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About Austin, Texas
This vibrant and dynamic city tops numerous lists for business, entertainment, and quality of life. One of the country’s most popular, high-profile “green” and culturally dynamic cities was selected as the “Best City for the Next Decade (Kiplinger), the “Top Creative Center” in the US (Entrepreneur.com) and #1 on the “On Numbers Economic Index” as the fastest growing economy. Austin continues to lead the country with its vision of being the “Most livable City in the country,” emerging as a player on the international scene with such events as SXSW, Austin City Limits, Formula 1® and being home to companies such as Apple, Samsung, Dell, and Seton Healthcare. From the home of state government and the University of Texas, to the “Live Music Capital of the World” and its growth as a film center, Austin has gained worldwide attention as a hub for education, business, health, and sustainability. Since 1900, Austin’s population has doubled every 20 years.
The Austin Economic Development Corporation (AEDC)
In October 2020, the Austin City Council voted to create the Austin Economic Development Corporation (AEDC). Council approved and adopted the corporation Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. The twenty voting members of the first full Board were nominated by various community institutions or organizations that support the holistic and inclusive nature of the organization, then approved by Mayor and Council in March of 2021.
The City of Austin created the AEDC as a tool to help local government meet multipronged challenges—from affordability, homelessness, and equity, to sustaining and growing the small businesses, arts and culture—that have made Austin a thriving place. Able to operate nimbly, without duplicating the work of the existing Chamber of Commerce/Opportunity Austin and City of Austin Economic Development Department, the AEDC can bring new financing vehicles and agility to a host of community development projects. This expert panel will examine ways Austin could harness the new nonprofit local government corporation, while bringing national perspective on the catalytic role EDCs have played in other cities, including New York and Atlanta.
The AEDC will be responsible for Lease Administration, Transaction Support, and Public Development for the City of Austin, and will grow quickly as the city expands its efforts to develop publicly owned land and buildings.
Major Project Areas include:
Ongoing City-Wide Projects:
The President/CEO will provide strategic direction, vision, and management for the programs and staff of the AEDC and its affiliates, and have full responsibility for financial performance, fiscal stability, and compliance.. The President/CEO will provide strategic direction, vision, and management for the programs and staff of the AEDC and its affiliates, and have full responsibility for financial performance, fiscal stability, and compliance. The President/CEO will manage current programs while developing new initiatives and partnerships with other private and public organizations to achieve regional goals and objectives.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Education and Experience
Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Business Administration, Public Administration, Urban Planning, or a closely related field. A minimum of ten (10) years professional experience working for an Economic Development Corporation, real estate development, finance or economic/community development, and a minimum of three years of executive experience is required in addition to a minimum of three (3) years comprehensive project management experience with a minimum of five (5) years supervisory experience in managing and directing a complex organization. A Master’s degree is preferred but professional license/certifications, training and continued professional development will be strongly considered.
The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate exists at the nexus of economic and community development, with the professional experience and emotional intelligence needed to promptly assess and respond with the appropriate skills or demeanor from either of the practices. The ideal candidate also possesses the ability to quickly evaluate prospective opportunities, with an ability to find and build consensus through the translation of common objectives and mutually beneficial outcomes.
The ideal candidate will have experience in land development and real estate with capabilities deploying capital, developing and managing joint venture partnerships, and providing vision and excitement for the projects available for development through the AEDC. The ideal candidate should have experience with economic development and downtown redevelopment or other catalytic projects that secure placemaking and should be well versed in managing the development and challenges that may occur in all areas related to development. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated expertise in strategic planning, public policy, program management, finance and accounting, public speaking.
The ideal candidate will be able to develop and maintain close working relationships with board members, investors, regional economic development associations, local and state organizations, other affiliated groups and within the community to ensure a common vision is enacted and supported. The ideal candidate will exhibit the ability to quickly establish trust and authenticity for accountability.
The ideal candidate will be a skilled professional with a heightened sense of emotional intelligence and an awareness of organizational and employee issues, with the ability to create a positive atmosphere for employees and set a superior example of competence, professionalism, energy, collaboration, innovation and work ethic to the organization and community. Similarly, the ideal candidate will be expected to apply professional and emotional intelligence representing the organization in a variety of discussions with diverse community members.
Effective communication along with strong collaboration and team building skills will be necessary for this individual to be successful; advanced written and oral communication skills are imperative.
The Austin Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and extensive benefits, including a generous pension system. Relocation assistance will be available for a successful out of area candidate.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should forward a cover letter and resume for consideration September 27, 2021 to:
PO Box 794
Hershey, PA 17033
The Austin Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) was created to advance partnerships within the community that secure equitable and inclusive development for all Austinites. Therefore, it is critical to the mission and essential to day-to-day operations for representatives of the organization to lend their own unique, lived-experiences while embracing, celebrating, and encouraging the lived-experiences of others in the shared pursuit of diversity, equity and inclusion. Leadership of AEDC seeks to go beyond being an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer by creating a team and workplace as open and inspiring as the outcomes the organization seeks to achieve for an inclusive Austin of the future.