Director of Regional Partners
The Director of Regional Partners is responsible for directing and executing economic development assistance and related activities to the Regional Partners of the Tulsa’s Future Regional Economic Development Program. As a part of this role, the Director is responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with regional partners throughout the Tulsa region, identifying opportunities that exist to assist these partners to maximize their economic development initiatives that may include, but not limited to, industrial and commercial site development, lead development, assistance with Request for Proposal’s (RFP’s) and marketing efforts. The Director will also assist with efforts to remove barriers which may prevent those communities from being successful in their economic development efforts. The Director will serve as a resource for the coordination of efforts between the regional partner and the Tulsa Regional Chamber, and will develop and maintain appropriate databases to support Economic Development activities as needed. This job will also include other duties as assigned.
This is a full time exempt position that will require the need to work beyond what is considered a normal work day/week. This position sometimes requires extensive weekend and “after hours” work to successfully implement the Strategic Plan and other programs. This position sometimes requires travel, in Oklahoma and the United States for varying periods of time.
Principal Duties & Responsibilities:
- Regional Partner Visits and Programming – Responsible for identifying regional partners to visit, scheduling visits, identification of the needs of the partner with respect to their economic development programs, and execution of the full scope of services needed for assistance, utilizing the economic development database to track visits and the partner’s economic development initiatives. Provide assistance with the regional partner’s marketing efforts, and assist partner with their business retention and expansion efforts as needed. Provide information on scheduled appointment trips to targeted cities to meet with site consultants and company representatives. Assist on consultant visits to the region to maximize regional partner participation. Responsibility also includes coordination and execution of Regional Partner Quarterly meetings, and other activities for the regional partners.
- Ensuring Regional Partner Satisfaction – Build and maintain investor satisfaction of regional partners with their investment in the Tulsa’s Future Regional Economic Development Program. This position will measure the satisfaction of Regional Partners on an annual basis, and will develop plans to achieve high satisfaction level from partners to help ensure TF is one of the strongest and most competitive regions in the U.S.
- Assistance with RFP’s– Distribute RFP’s to regional partners, and provide assistance as requested and needed by the partner. This also includes assisting the partner assemble information needed for their proposal as requested. The Tulsa Chamber will also assist partners with site visits as requested.
- Resource Assistance – Lead efforts to identify and establish services offered to regional partners such as lead development information, industry analysis, economic impact analysis labor and workforce data, and other resources of the Chamber.
- Membership Support and Assistance – Serve as a resource to Membership staff and other divisions of the Chamber regarding business needs and assistance provided by the Economic Development Division.
- Travel Authority – Has authority to schedule and make trips essential to conduct the position responsibilities within the limits of the travel budget, subject to the approval of the Division Senior Vice President
- Data Base Management – Manages database for tracking and recording all regional partner activities.
- General Functions – May also work with other staff members on marketing projects.
- Tulsa’s Future Investor/Community Relations – Work to ensure positive relationships with investors and investor communities. This will include regularly traveling to communities for project meetings, site visits and other meetings.
- Performs other incidental and related duties as required and assigned.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Bachelor’s degree in related field plus 2 years’ experience in community development activities or 5-7 years’ experience in related activities
- Excellent written and verbal skills
- Must have strong communication skills and the ability to develop and sustain strong relationships
- Must be able to regularly make presentations using PowerPoint to prospects and investors
- Excellent knowledge of PC and industry software including MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access, MS PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat Standard
- Capable to thrive in a fast-paced environment. Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects at one time.
- Ability to handle sensitive and confidential situations and documentation.
Work & Physical Requirements:
- Work environment: Normally a typical office environment with people, with minimal exposure to excessive noise or adverse environmental issues, with occasional outdoor exposure to heat, cold, and environmental elements.
- Physical demands: Manipulate, handle, feel, and control items or equipment. Able to read, write, and interpret written documents. Occasionally lift and move objects weighing up to 25 pounds.