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Clearwater Economic Development Association, Inc., CEDA, is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Executive Director
Clearwater Economic Development Association

Application deadline: June 15th, 2021

General Statement of Duties

Reporting to the CEDA Board of Directors, the Executive Director provides regional leadership and articulates CEDA’s mission and goals to the broader community.  The Executive Director oversees the development and implementation of operational strategies and regional strategies set forth in the Clearwater Economic Development District’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.

Duties include advising and supporting CEDA governance by directing organizational strategies, developing the organizational culture, leading and supervising CEDA staff, managing company resources, optimizing financial operations, ensuring compliance, overseeing day-to-day operations, as well as proposing and developing new and creative ideas for new programs and projects to assist CEDA in fulfilling its mission. 

The CEDA Executive Director is active in community affairs throughout the region and promotes CEDA’s image and services in and outside the organization.  The Executive Director fosters, builds, and sustains healthy relationships with CEDA members and stakeholders to include local elected officials; community and economic development staff from federal, state, county, and local agencies; industry and education representatives; and associated non-profit organizations.  

The Executive Director shall advise and assist communities, counties, and non-profit organizations in developing and implementing Region II programs and projects. 

Work Period

The Classification of the Executive Director is an exempt position pursuant to the Federal Labor Standards Act and will not be compensated in overtime pay or compensatory time.  The CEDA Executive Director shall put forth the time necessary to perform the work.

Place of Employment

The primary place of employment is the CEDA office located at 1626 6th Ave.  North, Lewiston, Idaho 83501.  This position requires frequent regional travel and occasional trips to other regions in Idaho and out-of-state.

Essential Job Functions

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  1. Advising and Supporting CEDA governance:   The director is responsible for adhering to CEDA bylaws, policies, and procedures and helping governance to update when necessary.  The director assists the CEDA Chair in conducting meetings of the CEDA Members, Board of Directors, and Operations and Finance Council.  Responsibilities include implementing actions taken by governance and acting as a CEDA liaison. The director is responsible for coordinating and maintaining a continuing, effective relationship with diverse groups to include staff, members of CEDA, representatives of EDA and the Idaho Department of Commerce, the Department of Labor, USDA-RD, the US Forest Service and community representatives.
  2. Directing Organizational Strategies:  The Executive Director is responsible for developing and maintaining CEDA’s operational strategies as well as the region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.  This includes directing staff activity and building and coordinating the work of diverse coalitions.
  3. Developing and Maintaining Organizational Culture:  The Executive Director is responsible for developing and maintaining a healthy work environment and public image.  The Executive Director ensures that CEDA staff conduct business in accordance with the ethical principles inherent to maintaining member and public trust and upholding the professional standards listed in CEDA’s Administrative Guidelines.
  4. Leading and Supervising CEDA staff:  The Executive Director is responsible for management of CEDA personnel including hiring, supervision, assigning work, performance evaluations and terminations. 
  5. Managing Organizational Resources:  The Executive Director is responsible for program development and implementation; coordinating economic and community development activities; retaining existing and recruiting new CEDA members; aligning staff expertise and time to project and programs with available resources; approving or seeking governance approval of contracts: and research, development and implementation of new programs and special projects.  Work includes managing contracts for outside expertise in areas such as accounting/audit, legal, property and equipment leases; marketing, insurance, and information technology.
  6. Optimizing financial operations:  The Executive Director is responsible for long-term financial plan; budget development, implementation, and oversight; financial reporting and analysis; loans/line-of-credit; property management; collections; invoice review and approvals; fund transfers; working with the accountant to ensure accuracy.
  7. Ensuring Compliance:   The Executive Director is responsible for ensuring that CEDA maintains compliance with federal, state, and local regulatory and contractual obligations.
  8. Project Management:  In addition to organizational leadership activities, the CEDA Executive Director will have some responsibility to project management.  This work includes planning, development, and implementation of CEDA project and member/stakeholder projects.  The Executive Director will provide technical assistance for project conceptualization, resource identification, grant eligibility and compliance, grant writing, project implementation, and grant administration.
  9. Overseeing day-to-day operations:   The CEDA Executive Director oversees the daily operations and procedures of the organization.
  • Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:  The Executive Director must have…
    • leadership skills adequate to develop and maintain a clear organization vision, to work successfully with a volunteer Board of Directors to implement the vision, to increase the funding base for the organization, and to complete quality work on a timely basis;
    • the business and financial management acumen to exercise appropriate leadership, to consider and make optimal decisions, and to manage strategies, structures, and systems with effectiveness for complex organization with multiple programs and limited resources;
    • a high degree of integrity, strong interpersonal and public speaking skills, and motivational ability to work with diverse constituents in various roles, developing working coalitions, and building a consensus on community and economic development issues. The Executive Director must be able to relate well with a professional staff, Board of Directors, working councils, and with individuals within the communities and organizations CEDA serves;
    • the ability to interpret and apply technical federal regulations and contractual agreements, identify compliance problems, and negotiate corrective actions; and,
    • proficiency with office productivity software (e.g., Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, QuickBooks, and Outlook) and web-based programs for planning and conducting group meetings and workshops.
  • Preferred Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:  The Executive Director should have knowledge or experience…
    • overseeing a non-profit organization;
    • in planning principles and practices;
    • developing and implementing rural planning and development;
    • preparing and managing grants and contracts from industry and private foundations consistent with CEDA’s 501(c)(3) nonprofit status and,
    • with federal and state economic development programs such as the Economic Development Administration (EDA) programs, the Idaho Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) programs, the Idaho Workforce Development programs, USDA-RD programs, U.S Forest Service programs, and United States Rural Development programs.
  • Minimum: The Executive Director shall possess
    • strong leadership skills;
    • a Bachelor Degree with preference for planning, economics, management, public administration or a related field;
    • four years of experience in program or organizational management;
    • a working knowledge and experience with organizational financial management and accounting principles; and,
    • ability and willingness to travel (unassisted) locally, regionally, and nationally as needed, including overnight travel.
  • Preferred: The Executive Director shall possess
    • a Master/Doctorate Degree in a related field;
    • professional economic development credential(s);
    • five or more years of experience and/or demonstrated proficiency in
      • managing a non-profit organization overseen by an all-volunteer Board of Directors;
      • developing, implementing and managing projects or programs funded with federal or state grants and contracts;
      • supervising; and,
      • leading diverse coalitions or alliances that resulted in the development and implementation of a successful program.
Essential Physical Abilities & Other

With or without accommodation:

  • Sufficient body mobility, flexibility and balance to work in an office environment, including the ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds of files, boxes, or meeting materials.
  • Ability, under Idaho law, to legally drive a personal vehicle for work-related purposes, (for which CEDA employees are reimbursed at the federal mileage rate).

NOTE:  This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as are required to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

Apply Here by submitting required materials:

Applicants should upload, as a single file (PDF or Word) a letter of interest addressing the required and preferred position qualifications, a current resume, and the name and contact information for 5 professional references using the form below.

For best consideration applications should be submitted by June 15, 2021.  Anticipate start date for the new Executive Director is October 1, 2021.

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