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The mission of the Wyoming Business Council is to facilitate the economic growth of Wyoming.  All of our employees believe in, and support this vision.

The creation of the Wyoming Business Council in 1998 dramatically changed Wyoming's approach to economic development. Unlike the state's previous economic development efforts, this new organization has more of a corporate structure, incorporates private business practices in order to drive programs and has instituted regional offices throughout the state.

The State of Wyoming created the Wyoming Business Council to focus public and private efforts to build a strong job creation base in the new economy with manufacturing and technology as core competencies while strengthening the existing business and industry groups under energy, agriculture, tourism and travel.

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Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Pay Range: $120,000 - $150,000

FLSA Status: Exempt


Provides leadership and strategic direction in all aspects of the mission and purpose of the Wyoming Business Council (WBC). Executes the directives of the WBC Board of Directors in pursuit of the mission in accord with statutory authority, in addition to directing budget, business plan and policy development and general planning for the organization.

The Wyoming Business Council is an at-will employer.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

In addition to the following, other duties may be assigned.

  • Lead staff in the development and execution of programs and policies that achieve the mission and goals of the WBC.
  • Articulate the mission, goals and work of the WBC to business leaders, elected officials from all levels of government, partner organizations and the general public.
  • Establish current and long-range goals, objectives, plans, policies and strategies in collaboration with the WBC Board of Directors, elected officials, WBC staff and partner organizations that support statewide economic development efforts.
  • Provide leadership in collaboration with the WBC Board of Directors, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Division Directors and staff, partner organizations and business community, as well as the interested public, in the continuous improvement and innovation of programs and work that advance achievement of the mission.
  • Ensure that statutorily required reports are completed and submitted by staff in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Serve as the primary, but not exclusive, point of contact with the Governor and his/her key staff, Legislators, State Loan and Investment Board members, and directors of other state executive branch agencies. Be aware and informed of all communications with these groups by WBC staff.
  • Work collaboratively with staff on key projects and/or business contacts.
  • Execute directives of WBC Board of Directors and provide advice, guidance, direction and authorization to staff on budgetary, policy and planning issues to ensure common understanding and unified thought and communication of our work.
  • Keep WBC Board of Directors informed and provide guidance and advice on key issues and circumstances affecting the mission and work of the WBC.
  • Responsible for supervision and performance evaluations of the COO, CFO and Executive Assistant positions.
  • Maintain the cultural integrity of the organization.
  • Review operating results of the organization, compare them to established objectives, and take steps to ensure appropriate measures are taken to correct unsatisfactory results.
  • Establish and maintain an effective system of communication throughout the organization.


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Building Partnerships - Identifies partnership needs; explores partnership opportunities; formulates action plans collaboratively; subordinates own area’s goals; monitors partnerships.
  • Building a Successful Team - Develops direction; develops structure; facilitates goal accomplishment; involves others; informs others on team; models commitment.
  • Building Trust - Operates with integrity; demonstrates honesty; discloses own positions; remains open to ideas; supports others.
  • Decision-Making - Identifies issues, problems, and opportunities; gathers information; interprets information; generates alternatives; chooses appropriate action; commits to action; involves others.
  • Facilitates Change - Encourages boundary-breaking; values sound approaches; rewards change; addresses change resistance; manages complexities and contradictions.
  • Leading through Vision and Values - Communicates the importance of the vision and values; moves others to action; models the vision and values; rewards living the vision and values.
  • Interpersonal - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; maintains confidentiality; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.
  • Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive and negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; demonstrates group presentation skills; participates in meetings.
  • Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; varies writing style to meet needs; presents numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information.
  • Leadership - Exhibits confidence in self and others; inspires and motivates others to perform well; effectively influences actions and opinions of others; inspires respect and trust; accepts feedback from others; provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates; gives appropriate recognition to others; displays passion and optimism; mobilizes others to fulfill the vision.
  • Managing People - Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; takes responsibility for subordinates' activities; makes self available to staff; provides regular performance feedback; develops subordinates' skills and encourages growth; solicits and applies feedback (internal and external); fosters quality focus in others; improves processes, products and services; continually works to improve supervisory skills.
  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and ethically; upholds organizational values.
  • Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments.

Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree or equivalent in business management, plus at least 10 years of effective leadership at the State, City, or Corporate level. Strong knowledge of economic development efforts and processes in the State of Wyoming. Strong knowledge of legislative process.

Language Ability:

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret technical reports, financial reports, legal documents and state statutes. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from the general public, elected public officials, state agencies, regulatory agencies, economic development organizations, the media, and members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication. Public speaking ability.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of information and deal with abstract and concrete variables.

Computer Skills:

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of EXCEL and Word Processing software. Knowledge of Salesforce client management system is preferred.

Certificates and Licenses:

Certified Economic Developer preferred.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Directly supervises one staff and two subordinate supervisors who in turn supervise a total of 51 employees in the organization. Determines the terms of employment, tenure, duties, working conditions, promotion and termination of all employees in the organization.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Extensive travel is required.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.

Application Instructions:

Applicants must submit a completed employment application (see above), cover letter, resume and salary history to Diane Joyce at the Wyoming Business Council, 214 West 15th Street, Cheyenne, WY 82001 or by email to Applications are due no later than April 18, 2014.

Other Recruitment Information:

Criminal Background Check: The WBC requires a criminal background check for all potential employees once a conditional offer of employment has been extended. In accordance with federal and state laws, although a disqualification is possible, a previous conviction does not automatically disqualify an applicant from consideration for employment with the WBC. Depending on a variety of factors such as the nature of the position, the nature and severity of the conviction and time since last conviction, the candidate may still be eligible for employment. Each situation will be carefully reviewed and evaluated by Human Resources and management.

If an applicant attempts to withhold information or falsify information pertaining to previous convictions, the applicant will be disqualified from further employment consideration in any position with the WBC due to falsification of an application. All criminal background investigations are subject to the Fair Credit Reporting Act. As such, written consent will be requested in order to obtain a criminal background investigation covering the last seven (7) years. Criminal background information will be obtained through a third party. Applicants have the right to dispute the information obtained through the investigation in accordance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Public Information: The WBC will make public the name and a brief biography of the applicants who are selected as finalists for the position.

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