Executive Director Position

This is a unique “once in a career” opportunity to work in a challenging executive role in the heart of one of the most beautiful areas in the country. The Door County Peninsula is a well-known vacation area and tourist destination located on Lake Michigan in Northeast Wisconsin. Year-round residents enjoy a great quality of life, an outstanding school system and a thriving and attractive business climate energized by companies who market their products locally and globally.

The Executive Director position is now open for the first time since 1989 due to retirement. This an excellent opportunity for someone who can appreciate the value of living in Door County and the professional opportunities, challenges and satisfaction of a one-of-a-kind job in a great community.

As Executive Director you will be leading the Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC), a non-profit business supported by joint public/private funding. Your primary responsibility will be to serve and support the community for business development, new business start-ups and other dedicated services that enhance and benefit the economic and community growth.  Included in this broad role is:

  • Leadership of DCEDC staff to guide and mentor them for the highest level of service possible to the community.
  • Managing in a way that fosters collaborative relationships at the local, state, and federal level for the benefit of the community.
  • Marketing and public relations to properly showcase the significant advantages in the community and business environment.
  • Development of the Annual Budget and Work Program and effectively managing all programs within that budget.
  • Leading initiatives for new and existing programs that support business in the community such as workforce development, workforce housing, and improvements to community infrastructure for transportation and telecommunications.
  • Promotes and coordinates financial and technical services to business and industry.
  • Coordinates DCEDC’s economic development efforts with other private and public sector partners.
  • Regular communication and interaction with the Board of Directors for support and guidance on new initiatives.

As Executive Director you are leading a talented 3.5 member staff with the sole mission to support the economic and business health of the county, business community and residents.

To be considered we require a business degree and a minimum of 7 to 10 years progressive management experience. A background that includes a mix of private sector and public sector business experience is ideal. Prior success in fund raising, grant writing, and public speaking is helpful as well. This is a highly visible position with significant community and business interaction. Excellent communication skills, ease with public speaking and a confident leadership demeanor are required.

*Competitive compensation and fringe benefit program is offered.*

To apply, submit a letter of interest and resume by Friday, September 23, 2016 directly to Diane Biersteker, who is leading the search on our behalf:

Diane Biersteker, President
Human Resources Consulting LLC


General Description:

The Executive Director is the chief operating officer and secretary of the corporation and is responsible for the functioning of the corporation under policies established by the corporation’s Board of Directors.  With the Board, the Executive Director shall develop and execute for the service area a comprehensive community and economic development strategy, which includes existing business development, new business start-up, recruitment, and community preparedness.


The Board of Directors approves selection based upon merit and qualifications.

Essential Duties:

  • Develops and implements, with Board input and approval, an Annual Work Program and budget to guide the activities of DCEDC.
  • Responds appropriately to all inquiries from businesses considering start-up, expansion or relocation in Door County.
  • Develops and maintains, in conjunction with the Board, sufficient financial support to sustain and grow the organization.
  • Maintains effective and efficient office operations including management of staff, accounting, record keeping, policies and procedures and related functions.  Maintains the corporation not-for-profit (IRC 501(c) 3) status.  Complies with all professional and legal business practices.
  • Ensures corporation compliance with all grant and program contracts.
  • Takes a leadership role in developing programs and initiatives to address new trends and evolving needs of the business community such as workforce development, attainable housing, telecommunications, technology access, etc.
  • Responsible for effective marketing and management of Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund and other business incentive programs.
  • Develops and oversees comprehensive workforce development, talent attraction and school to work initiatives to grow and sustain a skilled workforce.
  • Performs the following duties related to the Business Development Center (business incubator):
    • Implements and enforces management/operating policies established by the Board of Directors.
    • Presents the annual budget, and reports on Center operations to the Board of Directors.
    • Secures sufficient financial resources to operate the Center through lease revenue, grants and other means.
    • Negotiates lease agreements with new and continuing tenants.
    • Implements required tenant space/facility improvements and modifications.
    • Assists and supervises staff in provision of tenant services and management of Center.
    • Provides for the maintenance and servicing of the Center facility and compliance with public safety and building regulations.
    • Develops and implements a marketing and public relations plan to promote the Center and its tenants and to solicit prospects and tenants to the Center.          

Other Typical Duties:

  • Establishes a collaborative working relationship with local, regional and state economic development partners.
  • Provides professional assistance to existing business, addressing needs in fiscal, marketing, operations and/or management.
  • Develops, coordinates and promotes financial, technical training, and other assistance programs for local businesses and prospects.
  • Assembles, maintains and shares data files and reports related to existing industrial and commercial buildings, industrial site locations, demographics, economic indicators and related statistical information, resource agencies and state and federal programs.
  • Develops, markets and implements local, state and federal business financial incentive programs to promote private investment and job creation.
  • Develops and coordinates marketing program to attract compatible businesses to Door County.
  • Develops and implements professional assistance programs to inspire, train and support entrepreneurs seeking to start or grow a business.
  • Coordinates DCEDC’s economic development efforts with local governments and related development groups.
  • Develops and implements a program to improve the business climate and community’s preparedness for economic development.
  • Assists local communities in the development and expansion of local businesses or industrial parks and markets available sites to business and industry.
  • Serves as a public advocate for economic development in the community.
  • Track and measure results and impact of programs/services and effectively communicate accomplishments to stakeholders and the community.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Minimum Bachelor’s degree plus 7 to 10 years of progressively responsible experience in Economic Development, Public Administration, Finance, Planning, Business or Marketing.  Demonstrated ability to interact and coordinate organizations, governmental operations and manage a corporate entity.  CEcD or NDC certification or significant course work desirable.  High energy, enthusiastic, quick to respond to opportunities and threats.  Strong project management skills.   Requires excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to prepare written and statistical reports from various data.  Requires excellent organizational skills and the ability to balance and prioritize multiple tasks.  Ability to deal courteously, tactfully, and effectively with the public and other employees.  Ability to work independently and make decisions in accordance with corporation rules, policies and regulations. knowledge of common office PC applications.  Must have use of a vehicle for required travel and must possess a valid driver’s license.

Job Location and Hours:

Position is based at the Business Development Center and is a salaried exempt position.  Position requires significant travel within the City or County and occasional travel outside the County for work related marketing, recruitment or training purposes.

Wages, Fringe Benefits, Terms of Employment:

Wages for the position are established annually by the Board of Directors.  Fringe benefits are defined in the DCEDC Personnel Policies Handbook.  Position is one of at-will employment.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of specific responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

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