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Chief Business Development Officer Application

Choose New Jersey is seeking an experienced business development leader as our next Chief Business Development Officer (CBDO). The CBDO reports to the President & CEO and will be responsible for the development and implementation of all business development initiatives with a goal of driving job creation and investment into New Jersey. The CBDO will work collaboratively to plan, execute, and evaluate domestic and international business attraction strategies, manage all major business development relationships, as well as manage teams based in Newark and internationally.


  • Lead the organization’s business development growth strategy for domestic and international markets, including strategies for industry sectors critical to the future growth of the state economy.
  • Develop a strategy for the organization’s national and international lead generation, prospect management, and business development efforts supporting the economic growth of the state.
  • Facilitate discussions with private and public sector partners on statewide economic development initiatives.
  • Serve as senior principal in client meetings, site visits, domestic and international conferences and trade shows, and international business attraction missions.
  • Leverage the organization’s extensive board membership to assist in key business development strategy and company engagements.
  • Facilitate strategic partnerships and collaboration between government entities, regional chambers and business associations, and education and financial institutions.
  • Oversee the execution of the organization’s research initiatives.
  • Lead the strategic vision and successful outcomes for the business development department as part of large-scale international trade missions.
  • Serve as lead advisor and liaison to the organization’s Business Development Committee.
  • Manage the organization’s Newark-based business development team, providing mentorship and regular feedback to create a cohesive, collaborative, and high-functioning team.


  • Proven experience in creating large-scale, complex business development strategies to support economic growth in a region or country.
  • Advanced understanding of economic development and state and local government programs.
  • Experience in the development, negotiation, and closure of agreements with both domestic and international clients.
  • Demonstrated ability to delegate and prioritize assignments while effectively managing multiple projects under tight deadlines.
  • Experience developing staff competencies and building a cohesive, collaborative team, including international office consultants.
  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Strong organizational skills and detail oriented.
  • Ability to exhibit sound judgment in making decisions.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality on sensitive matters.
  • Ability to develop and implement budgets.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.    


  • 10+ years’ experience in related economic development profession.
  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, economics, or related field preferred.
  • Experience in managing and cultivating a team of motivated business development professionals.

Additional Information:

  • This position will require frequent travel. A valid driver’s license and passport are required.
  • Authorization to work in the U.S. is a precondition of employment.
  • Vaccination against COVID-19 (inclusive of a booster), or having a documented medical exemption is a pre-requisite for employment.
  • A minimum of three references will be required.


Choose New Jersey will offer the successful candidate a competitive salary aligned to their education, years of experience and skillset.  Other factors such as location are also considered when determining the salary offered. Total compensation & offer package will also include the benefits below.


  • Hybrid work schedule
  • 4 weeks PTO + 10 sick days
  • 14 holidays observed + your birthday
  • 401(k) plan with company match
  • Paid bridge/family leave
  • Comprehensive health insurance plan
  • Vision, dental, and life insurance plans at no cost

About Choose New Jersey:

Choose New Jersey is a privately funded 501(c)(3) nonprofit economic development organization. Our mission is to stimulate job creation and attract capital investment to New Jersey. We market New Jersey both domestically and internationally as an ideal state to grow a business in the United States. Our knowledgeable, experienced staff, supported by a network of State agencies and private partners, provide free, confidential assistance to guide companies in establishing operations here. We strive to grow New Jersey’s economy by harnessing the power of business, labor, academia, and government.

Choose New Jersey is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or against otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities. It is Choose New Jersey’s intent that its employment and personnel policies and practices conform to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action.


Relocation & Expansion Services

We provide customized RFI responses, demographics, detailed market assessments and other complimentary business relocation and expansion services. When your company chooses to grow in New Jersey, we also will help you publicize your good news.

Site Visits

We’ll make your property search seamless, so you find the site that best meets your relocation or expansion needs.

Economic Development Connections

Our public and private partners provide a wide range of services. From higher education research collaboration to regulatory and legal assistance to workforce training, they’ll ensure you have a smooth landing.

Jen Lenhardt
Chief Administrative Officer