Director of the Mountain West Partnership
The Southwestern Commission, headquartered in Sylva, NC, seeks a Director for the Mountain West Partnership (MWP). The Mountain West Partnership is overseen by and housed at the Southwestern Commission. The goal of the Mountain West Partnership is to assist and support economic development efforts in the 7 Western Counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
The Director of the Mountain West Partnership (MWP) will coordinate, supervise, and execute economic development efforts that are identified by the MWP Board, pertaining to economic development or any other type of community assistance/planning that is requested by the Board.
The ideal candidate for this position will have extensive public- or private-sector experience with a strong commitment to and background knowledge of the region, direct entrepreneurial experience, understanding of capital markets, and marketing and/or communications experience. The ability to build strong relationships at the regional, state, and federal levels is a must, and a knowledge of the legislative environment is critical to the success of this position.
This position requires any combination of education and training equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in political science, business, or related field with extensive experience in economic development and/or business development. A master’s degree in public affairs, business, or a field related to the work is preferred.
The annual salary range is $61,000 to $94,000 dependent upon qualifications and experience; excellent benefits are provided. Interested candidates can send a resume along with an expression of interest to Mountain West Partnership – Selection Committee, 125 Bonnie Ln, Sylva, NC 28779. The position is open until June 15, 2022, or until filled. The Southwestern Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer.