Seeking Candidates for Executive Director of Economic Development

The Valley County Economic Development Board of Directors is seeking candidates for the position of executive director.

The Economic Development Board, which was created by an Inter-local Agreement between the City of Ord and the County of Valley, is seeking the employment of a well-qualified Economic Development Director. The Board wishes to have the successful candidate assume the responsibilities of the position by September 1, 2013. A competitive salary will be paid commensurate with applicant’s qualifications, experience and education.

Duties: Under the direction of the Valley County Economic Development Board, the Director coordinates all activities, programs and operations in an efficient and effective manner.  The Director implements activities focusing on the retention and expansion of existing businesses, facilitating entrepreneur development, workforce attraction and development, while promoting the quality of life in Valley County, Nebraska.  The Director also serves as Director of the Ord Area Chamber of Commerce and reports to the Chamber Board.

Qualifications: Experience preferred in business development, management and/or leadership roles, public relations, strategic planning, marketing and promotions, budget preparation and grant writing.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Proficient computer skills including the use of Microsoft Office programs and QuickBooks, excellent listening and communication skills, ability to maintain confidentiality, work with and manage volunteers, read and write proficiently, make public presentations, establish and maintain effective working relations with community leaders, board members, volunteers and general members of the public.

Education: Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced education preferred.

Position:  Full Time Salaried. Compensation: Negotiable, based on experience and skills.

— An invitation for application for the executive director position can be found here.

— Applications can be downloaded here.

— A description of job duties and tasks for the position can be found here.

— Organizational structure of Valley County Economic Development, the Ord Area Chamber of Commerce, Valley County Travel and Tourism, Valley County Community Foundation Fund, and the New Neighborhoods Developer, LLC can be found here.


An Application for the Economic Development Director position should include:

— A completed Application Form
— A letter setting forth personal qualifications, experiences, and reasons for interest in the position.
— A personal resume.
— A certified education transcript.

Names of applicants will be held in confidence. If references are checked, please indicate whether or not advance notice should be given to the applicant.

Inquiries, questions and comments can be directed to:

Valley County Economic Development Board, Attn: Bob Stowell,
1514 K Street, Ord, NE 68862
(308) 728-7875  •

All applications must be received no later than Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 5:00 pm


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