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The Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County (EDC) currently has the following available position:

Vice President of Business Development

Volunteer Internship

Vice President of Business Development

The Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County (EDC) is looking for a candidate for the Vice President of Business Development position. The ideal candidate is someone looking for an opportunity to advance their career in economic development and oversee the EDC’s business development team. The Vice President must support and foster strong working relationships with public, private and non-profit sector partners and be a forward-thinking, collaborative team leader. 


The Vice President of Business Development provides direct supervisory oversight to the EDC Business Development Team, and as part of the organization’s leadership team, will play a key role in the successful implementation of the EDC’s annual Work Plan focused on business retention, expansion and recruitment, and strategic business development. The Vice President will be expected to develop a work plan that addresses the goals of the EDC’s annual Work Plan with respect to targeted industry sectors and to work with key leadership from the public, private and non-profit sectors to implement the work plan.  At a minimum, the scope of work for this position includes:

  • Lead the EDC’s Business Development Team and assist with the execution of the EDC’s Work Plan that includes vision, goals, objectives and performance metrics. Work with the EDC leadership team to determine initiatives for business retention, expansion and recruitment, and industry cluster development.
  • Lead preparation of proposals and conduct presentations and site tours for recruitment prospects and compile needed demographic and economic data in response to inquiries from prospective businesses.
  • Represent the EDC in strategic sector-based organizations and activities and collaborate with partners that impact the goals and initiatives of the EDC.
  • Represent the EDC at public, social and business functions as needed.
  • Support the development of marketing materials and programs that promote the Seattle-King County region and its business opportunities.
  • Develop and sustain quality, trusting relationships with the leadership of prospective companies, regional and national site selectors and commercial and industrial realtors.
  • Participate in long-range planning, development of marketing strategies, and help to establish goals for business retention, expansion and recruitment efforts.
  • Support the development and implementation of market-based assessments of targeted industry sectors and growth opportunities for Seattle-King County within the sectors.
  • Conduct business retention/expansion visits with a targeted number of employers within the sector, and provide technical assistance to companies within the sector whenever necessary.
  • In partnership with the State and other key stakeholders, identify and pursue companies to locate and expand in the Seattle-King County region.
  • Ensure the Business Development Team meets all reporting requirements and compliance with organization’s database/Customer Relationship Management (CRM) protocol.  
  • Represent the EDC at trade shows and conferences (national and international).
  • Other projects as identified.


The Vice President of Business Development will have at least five years of experience within economic development as well as previous experience in a management or supervisory role. Experience within an economic development-oriented organization is highly desirable. Familiarity with economic development and knowledge of the EDC’s targeted sectors in the Seattle-King County region is expected.

A Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Economics, Urban Planning, Public Administration, Community Planning, Finance, or a directly related field is preferred; equivalent experience will be considered. Effective sales background with proven results, knowledge of project management and Salesforce CRM database helpful. Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills are essential. The ability to understand and present complex issues to a wide range of audiences including clients, industry leaders, private sector leaders and investors, professional associations, government and economic development officials is important. We are also looking for someone who will work effectively with a diverse clientele and collaborate effectively with EDC team members, focusing on results.  A sense of humor and desire to work in a mission-driven non-profit organization are essential.

Submission Instructions

The EDC actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates from a variety of backgrounds, and multicultural candidates are encouraged to apply. Submit a cover letter and a resume outlining your qualifications and experience. Include two nonreturnable writing samples (or URLs).

Apply here. The position will remain open until it is filled. Questions may be submitted via e-mail. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.


Regular, full-time employees receive a competitive salary and a premium benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, an employer-matched 401(k) savings plan and generous paid time off.  For additional information, see: www.seattlechamber.com/home/about/jobs/chamber-benefits-package.

The position is an employee of the Seattle Metro Chamber, EDC’s partner in human resources administration – an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Volunteer Internship Program

The Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County (EDC) internship program aims to provide qualified students with valuable work experience in the vibrant and fast-paced field of economic development.

Interns are expected to support specific projects within the EDC’s workplan, often tied to one of the nine industry clusters we focus on: aerospace, life sciences and healthcare, technology, clean tech, maritime, trade and global investment, financial and business services, and fashion and apparel. Interns gain skills in research and analysis, writing, marketing/communications, industry-specific business development efforts, and more.

A minimum commitment of 10 weeks is required. A schedule will be developed depending on the student’s other commitments, not to exceed 20 hours per week. Internships are generally awarded for spring, summer or fall terms (though other arrangements may be made on a case-by-case basis).

Sample internship projects include:

  • Research and draft a report on requirements for foreign owned firms interested in opening an office in King County
  • Provide research assistance in the development of a regional market assessment and strategic plan to attract foreign direct investment
  • Write and design marketing materials for industry clusters
  • Provide general communications support to include: writing content for the web and social media, conduct interviews/develop content for newsletters, etc.
  • Research and update economic impact data for specific target clusters

Applicants must currently be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate school program (applicants should hold at least college junior status; students currently in graduate school are preferred). International students studying in the U.S. are eligible. Students pursuing a degree in business, economics, communications, public policy, or related fields are strongly encouraged to apply.

Desired Skills
Ability to use computers and knowledge of Microsoft Office (Adobe Creative Suite preferred for communications interns).

  • Ability to work independently, under pressure, and prioritize and handle multiple tasks
  • Writing experience, especially on a newspaper or newsletter
  • Professional and courteous demeanor
  • A professional working proficiency with English (ILR Level 3)

Application Instructions
To apply, submit your resume and cover letter (including a statement about why you are interested in interning with the EDC) to: info@edc-seaking.org.

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