Manager, Economic Development (Full-Time)
Hours of work:
35 per week, usually Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; flexibility in scheduling is necessary as there will be the requirement to attend to functions outside of normal work hours (including evenings, weekends or holidays) and/or work overtime as needed
Reporting to the Director of Planning, Building & Economic Development, the Manager, Economic Development is responsible for leading development and implementation of economic development strategy, programs and projects, ensuring that Collingwood is investment-ready, local and re-located businesses are supported and assisted to help grow the local and Regional economy, smart decisions and projects are made to support and grow the tourism sector, Collingwood’s reputation for knowledge based, innovative, sustainable businesses and business ideas is strengthened and sustained and the Collingwood brand is promoted and marketed. The Manager makes recommendations and implements approved direction to guide the economic growth of the community, as well as leads and facilitates the Business Development Centre (BDC). The main duties and responsibilities of the position are in the areas of leading development and implementation of economic development strategy, ensuring Collingwood is investment-ready, workforce development, and division administration functions.
Experience and Qualifications:
- Degree/diploma in Economics, Business, Public Administration or related discipline.
- Certified Economic Developer (Ec.D.) designation an asset.
- Ten (10) years of professional experience in business development, community building, economic development and/or marketing. Broad-based business development experience working with small and large companies and organizations, across a range of leadership levels.
- Knowledge of structure and operation of municipal government principles, practices, procedures and legal requirements and its political environment. Proven political sensitivity and judgement, and familiar with methods and techniques for business and community involvement.
- Experience developing win-win private-public partnerships, writing agreements and ensuring ongoing relationship development, and well as demonstrated expertise in developing plans, securing approval and ensuring their effective implementation. Proven leadership ability to motivate and bring stakeholders together including business, industry, all levels government and community groups.
- Excellent administrative, communication, interpersonal, organizational, time management, analytical, problem-solving, report writing, project management, and public relations skills, together with the ability to use tact and discretion and to deal courteously and effectively with the public and fellow staff members. Demonstrated success in leading cohesive and motivated teams to meet corporate goals, objectives and initiatives.
- Ability to multi-task, cope with interruptions and work under pressure to meet multiple deadlines, exercise discretion and good judgment particularly when handling highly confidential/sensitive information. Possess a high level of initiative and personal integrity.
- Working knowledge of Windows and Microsoft Office applications, and office equipment. Strong grasp of social media platforms, promotional strategies and analytics.
- Valid Class “G” driver’s license and reliable vehicle to utilize on corporate business. Ability and willingness to travel within the community as required.
- Possess a current Criminal Record & Judicial Matters Check (Level 2) with results satisfactory to the employer, and a valid standard first aid & CPR/AED Level C certification (or willing to obtain).