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)
- Strengthen relationships with municipal business and educational partners, and work on collaborating with them on opportunities and projects that foster economic development.
- Develop and implement strategies for building community consensus for economic development in the County of Simcoe.
- 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.
- 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.
- Develop and maintain staff scheduling, oversee day to day activities of staff according to County policies and guidelines.
- 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.
- 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.
- Compile demographic, economic and social data on Simcoe County and produce Simcoe County’s “Regional Profile” for distribution to potential investors and researchers.
- Integrate programs and services from other departments with economic development initiatives to raise the County’s profile and success of their programs.
- Analyze and interpret business and economic trends that affect economic development in the County.
- 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.
- 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.
- Develop and maintain staff scheduling and oversee day-to-day activities of staff according to County policies and guidelines. Conduct performance reviews.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Undertake special projects and perform other duties as assigned, in accordance with departmental, divisional or corporate objectives.
- Comply with provincial and County occupational health and safety legislation, regulations, policies and procedures.
- Maintain confidentiality in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
EDUCATION, TECHNICAL SKILLS AND CERTIFICATION
- 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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