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Director, Economic Development (Industry Relations, Manufacturing)

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Director, Economic Development (Industry Relations, Manufacturing)
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HOUSTON,  TX 77002
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The Partnership is a place for community-minded business leaders who want to be involved in Houston’s positive growth and influence the direction in which Houston is going. Through the dedicated efforts of our members, the Partnership addresses Houston’s unique challenges, and champions the growth and success of our region.
Since 1840, the Greater Houston Partnership has strived to make the region the best place to live, work and build a business. We serve over 1,100 member companies in the 11-county Houston region including Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Walker and Waller counties.
Join us as we work together to make Houston greater.



The Partnership is looking for an experienced, project driven director. 

The primary role and responsibility of the director is to act as a subject matter expert in manufacturing/LAD as they market the Houston region as a business magnet to expanding and relocating businesses to foster job creation and economic growth. The Director supports our mission to make Houston one of the world’s best places to live, work, and build a business.


The Director for Regional Economic Development will lead, plan, organize, manage, coordinate, and implement programs and projects that support the attraction, relocation, expansion, and retention of domestic and international businesses; The manager will support the VP of Regional Economic Development and the department in attaining all of its goals and objectives with specific responsibility on Business Attraction.  

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

 The following responsibilities are essential to job performance:

  • Develop and direct various business attraction programs which focus the regional economic development efforts on the creation of new primary jobs and new investments in the various industry clusters. 
  • Utilize CRM System to manage a portfolio of leads (within a cluster or target industry focus).
  • Work with Marketing and Research to prepare messages and identify opportunities; and conduct proactive reach-outs.
  • Plan, coordinate and deliver assistance, information and services to assigned leads and prospects.  Services and information include, but are not limited to, the following:  marketing and community information, custom proposals, sites and facilities, special incentives, permitting, workforce development, briefings/orientation, site visits, VIP introductions, regional ally support/referral, press releases, ground breaking/open houses, and other assistance necessary to recruit and retain companies.
  • Obtain and maintain knowledge of assigned target industries, industry trends and influencers, expansion/relocation factors and local companies in the target industries.
  • Demonstrate expert knowledge about the industries and communities of the 11-county region served by the Partnership.
  • Track a direct-contact campaign for targeted industries.
  • Manage and shape agenda of the assigned committee(s) and working groups.
  • Represent Economic Development and Greater Houston Partnership at assigned special functions, seminars, trade shows/exhibitions, business development meetings, missions, etc.
  • Maintain regional ally network, give speeches and presentations and provide other support to accomplish Economic Development goals and market the Houston region.


  • Familiarity with one or more key areas of prospect development and management (e.g. real estate incentives, finance, workforce)
  • Experience working in CRM systems such as Salesforce
  • Ability to analyze data, produce and summarize reports
  • Strong organizational, written and interpersonal communications skills (must be comfortable developing presentations and presenting to and/or interacting with leads/prospects).
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment with minimal supervision.
  • Strong consultative skills
  • Preference for working with internal and external contacts at all levels.
  • Preference for detail work.
  • Ability to prioritize simultaneous assignments.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Professional appearance.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Project, and other software programs.
  • Flexibility to work travel domestically as well as work some overtime, as necessary (travel 4-8 trips per year).
  • Bilingual helpful.


  • Job requires the ability to hear, see, and talk; analytical, conceptual, problem-solving, planning and decision-making skills.


Adhere to the office safety policies and procedures.


We value our employees’ time and efforts. Our commitment to your success is evident in the opportunities to grow professionally throughout the organization.

  • Competitive total compensation, extensive benefits package including paid garage parking, paid time off, medical, dental and vision benefit, and future growth opportunities within the organization.
  • We strive to provide a collaborative, idea driven, creative environment to contribute to our processes, decisions, planning and culture. 

The Greater Houston Partnership is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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