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Town of Seneca Falls: Executive Director Job Opening
The Seneca Falls Development Corporation (SFDC) is seeking an Executive Director to serve as the leader and manager of the organization. The mission of the SFDC is to plan and implement programs, projects and activities designed to create or stimulate economic and community development in the Town of Seneca Falls, New York. The Executive Director is tasked with establishing, coordinating, and managing comprehensive economic development efforts in the Town. The first priority of the new Executive Director will be to assist in the development of a new economic development strategy for the Town of Seneca Falls.
The successful candidate will have experience working with business leaders, public officials and a variety of stakeholders and regional economic development professionals. Experience in downtown revitalization, business retention, marketing and managing industrial sites, and community development initiatives is highly desired. The new Executive Director will have strong and demonstrated leadership capabilities. A knowledge of New York State economic and community development programs is preferred.
Major Duties Include:
· Assist in the development and implementation of economic development strategy for the town
· Work closely with the Board of Directors on new community development initiatives and projects
· Identify and assess funding opportunities for both economic and community development
· Build support, both internally and externally, for the organization by developing a strategy for marking the community to commercial, retail, and industrial prospects.
· Identify issues and opportunities relative to existing businesses, their sustainability and expansion, and develop plans to address them.
· Asses the strengths and weaknesses of the community and area economy on an annual basis
· Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Planning, Public or Business Administration, Finance, or other related field (Master’s degree preferred)
· Three to five years of experience in progressively responsible positions in an economic development, redevelopment or planning agency, or related non-profit or private sector experience
· Current status as a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) by the International Economic Development Council, or current status as an Economic Development Finance professional (EDFP) is a plus
Additional information about the Town of Seneca Falls and its economic activities can be found below this posting.
Please e-mail cover letter and resume to Rob Camoin c/o Alexandra Tranmer at email@example.com. If selected for additional consideration, we will request additional documentation at a later date. Please no telephone inquiries. Applications accepted until filled.
About the Town of Seneca Falls
The Town of Seneca Falls is located in Seneca County of upstate New York’s Finger Lakes region. The Town is situated five miles from access to the New York State Thruway (I-90) and is less than one hour’s drive from Syracuse, Rochester, Ithaca, and Lake Ontario. As of the 2010 Census, the Town had a population of 9,040. Beginning in 2007, the once Village of Seneca Falls and the Town of Seneca Falls forged a cooperative arrangement that led to the eventual dissolution of the Village into the Town.
Located between the two longest Finger Lakes (Cayuga Lake and Seneca Lake), Seneca Falls is part of a region known for wine production. It is a destination for tourists seeking to experience its agriculture, viticulture, and culinary assets. At a Town level, this is complemented by a number of museums, heritage sites, and historical touchstones such as the fact that Seneca Falls was the birthplace of the women’s rights movement. An array of parks and public recreational assets, including the Cayuga-Seneca Canal that connects the region to the Erie Canal, are additional assets for visitors and residents alike. The region is also known for its education sector. Seneca Falls is home to New York Chiropractic College and proximate to a number of public and private higher education institutions.
Seneca Falls was an industrial village well into the 20th century. Today, the highest percentages of the Town’s employed civilians are working in the educational services, health care, and social assistance industries (29.9%); manufacturing industry (21.9%); and retail trade (11.6%). 707 people were employed in the government sector. Average household income is $54,951.
In recent years, tourism has become the major industry in Seneca Falls. Assets attracting visitors to the Town include the site of the first Women's Rights Convention, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, the National Women's Hall of Fame, the Seneca Falls Historical Society, the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry, the Seneca Falls Heritage Area Visitors Center, local wineries, the Finger Lakes, and Central New York’s beautiful scenery. The Town has also received attention as the likely inspiration for the fictional village of Bedford Falls in the holiday classic movie "It's A Wonderful Life."
Seneca Falls’ largest employers represent higher education, manufacturing, food and beverage, healthcare, and water technology. Surrounding communities additionally offer employment in retail, social services, logistics, and other fields. Seneca County’s largest employers are:
· New York Chiropractic College (Seneca Falls)
· Gould Pumps ITT (Seneca Falls)
· Ace Automatics / Manhill Foods (Seneca Falls)
· Lifecare Timothy J. Ryan, M.D., P.C. (Seneca Falls)
· Xylem Inc. (Seneca Falls)
· Spectrum Industries Knit (Seneca Falls)
· ARG Trucking Corp./Earl T. Wadhams (Phelps)
· B.E. Wright, Inc. (Waterloo)
· BonaDent Dental Laboratories (Waterloo)
· Evans Chemetics, LP (Waterloo)
· Geneva General Hospital (Geneva)
· HEP Sales/Northside, Lumber (Waterloo)
· Hillside Children’s Center (Romulus)
· Huntington Living Center (Waterloo)
· Lowe's of Waterloo NY (Geneva)
· New York State Electric & Gas Corp. (Geneva)
· Petro Stopping Center (Waterloo)
· Seneca Cayuga ARC (Waterloo)
· Seneca Meadows, Inc. (Waterloo)
· Seneca Nursing Home and Rehabilitation (Waterloo)
· Tarjac, Inc. (Waterloo)
· Waterloo Premium Outlets (Waterloo)
Economic Development Opportunities
Seneca Falls’ economic future is tied to that of the Finger Lakes region more broadly. The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council (whose footprint includes the City of Rochester) has identified seven economic clusters for focus in its regional strategic plan: higher education; healthcare; optics/photonics and imaging; life sciences; energy innovation; advanced manufacturing; agriculture and food processing; and business services, software, and telecommunications.
The Seneca County IDA is targeting a set of industries with some overlap: food processing, advanced manufacturing, healthcare, alternative energy, data centers/information technology, and destination tourism.
In December 2014, the proposed Lago Casino & Resort was selected by a New York State Gaming Commission panel as one of three new casinos to receive licenses. The $425 million project in the nearby community of Tyre could have a significant economic impact on Seneca Falls.
Another current project nearby is the redevelopment of the former Seneca Army Depot in Romulus, including the ongoing expansion of the Seneca AgBio Green Energy Park and a project involving the conversion of agricultural waste into biofuels.
Within the Town, the National Women’s Hall of Fame has embarked on a major rehabilitation project to move into the historic Seneca Knitting Mill. The renovated mill will be transformed into “The Center for Great Women,” a national attraction with exhibit, museum and event space on the Seneca-Cayuga Canal. In 2011, a Seneca Falls Central Business District Revitalization Program was undertaken, as was a Seneca Falls Canal Harbor Improvement Project.
The region is poised to continue leveraging the natural intersection of the region’s agriculture and tourism strengths, including by taking advantage of state programs like Market NY and Taste NY.
Several state policy developments hold implications for Seneca Falls’ economy:
· The state’s 2014 ban on fracking clearly has a host of economic and ecological implications for the Finger Lakes.
· The START-UP NY program offering eligible businesses ten years of tax-free operation may offer mixed outcomes for Seneca Falls. The region has several newly approved tax-free zones (Cornell University, Keuka College, Cayuga Community College, and Finger Lakes Community College) that have the potential to create jobs for Seneca Falls residents, but those zones also risk drawing job growth and business tax revenue away from jurisdictions like Seneca Falls that do not host one themselves.
· If approved by the state legislature, Governor Cuomo will hold a 2015 competition to award three of New York’s ten regions $500 million in “upstate revitalization” grants, for which the Finger Lakes will submit a proposal.
· The local government tax cap and the question of mandate relief remain significant issues for New York’s municipalities.
About the Seneca Falls Development Corporation
The Seneca Falls Development Corporation (SFDC) was incorporated in 2007 with a mission to create or stimulate economic and community development in the Town of Seneca Falls through the planning and implementation of programs, projects, and activities and reduce the burden of government in many ways, including:
· Creating employment opportunities for Town residents, particularly those employment positions that play a living wage, offer health, retirement, and other employee benefits, and provide skills training;
· Increasing the property tax base of the Town;
· Increasing sales tax revenues of the Town;
· Encouraging and fostering entrepreneurship;
· Strengthening and expanding existing businesses;
· Bringing new business into the Town;
· Revitalizing downtown and other commercial shopping areas;
· Stimulating tourism growth;
· Encouraging the environmental remediation and reuse of commercial property;
· Promoting the development of land use policies designed to encourage development and preserve Town neighborhoods;
· Encouraging and supporting the development and maintenance of municipal infrastructure, recreational facilities, and other public facilities and services that support businesses and residential neighborhoods; and
· Undertaking any other activities that affect the general purposes of the corporation.
SFDC’s Executive Director reports to the SFDC’s seven Board of Directors, which is led by a President of the Board, and its Committees. Its current members include:
1. Don Earl, Chairman
2. Emil Bove, Secretary
3. Peter Brown, Treasurer
4. Chad Sanderson
5. 5 through 7 remain vacant
Additional information about SFDC can be found here: http://www.senecafalls.com/sfdc/
 As of the most recent American Community Survey estimates.
 These employers are listed by the Seneca County IDA as having over 50 employees.