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Virginia Economic Development Partnership -Executive Vice President

Jorgenson Consulting, Inc.
Richmond, VA
  • Expired: October 09, 2022. Applications are no longer accepted.

Jorgenson Consulting has been retained to conduct a national search for an Executive Vice President for the Virginia Economic Development Partnership in Richmond, VA.

Position Overview

VEDP is seeking to hire an Executive Vice President (EVP) who will play a central role in achieving VEDPs transformational economic development goals by strategically leading enhancements in the design and implementation of VEDPs business investment, research, incentives, and marketing functions.

The EVP also will play a vital leadership role in implementing a new VEDP organizational structure that will make VEDP a stronger organization that is better able to flex for opportunities and respond to increasing and ever-changing demands, as well as better position VEDP to advance its mission to expand and diversify Virginias economy in collaboration with state, regional, and local partners.

With strong support from key state leaders and the VEDP Board, the EVP will have an opportunity to design and build a world-class economic development project delivery model for Virginia in collaboration with other VEDP leaders and local and regional partners. VEDP recently secured $1.5 million per year in additional support to enhance these core functions in its operating budget.

The position reports to VEDPs President and CEO and requires strong leadership and management experience with a proven track record of collaborating with diverse partners and constituents to achieve mutually beneficial goals and objectives.

Core Responsibilities

The Executive Vice President has direct responsibility for four (4) core functional areas of VEDP:

  • Business Investment: The Business Investment division collaborates with regional and local partners to identify and convert high-potential leads and prospects into project opportunities and decisions for Virginia, (i.e., lead development of project proposals and secure project wins in coordination with other divisions and partners), as well as support the retention and growth of existing Virginia employers (~34 staff positions).
  • Research: The Research Division creates customized, relevant, and insightful analysis and data visualizations that promote a common understanding of Virginias full value proposition, with a central focus on fast-turn, high-priority, tailored client service (e.g., RFP responses, site recommendations) (~22 staff positions).
  • Incentives: The Incentives Division reviews, vets, tracks, and coordinates economic development incentives administered by VEDP and those offered by the Commonwealth or a locality in conjunction with VEDP. (~7 staff positions)
  • Marketing and Communications: The Marketing and Communications division manages Virginias business brand (and VEDPs) and builds awareness of the Commonwealths advantages among C-level executives nationally and globally. (~12 staff positions)

Knowledge And Experience

  • Minimum of 15 years total professional and 10 years progressive experience in successfully leading and growing economic development organizations, including substantial state-level economic development experience.
  • Deep experience in the full life cycle of economic development lead generation and project management across a range of industry sectors and regional contexts with a consistent track record of delivering customized, comprehensive solutions that secure project wins.
  • The leadership of team(s) devoted to strengthening targeted business recruitment, retention, and expansion at the state and regional levels.
  • Substantial engagement in related research, incentives, marketing, and/or site development functions to advance economic development at the state and regional levels.
  • Highly professional management approach to planning, organizing, coordinating, and directing economic development programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify key decision factors and differentiators for economic recruitment, retention, and expansion, and to craft marketing messages and customized, comprehensive solutions accordingly.
  • Effectiveness in implementing an organizational structure with clear roles and accountability and fostering a culture that generates productivity, innovation, and success.

Personal Attributes

  • Strategic thinker
  • Results-oriented implementer
  • Excellent communicator
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Competitive and entrepreneurial
  • Strong work ethic
  • Highly responsive
  • Leads by example
  • Able to delegate (trust and verify) and prioritize the level of personal involvement
  • Good instincts, flexible, and adaptive to change
  • Promoter of talent development in direct reports and staff
  • Strong relationship-building skills (natural, instinctive)
  • Likable and comfortable in social settings
  • Ability to adjust communication style to be effective with the audience/situation
  • Understands and able to earn credibility in the dynamics of a multiple stakeholder position
  • Apolitical yet politically savvy


Graduation from an accredited university with a bachelors degree in a related field (e.g., business, economics, marketing) is required. An MBA, MPA, or equivalent degree is preferred.


Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

VEDP provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics.

Selection Process

Candidates for this position will be screened and evaluated by Jorgenson Consulting (, the search firm retained by VEDP. For consideration, please submit a letter of interest and rsum to Jorgenson Consulting, Inc. at

References and Background Information

It is VEDPs policy to complete an extensive background and reference check of candidates. Once strong mutual interest has been established, candidates are asked to provide a list of references that should include, but not be limited to, a supervisor, a peer, a development client and a subordinate, as applicable. Candidates will be asked to sign an authorization to release Information for the purpose of background investigation, which may include verification of education, credit check, criminal, and driving records. Should an offer be extended prior to the completion of these checks, the offer will be made contingent on the successful completion of the reference and background checks.

Jorgenson Consulting, Inc.


Richmond, VA
23214 USA