Greater Dubuque Development Searching for EVP

Smart Solutions Group has been hired to find an economic development leader for the Executive Vice President position at Greater Dubuque Development Corp.


  1. Oversee, execute, and innovate a Business Services model at Greater Dubuque Development that includes Business Retention & Expansion (BRE) program and Workforce Solutions program to serve employers in the Greater Dubuque area.
  • Manage Workforce Solutions staff and Business Retention and Expansion staff to meet the standards of performance as set by the President & CEO, Board of Directors and funding partners. 
  • Review, evaluate and manage Greater Dubuque Development’s InfoAction and HR Action annual survey programs, including developing summaries, reports, and follow-up actions and programs. Work with Greater Dubuque Development staff and community partners to analyze and translate program data into usable information that can be utilized by regional employers
  • Work with the Greater Dubuque Development staff, existing businesses leaders, and Human Resources professionals as needed to assist in troubleshooting business services related issues. Develop a thorough knowledge of all features and benefits of Greater Dubuque’s Business Services programs to provide customer service and direct assistance and resolution of issues to employers and partners.
  • Through continual assessment for all available data, maintain a thorough understanding of the Greater Dubuque area’s business and workforce environment and act as the spokesperson for all business services related issues. Communicate key information to staff, board members, investors, partners, city council members and media.
  • In partnership with other Greater Dubuque Development staff, lead development of prospect proposals and present findings to company representatives as assigned.
  • Host relevant public events annually to inform investors and partners of all business services activities.
  • In cooperation with the President & CEO, develop and monitor Business Services budgets, including workforce and business, retention, and expansion budgets.
  • Provide leadership and oversight for all Dubuque Works activities. Responsible for shaping the group’s strategic vision, developing a structure for execution, and communicating with funding partners to gain feedback and report progress.

  • Facilitate monthly Greater Dubuque Development and Telegraph Herald partner staff meetings regarding services and vision.
  1. Lead Greater Dubuque Development’s Future Leadership Team, including communication, meeting planning and quarterly meeting facilitation.
  1. Serve on relevant external boards and committees and participate in and/or facilitate regular meetings with Greater Dubuque Development Business Services partners.
  1. Understand state, federal, local policy as it relates to Business Services efforts, and act as the liaison to other core partnerships, including City Council, County Board of Supervisors, Travel Dubuque, Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce, Dubuque Main Street, etc.
  1. Lead Greater Dubuque Development’s diversity, equity and inclusion strategy, including participation in Inclusive Dubuque network activities.
  1. Work with the Greater Dubuque staff to positively promote the Greater Dubuque area to all who have an interest in the community, including but not limited to business prospects, existing employers, job seekers and prospective residents.
  1. Complete all other duties as assigned by the President & CEO and Board of Directors including responsibilities as assigned for new business marketing and recruitment.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the minimum knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • 4 year degree and 5-10 years’ experience in economic development, communications, analytics, marketing, management, sales, human resources; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  CED designation is preferred
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience leading teams, managing projects, and making presentations

Language Skills:

  • Superb oral and written skills in order to communicate information and ideas.
  • Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.
  • Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and articles.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Mathematical Skills:

  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference.
  • Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability:

  • Ability to use logic and identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


  • Less than 10% travel time expected.  Travel may be required depending on essential business needs and may involve occasional overnight stays.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • Valid driver’s license

Physical Demands:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Standing – Approximately less than 1/3 of on-the-job time.
  • Walking – Approximately less than 1/3 of on-the-job time.
  • Sitting – Approximately greater than 2/3 of on-the-job time.
  • Use of hands to finger, handle or feel – Approximately greater than 2/3 of on-the-job time.
  • Reaching with hands and arms – Approximately greater than 2/3 of on-the-job time.
  • Climbing or balancing – Approximately less than 1/3 of on-the-job time.
  • Stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling – Approximately less than 1/3 of on-the-job time.
  • Talking or hearing – Approximately greater than 2/3 of on-the-job time.
  • Weight lifted/Force exerted – An average of less than 20 pounds, less than 1/3, of on-the-job time, non-continuously.

Work Environment:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job.

Environmental – There is little to no exposure to hazardous environmental conditions.

  • Noise – Moderate; business office with computers and printers, light traffic
  • Outdoor weather conditions – Approximately less than 1/3 of on-the-job time.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job–related instructions and to perform any other job–related duties requested by their supervisor.