Sector Strategy Director
Position: Sector Strategy Director
Status: Full-Time w/ Full Benefits
Salary: $70,000 or Hourly Contract
Benefits: 100% employer-paid health insurance after two months, short and long-term disability, and life insurance; paid holidays; paid vacation, sick, and maternity leave; eligible for 401K employer contribution after 6 months.

Strategic Approach:

The Lane County Sector Strategy Team (LCSST), backboned by Lane Workforce Partnership, uses the nationally recognized model of Next Generation Sector Partnerships. This model brings together private business with partners from local government, education, organized labor, economic development, and community-based organizations. Sector Strategies are business-led partnerships. Local labor market data and analysis is used to inform focused work to grow regional industries essential to our local economy, in order to respond to the ever-changing needs of industry and its workforce. In Lane County, our identified industry sectors are: Technology, Food and Beverage Manufacturing, Construction-Aggregate, Wood Products, and Transportation. Additional emerging sectors include bioscience, healthcare, childcare and creatives.

The Sector Strategy Director will play an essential role in keeping the multiple sector partnerships moving forward to accomplish the identified goals and outcomes.  It is essential that the Sector Strategy Director is action-oriented but also is a collaborative and disciplined team player.  This position has a degree of independence and decision-making authority. 


  • Proactively seek federal, state, and private foundation funding to support growth initiatives across targeted sectors. 
  • Provide administrative, project management, and facilitation support to keep the sector partnerships focused and productive.
  • Collect data from sector specific strategists to feed reports and storytelling opportunities.
  • Map and track labor skills across targeted sectors, to inform future workforce development initiatives.
  • Support Lane County businesses and stakeholders through the launch of emerging sector partnerships including Bioscience, Healthcare, and Childcare
  • Recruit support partners to help advance sector partnership priorities.
  • Deploy marketing and promotional campaigns via social media, email, and traditional marketing channels that increase awareness, promote collaboration, and help to achieve greater advocacy for the identified sectors in Lane County.
  • Provide recommendations and deploy approved strategies that will increase skilled workers, strong foundations, and solid business practices in Lane County.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for both business leaders and public partners for the sector partnerships, acting as an information hub to connect and network sector participants.

NOTE: The summary above is intended to describe the general content and goals of this position and is not intended to be an exhaustive statement of duties. Specific tasks and responsibilities will be outlined by the Onward Managing Director.




This position primarily focuses on project management. This position has frequent interaction with, but is not limited to, employees, board members, business and industry leaders, elected officials, subcontractors, clients, visitors, community agencies, vendors, etc.


  • Knowledge of Next Generation Sector Partnerships (
  • Excellent project management skills including facilitation, collaboration, written/verbal communication, and working with marketing professionals in the development of campaigns.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a variety of outside entities to move economic development or similar initiatives forward.
  • Proficiency in organizing small- and large-scale meetings and events.
  • Understanding of workforce and economic development initiatives and procedures.


Typical Office Environment: 

  • Requires extensive sitting with periodic standing and walking 
  • May be required to lift up to 20 pounds
  • Requires significant use of personal computer, phone, and general office equipment
  • Needs adequate visual acuity, ability to grasp and handle objects
  • Needs ability to communicate effectively through reading, writing, and speaking in person or on telephone
  • May require off-site travel 


Must be familiar with the principles and practices of management, including program planning, development and evaluation, fiscal administration, as well as the principles and practices of contract administration and governmental services planning; must also be familiar with the principles, practices and terms of the assigned program area, and the preparation and interpretation of descriptive statistics and program auditing techniques.

Must have the ability to develop goals and procedures, and anticipate task requirements inherent to the assigned area of responsibility; must be able to speak in public and express ideas effectively and persuasively; and to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience) from an accredited college or university with major course work in public administration, or education, or community services, or business administration, or a related field; and/or a minimum of three years of experience in community and human services planning, development and evaluation. or an equivalent combination of experience and training that will demonstrate the required knowledge and abilitiesthe .

About Onward Eugene:

Onward Eugene is a unique economic development organization in Eugene, helping our region be the best version of itself. Our mission is “prosperity for all”.  Our core values include fun, progress and partnership. Onward Eugene exemplifies what happens when people who are passionate about our community come together to make a collective impact.

Onward Eugene is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that unites regional partners in realizing our region’s shared potential for inclusive prosperity. Bringing together support for startup companies, business expansion and regional marketing initiatives, Onward Eugene is a force multiplier in the creation of regional economic resilience.

About the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce:

The Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce is a 1200-member organization representing businesses and the community.  It is a non-partisan organization, but takes clear stances on certain issues.  The mission of the chamber is to serve as a catalytic leader in creating a vibrant and diverse economy that drives economic opportunity and well-being.


Onward Eugene, the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce, and Lane Workforce Partnership provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment, and prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type because of a person’s race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.