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Montana Career Opportunity – Executive Director – Butte Local Development Corporation (BLDC) and Headwaters RC&D Area, Inc. (HWRCD)

BLDC  Butte Local Development Corporation

Date Posted: Jun 29, 2022

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Job Description


BLDC and HWRCD are two economic development organizations that serve Butte-Silver Bow and a seven-county region of southwestern Montana, respectively. The two organizations have entered into a joint venture, the goal of which is to offer the best possible economic development opportunities and assistance throughout the area.

The Executive Director is responsible to the Boards of Directors for conducting the activities of the organizations in pursuit of the missions of the Butte Local Development Corporation and Headwaters RC&D Area, Inc. This position is based in Butte, MT.

BLDC Mission Statement

The BLDC mission is to work as the lead economic development agency in the creation and retention of jobs through economic expansion within Butte-Silver Bow county with a particular emphasis on primary sector job growth.


Headwaters RC&D Area, Inc. Mission Statement

Headwaters RC&D’s mission is to provide our clients with access to essential resources that result in sustainable economic development. Headwaters RC&D covers a seven-county region in southwestern Montana including Butte Silver-Bow, Anaconda-Deer Lodge, Powell, Jefferson, Madison, Beaverhead, and Granite counties.


Leadership: Ability to supervise staff and programs; to be a strong leader capable of building consensus; to delegate responsibility effectively while supporting, motivating and empowering staff; strength in problem solving and forging creative solutions; ability to develop and maintain effective partnerships; and to work effectively with two Boards of Directors.

Communication: Ability to communicate effectively and clearly in both oral and written format; strong public speaking skills, and ability to communicate the vision for the organization to the community at large, and strength in conveying complex information, both internally and externally.

Financial Management: Fiscal responsibility and the ability to analyze and present financial information; develop and manage budgets; supervise accounting functions and loan programs; submit grant requests and develop progress reports related to the grants.

Business Management: Hiring, training, and supervising staff; supervising and understanding financial matters, including an understanding of accounting principles and budgeting skills; and organizing and communicating organizational goals, objectives, and priorities, including marketing and community outreach.

Priority Activities

  1. Create a positive image and atmosphere about the entire region and the organization that inspires public confidence.
  2. With input from the marketing director, create an overall marketing strategy to attract and/or develop new businesses and industries to the area.
  3. Maintain outside professional contacts to keep informed about the effectiveness of the organization, major activities of other such groups, and major national economic and industrial developments likely to impact the organization and its constituents in the future.
  4. Attend and participate in a large variety of community activities in order to establish and expand local networks along with increasing BLDC and HWRCD visibility throughout the region.
  5. Assist in the creation of long-range strategic plans for the organization.
  6. Undertake special projects identified by the two Boards of Directors.
  7. Develop and implement appropriate information, marketing and promotional programs for various audiences.
  8. Maintain and provide current data and information related to the region and individual communities’ key stakeholders.
  9. Work with existing and/or new businesses on technical matters such as business planning, marketing and financing.
  10. Oversee research activities that may be undertaken in support of task force, committee or board projects.
  11. Maintain a positive working relationship with the media.
  12. Motivate and inspire volunteers.
  13. Take a leadership role in representing the organization among its constituents.
  14. Work closely with locally elected and appointed officials in furthering and facilitating economic development.
  15. Develop and maintain working relationships with state and federal officials and program offices.
  16. Prepare and promote needed administrative and legislative agenda items.
  17. Continue to market the area to high-tech companies.
  18. Engage the appropriate parties to secure the high-tech infrastructure in Butte-Silver Bow.
  19. Continue to promote and educate federal and state government contracting opportunities to local businesses through the PTAC program.
  20. Maintain a strong working relationship with local lending institutions and collaborate on loan opportunities.
  21. Complete the 10-year update to the organization’s CEDS (Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy), due by year-end 2022, and a 5-year update to the strategy every 5 years thereafter.

Administrative Activities:

  1. Recommend the best course of action for the organization and direct the development of specific plans, programs, and budgets to meet its goals.
  2. Conduct periodic appraisals of operations and programs of the organization and review the results with the Boards of Directors.
  3. Prepare agendas for Board and Committee meetings in consultation with the President or Committee Chair. Ensure appropriate management information and operating data are provided to members.
  4. Ensure the timely preparation of budgets and financial reports and ensure overall fiscal responsibility and the safeguarding of assets.
  5. Appoint staff and develop a team to meet the organization’s objectives, including suitable back up for the Executive Director.

Capital Acquisition

  1. Work with the Boards of Directors to develop revenue generating activities and membership building.
  2. Seek and secure diversified revolving loan funds.


  1. A bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, communication, management or related fields, or equivalent experience is required. A Master’s degree in a related field is preferred.
  2. A minimum of three years of management experience.
  3. A minimum of five years of experience in economic development.
  4. Computer literacy including experience with Google Forms, Google Email, Microsoft Office Suite, QuickBooks, and internet research.

Working Conditions

Position requires working in an office and with other employees and clients. It necessitates working at a desk, using a computer, telephone and other devices necessary to accomplish the assignments. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable persons with disabilities to perform essential duties.

In compliance with Federal and State Equal Opportunity Laws, qualified applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, or the presence of a non-job related medical condition or handicap.

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary range: $75,000 – $100,000, depending on qualifications and experience.
  • Optional group health, life, dental and vision insurance for employees and dependents.
  • Vacation leave of ten (10) days per year initially, thereafter based on years of service.
  • Ten (10) paid holidays per year.
  • Employer contribution to deferred compensation plan at 6% of pay

Deadline to Apply: Friday, July 15, 2022

*Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Kelly Sullivan at [email protected] or Courtney Loeffler at [email protected] on or before July 15, 2022.

How To Apply

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Kelly Sullivan at [email protected] or Courtney Loeffler at [email protected] on or before July 15, 2022.

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