Executive Director

Wadena, Minnesota
Salary Range: $50,000-$65,000 DOE, Full time benefits including Vacation and Holidays
Jan 30, 2018
Mar 01, 2018
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

Retention & Growth

  • Foster new and existing relationships with current and prospective sponsors and businesses. 
  • Develop recruitment and communication plans to promote sponsorship and encourage active participation in Economic Development Events.
  • Research, design and maintain resources for sponsors and businesses while utilizing WCEDA resources and network.
  • Provide resources, networking and opportunities for businesses looking to relocate throughout service area.
  • Provides financial and business planning advice to new and/or existing businesses in need. Coordinates introductions, meetings and/or partnership opportunities with WCEDA serving area contacts.
  • Aligns economic development opportunities with new or current area businesses.

Financial Management

  • Oversee the fiscal management of WCEDA and operations consistent with budgetary targets.  Keep the Board of Directors apprised of significant financial variances and communicate opportunities for revenue growth and/or expense reductions.
  • Actively manage and oversee/assist the WCEDA bookkeeping/accounting activities consistent with established financial policies/procedures.  Manage invoices/AR, deposits, bank reconciliation, and assists the Treasurer in annual budgeting and year end accounting/taxes.

Administration & Operations

  • Maintain a professional and efficient operation and business office work environment. 
  • Prepare and distribute agendas, financial reports and attachments for Board and committee meetings.  Is prepared and actively participates in Board and Committee meetings.
  • Effectively manage WCEDA staff including coordination of daily work assignments, volunteers, ensuring work deadlines and quality expectations are achieved.  Provides direct supervision of staff and/or volunteers providing coaching, recognition and human resource management.

Event Coordination & Development

  • Assist in the research, design, direction and coordination of WCEDA events and/or initiatives to promote tourism, business growth, fundraising and community enrichment.  Provide necessary leadership in support in all Alliance sponsored events and initiatives. 
  • Foster and maintain a relationship with business and community organizations. 

Public Relations & Marketing

  • Participate in business-community groups and meetings in support of WCEDA’s Mission and priorities established by the Board. Update the President and Board as necessary.
  • Develop and professionally execute public relations plans, including the maintenance of WCEDA’s website, community calendar, community billboard, newsletter(s) and other promotional and communication materials. 
  • Network with area Chamber of Commerce, attend regional, and industry events in order to remain engaged with key proponents of the area.


  • Bachelors degree in Business Management, Sales, Communication and/or equivalent in work history required.
  • Public relations management experience required
  • Skills and/or experience with social media marketing, public speaking and finance preferred
  • Valid and insurable drivers license required.


  • Requires initiative and judgment. Often requires decision-making skills, organizational ability, attention to detail, and the ability to act independently.  Ensures that goals and objectives of the Board of Directors are accomplished.
  • Contacts:  Frequent contact with the public at large and with all community and regional organizations, board, and staff.  Is a regular contact/liaison for businesses and the public.
  • Requires skills in planning, organization, multi-tasking, and working under deadlines.

Any questions, please contact apply-wceda@wcta.net.

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