Zeal Searches for Executive Director

Zeal and its board of directors seek a passionate, collaborative, and visionary Executive Director to build upon the mission of fostering entrepreneurship.  This position will serve as the face for entrepreneurship in Sioux Falls, SD and play a lead role in moving the entrepreneurial initiatives of the community forward.

Zeal is located in Sioux Falls, SD and is categorized as an entrepreneurship super hub.  It is a 45,000-sq. ft. facility that serves as a collaborative resource for early stage companies by providing office space, programming, and direct access to resources including SBA, SBDC, and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development as well as a developing professional partner network.

In collaboration with the president, board of directors, and internal Zeal staff, the successful candidate will play a leading role in building partnerships, marketing, securing funding, and advocating for local entrepreneurship.

The Executive Director will manage a staff of 4 employees in the ongoing creation and delivery of programing and facility management.

Zeal’s Work Includes:

  • Collaboration with other organizations: government, non-profit, and private to serve entrepreneurship initiatives, innovation, and investment to maximize Zeal’s value to entrepreneurs.
  • Providing a thriving epicenter of entrepreneurship and a pipeline of emerging rapid growth businesses to expand and diversify the local and regional economies.
  • Creating sustainable programming that serves all stages of entrepreneurship and promotes resource support.
  • Advocating for local economic development through supporting and contributing resources to government, non-profit NGOs, and private economic development entities.
  • Facility and grounds management.

The Executive Director’s Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Strategic Direction; working with the president, board of directors, and Zeal team members to establish and execute a long term strategic plan to foster entrepreneurship, collaborate with external resources, and provide sustainability.
  • Focusing on promotion and recruitment of supporting resources as well as strategic operations. The Executive Director will drive toward achieving sustainability through seeking innovative partnerships and funding.
  • Providing distinctive leadership for Zeal staff and leading initiatives in planning, promoting, and executing Zeal’s mission.
  • Overseeing and managing the financial operations of Zeal. The Executive Director will be accountable for budgeting and reporting as well as overseeing the internal financial processes.

Professional Qualifications:

Well qualified candidates will have a successful history (3-5 years minimum) in entrepreneurial development, business or non-profit leadership, finance, marketing, economic development or other related fields.  A minimum of a 4-year degree is required with additional professional degrees (MBA, MPA, JD) a plus.

Professional Skills & Characteristics:

  • Priority on the values of integrity and honesty
  • Proven leadership with an emphasis on a developed leadership philosophy
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Willingness to maintain high visibility within the organization as well as the community
  • Developed and proven written and verbal communication skills with emphasis on professionalism
  • Ability to work effectively with a board of directors to provide timely, accurate information and ability to provide perspective to support an informed decision-making process
  • Willingness to work extended hours and answer occasional after-hours emergencies

Applicants must send cover letter, resume/CV, and two letters of recommendation in PDF format to: makeitreal@realzeal.com.

Application review process will begin on November 6, 0217.  Zeal offers competitive benefits package that includes:

  • PTO/Holiday
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability
  • Retirement Contribution

2329 N. Career Avenue, Suite# 1
Sioux Falls, SD 57107
(605) 275-8000