Harlingen Economic Development Corporation is seeking a dynamic individual to fill the following position:
The Development Corporation of Harlingen, Inc., otherwise known as Harlingen Economic Development Corporation or HEDC, was formed 28 years ago to encourage job creation and private investment in Harlingen. The HEDC is governed by a five-member Board of Directors appointed by the City Commission. The policy-making board provides direction to the Manager/CEO who is ultimately responsible to implement that direction, with assistance from their staff. HEDC has participated in numerous projects over the years including the attraction, expansion and retention of companies such as United Launch Alliance, Cardone Industries, Encanto Snacks, ITD Metal Stampings, Fox Valley Molding, Bales Mold Services, United Healthcare Group, Dish Network, Bass Pro Shops, Sam’s Club, Aloe Laboratories, Adtech, Pentair, Penn Aluminum, Qualfon, ACCT, Valley Baptist, Harlingen Medical Center and so many more.
The Industrial Recruitment Manager will be responsible for the matters related to the recruitment, expansion and retention of companies manufacturing, producing, processing and transporting goods. This person will be dealing with high-level corporate executives, real estate representatives, site selectors and other consultants. Extensive travel throughout the United States and Mexico is required. Occasional travel abroad may occur.
The ideal candidate will have a very strong background in economic and business development, along with an entrepreneurial spirit, the drive to succeed, the capacity to take on multiple tasks at once and to deal with deadlines effectively. The ideal candidate must work well independently but knows how to collaborate. Knowledge of basic business practices, accounting, financing, trade and commerce, governmental relations, real estate development and use, politics, and general marketing are among the basic skills needed for this position. Experience working for other economic development organizations and certification in the field are a plus. The ideal candidate will have at least 4 years or more years working in a similar position with increasing responsibility and a proven track record. The applicant must have a bachelor’s degree in Business, Economics, Finance, Real Estate, or other similar program of study. A master’s degree in one of those fields may substitute for two years of actual work experience. Certification from IEDC as CEcD or from another accreditation program in economic development is preferred.
Salary is negotiable depending on qualifications and experience.