The Morgantown Area Partnership (MAP) is a coordinated alliance for the betterment of economic, business, and community development in the Morgantown Area. MAP better positions the Morgantown area to pursue holistic strategies for numerous comprehensive strategic initiatives, under a unified vision and strategy.
The MAP will leverage the existing resources of economic and business development organizations to provide a unified voice within the Morgantown area community and its growth. To form MAP, the Morgantown Area Economic Partnership (MAEP) will become dormant, and the Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce (MaCoC) will become the lead 501(c)(6) entity. MAP will serve as a strategic organization and partner with community development organizations such as Sunnyside Up, Monongalia County Development Authority (MCDA) and other existing and future organizations. MAP will be governed by a Board of Directors that includes representation from MCDA, Sunnyside Up, member businesses (non-profit, small, medium, and large), and local governments/organizations. There will be committees of the Board, including an Executive Committee, a committee for each Operational Division, and any other committees deemed appropriate.
MAP, MCDA, and Sunnyside Up will enter into a collaboration and operating agreement - Operational components of MAP retain differentiated identities but with more simplified, organized, efficient, and transparent structures.
MAP will be comprised of the following Operational Divisions:
Intentional Economic Development
Urban Revitalization/Community Development
MAP will provide Support Services to the Operational Divisions, and where agreed, to partnering organizations, including MCDA and Sunnyside Up.
The President and CEO of the Morgantown Area Partnership (MAP) will be a proven, highly-skilled leader in the field of non-profit management, with extensive experience overseeing community-driven programs to improve intentional economic growth, urban revitalization, job and wealth creation, develop competitive workforce capacity, and effect positive government relations and collaboration. The President and CEO will demonstrate the highest levels of integrity, honesty, and openness to creating strong and enduring relationships with key leaders in the local, regional, state, and federal arenas.
Annual Budget: $1ml
Reports to: MAP Executive Committee, 8 members
Morgantown Area Partnership Board, ~30 members
Cultivating and effectively leading a focused and dedicated team that is committed to the development and execution of highly effective programs and
Developing a deep understanding of the Morgantown Area’s economic, social, and political issues, challenges, and
Working closely with members of MAP’s Executive Committee and public and private community partners to effectively implement MAP’s program of work and the Morgantown Area Community and Economic Development
Understanding the competitive dynamics of the best-practice community and economic development programs and
Advocating to local, regional, state, and federal organizations and governments for projects and investments that further the Morgantown Area’s competitive
Acting as MAP’s principal spokesperson to ensure that the organization’s vision, message, output, and impact are effectively communicated.
Maintain and enhance relationships with key regional and statewide organizations including, but not limited to, West Virginia University, community foundations, West Virginia Economic Development Authority, and other local, state and national organizations.
Provide leadership and stewardship to the financial partners and maintain strong ongoing investor relations. Responsibly manage fiscal matters and grow the revenue base through increased investment, expanded and/or improved revenue opportunities and other sources.
Regularly monitoring and evaluating MAP’s budgetary dynamics and ensuring the organization is fiscally responsible and
Representing MAP in all interactions with the community, both official and unofficial, in a professional manner befitting of the President and CEO
Continually evaluate Corporation programs and services to maintain their effectiveness and efficiency; submit recommendations for improving programs and develop innovative new programs in keeping with contemporary needs.
Recruit, orient, train, develop and supervise professional and support staff.
Work with the Board to identify, recruit and develop volunteer leadership to assure the continuity and success of the organization.
The successful candidate will have a background and experience that enables him/her to gain immediate credibility with the business, political, education and community leadership and will have specific experience working with and/or in the private sector. At least 10 (ten) years of progressively responsible career growth, with at least five years focused on economic development, is required.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE
Has coordinated public/private resources to effectively increase and develop capital investment, wages, and jobs of a region, state or significant community.
Has actively promoted the organization; track record of membership retention, increased value, and appropriate expansion.
Demonstrated track record of developing effective partnerships among all sectors all government, organizations, institutions, and Demonstrates a willingness and ability to work with and through others; values consensus building.
Experience in the process of local, state, regional and national government and government organizations; has developed effective working relationships with elected/appointed officials and staff; experience with multiple jurisdictions.
Has actively promoted enhancements and expansion of technology including technology transfer, sponsored research with a university and knowledge based job creation.
Experience with community development needs related to housing, recreation, culture, infrastructure, roads, and education.
Ability to analyze, assess and direct operations for the entire organization; establish and implement program procedures, policies or guidelines; experience from a merged or combined organization desirable.
Experience in developing and implementing operational and strategic plans.
Demonstrated ability to manage financial affairs of an organization and communicate effectively with investors.
Experience with governance issues and Board of Director interactions.
Experience in marketing and selling a community and region.
Effectively represented the organization in successful discussions and decisions on key issues.
Understanding of workforce training and development issues and implementing programs in collaboration with educational partners to address needs.
Strong background interacting and communicating with multiple audiences at the public, private and media level; strong public speaking. Ability to effectively articulate goals, objectives and policy positions of the Corporation to the media and the community. Excellent listener; outstanding written and oral communication skills; effective presentation skills to multiple audiences.
Strong human resource and staff development skills; can effectively coach, mentor and empower staff and create a team focus. “Open door” management philosophy that includes empowering staff; providing direction and allowing staff to execute; holds staff accountable. A take-charge individual with vision and the means to get there; can manage, motivate, challenge and delegate to others.
LEADERSHIP AND SKILLS
A strong leader and skilled manager with a proven, measurable track record of success in a mission-driven organization with a scope and complexity commensurate with MAP’s program of work and leadership role in strategic
A successful executive with experience cultivating and managing a large staff of skilled professionals and an influential board of
A professional with the acumen to address complex economic, political, social, and community
A visionary with a demonstrated ability to think outside the box and develop creative approaches to difficult
An individual with extensive knowledge of governmental and public policy
A leader with the ability to personally engage, sustain, and retain relationships that advance the vision, mission, programs, and values of MAP in support of the Morgantown Area’s Community and Economic Development
Presence and communications skills to lend immediate credibility to the organization’s
Strategic thinker who is interested in and understands the nexus of political, regional, and economic issues.
Highest personal and professional character and
Collaborative and accomplished as both a leader and
A philosophical commitment to the betterment of the Morgantown
A personality that can unify disparate groups around common goals and
A broad understanding of effective organizational functions and the impact of decisions on the performance of the
Sound, timely decision-making based on prior experience, sound counsel, and an analysis of available information.
Collaborative and productive relationship-building both inside and outside the
Cultural awareness and sensitivity to the full diversity of MAP’s constituents and
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university is required; supplemented by five (5) to ten (10) years’ experience in a top leadership position at a local, regional, or statewide community and economic development entity or equivalent organization. A Master's Degree is preferred.
Professional certification (CCE, IOM, CEcD) is preferred.
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