Are you business savvy and current with regional economic development, investment attraction, and planning issues? Can you identify and advance economic development opportunities? If so, it’s time to take the next step in your career by joining the Region of Waterloo’s Economic Development Division.
As a Senior Economic Development Officer, you’ll support and/or lead the development and implementation of economic growth and development strategies and projects to support key economic development priorities and initiatives. A skilled communicator, comfortable getting results in a multi-stakeholder environment, you’ll develop partnerships and relationships with area municipalities, industry associations, community groups and leaders in the private, not-for-profit, post-secondary and government sectors, to implement projects as well as identify and implement opportunities to support economic growth in Waterloo Region.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED
To assume the role of Senior Economic Development Officer, you will have the following profile:
- Knowledge and skill in developing economic growth/development strategies and plans, in developing/maintaining business relationships, and in market and industry analysis, acquired through a 4-year degree in a related field (e.g., economics, business, economic development, commerce, business administration, planning), plus 5 years of related experience (or an equivalent combination of education and experience).
- Broad knowledge of current economic development, investment attraction, and planning issues in Waterloo Region and the surrounding areas.
- Ability to keep current on related provincial and federal government legislation and programs.
- Knowledge of, and ability to comply with, policies, procedures, and related by-laws and legislation (e.g., Planning Act).
- Analytical, strategic thinking, and organizational skills to develop and implement economic development plans; organize work and implement plans to achieve targets; and identify and analyze business opportunities and industry trends.
- Ability to conduct research and analysis to identify opportunities to support economic growth projects and plans, including determining methods/approaches to expand/increase awareness of projects, often requiring creativity and business savvy.
- Human relations, communication, negotiation, and leadership skills to develop and maintain relationships with business and community stakeholders; lead and advance negotiations with business investment prospects, land development owners, and project contributors; respond to inquiries from business partners and the public; liaise with internal program areas to support business/land development applications and for related assistance; conduct presentations to senior management and Council on matters relating to project files; and participate as an effective team member.
- Ability to read and interpret policies, legislation, procedures, regulations, reports and correspondence.
- Ability to write correspondence, reports, business development plans, and funding development proposals and applications.
- Computer skills, with ability to use software such as Microsoft Office and customer relationship management software (e.g., Salesforce).
- Ability to travel within and occasionally outside Waterloo Region.
- Ability to support and demonstrate the Region’s values.
Serving, engaging and inspiring current and future generations
Committed to fostering opportunities for current and future generations, the Region of Waterloo is an inclusive, thriving and sustainable region of connected rural and urban communities with global reach. Our mission is to serve, engage and inspire, by delivering quality services to a diverse population of 560,000+, while creating a healthy, collaborative environment of learning, respect and innovation. This is a place where employees are valued and recognized for their talents and contributions to our success.
In addition to offering a competitive compensation package, we have a strong focus on health and wellness, including fitness facilities and family-focused benefits.
Please visit our website, at www.regionofwaterloo.ca, for a detailed description of this Senior Economic Development Officer position (competition #2021-1567), and to apply online before 11:59 p.m., Monday, May 24, 2021.
We are committed to diversity and inclusion, and thank all applicants in advance; however, we will be corresponding only with those selected for an interview. We will accommodate the needs of qualified applicants under the Human Rights Code in all parts of the hiring process.