$50k-90k + Benefits

The Director of Economic and Community Development seeks to make West Central Indiana a prime location to live, work, and play. They understand the region as it is today and envision its future potential. They strive to achieve that vision by utilizing the best practices in economic development, planning, community development, education, and placemaking.

A successful Director will have effective communication and project management skills and be an innovative problem-solver. The Director will have the ability to target and pursue a diverse range of tools and funding opportunities to support the development of the region. They must be able to effectively build working relationships with business leaders, elected officials, government employees, and other key stakeholders throughout the region, state, and country.

They should have a strong understanding of local and regional economic data, grant writing and administration, planning principles, business finance, and government regulations.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides vision and leadership in administering comprehensive economic and community development programs and ensures the quality, responsiveness, efficiency, and effectiveness of those programs.
  • Represents Thrive externally, including making presentations and recommendations to local partners and community stakeholder groups, elected officials, county departments, state officials, citizen groups, and other policymaking entities regarding current and future development.
  • Develops division goals and objectives to be consistent with priorities and policies established by the Executive Director. Creates, obtains buy-in on, and implements Thrive’s economic and community development strategic plan and action plan.
  • Directs the overall operations of the division, including personnel management, teambuilding, training and evaluation of staff, budgeting, strategy, work planning, policy development, and program supervision.
  • Monitors and oversees division operations to ensure that services and programs follow applicable contract provisions, laws, and rules and regulations as well as standards established by the organization.
  • Serves as the primary subject matter expert in economic and community development in West Central Indiana.
  • Collaborates with outside partners to support local business retention and expansion, new business recruitment, and redevelopment.
  • Establishes and maintains effective public relations. Responds to inquiries from clients, local and state government officials, regulatory agencies, media, or members of the professional community.
  • Performs complex research, studies, analyses and develops plans or reports.
  • Stays abreast of current trends and innovations in the field and identifies opportunities to bring them to West Central Indiana.
  • Maintains a safe and healthy work environment. Strives to serve not only the communities and residents within our region, but also Thrive’s employees to empower them to continue to learn, grow, and develop both personally and professionally.
  • Performs related work or other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, including but not limited to public administration, business, or urban and regional planning. Master’s degree preferred. Individuals with planning backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in project management, operations, business, planning and/or public administration.
  • At least 3 years of relevant experience in economic and community development or planning
  • Demonstrated supervisory experience and an ability to lead effectively

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Knowledge of economic development principles and best practices and a commitment to innovation in the field
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal grant opportunities, including but not limited to the Economic Development Administration, Indiana Office of Community and Rural

Affairs, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, Indiana Finance Authority, USDA, and Indiana Department of Natural Resources Demonstrated project planning and management skills

  • Ability to effectively manage operations and delegate tasks
  • Ability to interpret client needs and solve complex issues while managing and prioritizing multiple projects and demands
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Proven ability to deal effectively and courteously with individuals at all levels and build cooperative, productive relationships with partners

Benefits: Health, Dental, Vision, Health Savings Account, 401k (7% matching), Vacation, Sick leave, Life insurance, Mileage reimbursement, Cell phone reimbursement, Wellness planning and access to health clinic, Professional development, employee assistance,

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $50,000.00 – $90,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations:
We follow CDC guidelines.

Application Question(s):

  • How many years of economic development experience do you have?
  • Are you willing to relocate to Terre Haute for this position?