About Chaffee County EDC (EDC):
Since our formation more than a decade ago, the EDC has worked collaboratively across sectors and jurisdictional boundaries to ensure that Chaffee County remains welcoming to business and industry. We are proud of this history.
The EDC has rallied the business community, government, and nonprofit partners to rise to the challenges created by the Covid-19 Pandemic. It has contributed to the creation of critical infrastructure for the business community in the form of broadband and affordable housing. Maybe most importantly, the EDC has consistently served as a calm, steady, and rational voice through periods of both opportunity and significant challenges.
The EDC is seeking a Program Director to lead and support exciting new initiatives to promote the development of a thriving, resilient, year-round economy in Chaffee County.
In support of the organization’s objectives to ensure economic recovery, resilience to future disruptions, and the creation of greater wage diversity and economic diversification; the Program Director will work in the following three strategic focus areas:
- Startup Support – We support entrepreneurship as a primary tool in diversifying our economy. We serve as a navigator connecting entrepreneurs to funding, expert mentorship, business design curriculum, etc. We measure job creation and investment.
- Public Policy – We encourage community investments to support a modern, competitive workforce and economy, by advocating for business-friendly public policy with our public sector partners. We measure our policy wins.
- Talent Pipeline – We create better alignment between local education systems (districts, Colorado Mountain College – Salida, remote higher ed) and employers by encouraging participation in Work Based Learning (WBL) programs, among other key efforts. We define the skills gap and build collaborative systems to address it. We measure participating employees, companies, and students.
Position Roles & Responsibilities:
- Ascent Accelerator Program (Co-Lead & Support) – Execute and refine, with the support of the EDC Executive Director, a startup accelerator program. Cohorts of 10 companies per year receive intensive training around business growth strategies.
- Accelerator Education & Training (Support) – With partners, develop curriculum to support the development of local startup and scaleup companies.
- Access to Capital (Support) – Solicit and engage new and more capital sources, including a network of local angel investors and exploration of a community revolving loan fund.
- Mentorship Network (Lead) – Identify and connect local and statewide experts willing and able to support growing firms, and facilitate introductions.
- Meetups & Events (Lead) – Ideate and develop events and programs to build a culture of collaboration and innovation, creating a “center of gravity” for a geographically dispersed startup community.
You’ll measure your success in relation to organizational goals for job creation (30 net new jobs by Dec. 31, 2023) and capital investment ($2MM invested by Dec. 31, 2023)
- EDC Public Policy Committee (Support) – Attend bi-weekly Policy Committee meetings with committee members, taking notes on key discussion points, drafting position statements, and communicating positions to our public sector members and other stakeholders.
- Issue Intake (Lead) – On a weekly basis, reach out to staff at 4 public sector jurisdictions to identify upcoming agenda items that align with our Policy Pillars. Attend County Commissioners and Town/City Council meetings, monitor the public-notification process for agenda topics of interest. Prepare information packets before each meeting and communicate to Committee members.
- Position Communication (Lead) – Summarize committee positions and written justifications and communicate to the elected officials at corresponding jurisdictions.
- Data Collection (Lead) – On a weekly basis, monitor meeting minutes from each jurisdiction to identify votes related to previously communicated EDC positions, and log them into a shared spreadsheet for internal EDC tracking.
You’ll measure your success in relation to organizational goals for policy engagement including positions taken and communicated (xx positions by Dec. 31, 2023,) data tracked and collected (xx votes tracked by Dec. 31, 2023.) Specifics to be agreed upon as this nascent activity evolves.
- “Future Of Work” Bootcamp Series (Co-Lead) – Design, promote, execute, and consistently refine, with the support of the EDC Executive Director, quarterly employer-education programs to prepare local employers to participate in Work Based Learning (WBL) programs in conjunction with local school districts and Colorado Mountain College – Salida.
- WBL Program Inventory (Lead) – Engage and inventory existing WBL programs currently offered to area employers from both local school districts and colleges, as well as statewide programs and resources.
- Industry Needs Inventory (Lead) – Engage and inventory the workforce needs of Chaffee County employers, creating a database of skill shortages for the local economy.
- Matchmaking (Lead) – Facilitate advanced “matchmaking” efforts between programs and participant companies and students. This will be done in one-off settings and by way of the quarterly Future of Work Bootcamp series programs.
- Remote Worker Meetups & Mentor Network (Lead) – Develop and execute monthly meetups of remote workers and recruit from attendees participants in the Chaffee//Remote mentoring program.
You’ll measure your success in relation to organizational goals for WBL participation from companies (30 companies completed bootcamp program by Dec. 31, 2023,) students (30 students engaged with a local employer by Dec. 31, 2023,) total student hours engaged (300 total student hours participating in WBL in the County by Dec. 31, 2023,) and Chaffee//Remote participants (10 mentors spending 5 hours each with local students by Dec. 31, 2023.)
Required Education & Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree in a related field is preferred. Comparable years of relevant experience with entrepreneurship support, public policy advocacy, or workforce development accepted.
Skills & Abilities:
- Detail oriented, timely, and professional.
- Entrepreneurial by nature (experiences with starting organizations or businesses is helpful).
- Flexibility, curiosity, and willingness to experiment, fail, revise and try again.
- Excellent written, verbal, and group facilitation & communication skills.
- Ability to manage multiple tasks independently and prioritize accordingly.
- Familiarity with online collaboration tools, video conferencing, social media, presentation, and messaging platforms.
- Ideal candidate will be able to lead without requiring the spotlight, and exert influence without formal authority.
- Ability to interact comfortably with diverse groups, including executive-level leadership from small and large businesses, government and non-profit institutions, and educators.
- Reliable vehicle and able to travel to meetings and events within Chaffee County.
- Some evening meeting attendance is required.
$45,000-75,000 Annual Total Compensation, Depending on Experience & Ability
- Title – Ranging from Program Director to Deputy Director, depending on Experience
- Hours per week – 40 assumed, with flex scheduling available
- Location – Hybrid in person and remote, within Chaffee County
- Equipment – Laptop & accessories
- Benefits – None, but open to structuring total compensation to the candidate’s preference. (ie, health care stipend, pre-tax contributions, etc.)