Interim CEO Job Description

Job Description




Four Corners Economic Development, Inc. (4CED) is a 501(c)(6) non-profit corporation designed and dedicated to growing the regional economy in San Juan County, New Mexico.  This corporation was formed in 2012.  Funding is derived from business memberships, investments and contributions, and contractual agreements with the Four Corners Economic Development Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.  The Foundation was previously organized as the singular public-private partnership charged with economic development and is now serving as the affiliated agency aligned with the mission of 4CED.

With changes happening in the energy sector, particularly the oil & gas industry and the coal industry, the region finds itself in a period of transition and recognizes the importance of diversifying the economy of the region.  San Juan County includes the municipalities of Farmington, Aztec, Bloomfield, Kirtland, and Shiprock, New Mexico with a population of approximately 118,000 and a land base of 5,538 square miles, 64% of this land being on the Navajo and Southern Ute reservations.  San Juan County is the New Mexico portion of the nation’s “Four Corners” region, with Colorado to the north, Arizona to the west, and Utah to the northwest.  To add to the diversity of the region, there are also tribal reservations and pueblos located within the Four Corners region.

It has also become very apparent that San Juan County and the municipalities in the county cannot achieve an effective transition from the extractive industries unless the Four Corners region is in support of this effort.  4CED is looking at a process that would include the four states and the tribal nations in transitioning San Juan County’s community and economic development, as well as the Four Corners region, to initiate and execute economic development activities to produce and sustain economic growth, generate jobs and create wealth for the citizens in San Juan County and the Four Corners region as a whole.  The mission of the organization is as follows:

4CED’s primary goal is to focus on targeted, coordinated and sustained development of the Four Corners region of New Mexico through recruiting, building and supporting sustainable for-profit businesses, which will diversity the economy and create quality jobs at a greater rate than the growth of the regional population.


This interim position will be in place for a period of 18 months.  The interim Chief Executive Officer will serve as the leader of 4CED and reports to a Board of Directors.  During this period, this individual will evaluate how best to meet the needs of the San Juan County and determine how to best coordinate with the other three states and the appropriate tribal sovereigns to meet the mission of the organization.

Major Responsibilities

  1. Manage the administration of all work in planning, organizing, coordinating and directing the economic programs under the control of 4CED in accordance with short- and long-term work plans of the Board of Directors, including active efforts to attract, expand, enhance and retain business and commerce in San Juan County.
  2. Develop and implement a process to generate funds through fundraising efforts, grant development, and other appropriate mechanisms to grow the organization and increase staff in areas to meet the primary goal of the 4CED.
  3. Be a self-starter able to exercise a high degree of independence, initiative, and professional expertise to the operation of 4CED’s economic development program.
  4. Meet with outside agencies, governmental entities, and the public, including developers, members of the business community and community groups, to explain and promote 4CED services, programs policies, procedures, goals and objectives related to economic development.
  5. In conjunction with the Board of Directors, prepare, implement and administer both short-term and long-range strategic economic development planning.
  6. Prepare, present and administer the budget in accordance with program goals and objectives.
  7. Ability to staff the organization in an appropriate manner to meet the goals and objectives of the 4CED. This may mean permanent staffing or utilizing contractual services.
  8. Provide day-to-day management oversight of staff, delegate appropriate authority and assume accountability for actions of staff.
  9. Has the ability or has a background in working with Native American communities. Understands Native American culture and business model programs.
  10. Present a positive and professional image of 4CED and the Four Corners region and maintain contact with news media as needed.
  11. Maintain professional relationship through active involvement in local, regional, state and national economic development networks.
  12. Perform other duties as assigned/directed by the Board of Directors.


Strategic Agility – Sees ahead clearly; can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately; has broad knowledge and perspective; is future oriented; can articulately paint credible pictures and visions of possibilities and likelihoods; can create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans.

Drive for Results – Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; very bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.

Business Acumen – Knows how businesses work; knowledgeable in current and possible future policies, practices, trends, and information affecting his/her business and organization; knows the competition; is aware of how strategies and tactics work in the marketplace.

Process Management – Good at figuring out the processes necessary to get things done; knows how to organize people and activities; understands how to separate and combine tasks into efficient work flow; knows what to measure and how to measure it; can see opportunities for synergy and integration where others can’t; can simplify complex processes; get more out of fewer resources.

Creativity – Comes up with a lot of new and unique ideas; easily makes connections among previously unrelated notions; tends to be seen as original and value-added in brainstorming settings.

Customer Focus – Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; gets first-hand customer information and uses it for improvements in products and services; acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.

Interpersonal Savvy – Relates well to all kinds of people, up, down, and sideways, inside and outside the organization; builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; can diffuse even high-tension situations comfortably.

Priority Setting – Spends his/her time and the time of others on what’s important; quickly zeros in on the critical few and puts the trivial many aside; can quickly sense what will help or hinder accomplishing a goal; eliminates roadblocks; creates focus.

Organizing – Can marshal resources (people, funding, material, support) to get things done; can orchestrate multiple activities at once to accomplish a goal; used resources effectively and efficiently arranges information and files in a useful manner.

Managing Diversity – Manages all kinds and classes of people equitably; deals effectively with all races, nationalities, cultures, disabilities, ages and both sexes; hires variety and diversity without regard to class; supports equal and fair treatment and opportunity for all.

Ethics and Values – Adheres to an appropriate (for the setting) and effective set of core values and beliefs during both good and bad times; acts in line with those values; rewards the right values and disapproves of others; practices what he/she preaches.

Integrity and Trust – Is widely trusted; is seen as a direct, truthful individual; can present the unvarnished truth in an appropriate and helpful manner; keeps confidences; admits mistakes; doesn’t misrepresent him/herself for personal gain.

Education & Experience

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is preferred.  A minimum of five (5) years’ experience in economic development programs where diversification or transformation of the economic base was a major objective of the community or region is desirable.  Additional experience in business retention and expansion programs is important. Private sector experience in the energy sector or related industries is desirable.

Compensation and Benefits

4CED offers a competitive salary based on qualifications and experience.  A full range of benefits are provided including an IRA-based retirement program and health benefits.  Additional benefits are also provided with work related activities.

Application Process

Please send a letter of interest and a resume to Ms. Devin Scott, Four Corners Economic Development, Inc. at

For more information on this position contact:

Devin Scott
Four Corners Economic Development, Inc.
Farmington, NM 
(505) 566-3702

The application period will close at 4 p.m. MST on January 25, 2019.  Late submissions will not be accepted.