Existing Industry Director

Job Summary

The Existing Industry Director will facilitate business investment and job creation through a data-driven process for a four-county regional economic alliance. This role manages, coordinates, and implements programs and projects that support the retention and expansion of local firms with a focus on those in target growth or at-risk industries, as well as maintaining a record of available workforce programs and the workforce needs of existing industries. It will also assist with office, and industrial development as it pertains to business retention and expansion; coordinating data analysis and research activities of the organization; and supporting the attraction and retention of domestic and international businesses. To be successful in this role one must build and maintain strong relationships with business and community leaders, workforce and education partners and public sector partners.


Desired Skills

Demonstrated strong research, data analysis, and data interpretation skills

Strong customer service, presentation, and relationship management skills

Ability to self-start, juggle multiple projects, and meet tight deadlines

An understanding of business principles with an entrepreneurial mindset, including finances, supply chain development, workforce development, and strategic business planning

The ability to utilize software including ESRI/ARC GIS, JobsEQ, and state databases to provide business intelligence and location information to local business

Working knowledge of website and social media tools, as well as CRM programs such as HubSpot, to oversee a digital business retention and expansion campaign

Minimum Qualifications

Must have completed and graduated from an accredited university with a Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s Degree or higher preferred) in Economics, Public Administration or Urban Planning or Business Administration with at least five (5) years of proven successful experience and expertise in Economic Development, Workforce Development, Business Retention and/or Real Estate Development in roles that demonstrate a proven ability to manage multiple projects, communicate effectively, overcome obstacles; and a strong understanding of economic development in today’s competitive climate.

Must have a high-level of proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite, GIS applications, database research and others as needed.

The salary amount offered will depend upon qualifications.

Please email resume to Theresa Daugherty at tdaugherty@edpsc.org.

Available Sites & Buildings

If you’re thinking about bringing your business to South Carolina’s Aiken, Edgefield, and Saluda region, we’re ready to accommodate you with a broad variety of existing facilities and ready-to-build sites.


The highly skilled workforce in the Aiken, Saluda, McCormick, and Edgefield region is ready to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing economy because of the emphasis on education.