Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance


CLEDA Seeks Division Leader

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CLEDA Seeks Division Leader



Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance is the regional economic development organization for the Ten Parishes of Central Louisiana. CLEDA provides a wide variety of economic development services including recruitment, retention and development of major employers; building knowledge platforms and networks to achieve higher levels of educational achievement and skills training; and regional innovation initiatives in entrepreneurship, food systems development, and maker communities. CLEDA prides itself on being an innovative, mission-driven organization.


CLEDA is seeking a bright, energetic and experienced person to lead its Major Employers Division. Reporting directly to CLEDA’s President/CEO, this person will be responsible for recruitment, retention and expansion of businesses within the region. The Division is the primary contact for delivery of state-managed services from Louisiana Economic Development throughout the region. The Division supports and facilitates the activities of the Central Louisiana Manufacturing Managers Council. In addition, the Division is responsible for the site certification process in the region.


The person chosen to lead this division will be responsible for:

  • Creating and executing marketing plans in support of CLEDA’s “Central Louisiana: We Make Good Stuff” brand.
  • Networking with local, state, regional and national organizations to further the purposes of the Division and the organization.
  • Presenting to community, municipal, parish and state entities in support of the Division’s purpose.
  • Collaborate with and support the President/CEO in the development and management of the annual budget, financial records, and board communications.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in a relevant field, or equivalent experience.
  • 4+ years of economic development experience.
  • Documented experience in recruiting new businesses into a region. If you have not led successful economic development recruitment efforts, you will not be considered for this position.
  • Experience with finance, budgeting and long-term business planning.
  • Possess a leadership style that is ethical, open, trustworthy and collaborative.
  • Willingness and ability to travel, as necessary.
  • Willingness and ability to locate in the Alexandria, Louisiana metropolitan area (if not already resident here).


Salary and Benefits: CLEDA will provide a competitive wage and benefit package for the right person for this job. Specifics will depend on the selected candidate’s experience and background.


APPLY by e-mail only. Provide your resume, including work history, education background, references, and other evidence of leadership (along with a cover letter if you prefer) to jclinton@cenla.org. For additional information on CLEDA, please review our website at www.cenla.org.