Dickinson (TX) EDC Conducts Nationwide Executive Search  ~ Kerrville Area CofC Update ~

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~ Community Economic Development Management ~
~ TEAM TALK ~ Executive Search ~

~ December 2016 ~


J&A is pleased to have contracted with the Dickinson (TX) Economic Development Corporation in their nationwide campaign for a dynamic and innovative Executive Director!

We are looking forward to your candidacy and are anxious to share all that the Texas Gulf coast has to offer.

Meanwhile, in the Hill Country…the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce Selection Committee has chosen their finalists and will be conducting Interviews in Mid-December! Stay Tuned for more!

Many Blessings,


~ Dickinson Economic Development Corporation
Seeks Innovative Leadership ~


Located on the beautiful Dickinson Bayou, a pathway to Galveston Bay, Dickinson is a prime geographic location, situated halfway between Houston and Galveston on Interstate 45 and with easy access to numerous other major thoroughfares and methods of transportation.

Dickinson offers business a proactive economic development philosophy and attitude, diverse trade areas with available land and/or lease space in each area, a professional city staff, and a streamlined permitting process.

Dickinson’s rapidly growing business community includes aerospace, petrochemical, healthcare, and retail operations with room to grow.

A Strong Medical Community
The Bay Area Economic Partnership, of which Dickinson is a member city, notes a noticeable trend fueling the need and growth for a strong medical community. The U.S. Census population projections indicate that the bubble of baby-boomers will continue to grow in Bay Area Houston, especially as retirees from the East and West Coast of the United States begin to see the value of their retirement dollars going much further here.
Regional Hospital Facilities
The region’s hospital facilities recognized for its excellent medical facilities and research advances are all within easy access of the City of Dickinson.

Clear Lake Regional Medical Center  (CLRMC) is a 595-bed tertiary regional referral center offering a comprehensive array of medical services for the region’s growing population. The Heart and Vascular Hospital provides nationally recognized cardiac care close to home.  The Women’s Center at CLRMC incorporates facilities and expertise designed to provide comprehensive health care for women of all ages.

CHRISTUS St. John Hospital is a 170-bed full-service acute care hospital located in the Bay Area Houston. The hospital offers comprehensive medical services in cardiology, oncology, intensive care, emergency medicine, diagnostic imaging, gynecology, pediatrics, advanced laparoscopic procedures, cancer treatment, cardiovascular, and vascular specialties. CHRISTUS St. John Hospital boasts a nationally accredited chest pain center and is the first hospital in Texas to be a participating hospital for all three of the American Heart Association’s models of the Get With The Guidelines program: coronary artery disease, stroke, and heart failure.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has opened a free-standing radiation treatment and medical oncology center on the campus.

Mainland Medical Center  A 223 bed acute care facility with 90 percent private patient rooms The center’s 725-member staff and more than 200 physicians provide quality, compassionate care with state-of-the-art services on the 31-acre campus.

University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) is a leading academic medical center dedicated to health science education, high-quality patient care, cutting-edge research, and service to the community. The 85-acre main campus includes a complex of six hospitals, four academic schools, numerous research centers and institutes, and one of the largest medical libraries in the Southwest.

UTMB has more than 50 specialty clinics in Galveston and surrounding Bay Area communities.
The university’s comprehensive geriatric programs features the award-winning Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit, designed to help hospitalized seniors maintain their independence.

With several new facilities under construction and planned for construction in the next couple of years, Dickinson Independent School District is continually building and expanding to provide the best opportunities for its students, ensuring that its educational facilities offer state-of-the-art technology and superior learning environments.

Recreation Abounds!


Moody Gardens

With its close proximity to great shopping, activities, and attractions like NASA’s Johnson Space Center Houston, the Kemah Boardwalk, Moody GardensGulf Greyhound Park and Galveston’s Pleasure Pier, Dickinson residents have the best of both worlds: a relaxed approach to life in a small community setting with all of the attractions of a large city at their fingertips. A recent addition to Dickinson is Noah’s Event Center, a venue for all types of events. All of this, and much more, make Dickinson a great place to live, work and play!

Kemah Boardwalk

Galveston Pleasure Pier

Johnson Space Center


Noah’s Event Center

The Organization 

BUDGET: $1.5 M


The Dickinson Economic Development Corporation is a Type B organization. A few of the economic advantages enjoyed by Dickinson residents and business owners are: a growing population and labor force, convenient access to Interstate 45, market access, quality of life with a small town feel, transportation access and a streamlined permitting process, to name a few.

A keystone of every great community is its quality of life, which, in turn, attracts regional economic development. Bay Area Houston’s regional assets and cost of living have made it one of the top destinations in the country for businesses, for families, and for tourists. The region boasts outstanding neighborhoods, a low crime rate, low unemployment rate, above average income levels, cultural events as well as recreational facilities in boating and water sports, golf and tennis, and the full range of amateur sports facilities. In addition, Bay Area Houston is only a few minutes from Galveston’s beaches and Houston’s professional sports arenas and cultural treasures. Bay Area Houston is proud of its distinctive sense of place, its historical heritage, and wonderful lifestyle.

When it comes to economic development, one thing is certain. We are all in this together. It takes more than an individual or a single organization to build a community and make sure that all of the necessary ingredients are in place to make it prosper.Bay Area Houston’s business environment is arguably the best in the nation. The growth of our industry clusters of aerospace; medical, life sciences, and healthcare; specialty chemical; energy; and maritime has helped to place Houston at the top of the list of states for the best place to do business.Fortunately, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership has many partners throughout industry, government and academia that collaborate with us to bring new companies and jobs to the region as well as assisting those companies already here to expand. We partner with our 13 member cities, Harris and Galveston counties, the Port of Houston Authority, and the Houston Airport System.

Dickinson’s business culture is rich and unique. We aren’t the big city, and we don’t want to be. Our businesses truly are a part of our culture and our lives. They are our friends and neighbors. To wax poetic – small jewels in the community crown.We know what you need. You need help in growing your business, making money, and meeting the challenges of the ever changing economic climate. You don’t need to spend time fighting for place in a sea of a million others like you. And you don’t need another social club that you have to pay to be a part of.Welcome to the next generation of the Chambers of Commerce: The Greater Dickinson Chamber of Commerce.  Created IN Dickinson, FOR Dickinson, and dedicated to the SUCCESS of the Dickinson area businesses and communities.

  • Small Community Specific
  • Member Interactive
  • Technologically Intuitive



The Dickinson Historic Railroad Center is owned by the City of Dickinson, Texas. It is comprised of the Dickinson Railroad Depot, the League City Railroad Depot, and the grounds surrounding those depots. It includes any artifacts, objects, displays, benches, or other physical devices or equipment associated with the grounds.

Today the Dickinson Historic Railroad Center consists of the following:

  • Dickinson Economic Development Corporation Offices
  • Bicycle rest stop
  • Community meeting facility
  • Dickinson Historic Railroad Center
  • Gift shop
  • Museum
  • Offices for the Dickinson Historical Society
  • Visitor center




Dickinson and the bayou, which shares the same name, were named for John Dickinson. In 1824 he received a land grant from the Mexican government for the area just north of the present day location of Dickinson.

Around 1850 a settlement was established along the shores of Dickinson Bayou. By 1860 Dickinson became a stop on the Galveston, Houston, and Henderson Railroad. The town had a post office in 1890 registered under its current name.

Dickinson Land & Improvement Association
In the 1890s Fred M. Nichols, the son of E. B. Nichols, and 8 other businessmen organized the Dickinson Land and Improvement Association to market unoccupied land in the Dickinson area. The primary attraction was the local soil’s proven suitability for growing fruit, cane, berries, and potatoes. Nichols converted 40 acres of his estate into a public park, the Dickinson Picnic Grounds.

For the next 3 decades large groups came out from Galveston to picnic and holiday on the grounds. A Texas Coast Fair was organized there in 1896, and a harness racetrack where the great harness champion Dan Patch supposedly ran was built to attract more people to Dickinson. By 1911, the Galveston and Houston Electric Railway Company had 3 stops in Dickinson, and prominent Galvestonians had established the Oleander Country Club and built homes there.

Gambling became prominent in Dickinson and stayed active until 1957. Clubs included the Dickinson Social Club, the Little Club, and the Rose Garden. In 1957 Attorney General Wil Wilson and the Texas Rangers effectively shut down open gambling through out Galveston County.

Industrialization and the growth of the oil industry in the Houston and Galveston area after both world wars contributed further to Dickinson’s growth. More growth came with NASA’s establishment in 1962 of the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center just north of Dickinson in Clear Lake City. The fluctuating population figures of the town reflect these influences.

By the 1970s, the cities of Texas City and League City, through aggressive annexation, began to encroach on Dickinson. Residents of the central area worked to incorporate the city in 1977. In the 1990s, the additional areas of town were annexed into the incorporated city.

Dickinson Economic Development Corporation
City of Dickinson
Dickinson Chamber of Commerce
Dickinson ISD
Dickinson Medial Access
Dickinson Civic Organizations

Candidate Evaluation Criteria

Critical to the success of the Dickinson Economic Development Corporation is an Executive Director who has the relevant educational and career background to meet Board expectations.

 Provide leadership to the Corporation and its constituent organizations in the achievement of community and economic development goals that result in employment and per capita income growth greater than the national average.

This position is responsible for planning, directing, and implementing economic development activities of the Dickinson Economic Development Corporation. Through business recruitment, retention, and expansion initiatives, this position generates programs, oversees projects, and markets the City of Dickinson to augment its business climate to expand the City commercial tax base.

The Executive Director must be able to perform or manage the following tasks or have the stated abilities in order to effectively fulfill the aforementioned responsibilities:
  • Develop and implement the DEDC budget and budget process in conjunction with the Board of Directors. In coordination with City Finance staff, review and compile statistical, financial and budgetary information for monthly reports. Work closely with the City’s Finance staff to ensure accurate accounting procedures.
  • Demonstrate self-motivation and initiative with the ability to work with the Board of Directors and City Staff as needed.  Make judgments on disputed issues, decisions under time pressures that reflect adequate evaluation and consultation with others, resulting in positive impacts on the community and the welfare of our residents.
  • Develop strategic and proactive plans annually that positively present the community. location opportunities and the area’s economic benefits to existing and prospective employers. Make strategic contact with existing and prospective employers within and outside the community in order to assist in their decision-making relative to location, relocation and/or expansion.
  • Forge strong bonds between the DEDC, the City, the City Staff and both existing and prospective commercial constituents.
  • Promote the City to business prospects, investors, and targeted industries.
  • Represent the DEDC and the City at local, regional, and national events and functions; work with the City to promote tourism.

This position requires the ability to create, present, implement, and manage programs, agreements, and project initiatives that foster economic growth and vitality. This position serves as an integral liaison between the DEDC and the City Council and provides supervision and direction to other assigned staff. Work must be executed with confidentiality, minimum supervision, and with exercise of independent judgment.

Develop and coordinate operational plans to execute the goals and objectives of the DEDC Board of Directors as specified in the Economic Development Chapter of the City’s Comprehensive Plan and carry out any additional projects required by the DEDC, City Staff and supported by City Council.

  • Foster new commercial growth by establishing relationships with prospective businesses, investors, property owners, and representatives.
  • Develop and implement a dynamic Business Retention/Expansion (BRE) program for established local businesses.
  • Produce and distribute marketing materials that promote Dickinson as a preferred business location; materials should include but not be limited to brochures, videos, aerial maps, email bulletins/newsletters and other related materials depicting economic development events, opportunities and projects.
  • Develop, implement and oversee programs, projects and partnerships designed to enhance the City’s business climate, including: Economic Development Agreements, the DEDC Highway 3 Overlay District Property Improvement Program and commercial property Visual Improvement Program.
  • Work with the City Administrator and City Council to implement Commercial Tax Abatement Program and other possible programs as incentives for new businesses.
  • Prepare Board Agendas and monthly business updates for the Board.
  • Track and report progress of action items resulting from DEDC Board meetings.
  • Officiate at public ceremonies and in other venues, informing the public about the EDC’s activities, speaking publicly, representing the Organization at trade shows and similar events. Establish rapport with new contacts and a network of allies. Work closely with the Board of Directors, staff and members of local organizations and agencies.
  • Attend seminars, conferences, workshops, classes, lectures, and other training required to maintain applicable knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • Grow targeted sectors identified by the DEDC and City Council and as outlined in the Economic Development Chapter of the City’s Comprehensive Plan.
  • Maintain a client relationship management database on existing, prospective, new and expanding businesses.
  • Maintain up-to-date information on the Economic Development Department’s web site and social media pages regarding all commercial structures and properties for sale or lease, information must include site plans and aerial maps.  Research must remain constant to provide most current information on available properties. Generate economic development policies, contracts, ordinances, resolutions, bids, RFPs, quotes, grants, programs, projects and agreements in collaboration with the City Administrator before submitting to the DEDC Board for consideration and approval, with final presentation to City Council.
  • Plan, coordinate, and assign the work plan for staff; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures; meet with staff to identify problems and solutions.
  • Develop and maintain DEDC records and files (including reports) in accordance with City policy and in compliance with Texas 4B Non-Profit Corporation regulations.
  • Oversee DEDC contractual services, negotiate scope of services for contracts, monitor contracts for accuracy and compliance; review invoices and evaluate contractor performance; terminate or close contracts as necessary or appropriate.
  • Evaluate and recommend professional consultants and contracts.
  • Interact in a professional and respectful manner with City staff, officials, other agencies, and the public.
  • Advise the City Administrator and City Council on economic development issues, projects, and programs on a monthly basis.
  • Perform additional related duties as required by the DEDC Board or the City.

Common business, governmental, economic development, and real estate terminology and practices; Local government administration principles and practices; principles and practices of local government budget preparation; principles and practices of public administration; principles of project management; principles and practices of customer relations; principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation; principles of contract preparation and administration; methods and techniques for negotiating contracts; effective business letter writing, and report and presentation preparation; technology and software applications that can enhance the effectiveness of the Department; and pertinent Federal, State and Local codes, laws and regulations relating to economic development.

Prepare required written reports and other documents as necessary in a timely and easily understandable manner. Prepare grant applications or assist others in the grant writing process. Write for the public audience to create interest in the Organization and its efforts. Prepare an annual report for dissemination to the partners and public; prepare or facilitate formal correspondence.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; oversee, direct, and coordinate assigned staff; participate in the development and administration of goals, objectives and procedures; manage and coordinate projects as assigned; prepare and administer program budgets; use MS Office, Internet and Social Media, and determine whether new technology (hardware or software) will improve results; perform analytical work of a highly responsible nature requiring program or budgetary analysis; gather, assemble, and analyze data; make independent decisions; perform assignments in a coordinated and organized fashion; effectively manage time and coordinate a variety of projects between various departments in a timely and efficient manner; prepare clear and concise administrative, financial and analytical reports; evaluate proposals and develop contracts accordingly; effectively present program issues to a variety of audiences; develop policy guidelines and/or decisions; establish and maintain effective working relationships with the DEDC Board of Directors, City employees, and the general public.

Have the ability to continually focus on achieving positive, concrete results that contribute to the business success of the organization;
Seek ways to overcome competitive challenges and develop opportunities;
Proven consensus builder managing diverse viewpoints to an effective, positive solution;
Maximizes collaboration and shares credit and successes among partners and stakeholders;
Skilled in idea generation, is committed to achieving outcomes, and consistently produces results based on those ideas;
Networker that builds collaborative and productive relationships with others both inside and outside economic development organizations, and maintains a wide network of contacts that can be leveraged on behalf of the organization goals;
Strategic visionary thinker who can set sights on a new future, constantly identifying the challenges, threats and opportunities that exist in the environment, able to think differently about how the environment and businesses operate and look for new ways to solve these problems;
Must have the ability to work toward successful solutions without being political; and,
Be knowledgeable in current and possible future practices, trends, and other information affecting the business sector. Understands competitive and economic issues; is aware of the political landscape for change and how collaborative strategies among organizations work in the marketplace.
  • Bachelor Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in economic development, public or business administration, marketing, finance, economics or a related field.
  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • CEcD Required (or must be obtained within 24 months of employment).
  • EDFP Preferred
  • 5 years Economic Development experience with a demonstrable record of successes or experience with local governments.
  • Demonstrated budget and fiscal management ability and experience.
  • Should have strong leadership skills and be able to demonstrate from current and previous positions.
  • Should be knowledgeable about working with and development of volunteer boards of directors, leadership training for said volunteers and providing a basis for cooperation and good will within the organization.
  • Supervisory skills and demonstrated experience managing personnel and personnel issues, policy development and administration, and general operations of the Economic Development program.
  • Must be a self-starter, creative thinker with a high energy level.
  • Understanding of office technology.
  • Prefer experience and understanding of the use of social media to promote programs and activities of the organization.
The DEDC Executive Director’s performance will be supervised and evaluated by the DEDC Board of Directors with input from the City Administrator and City Council. The DEDC Executive Director is an employee of the City of Dickinson with City benefits.

Work Environment Behavior Requirements

Rewards those who value practical accomplishments, results and rewards for their investments of time, resources and energy.
Rewards those who value knowledge for knowledge’s sake, continuing education and intellectual growth.
Rewards those who value personal recognition, freedom and control over their own destiny and others.
The job requires decisiveness, quick response, fast action. It will often be involved in critical situations demanding that on-the-spot decisions be made with good judgment. The job will repeatedly face important deadlines that must be met on time.
The job requires a comfort level with “juggling many balls in the air at the same time!” It will be asked to leave several tasks unfinished, and easily move on to new tasks with little or no notice.
The job requires a strong “people orientation,” versus a task orientation. The job will comfortably deal with multiple interruptions on a continual basis, always maintaining a friendly interface with

$90,000 DOQ   ~ Insurance  ~ Professional Organization Membership ~  Continuing Education  ~ Car Allowance ~ Civic Membership  ~ 

~ The above is intended to be a description of the general nature and level of work to be performed. This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel in this position. ~


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, current resume and at least five work related references including contact numbers. The deadline for this position is  Friday, January 13, by 5 pm. Candidates will be asked to submit  a 2-minute video demonstrating their communication skills. Finalists will complete a thorough interview and background investigation process to include verification of all credentials and experience. Qualified finalists may expect to be required to submit to a pre-employment drug screen and criminal background check.

Submit resumes to: Johnson & Associates; c/o Dickinson Search; 8308 Tecumseh Drive; Austin, TX 78753-5745 or

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