The mission of the Sanford Area Growth Alliance (SAGA) is to expand and diversify the economic base of the City of Sanford and Lee County, North Carolina through comprehensive economic development by supporting existing businesses and encouraging new business recruitment. SAGA is a public-private partnership created by the merger of the Lee County Economic Development Corporation and Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce (including tourism services) in 2015, a merger designed to broaden the economic development program of Lee County and capitalize on the synergies and strengths of each organization.
Lee County anchors the southern base of the world-renowned Research Triangle Region and offers an exceptional transportation network, access to world-class expertise, and a vital and diversified industrial base. Several of the world’s most respected companies thrive in the county, including Moen, Pfizer, Coty, Caterpillar and Frontier Spinning.
Lee County’s location near the major research universities of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, and NC State University helps businesses attract top talent, augmented by industrial training and education offered by Central Carolina Community College, one of the state’s largest and most respected two-year colleges.
Chief Executive Officer
The CEO manages the overall operations of the SAGA organization which currently includes a staff of seven (7), with another employee to be hired within the year. Additionally, the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce board reports to the CEO, and thus the CEO oversees Chamber events, membership, and policies. The CEO will work to implement the established strategic Program of Work through solid team leadership, effective stakeholder relationships, and strong execution of internal processes and procedures.
Reports to: Chair of Board of Directors, Sanford Area Growth Alliance
Staff: 7 (increase to 8 within a year)
The CEO will:
Proactively engage with key stakeholders, including the SAGA Board and key community leadership to ensure a productive working relationship that serves to forward the Program of Work.
Be a visible and positive presence in the community to help drive support for key organization initiatives and events.
Successfully oversee organization procedures and processes to efficiently execute SAGA operations in a cost-effective, streamlined, and auditable way and recommend improvements as necessary.
Effectively establish clear direction, objectives, goals, and a productive work environment for SAGA staff members to ensure that work is accomplished at a high level.
Positively represent and serve as a lead spokesperson for the organization in internal and external communications, with both written and verbal presentation.
Manage organization finances including the development of the budget for Board approval, control and audit of the approved budget, directing activities, ensuring revenue targets are met, approval of expenditures, and authority to sign checks.
Prepare and provide clear reports on activities, goals, and finances to the SAGA Board and provide consultation and professional advice on the Program of Work where necessary.
Maintain relationships locally, statewide, and nationally that serve to promote and position Sanford-Lee County for economic growth opportunities.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE
The CEO should have demonstrated the following key skills in order to be successful in the role. The skills and abilities needed to be successful include business acumen, organizational development, visioning, consensus building, strong written and oral communications abilities, proactive leadership, accessibility, and dynamism.
Demonstrated business acumen – knows how businesses work, keeps abreast of current and possible policies, practices, trends, and technologies. Can effectively communicate with local and potential business clients.
Proven ability to accurately scope work and projects, set objectives, and guide people to achieve assignments. Can anticipate and adjust for problems and roadblocks.
Experienced in developing staff and creating a productive, cohesive work environment that motivates others to deliver at their highest level.
Interpersonal and political savvy- ability to relate and work will with all kinds of people, build appropriate rapport and establish constructive and effective relationships. Can anticipate conflicts and plan his/her approach accordingly.
Agility - learns quickly and is open to change. Analyzes both success and failures for opportunities to improve.
Composure – is cool under pressure and does not become defensive or irritated in difficult situations, reflects maturity and confidence.
Demonstrate a high degree of integrity and engender trust with others. Can present the unvarnished truth in an appropriate and helpful manner.
Ability to develop and execute a capital campaign through effective stakeholder and networking relationships.
Proven track record in business or economic development leadership positions.
Excellent written and oral communications skills are required, including public speaking and presentation skills.
Self-motivated and self-directed.
Ability to travel both domestically and internationally.
Reports to the Chair of the Sanford Area Growth Alliance Board of Directors
Annual performance review by Chairman of the Board/Officers. Evaluated and measured by a program of work accomplishments, organizational financial performance, and the established goals and objectives.
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