Manager, Agriculture & Rural Economic Development – Regional Municipality of Durham


Published October 31, 2019
Closing Date: November 24, 2019

Reporting to the Director, Economic Development and Tourism, the Manager of Agriculture & Rural Economic Development will be responsible for developing and implementing new strategies for bold and transformative programming to enable new growth in the Region’s agriculture & food sector, including enabling growth of new revenue streams such as diversified on-farm uses, agri-tourism, local-food capacity development, and agri-business succession planning support. This Manager will also be responsible for leading rural economic development programming and business retention and expansion programming in Durham’s northern Municipalities, working with stakeholders and area municipal partners to advance the economic vitality and vibrancy of northern communities and downtowns, as well as attracting new investment to the north.

The incumbent will:

  • Lead, coach and inspire two direct reports, including setting strategic direction for the section, developing and managing workplans as well as the annual section budget, and establishing agreements with service providers
  • Develop strategy and programming for local farm and agri-business owners that: enables agri-tourism and other on-farm diversified uses, unlocking new revenue streams; and supports the adoption of new local-food business streams including on-farm value-added processing and retail
  • Implement a Region-wide Local Food Business Retention & Expansion program
  • Work with other Regional Departments, northern Municipal staff and elected officials, BIAs, Chambers and Boards of Trade, and local businesses to develop and implement economic development strategic plans specific to the three northern Municipalities
  • Initiate a corporate calling program in coordination with northern municipalities, providing support to local companies
  • Initiate and lead rural community economic development projects (i.e. specific BR&E projects, downtown revitalization, trail development, business directories, First Impression projects, etc.)
  • Provide educational opportunities to the northern/rural business community (i.e. workshops, speakers, resources, tours, etc.), and promote the various business services available (i.e. BACD, Provincial and Federal staff, SPARK, etc.)
  • Actively pursue prospective investment leads suited to the northern Municipalities, and advance these leads, leading to investors establishing a physical presence and creating jobs
  • Prepare customized information for prospective investors, organize tours of potential northern sites and Municipal/Regional assets, and facilitate meetings for prospective investors with appropriate personnel and service providers

The successful applicant will possess:

  • A university degree (honours) in Business, Agricultural Science, Geography, Planning, or related discipline
  • Several years’ experience in the agri-food industry and/or rural economic development
  • Managerial experience within a municipal, not-for-profit, or unionized environment
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of the agri-food sector
  • Knowledge of current trends in the agri-food sector such as indoor/vertical farming, the local-food/farm-to-fork movement, on-farm diversification, agri-tourism, and succession planning
  • Strong political acuity and ability to operate independently with respect to sensitive topics and stakeholder relationship management
  • Strong coaching and mentoring skills with the ability to lead and direct staff
  • Excellent organizational skills with proactive planning capability and attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and presentation/public speaking ability
  • Rural Economic Development experience preferred
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) designation and/or Certified Economic Developer (Ec.D) designation would be an asset

Management & Exempt Salary Grade 6

Salary: $90,014 to $112,517 per annum

Conditions of Employment

Proof of education, qualifications and any other job bona fide requirements will be required prior to start date.

External Application Process

Come find a home where exciting and rewarding careers are balanced with your lifestyle. We thank all applicants; however, only those being considered will be contacted. Please apply online (www.durham.ca) no later than midnight on the closing date indicated on the Job Posting.

The Region of Durham is an equal opportunity employer committed to an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection process. If contacted for an employment opportunity and you require accommodation, or if this information is required in an accessible format, please contact us at: RecruitingHelp@durham.ca and a Recruiter will provide appropriate assistance pursuant to the Region’s Accommodation and Accessibility policies. Please note that resumes should not be sent to
RecruitingHelp@durham.ca.

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  • Position: Manager, Agriculture & Rural Economic Development
  • Type: Regular Full-Time
  • Salary: Salary: $90,014 to $112,517 per annum
  • Location: Regional Municipality of Durham
  • Closing Date: 11/24/2019

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