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Senior Vice President of Economic Development

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Tulsa Regional Chamber - Tulsa, OK
Full Time
4 Year Degree
Up to 50%

Senior Vice President of Economic Development

The Senior Vice President of Economic Development is responsible for Tulsa Regional Chamber's economic development program designed to diversify the economic base by selectively recruiting new businesses, assisting the expansion of local firms, workforce development, and marketing for the Tulsa region’s economic growth. 


  • Supervises and directs division personnel to accomplish the mission of the Economic Development Division in the areas of business recruitment, business retention and expansion, workforce development, and marketing. 
  • As a Senior Vice President of the Tulsa Regional Chamber, this position is also responsible for providing leadership and promoting the goals and objectives of the entire chamber both internally with staff and externally with the membership, community, and other organizations and individuals with which the chamber interacts.
  • Exercises budgetary control over the Economic Development Division annual budget, defines division objectives, and develops operating plan, including budget and personnel requirements in compliance with Board decisions. Develops divisional programs to comply with organization requirements. Motivates and directs the activities of the division staff, determines work priorities and schedules work assignments, interviews and recommends candidates, and evaluates, orients, counsels and trains subordinate personnel and recommends associated personnel actions.
  • Possesses authority to spend or commit to spend up to the dollar limits provided on annual budget line items in aggregate within the Division, subject to these limitations:
    • Budgetary controls and line-item adjustments imposed by the President because of income limitations.
    • Possesses authority to schedule and make trips essential to the conduct of their responsibilities within the dollar limits of his annual travel budget, subject to budgetary controls imposed by the President because of income limitations.
  • Coordinates and works cooperatively with Tulsa’s Future Regional Partners, City, County, State, Native American Tribes, and other stakeholders to maintain productive relationships to accomplish strategic economic development initiatives. 
  • Responsible for assisting with Tulsa’s Future fundraising and investor relations, including the Tulsa’s Future Oversight Committee.
  • Responsible for achieving a satisfactory rating annually as it relates to approved annual objectives.
  • Responsible for assuring that all direct reporting staff have achieved their annual development goals.
  • Performs other incidental and related duties as required and assigned.



  • 5 to 10+ years of experience in Economic Development (that is, business recruitment, business retention/expansion and workforce).
  • Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation through the International Economic Development Council is preferred. 
  • Successful track record in recruiting companies to a region or state.   
  • Experience leading business recruitment, business retention/expansion and workforce teams.
  • Must be detail oriented with strong analytical and organizational skills.
  • Must possess strong interpersonal skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, insight into group dynamics, and the ability to develop and foster relationships.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential situations and documentation.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field.  
  • Must have an advanced knowledge of business operations/strategies, economics, marketing, and finance.
  • Must possess sales and marketing skills, management skills, and leadership skills.
  • Must possess good public relations abilities and the ability to exercise good judgments independently.
  • Must possess working knowledge of computers, the internet, and Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.)


  • Work environment: Normally a typical office environment with people, minimal exposure to excessive noise or adverse environmental issues, and occasional outdoor exposure to heat, cold, and environmental elements.
  • Physical demands: Must be able to manipulate, handle, feel, and control items or equipment. Must be able to read, write, and interpret written documents in English language. Must occasionally lift and move objects weighing up to 25 pounds.