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President and CEO

Organization: Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation
City: Yuma
Location: Arizona
Date Posted: February 27, 2024
Country: United States of America
Primary Category: Economic Development
Type of Position: Full Time

Description & Details

About the GYEDC

Established in 1995, the Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation (GYEDC) originated as the designated regional economic development organization for Southwest Arizona. GYEDC is supported by a diverse industry base of investors including but not limited to agriculture, education, financial, manufacturing, professional services, and development companies. The Cities of San Luis, Somerton, Wellton, Yuma and Yuma County along with 100+ private investors support GYEDC’s vision and mission.


Greater Yuma will be recognized as a globally competitive region – one that embraces advancing technology, attracts and retains human capital, and continues to develop the amenities that make the Yuma Region a great place to live and work.


To improve the quality of life of all Greater Yuma residents by diversifying our economic industry base, expanding our advanced technology assets, improving our regional amenities, and developing the region’s existing industry to its fullest potential.

The Person

The Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation is looking for an enthusiastic and experienced professional with a proven track record of providing leadership in developing, coordinating and implementing economic development strategies.

The President and CEO will play a significant leadership role within the Yuma community. The ideal candidate will be able to develop and lead his/her direct team as well as a team of stakeholders toward a common goal and do so through a collaborative style of leadership.

Effective implementation including marketing, business attraction, budget development, and management is essential for this position.

Major Responsibilities

  • Be a catalyst for sustainable economic growth in the Greater Yuma region that will maintain and create jobs.
  • Maintain and execute an updated strategic plan with goals, objectives, metrics and tasks.
  • Create effective marketing and communications programs that tell the Yuma story.
  • Facilitate collaboration of the area business retention and expansion efforts to energize and accelerate existing business growth and success and support start-up businesses. Support businesses by expanding and opening new markets for locally developed goods and services.
  • With partner agencies, support the development of assets such as infrastructure, transportation, positive business climate, and amenities.
  • Ability to identify both local and regional issues and effectively manage interactions with partner organizations to achieve common goals.
  • Serve as a lead spokesperson for the organization in internal and external communications.
  • Develop and sustain trusting relationships with the leadership of prospective companies, national and international site selectors, and commercial and industrial realtors.
  • Establish a communication process that provides transparent, accurate communications and accountability to the GYEDC stakeholders.
  • Maintain stakeholder relations to sustain public and private sector investment.
  • Support development of the region as needed, economically as well as socially and politically to enhance the quality of living for businesses and the people who make them grow.
  • Engage and utilize the GYEDC Board to accomplish the mission and goals of the GYEDC.
  • Experience working with diverse groups; promotes diversity programmatically.
  • Be responsible for hiring and supervising staff.
  • Coordinate economic development activities between local and state partner organizations.
  • Be responsible for the overall administration of the organization, including finances, financial management, budget, and reporting.
  • Demonstrated collaboration with leaders within higher education, public school systems, private institutions, technical schools, and utilities.


  • Managing People and Performance –Manages people to help them achieve full potential and to attain exceptional individual and team performance.
  • Leading and Directing – Inspires and leads through clear vision and directions, organizing and enabling resources, and making critical decisions.
  • Managing and Leveraging Relationships – Invest in relationships to successfully influence and build shared goals and achieve optimal organizational solutions and results.
  • Communication and Presenting – Shares ideas and information across diverse audiences and entities to drive organizational performance and effectiveness.
  • Strategic Thinking – Accustomed to changing dynamics facing the organization; leverages sharp organizational acumen to develop opportunities and strategies for organizational success.
  • Effective Board relations – An open communicator who can provide timely information, minimize conflict and implement policy initiatives, and a clear understanding of the difference between policy and administration
  • Planning and Organizing – Plans and organizes a detailed course of action that ensures the successful accomplishment of organizational initiatives and objectives.
  • Executing for Results – Drives performance through expert management and execution of organizational plans and activities.
  • Fostering Innovation and Change – Embraces and promotes innovation and change as a way to enhance personal, team, and organizational effectiveness.
  • Maintaining Self Awareness and Impact – Maintains objectivity about own self; manages the impact of self on others, and actively learns from experience to maximize positive impact.
  • Achievement Focus – Strive to reach challenging work and career goals.
  • Adapting to Change and Stress – Adapts and responds well to change; manages pressure effectively and copes well with setbacks.
  • Upholding Standards – Consistently adheres to and upholds clear professional and ethical standards that complement those of the organization.


  • A roll-up the sleeves, self-starter with vision, high energy, and commitment.
  • Strategic visionary thinker who can plan for the future and also brings “outside the box” ideas.
  • An individual with unquestioned integrity and impeccable business and personal ethics.
  • An executive with demonstrated success setting and managing priorities, establishing performance objectives, delegating and motivating others.
  • An intelligent, mature, and self-confident individual.
  • Ability to collaborate with community partners and diverse groups of people and
  • A facilitator, who works with groups, encourages engagement, maintains focus, and derives meaningful outcomes.
  • A person who can handle multiple tasks.
  • A collaborative leader willing to encourage different viewpoints and take decisive action.
  • An exceptional and persuasive oral and written communicator.
  • Outstanding analytic and interpersonal skills with the ability to write, speak, and communicate effectively with diverse audiences.


Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university is required, supplemented by five (5) years of progressively responsible leadership experience in a public administrative role that focuses on economic development or a related field.

Advanced degree and/or professional certification is desirable.

How to Apply / Contact

This position is open until filled. Please submit your application as soon as possible to ensure you are considered for this position. Upon receipt, resumes will be screened in relation to the criteria outlined in this brochure. Candidates selected for interview will be contacted by Jorgenson Consulting.  For consideration, please submit a cover letter and résumé to Todd Jorgenson at


There will be an extensive background and reference check of candidates.  Once strong mutual interest has been established, candidates are asked to provide a list of references that should include, but not be limited to, a supervisor, a peer, a development client and a subordinate, as applicable.  Candidates will be asked to sign an authorization to release information for the purpose of the background investigation, which may include education, social media background, credit check, criminal and driving records.  Should an offer be extended prior to the completion of these checks, the offer will be made contingent on the successful completion of the reference and background checks.