Mackinac Economic Alliance is searching for a skilled Rural Economic Development Director to support the economic development needs of the rural communities in Mackinac County, Michigan. Duties and responsibilities will include helping rural communities develop a structure and plan to implement economic development activities; linking rural communities with critical information and resources to help them implement their economic development goals; helping rural community leadership understand the value and benefit of economic development efforts.
Mackinac County in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, is one of the most strikingly beautiful places in the country, offering unmatched opportunities to immerse yourself in natural beauty and outdoor recreation. The state’s most outstanding attractions: Mackinac Island, Tahquamenon Falls, Les Cheneaux Islands, St. Ignace, Drummond Island, Manistique Lakes, Sault Ste. Marie, Pictured Rocks and many others are all within a 2-hour drive of Mackinac County. Canada is 45 minutes away, and Detroit, Traverse City, Chicago, and Milwaukee are all less than a day’s drive from the Straits of Mackinac, home of the Mackinac Bridge. The area has a rich reputation for the best fishing, hiking, hunting, paddling, birding, ATV-riding, boating, and dozens more activities.
Mackinac County forms a central hub for recreation and commerce in the heart of the Great Lakes. The Mackinac Economic Alliance works with established and upcoming businesses to expand opportunities by providing confidential and complimentary consulting services. Together with our partners, we raise the standard of living in our communities. This historic region has a multitude of natural resources, including the passionate people who make it their home. We are a single point of contact, creating connections and fostering growth opportunities to expand and relocate business in Mackinac County.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform this job successfully:
-Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to multi-task and organize relevant data, while adhering to multiple timelines. Ability to build and maintain relationships, as well as organize and host regular meetings with various stakeholder groups including business, community organizations, regional municipalities/counties, and economic development partners.
-Superb oral and written skills to communicate information and ideas. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex information. Proficiency in writing reports and business correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in a customized format and respond to questions from groups of clients, investors, media, and the general public both orally and in writing.
-Demonstrated reasoning ability and analystics: Capable of recognizing, defining, and solving problems. Aptitude for collecting data, establishing facts, and drawing valid conclusions.
-Knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft PowerPoint.
-Knowledge of Synchronist Database software and Constant Contact.
-Knowledge of leading website and social media platforms and ability to effectively utilize them.
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To apply for this position, please send your cover letter, resume, and references by e-mail to the following contact and address:
Attn: Executive Director
The posting will remain open until an ideal candidate is selected.
A contractual relationship will be entertained for this position. Compensation will be $50,000-$60,000 a year, based on experience.