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Special Projects Director - Project Based

Company: NC Chamber
Location: Raleigh
Posted on: September 21, 2023

Job Description:

This position is full-time temporary, with an estimated 18-month engagement.--We are seeking a dynamic, visionary, and curious Special Projects Director to assist with leading and executing a comprehensive statewide strategic planning process for the state's number one industry,--agriculture and agribusiness. This role requires an eager professional with experience in understanding the breadth and depth of North Carolina's agriculture sector, familiarity with the basic tenants of strategic planning, capabilities in project management and the performance of administrative tasks relevant to preparation of the strategic plan, and the ability to work well with a wide array of stakeholders in a fast-paced and mission-driven setting.--The Special Projects Director will collaborate closely with industry stakeholders, government agencies, and experts to develop and implement strategies that will drive the growth and sustainability of the agriculture industry within the state in the coming years.--This position will require a commitment and focus on adaptability, innovation, and teamwork across multiple departments within the organization. The Director will need to remain current in their subject matter and demonstrate expert knowledge in the field that ensures that they will be sought after for advice. They will also make ongoing, significant contributions toward achieving team and organizational goals. Finally, notwithstanding that this individual will focus primarily on the strategic planning process, they may also perform other duties as assigned by the General Counsel or CEO.--ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES--Strategic Leadership:Assist the General Counsel in leading the development and execution of a comprehensive statewide strategic plan for the agriculture industry, aligning with the industry's goals and the state's economic priorities.Provide visionary leadership to ensure that the strategic plan addresses current challenges and anticipates future trends, demands, and opportunities.--Stakeholder Engagement:Assist with the development of a feedback process that includes a cross-sectional selection of industry representatives. Arrange meetings, both electronically and in-person, to allow for the General Counsel and other project managers to participate in interviews, listening sessions, focus groups, and polling of these representatives. Outreach will include direct contact and logistical collaboration with agricultural industry leaders, farmers and agribusiness owners, researchers, government officials, and other relevant stakeholders.Build and nurture strong relationships with stakeholders to foster a collaborative approach to the strategic planning process.--Data Analysis and Research:Conduct thorough research and analysis of the agriculture industry's current state, including market trends, technological advancements, regulatory changes, and competitive landscape.Utilize data-driven insights to support and instruct the development of strategic initiatives and goals.Synthesize, categorize, and summarize key feedback from industry stakeholders so that project leaders may draw conclusions from that feedback or other data accumulated during the course of the project.--Strategic Plan Development:Translate research findings and stakeholder input into actionable strategic initiatives, objectives, and performance metrics.Develop a detailed implementation plan, outlining timelines, resource requirements, and responsible parties for each initiative.Identify opportunities for innovation and adaptation within the agriculture industry, integrating cutting-edge technologies and practices into the strategic plan.Continuously assess and refine the strategic plan based on feedback, changing circumstances, and emerging trends.--Project and Event Management:Assist with overseeing the execution of the strategic plan, coordinating with cross-functional teams, external partners, and relevant agencies.Monitor progress, identify bottlenecks, and proactively address challenges to ensure the successful implementation of initiatives.Assist with designing events and meetings designed to further the goals of the project.--Communication and Reporting:Assist the communications team and General Counsel in communicating the progress, achievements, and challenges of the strategic plan; such communication may be directed to relevant stakeholders, government bodies, and the public.Prepare comprehensive reports and presentations that convey the impact and outcomes of the plan.Support the communications team and General Counsel in the outreach efforts each of them undertake, including public speaking opportunities regarding the project and project progress, media engagement, and social media curation.Serve as a liaison with the NC Ag Leads strategic plan sponsor, a nationally-recognized, in-state non-profit. This responsibility will include the preparation of documentation or contract deliverables required by the sponsor.--Overall:Advocate in support of NC Chamber's overall agenda and respect and adhere to the organization's values.Collaborate across the organization with key internal partners to develop and drive effective strategies.Position and leverage the organization and its leadership to impact public policy and initiatives.Analyze public policy issues and successfully execute legislative solutions.Cultivate and maintain your relationships with thought leaders in government and trade associations.Engage with industry and government contacts (virtual and/or in-person as required).Manage consultants and support special projects to further NC Chamber's advocacy efforts.--SKILLS/EXPERIENCE:Demonstrated ability to use communications and stories to inspire, motivate and influence others. Will communicate concisely, with composure and confidence, and in an engaging manner.Proactively seek out leadership for significant project opportunities.A strategic end-to-end view when organizing and planning work or initiatives; able to deliver exceptional results and outcomes, including by managing or influencing through others.Find ways to ask insightful questions in creating or shaping solutions. Challenge existing approaches and enlist others in new thinking.Have experience successfully navigating a changing environment and championing new projects that shape the future.A mastery of both written and oral communications with the goal to provide concise, clear messaging to persuade audiences, especially at the executive level.Bring a solutions-based approach when working with stakeholders and prospects, understanding the need to be able to deliver unique solutions to challenging business problems.--TRAVELFrequent travel is required.--EXPERIENCE REQUIREDTwo to five years of experience in a similar project lead/government advocacy role.Demonstrated interest/experience in agriculture/agribusiness.--EDUCATION REQUIREDBachelor's Degree--NO RECRUITERS PLEASE.

Keywords: NC Chamber, Raleigh , Special Projects Director - Project Based, Executive , Raleigh, North Carolina

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