Manager, Economic Development – County of Simcoe


Reporting directly to the Director of Planning, Development & Transit, the Economic Development Manager provides leadership to the County of Simcoe Economic Development program through strategic planning,partnership development, coordination and implementation of programs and activities, directing staff and administering day-to-day operations in accordance with the policies of the County and applicable Legislation.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES  (not listed in order of priority)

  1. Strengthen relationships with municipal business and educational partners, and work on collaborating with them on opportunities and projects that foster economic development.
  2. Develop and implement strategies for building community consensus for economic development in the County of Simcoe.
  3. Coordinate and develop programs, business plans and project/funding proposals that will influence companies to locate in Simcoe County by working with area municipalities and other local economic groups to improve Simcoe’s economic development infrastructure.
  4. Coordinate and compile comprehensive market data on Simcoe County with a view to producing a Simcoe County’s “Community Profile” for the distribution to potential investors and researchers.
  5. Develop and maintain staff scheduling, oversee day to day activities of staff according to County policies and guidelines.
  6. Develop and implement policies and viable strategies that support and encourage the expansion and diversification of existing business sectors in support of continued industrial growth and regional economic development.
  7. Develop strategic partnerships with local Economic Development Officers, Community Futures Agencies and area Economic Associations to increase the tax base by creating jobs for the citizens of Simcoe County.
  8. Compile demographic, economic and social data on Simcoe County and produce Simcoe County’s “Regional Profile” for distribution to potential investors and researchers.
  9. Integrate programs and services from other departments with economic development initiatives to raise the County’s profile and success of their programs.
  10. Analyze and interpret business and economic trends that affect economic development in the County.
  11. Prepare reports, presentations and recommendations for the CAO’s Office, County Council and Committees. Attend and represent the County at community meetings, trade shows and at other marketing and business events.
  12. Provide leadership and supervision to staff in a manner thatmotivates, guides, and directs employees to the realization of departmental goals and objectives. Maintain a work environment that promotes staff participation, teamwork and positive labour relations.  Provide coaching and mentoring to staff as needed.
  13. Develop and maintain staff scheduling and oversee day-to-day activities of staff according to County policies and guidelines.  Conduct performance reviews.
  14. Assist in the recruitment, evaluation, discipline, and performance management of personnel.   Determine training and development needs of staff and provide access to additional training as needed.
  15. Prepare reports and attend Council, Council/Committee, Public Hearing, community and other public meetings as required; prepare and facilitate presentations regarding municipal land-use planning, development applications and their impact, and new or pending legislation and regulatory guidelines.
  16. Respond to inquiries from andliaise with the development community, internal departments, other governments, agencies, residents, elected officials, etc. on County Planning matters and development proposals.
  17. Undertake special projects and perform other duties as assigned, in accordance with departmental, divisional or corporate objectives.
  18. Comply with provincial and County occupational health and safety legislation, regulations, policies and procedures.
  19. Maintain confidentiality in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.


  • A degree in Planning, Business Administration, Political Science, Economics or equivalent.
  • Class G Driver’s License in good standing and reliable vehicle to use on corporate business.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the operations of local, county and senior government as it affectsthe land use planning and economic development professionals.
  • Ability to be diplomatic and tactful with local politicians, community leaders, government officials, members of professional organizations and representatives of federal foreign trade offices and other levels of government.
  • Political acuity and sensitivity along with exemplary presentation and analytical skills.


  • A Minimum of nine (9) years’ experience in planning, business administration, economic development, or marketing fields in the public or private sector or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated ability in corporate core competencies including customer service, communication, team work, initiative/self-management and accountability, and flexibility/adaptability.


  • Focused concentration on details, report analysis, conducting presentations
  • Meetings in and out of the office.


  • Office environment with no disagreeable working conditions.
  • Some traveling within the County and central Ontario.

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