Manager, Established Industry - Henry County Development Authority

Posted By: Timothy Chason Job Board ,

The position will be posted until filled

Location: McDonough, Georgia

Category: Development Authority

Position Type: Full-Time

Education Requirement: Bachelor's degree

Experience Requirement: 5 years

Salary: Based on experience

How to Apply: Upload cover letter and resume at

Overview. The Henry County Development Authority, based in McDonough, Georgia (south metro Atlanta), has retained The Chason Group to lead a talent search for a manager, established industry. Existing industry and key service providers are the target audiences for the position.

About the Development Authority. Composed of six members, the development authority is appointed by the Henry County Board of Commissioners for four-year terms. Officers are elected by the appointees annually. F.J. “Josh” Fenn serves as the executive director of the

Funding for economic development in Henry County is provided by the Henry County Board of Commissioners and revenues from bond sales. In addition to the executive director, other members of the full-time professional team include a director, business development and an
office manager.

Location and Demographics. Location and Demographics. Henry County, Georgia is located 30 miles south of downtown Atlanta and has a population of 244,000. The county is a part of the Atlanta MSA and only twenty minutes away from HartsfieldJackson International Airport. The median age, based on the 2020 US Census, is 36. 

Qualifications. Candidates for the position must possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or equivalent experience with concentration in economic development, business, journalism, engineering, public administration or related fields. Professionals who have completed the IEDC-certified Basic Economic Development course or ability to complete training within 12 months of employment will be strongly considered. Applicants should also have five years of experience in a development authority, chamber of commerce or related organization. Any combination of education and experience will be considered. Henry County Development Authority Manager, Established Industry Position Announcement 

Key Skill Sets. Versatile and effective communication skills required include the ability to communicate openly, honestly and respectfully  with a wide variety of people, demonstrating professional etiquette and judgment. The ability to speak publicly, give reports and make presentations is vital. Candidates should have the knowledge of the practices and procedures of a wide range of business types including manufacturing, distribution/logistics and professional services. 

Key Responsibilities. The manager, established industry position is responsible for developing and managing programs to facilitate the  retention and expansion of local businesses and industry efforts within Henry County. This position will advise the executive director on program content, develop the program of work for the development authority for the established industry efforts, and will perform certain administrative and supervisory duties for the department.

Other responsibilities include:
- implementing structured business visitation programs to maintain information on current employment levels, potential facility expansions or contractions, etc., and to identify concerns and/or needed programs or services.
- developing and utilizing surveys and other research tools to benchmark and evaluate business retention efforts, to identify areas of concern for local businesses, and to evaluate the workforce and skills needs of local employers.
- coordinating activities to enhance communication between education and workforce development organizations including the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Existing Industry Council of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Council of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce, Workforce Development Boards, private industry councils and other organizations.

How To Apply. For more information regarding the position with the Henry County Development Authority, please contact Tim Chason at 404.735.0540 or Randy Cardoza at 404.661.9438. A cover letter and resume may be uploaded at