Executive Director – West Virginia Development Office
West Virginia is looking for a leader to fill the post of executive director of the West Virginia Development Office. Under the West Virginia Department of Commerce, the West Virginia Development Office leads the drive to recruit new businesses domestically and abroad, and to retain and expand industries in the state.
The executive director is responsible for the vision, strategy, and execution of a comprehensive economic development program. The program’s goal is to grow and attract businesses that promote new investment, increase employment opportunities and diversify the economy. The executive director oversees a yearly budget of $411 million, which includes state and federal funding, and heads a lead and development team of more than 100 professionals.
The Development Office umbrella covers work units such as Energy, Business and Industrial Development, Small Business Development Center, International, Community Advancement, and Administrative Services.
The executive director reports to the Cabinet Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Commerce, which includes the Development Office, the Divisions of Forestry, Labor, and Natural Resources, the Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training, WorkForce West Virginia, the West Virginia Tourism Office, and the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey.
The executive director must have at minimum of seven years of experience leading a business or economic development organization and at least five years of business-to-business sales or the equivalent. This experience must demonstrate success in leading complex deals to completion.
The position requires a four-year degree from an accredited college. A Master of Business Administration or Juris Doctor is preferred.
Why West Virginia?
“Almost Heaven” West Virginia is a great place to live, work and play. The state occupies a prime location in the heart of Appalachia, with strategic connections to major metropolitan areas up and down the Eastern U.S. and Canada. The state’s residents delight in the scenic landscapes and outdoor recreation from golfing to fishing, hiking to whitewater rafting, and in sharing these attractions with tourists from all over the world.
West Virginia plays host to a wide variety of industries including manufacturing, automotive, chemicals and polymers, aerospace, and technology. Major corporate brands such as Amazon, Macy’s, Toyota and Proctor & Gamble have made their home in West Virginia. In addition, companies such as Hino Motor Manufacturing, Solvay, Addivant and Armacell have recently chosen to further invest in the state through expansion of existing manufacturing facilities.
Since the start of 2017, more than $1.5 billion has been invested in the State’s economy through business attraction and expansion. During this same period, more than 4,771 jobs were created or retained.
Our strategic location, low cost of doing business, and quality labor force make West Virginia a prime location to do business.