VLCDA is Currently Hiring

August 17, 2023



Classification Title:              Economic Development Project Manager - Development Authority



The purpose of this classification is to serve as a Project Manager and report to the Executive Director of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority (VLCDA). This employee will be expected to devote their time to economic development and the objectives of the VLCDA.


The job will include performing duties essential to the operational success of the VLCDA to include, but not limited to, the items below:

Work with the Executive Director to facilitate and manage all aspects of a site location project, including initial contact, research, presentations, prospect visits, offer letters, negotiations, location decisions, and announcements.

Complete accurate and timely Requests for Information.

Prioritizing traditional economic development activities to build a robust project opportunity pipeline and successfully locate job creating projects.

Perform fiscal impact analysis using software and training provided by the VLCDA.

Utilize mapping software (GIS) to analyze spatial data, view aerial photography, site analysis, property ownership information, etc.

Monitor sales activity in the market.

Develop and maintain databases for information pertinent to industrial activity, marketing, demographics, transactions, etc.

Become familiar with the marketable assets, local leadership, and industrial site characteristics.

In concert with the Executive Director, will act as a point of contact for informational inquiries from industrial and all other entities relating to Valdosta-Lowndes County, specific building sites, market and demographic information, etc.

Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Project Manager will need to develop and maintain business relationships with economic development contacts, including state project managers, industrial brokers, developers, site consultants, etc.

Attend professional organizational meetings, functions, trade shows, prospect visits, etc., as requested by the Executive Director.

The Project Manager will assist in industrial park planning, maintenance, acquisition, and infrastructure process.  Duties may include working with engineers, counsel, partners, local government officials, consultants, and others in park development and maintenance process.

Work with marketing on press releases, updating websites to include available properties and industrial park information.

Work closely with Lowndes County Tax Assessor’s Office to make sure that tax abatements etc. are being recorded properly on a yearly basis.

Attend board meetings and other VLCDA functions as requested by the Executive Director.  Work with other staff to ensure all reports/attachments are prepared for board meetings and functions as necessary.

Inform the Executive Director of work progress and conflicts of all activities and projects.

The Project Manager needs to be self-motivated, able to maintain an ambitious work schedule, and produce work drafts under tight deadlines with little to no direction. The drafts will be submitted to the Executive Director for review and modification as necessary.

Work as a team player with other staff members.

Abide by the adopted personnel policy.

Maintain confidentiality of privileged information at all times.

Punctuality and attendance are essential.

Professional behavior is expected in the workplace and at all work-related functions.

The Project Manager may occasionally travel overnight and participate in meetings and events outside standard working hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM).



Perform other duties as instructed by the Executive Director. These duties will be within reason and within appropriate boundaries.

A review will be administered annually. Pay increases will be contingent upon satisfactory work and budget approval and constraints.



Bachelor’s degree required (with an emphasis in Business Administration, Marketing, or Economic Development preferred).  A minimum of three years of professional work experience in business development, marketing, economic development, or a related field is required for this job.  Candidates with at least three years of project management experience are preferred.  Microsoft Office proficiency is required.  Experience with GIS, Google Earth, and LoopNet is a plus.  Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia Driver’s License or be able to secure same within 45 days of employment. 



PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be able to operate a variety of automated office equipment, including telephone, typewriter, computer, printer, calculator, copy and facsimile machines, shredder, postage meter, and transcriber.  Physical demand requirements are at levels of those for sedentary work.

DATA COMPREHENSION: Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable functional, structural, or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people, or things, which may include manuals, blueprints, plans, drawings, plats, deeds, records, forms, and reports.

INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION: Requires the ability to speak with and/or signal people to convey or exchange technical and management information, including giving assignments and/or direction to co-workers or assistants, as well as communicating with elected officials and the general public.

LANGUAGE ABILITY: Requires the ability to read a variety of construction and engineering-related documentation, directions, instructions, and methods and procedures. Requires the ability to write and complete reports and forms in proper format, punctuation, spelling, and grammar using all parts of speech. Requires the ability to speak with and before others with poise, voice control, and confidence using correct English and a well-modulated voice.                                           

INTELLIGENCE: Requires the ability to learn and understand relatively complex construction and engineering-related principles and techniques; to understand department policies and procedures; to make independent judgments in the absence of supervision; and to acquire and be able to expound on knowledge of topics related to primary occupation.

VERBAL APTITUDE: Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, and to follow verbal and written instructions.

NUMERICAL APTITUDE: Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas, add and subtract, multiply and divide totals, calculate decimals and percentages, interpret graphs, and determine time and weight.

FORM/SPATIAL APTITUDE: Requires the ability to visually inspect items for proper length, width, and shape using job related equipment, which may include level and transit, measuring wheel, and ruler.

MOTOR COORDINATION: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes in using automated office equipment, recording equipment, and to operate motor vehicles.

MANUAL DEXTERITY: Requires the ability to handle a variety of items, automated office equipment and recording equipment, control knobs, switches, etc.  Must have the ability to use one hand for twisting motion or turning motion while coordinating other hand with different activities.  Must have minimal levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.

COLOR DIFFERENTIATION: Requires the ability to discern color.

INTERPERSONAL TEMPERAMENT: Requires the ability to deal with and relate to people beyond giving and receiving instructions.  Must be able to adapt to and perform under considerable stress when confronted with an emergency.

PHYSICAL COMMUNICATION: May require the ability to talk, express, or exchange ideas through spoken words and/or hear and perceive the nature of sounds by ear.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Andrea Schruijer, Executive Director, at aschruijer@buildlowndes.com. NO PHONE CALLS


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