Executive Director, Minnesota Trade Office

MN Department of Employment and Economic Development
Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States, 55101
Jan 10, 2017
Feb 09, 2017
Employment Status
Full Time

Job Class: Administrative Services Director


Closing Date: 01/23/2017

Division/Unit: Trade

Travel Required: Yes

Salary Range: $82,894 - $118,661/annually


Job Summary


The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) seeks applicants for the Executive Director of Trade Office to manage the Minnesota Trade Office (MTO) staff in the development and implementation of programs and services that assist Minnesota companies become globally competitive. The Executive Director serves as Chief Protocol Officer for State of Minnesota; with dual roles, holding a position and accountability within DEED, as well as accountability to Governor's Office.


Minimum Qualifications:


Five (5) years increasingly responsible senior level positions in the past 10 years with advanced professional job related experience in the international trade arena, particularly in business management involving international trade, business development, business consulting in international trades. **Bachelor's degree in public affairs, public policy, international business/trade, business administration or a similar area of study will substitute for one year work experience in above work areas and Master's degree in public affairs, public policy, international business/trade, business administration will substitute for 2 years of work experience.**


Knowledge and understanding of trade and investment.


Knowledge of state, federal and international laws on international trade.


Broad knowledge of exporting products and services.


Broad knowledge of business practices related to fiscal management.


Demonstrated managerial, leadership, communications and human relations skills.


Valid passport, demonstrated experience in international business travel, and willingness to travel internationally as needed.


Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with a wide range of public and private officials, including public addresses and formal presentations.


Ability to maneuver through complex political situations smoothly and quietly.


Excellent problem solving, organizational and decision making skills.


Experience in coordinating multiple projects critical to the success of position.


Demonstrated ability to manage major public events.


Ability to negotiate and persuade.


Awareness of protocols and equipped with the social skills for appropriate cultural sensitivities in order to interact with domestic and foreign dignitaries.


Preferred Qualifications:


Speak a foreign language.


Cultural norms/multicultural experience.


International business experience.


Experience with governmental finance.


Additional Requirements:


Resumes of all applicants to this posting will be evaluated against the Minimum Qualifications stated above. If your skills match the required skills for this position, the department may contact you. Employee reference checks will be conducted on all finalists. This may include a review of documentation related to job performance. It includes contact with the applicant's current and/or former employers.


A Criminal Background Check will be conducted on all finalists for this position. A criminal conviction will not automatically remove you from consideration for employment.


A driver's license and record check will be conducted.


Why Work For Us


GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.


How to Apply


Applicants must apply to the MN Careers website http://www.mn.gov/careers Job ID 10219. Applications not submitted through the Careers site will not be accepted.


If you are unable to apply online, please contact the job information line at 651.259.3637.


The Department of Employment and Economic Development is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer, and encourages all qualified candidates to apply for job opportunities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application and search tools, please contact Karen Lilledahl at 651-259-7089 or Karen.Lilledahl@state.mn.us. Please indicate what assistance is needed.




If you have questions about the position, contact Jolene Blaser at jolene.blaser@state.mn.us


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