Job Description for

Executive Director

The Executive Director (Director) is the chief executive officer of the Madera County Economic Development Commissioner (MCEDC), a joint powers agency comprised of the County of Madera, the City of Madera, and the City of Chowchilla.

The Director is charged with the overall formulation and implementation of a comprehensive program of economic development that serves the entire County of Madera; the hiring, training, and supervision of the MCEDC staff, and generating the MCEDC budget.  The Director will report directly to and receive supervision from the MCEDC Executive Committee.

Outline of Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops the comprehensive economic development plan and strategies for the County of Madera and its Cities
  • Establishes the MCEDC Program of work.
  • Prepares and implements the MCEDC annual budget
  • Serves as lead resource for economic development deal structuring and project management activities of the MCEDC
  • Acts as lead resource for recruiting and attracting major economic projects to the County of Madera and its Cities
  • Provides staff oversight for overall MCEDC industry recruitment and expansion strategies
  • Resources capital and secures financing for economic development projects
  • Develops and interprets MCEDC public relations strategy
  • Serves as lead representative for the MCEDC relative to public speaking engagements and at related meetings, community forums and educational programs
  • Takes a lead role in developing an attitude of community support relative to MCEDC activities
  • Formulates and implements a county-wide resource assistance program for agencies and organizations engaged in economic development
  • Represents the MCEDC in in-state, out-of-state, and international economic development opportunities- Formulates an international program to promote Madera County and its Cities
  • Serves in lead liaison capacity with all regional, state, and federal personnel and programs that might benefit Madera County
  • Provides research and analysis, interpret data and generates reports, proposals, and working documents relative to the economic development charge
  • Formulates and drafts MCEDC position statements relating to projects, programs, or issues of public policy concerning economic development
  • Oversees and/or prepares applications for state and federal programs
  • Serves as Administrative Officer for MCEDC and the MCEDC Executive Board
  • Provides direction to and supervision for MCEDC staff
  • Provides oversight for all internal operations
  • Prepares agenda’s and staff reports for MCEDC monthly meetings


Desired Qualifications:


  • Proven, successful track record in the field of economic/community development
  • Project management and “deal making” experience
  • Strong planning and organizational skills
  • Proven leadership ability
  • Extremely strong writing and analytical skills
  • Capacity for establishing and maintaining communications with a wide variety of stakeholders
  • Experience in staff supervision and organizational operations
  • Ability to creatively solve problems

Knowledge of

  • Board/Commission relationships
  • Business & industry operations
  • State and local government
  • Financing

Personal Qualities

  • Superior work ethic and attitude
  • Capacity to thrive on success
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Extremely well organized
  • Highly creative ability
  • Strength and presence of character

Minimum Experience/Education

The ideal candidate will have a proven record of successful leadership experience in an economic development organization or related business enterprise; graduation from an accredited college or university, with at least a Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (e.g. Business, Public Administration, Community Leadership etc.); a minimum of 5 years of full-time experience in an economic/community development, business or related setting, where the level of responsibility would be consistent with and demonstrate proficiency in the required tasks.

Other: A valid California Driver’s License and reliable transportation is required. Essential duties require the following physical skills and/or work environment: Ability to walk, kneel, crouch, stoop, squat, twist, climb and life 25 lbs.; exposure to the outdoors, ability to travel to different sites and locations.

Compensation:  $110,000 to $133,678 plus benefits package.

Equal Opportunity Employer:  The Madera County Economic Development Commission does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, sex, age, in any of its programs and activities.



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  • Low cost of living means your business can grow and flourish.
  • Madera County is located in the center of California so reaching major cities is an easy 3-hour drive.
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