Director of Development and Tourism – Dufferin County

Published July 22, 2021
Closing Date: August 18, 2021

The County of Dufferin is an upper-tier municipality that sits on the Greater Toronto Area fringe, about 100 km northwest of Toronto. It is primarily a rural county with three urban settlement areas: Grand Valley, Orangeville, and Shelburne. The region is well known for its rivers, rolling hills, and excellent outdoor recreation opportunities. The UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, the Niagara Escarpment, and the world-famous Bruce Trail run through Dufferin, offering spectacular vistas and hiking opportunities. Home to over 61,000 residents, the area boasts fabulous restaurants, shopping, and amenities.

Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), the Director of Development and Tourism will bring strategic vision, an inclusive leadership approach, and a commitment to corporate-wide collaboration to the senior leadership team. The Director of Development and Tourism is a key contributor to the development of organizational culture, corporate decision-making and provides ideas and advice that support the County’s priorities. The Director will oversee the Development and Tourism department, which includes: Planning, Building Permit/Inspection Services, Economic Development, and Tourism and Culture (including the Museum of Dufferin) by providing guidance and direction. The Director will act on their own authority or on the authority delegated by the CAO and is responsible for implementing all major decisions affecting the Development and Tourism department.

The ideal candidate for the Director of Development and Tourism has a relevant university degree and at least 6 six years of progressive management experience in economic development, planning, or a related field of work. Knowledge of one or more of the Planning Act, the Building Code Act, Economic Development principles or cultural/museum/heritage services, as well as previous diversity, equity and inclusion training would be preferred. You possess exceptional leadership skills with a proven ability to lead, supervise, and mentor a team of managers and staff while working towards a common corporate goal.  You also have experience working with elected officials or Boards.

If you have a background in economic development or planning; and progressive management experience in municipal government, building inclusive and diverse teams, then this role may be perfect for you.

Please submit your resume and related information online to Kartik Kumar Legacy Executive Search Partners at by 11:59 P.M on August 18,2021.

To view a detailed Position Profile, please click here.

We sincerely thank all candidates for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

As an organization, we have made a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging and are at the beginning of this journey. We recognize the value of diverse perspectives and lived experiences, and the importance of creating an environment that embraces and supports these. We are committed to creating and fostering a workplace where all employees, regardless of race, colour, ancestry, creed (religion), place of origin, ethnic origin, citizenship, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status, and disability feel a sense of dignity and belonging. As such, we seek to attract, develop, and retain highly talented employees with a variety of identities and backgrounds, in order to better reflect the growing diversity of our region.

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005), upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Legacy Executive Search Partners and Dufferin County throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. Information collected will be used in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) for the purpose of job selection and will not be used for any other reason.

  • Position: Director of Development and Tourism
  • Location: Development and Tourism department
  • Closing Date: 08/18/2021


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