staff, committees, board of directors, marketing & communications, etc.).

o Follows protocol for knowledge management of the organization including but not limited to budget creation and adherence, file storage, archive of proposals, process documentation, goalsetting and actioning and staff performance.

· Communication

o Works in conjunction with other VPs and senior leadership to communicate strategy, goals, and direction for the betterment of the organization and the region.

o Development of content to track metrics and trends and communicate economic conditions and programmatic successes.

o Work seamlessly with the greater ED team and partners on sales pitches and proactive initiatives that focus on target sectors and industry related events.

o Partner and communicate with staff, volunteers, and partner organizations to ensure the highest levels of collaboration within and outside of the organization.

o Initiate, maintain, and grow effective working relationships with aligned organizations and public partners on a regional basis.

o Interact with site selectors, business clients, and organizational volunteers with excellent customer service skills and a positive attitude.

· Other Duties: Perform other tasks and duties as may be assigned from time to time by leadership.

Required Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

· Deep knowledge of economic development industry best practices.

· General knowledge of various economic development incentive concepts, programs, and tools.

· General knowledge of chamber/membership-based organizations.

· Project management.

· Strategic planning & execution of multi-year plans and programming.

· Team player, self-starter, and an effective written and verbal communicator.

· Confident and engaging as a presenter in front of large and small audiences.

· Professional, high ethical standards, especially as it pertains to client and partner confidentiality.

· Excellent interpersonal skills.

· Commitment to professional development in the economic development field.

· Effective time management skills and ability to work well under pressure.

· Basic knowledge of standard office equipment.

· Proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or similar software programs.

· Familiarity with Salesforce Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software.

Minimum Education & Work History

· College degree or equivalent experience required.

· 5+ years of professional experience in economic and/or business development, site selection, real estate, or corporate business.

· An equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered.

Work Environment & Physical Demands

Typical office environment for daily operations, and typical physical demands required in an office environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Participation or attendance may be requested occasionally at events during evenings and on weekends.

Note: Nothing in this job specification restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. These may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons. The above statements are strictly intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed and should not be construed as a complete list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees in this position. This job description does not constitute a contract for employment.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $115,000.00 - $125,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift

Supplemental pay types:

  • Bonus pay

COVID-19 considerations:
We are following all federal, state, and local requirements.

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Colorado Springs, CO 80903: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Work Location: One location