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Project Associate Director POSTION CLOSED

Project Associate Director

Industrial Development Authority of Brunswick County, Virginia      

Under the Executive Director supervision, the employee will undergo a six-month orientation period and will be evaluated at the end of the six- month term.  Employee will be evaluated annually thereafter. Classification (FLSA):  Exempt/Full-time Work Hours – Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Some overtime, holiday and evening work may be required.                                                

The Industrial Development Authority of Brunswick County VA is looking for a Project Associate Director to lead the execution of the IDA strategic plans. We are looking for someone who is passionate about improving underserved communities through rural revitalization and has the skills and experience to make a difference. Experience is important, however, the person who is selected for this position must have a positive attitude when approaching challenges and embracing opportunities.

A Project Associate Director is responsible for scheduling meetings, recording decisions, maintaining project files as well as breaking projects into manageable tasks. They provide updates to the Executive Director and prepare presentations and reports.  Monitor project progress, address issues, and coordinate quality controls. Acting as the point of contact for all project participants while tracking project performance. Strong organizational and communication skills are essential in this role. This position will have a supporting role in the revitalization of Brunswick County and to help grow an underserved rural community.

Essential Functions

  •  Execute strategic plan: implement the IDA’s strategic plans and initiatives, aligning them with the overall IDA economic objectives.  To drive business growth and competitive advantage for Brunswick County.
  • Stakeholder Communication:  Provide, relevant and accurate information for marketing. Census Data, economic measures, industry costs, Industrial Park standards etc.
  • Prepare and provide reporting documentation to Executive Director
  • Coordinate quality controls to ensure requirements deliverable
  • Ensure on time grant reporting, deadlines, adherence to guidelines, schedules and preparing remittance requests.
  • Work with stakeholders to complete market and competitive analysis of Brunswick County and identify appropriate businesses, missing assets and best use of current stock and site readiness, go-to-market strategies for retaining, expanding and securing new and existing business in Brunswick County. Identify target industries, define desired industries and business and develop strategies to reach and engage businesses effectively.
  • Collaborate closely with cross-functional stakeholders.
  • Evaluate Plans in relation to Environmental, Social Governance (ESG) Grading

Requirements and skills

  • Strong desire to affect real change in the lives of Brunswick County Citizens
  • Work experience as a Project Administrator, Project Coordinator or similar role
  • Ability to use project management software
  • Solid organization and time-management skills
  • Working on constructions sights.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

PROFESSIONALISM AND CONFIDENTIALITY:   • Understands and consistently implements all County policies and procedures • Maintains confidentiality with all vendors and employee transactions and activities • Shares knowledge and assists other staff with day to day activities to promote effective teamwork to accomplish the goals of the IDA 

TRAINING AND JOB DEVELOPMENT: • Develops and sets own personal goals for acquiring new skills and job growth • Participates in conferences, workshops, webinars, and other opportunities to maintain current awareness of trends and for educational growth • Works with staff to discuss and resolve problems and provide ideas for improvement 

ADA REQUIREMENTS: Ability to sit at a desk and operate computer, calculator, typewriter, etc. for periods of up to three hours continuously, ability to read and write and to exchange information, ability to file papers, ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds, dexterity required to operate keypads, push buttons, and switches, ability to work independently in the absence of specific instruction and ability to meet the public courteously and effectively.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: • 2 Year Degree or required, Planning Degree preferred • Two (2) to four (4) years of experience project management • Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint •Excellent interpersonal and communication skills


Collaborative and supportive work environment.

Educational Opportunities

401 K with employer match

Paid Holidays and Personal Time

Flexible Work Schedule

Annual Salary Range $42,500-56,000

To Apply

Position is open until filled. Cover letter and resume may be mailed to Michael Dotti, Executive Director, Brunswick County Industrial Authority, 116 W. Hicks Street, Lawrenceville, VA or e-mailed to

The Industrial Development Authority of Brunswick County is an Equal Opportunity employer.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status. Qualified applicants will not be disqualified from consideration for employment based upon criminal history.

Brunswick County IDA is committed to being an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers including job seekers with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, please contact us by sending an email to  Resumes submitted to this email box will not be accepted.

Note:   This job description is not intended to be all –inclusive.  An employee will also perform other reasonably related job responsibilities as assigned by the Executive Director. The Industrial Development of Brunswick County, Virginia reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises.  Moreover, management reserves the right to change job descriptions, job duties or working schedules based on their duty to accommodate individuals with disabilities.  The job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

The IDA Board Chair & JSR-SPC Museum and Archives Board of Directors attends roundtable event at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Smithsonian’s National African American Museum of History and Culture, Robert F. Smith Center invited the James Solomon Russell-Saint Paul’s College Museum and Archives Board of Directors to participate in a roundtable discussion as part of the National Museum’s 6th Anniversary Celebration. The JSR-SPC Museum’s Board includes Gloria Wesson Menyweather-Woods, BCIDA Board Chair.


Free Business Growth Program

Merchant Assistance Program

“Lets Grow Your Business”

What is it?

This is a Free, Grant Funded, Business Training For Brunswick County Area Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

How does it work?

This Free 5 Week Cohort Will Walk You Through:

Week 1: How to Setup & Use Social Accounts for Business

Week 2: How to Grow Your Business with Social Media

Week 3: How to Set Up a Simple Website

Week 4: How to Get Google to Send You Business, for Free

Week 5: Know When and How to Use Digital Advertising

When is it?

You can attend live Cohort Sessions in-person Monday evenings:

Monday 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm        or     Monday 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

        4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23                     4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23

What if the start date has already passed?

All cohort sessions are being recorded and made available online to be accessed on demand. You can access these even after the program starts.

Where is it?

Virtual attendance is available, and cohort sessions are recorded. All sessions will be conducted at the Brunswick County Conference Center, located at:

100 Athletic Field Rd, Lawrenceville, VA 23868

How do I sign up?

Register For Free & Get More Information at

Brunswick officials

Organic Growth in Brunswick County

Source: SoVaNow, South Boston News & Record and Mecklenburg Sun

Excerpt: Twelfth-generation farmer Jordan Brandon is a trailblazer. He and more than 20 farmers who make up the new Southern Virginia Vegetable Packing operation in Brunswick County are helping to transition southern Virginia farmers away from traditional crops such as tobacco in favor of growing organic produce.

Read the full story here:

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Office Closure

The IDA offices will be closed:

June 20 – Juneteenth (Observed)

July 4th – Independence Day

September 5th – Labor Day

October 10th – Columbus Day & Yorktown Victory Day

November 8th – Election Day, November 11th – Veterans Day, November 23rd – 4 hour additional holiday time, November 24th & 25th – Thanksgiving & the day after

December 23rd – Break for Christams, December 26th – Christmas (Observed)

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7-2021 IDA Directors Report

Lawrenceville Revitalization Update

Less than two years ago, the Brunswick County IDA convened a group of professionals from around Virginia to address the business community and share with us their advice about how we could revitalize our downtown. We welcomed over 75 attendees, who gave insightful guidance about the challenges to opening and operating businesses in Lawrenceville. We left the daylong event energized, with a clear picture of the opportunities available as well as strong feedback on the needs of the business community. Key areas of discussion included access to broadband internet, connectivity to interstates and highways, and a need for downtown residents to support businesses. We heard from experts that we have the ingredients for a successful downtown, and we needed to focus on a roadmap to success.

Just 10 days later, we invited the residents of the community for a similar event so that we could gauge the opinion and priorities of those stakeholders. The community expressed a focus on reopening St. Paul’s College, connecting with heritage tourism, access to convenient local goods and services, and high-quality apartments downtown.

We were thrilled with the overlap in priorities between our business community and leaders, and our residents. We have spent the time since those meetings putting together the pieces for a successful revitalization. We are well overdue to update the community, and so want to provide this summary with a promise of more regular quarterly reports moving forward. 

The work we have undertaken has required many partners, including the Town of Lawrenceville, Brunswick County, the Chamber of Commerce, as well as individual business owners and residents. 

The most visible accomplishments have been helping to open successful locally owned and operated business in our downtown, including a florist and gift shop, a general store, sports bar, a health business as well as the early stages of a Community Center.

We have updated our National Register nomination for the Town of Lawrenceville to make historic tax credits, a critical financial incentive for revitalization, available to the maximum number of eligible properties. We hope to fund an expansion of the historic district in the future, which will mean more areas of Lawrenceville can benefit from the tax credits. At present, the tax credit program is utilized for the renovation of Pop’s Restaurant, and is an important tool for the upcoming work at the Sledge & Barkley building. We have also secured a large grant to help with exterior repairs at Sledge & Barkley. You will see activity underway there in the coming months. 

To help add downtown residents, we started with a small upper floor apartment project over the Butterfly Rose Florist and Gift Shop. Upon completion of this project, these formerly vacant eyesores, were sold to an investor and returned the properties to the tax rolls. Based on the overwhelming interest, we are working to finalize the construction of 18 planned apartments over Sledge & Barkley. Construction is not yet underway, so those will not be available for rent until sometime in the next few years.  

We have also visited other successful communities, including St. Paul’s, Virginia, to see how they have achieved success. Based on what we have learned, we have been working on a plan to create a formal Main Street program that will help businesses, property owners and residents achieve their individual goals for the greater good of the Town of Lawrenceville. This project will take a couple of years to implement once we have a plan and support  in place but it will provide critical support as we grow more local businesses in our community. 

Lastly, we have recently participated in a tour of St. Paul’s College, and provided data from our files to support a grant application for oral history interviews and a National Register update for James Solomon Russell/Saint Paul’s College Museum and Archives. We have not yet learned when the grant application will be funded, but we are pleased that the work we did for the Lawrenceville Historic District was helpful in development of the St. Pauls’ College Grant application.

In the last two years, we have learned that our historic buildings, small town character and relationships within the community are the keys to our success. We are working to maximize our partnerships and build on our potential.  We have found that historic preservation is the key to our future – for every 0.25 cents spent on historic preservation projects, we are getting a return of approximately 0.75 cents that we can put right back into the community and its revitalization. We appreciate your time reading about our recent activities, and look forward to sharing more in the next update! As always, please contact our office at 434-848-0248 if you have any suggestions, questions, or concerns.

Public Comments Lawrenceville Projects

At our last meeting in June Lawrenceville/IDA Liaison Anne Williams had questions. The questions made it into the Brunswick Times Gazette; however, the information I provided to the Editor in response were not printed.

The IDA is legally authorized to do what we are doing. Our activities are reviewed before we move forward and through an annual audit. Our goal is to provide an environment conducive to economic development. I am also working to make the properties as appealing to investors as I can. This is one reason that we work so hard for make our County Available to any possible grants we can get. We cannot operate residential properties but we can create them. We apply strong measures of due diligence to ensure that we stay within the Code Guidelines. Granting agencies are very careful to make sure that the law is followed before providing funds.

I direct you to the BCIDA website where our available documents, such as the Industrial Development and revenue Bond Act and bi-laws are on our website. You can utilize this link for direct access

Our budget is public information and is available upon request to anyone who wishes a copy. It is currently being formatted to make it add to the website. Our website was designed to keep the public informed. I also welcome any citizen to contact the office and set a time to meet with me. If necessary, I am available outside of typical business hours. I understand that many people have jobs that do not make them available 9-5 Monday-Friday.