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President & CEO

Cedar Rapids, IA

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President and CEO

Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance

Responsible for establishing the strategic direction of the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance. This

role serves as the face of the organization to key stakeholders, community and government leaders. This

role will implement the organization's mission to serve as the catalyst for economic diversity, growth, and prosperity for the Cedar Rapids Metro area.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Maximize and leverage a strong Board of Directors relationship and provide strategic leadership

necessary to assure full Board participation

• Develop and recommend goals and objectives for the Board's consideration and approval

• Work with Board of Directors to develop and execute the policy strategy

• Direct the annual and long-term strategic planning process

• Oversee attainment of the annual goals and objectives

• Work closely with partner organizations – Iowa's Creative Corridor Development Corporation,

ICAD, and Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce

• Manage senior staff in maintaining a highly effective and cohesive work team

• Work closely with community leaders to establish and drive the public policy agenda

• Oversee the Downtown SSMID, Medical District SSMID and NewBo SSMID as well as Cedar Rapids

Parking contract

• Engage in regular meetings with key stakeholders, business/industry and community leaders on

issues affecting the economic vitality of the area

• Serve as ambassador and principle spokesperson for the Economic Alliance

• Establish and maintain strong partnerships with heads of state agencies, the Governor's office,

regional and state alliances and public institutions

• Create synergies with local, regional, national and international organizations

• Perform other duties and responsibilities as needed

Supervision Responsibilities:

• The CEO is responsible for covering all responsibilities of their direct reports in periods of

extended absences, termination, or resignation.

Regular Schedule:

• The organizations main hours of operation are 8am – 5pm, however; completing the

responsibilities of this position may require working over 40 hours within a week and/or working

on weekends, when necessary.

Strategic Leadership Development:

• Provide inspirational leadership and direction to all executive management and ensure the

continued development of all levels of staff

• Facilitate cross-developmental collaboration and strengthen internal and external


• Cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with employees, Board of Directors,

ICCDC, ICAD, and community partners

• Create strategic internal organizational initiatives to ensure engagement of all employees in

accordance with the Economic Alliance's vision, mission and values


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge skills and abilities required. Employees who do

not possess the requirements for a job at the time of hire will not be considered for the position. Reasonable

accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience Required:

• 6-8 years of senior level leadership experience in a community and/or economic development


• Bachelor's degree from four-year accredited college or university

• Master's degree preferred

• Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered

• Demonstrated experience maintaining budgets and evaluating financial statements

• Reporting experience to Board of Directors

• Process development and implementation

Skills and Ability Requirements:

• Strong relationship building skills and demonstrated abilities to form alliances and partnerships

• Ability to guide the organization to remain flexible in a changing, competitive environment

• Able to develop and use the organization's strategy to provide clarity in an ambiguous


• Able to strategically represent the organization to other influential community leaders

• Able to set and articulate a compelling vision for the organization

• Able to model an organization-wide open door policy

• Champions collaboration over competition

• Capable of working effectively independently and in a team environment

• Have excellent communication skills

• Must be self-motivated, goal and detail oriented

• Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and manage time efficiently

• Basic proficiency with financial duties pertaining to business operations, including managing

budgets and accounts payable/receivable

Language Requirements:

Fluency in the written and spoken English language is required.

Mathematical Requirements:

This role involves capacity to perform basic financial responsibilities, as well as operational and customer

contract negotiation.

Reasoning Ability Requirement

High-functioning, reasoning abilities are necessary to meet deadlines, prioritize organization and

customer needs, and work well with teammates.

Physical Requirements

The ability to climb a flight of stairs is a physical requirement for employees in the case of an emergency.

Occasional lifting up to 20 lbs. may be necessary from time to time. Must be able to sit for long periods of

time (up to 8 hours a day).

For consideration, please email a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Kelly at

Applications must be received by 5 p.m., October 28, 2016

Posted 10/14/16

Job ID: 20482369
Mactive ID: 36462