Job Openings & Updates

Current Job Openings for County Economic Developers in Minnesota 

Kandiyohi County & City of Willmar Economic Developemnt Commission


The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission (EDC) is hiring a full-time (40 hours per week) Business Development Manager.


The ideal candidate will have experience in business retention/expansion/recruitment, assisting business startups and/or commercial/industrial development to strengthen the overall tax base resulting in the enhancement of a community’s quality of life.  Experience in grant writing, broadband development, child care industry support, or workforce development is a plus.  Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, economic development, finance, city planning or related field, and at least three years of experience.


Salary range is $70,000 to $85,000 DOQE. Apply electronically to with resume, cover letter and contact information for three professional references by 1/19/2024. The position is open until filled. For more information, contact Aaron Backman, Executive Director at 320-235-7370 or toll free 866-665-4556. Following is a link to the job posting on the EDC's website, which includes a link to the position description Current Projects & Upcoming Events - Kandiyohi County & City of Willmar, Minnesota

SWIF Foundation

We believe that dignity and belonging are core human values and that all people deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential.
We are a human-centered organization and acknowledge that people have different needs and aspirations. We commit to removing barriers that prevent full participation in southwest Minnesota’s abundant opportunities. We use our resources to create opportunities for all people to thrive in the communities they call home.


Our Commitment
As part of our mission and vision, we strive to recruit, hire, develop, engage, support, and promote women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disabled, neurodiverse individuals, veterans, and others who have been historically marginalized. We are committed to equitable practices, total compensation, and an organizational culture that ensures all SWIF employees thrive.


Job Posting
Economic Development Manager

Posting Time frame: 12/22/2024 – January 31, 2024
Salary Range:  $65,522 - $72,105


SWIF is actively seeking a dedicated and dynamic Economic Development Manager to manage the planning, coordinating, and executing our robust economic development programs. The ideal candidate will bring a genuine passion for rural economic development, coupled with a proven ability to navigate government programs seamlessly. This role requires a unique skill set that includes adeptly managing ambiguity and variables, exercising patience, embracing humility and dignity, fostering a mindset of "what if" versus "why it cannot happen," and possessing strong situational awareness and political agility.


As an Economic Development Manager at SWIF, you will work collaboratively with our Economic Development team to craft and implement innovative programs spanning business finance, entrepreneurship, workforce initiatives, and regional economic development. Your role will involve evaluating program efficiency, convening stakeholders, and presenting compelling narratives about SWIF's economic development initiatives to diverse audiences.


Preferred candidates will have prior economic development experience at the city, county, or regional level in Minnesota, as this will significantly contribute to the speed of success and proficiency in this role. SWIF is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.


If you are excited about making a tangible impact on the economic landscape of our community and possess a strong background in economic development, program management, and stakeholder engagement, we invite you to join us. Here is the link to check out the full job description and to apply for this job opportunity Be a part of SWIF's mission to create lasting economic opportunities in the region.



Job Posting
Economic Development Officer

Posting Time frame: 12/22/2024 – January 31, 2024
Salary Range:  $65,522 - $72,105


Are you passionate about driving economic development and fostering entrepreneurship? This role is pivotal in shaping the program's direction, with a primary focus on entrepreneurship programming/education, business financing, and special initiatives. As the Economic Development Officer, you will provide leadership in program design, offer technical assistance and business coaching, manage program budgets, cultivate relationships with stakeholders, coordinate resource providers, and spearhead professional communication, outreach, and marketing efforts. Your direct engagement with loan clients, entrepreneurs, business leaders, project partners, economic development organizations, program funders, and technical assistance partners will be instrumental in driving the success of our economic development initiatives.


The successful candidate should have a minimum of three years of experience working with business owners, either as one themselves or as an ecosystem partner. This firsthand experience is deemed necessary for the likelihood of success in this role. Additionally, a proven track record in economic development is assumed, bringing with it a passion for rural economic development. The ideal candidate should demonstrate the ability to navigate government programs, effectively manage ambiguity and variables, and possess essential qualities such as patience, humility, dignity, situational awareness, and political agility.


If you are excited about making a meaningful impact on economic development, possess the requisite experience, and embody the passion for rural economic development, we invite you to apply. Be a part of our team and contribute to the growth of our community. Here is the link to check out the full job description and to apply for this job opportunity

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