Job Posting #22687
Economic Development Officer
Approximate Duration: 12 months
About Niagara Region
Serving a diverse urban and rural population of more than 430,000, Niagara Region is focused on building a strong and prosperous Niagara. Working collaboratively with 12 local area municipalities and numerous community partners, the Region delivers a range of high quality programs and services to support and advance the well-being of individuals, families and communities within its boundaries. Nestled between the great lakes of Erie and Ontario, the Niagara peninsula features some of Canada's most fertile agricultural land, the majesty of Niagara Falls and communities that are rich in both history and recreational and cultural opportunities. Niagara boasts dynamic modern cities, Canada's most developed wine industry, a temperate climate, extraordinary theatre, and some of Ontario's most breathtaking countryside. An international destination with easy access to its binational U.S. neighbour New York State, Niagara attracts over 14 million visitors annually, as well as a steady stream of new residents and businesses.
Reporting to the Director, Economic Development, the Economic Development Officer (EDO) is responsible for implementing, monitoring and reporting on economic initiatives in support of the various economic development sectors Business Development and Expedited Services, Trade and Investment and/or Strategic Economic Initiatives.
Ongoing provision of economic development support to Local Area Municipalities as identified in the shared economic development plan(s).
Undertakes activities and supports partnerships that enhance the development of Niagara as location of choice for investment/trade, enterprise and growth.
- Post-secondary degree in Business Administration, Commerce, Economics, Economic Development, Marketing, Public Administration or equivalent related field of study. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
Minimum of 3 years of progressive experience in the following areas Implementation of economic/business development activities. Branding, marketing and sales. Supporting partnerships among business, academic and government/agency stakeholders that develop and support innovation networks and hubs. Municipal sector experience is considered an asset.
Demonstrated knowledge of Principles and practices of community planning, land use/growth management concepts, infrastructure improvement planning and capital facilities budgeting. Federal/Provincial legislation, policy and programs related to business development, investment/trade, enterprise, innovation and growth. Municipal government organization and functions.
One of the following (or equivalent) is preferred Certified Economic Developer (Ec.D.) from the Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC). Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from the International Economic Development Council.
1. Economic Development – Strategy & Planning
- Participates business planning, strategic planning, research initiatives and performance management for specific initiatives in support of economic development.
- Participates in the development of economic development strategies, objectives and long range plans for a unified economic development attraction program.
- Contributes to strategic plan development by researching, implementing and evaluating program initiatives.
- Monitors and examines market conditions and emerging trends which may impact existing and potential economic development and recommend appropriate action(s).
- Evaluates and reports on the impact of government (all tiers) legislative, policy and program changes. Recommends potential risk mitigation.
2. Economic Development – Programs/Initiatives and Implementation
- Supports and implements a range of services, initiatives and activities including (but not limited to): business outreach, foreign direct investments, local economic development, project facilitation, community economic development social enterprise development, workforce development and special projects,
- Research and identify recruitment prospects - generates direct corporate business leads and prospects for Economic Development Managers.
- Develop customer reports for potential new or expanding businesses that show what Niagara has to offer.
- Collect and provide information necessary to satisfy each prospect’s request for facts and information in the form of standard marketing materials and/or custom reports.
- Evaluates programs which would couple the immediately available resources of the area with potential business and industrial development.
- Researches and prepares Provincial and Federal funding submissions.
- Coordinates and/or attends recruitment events, trade shows and familiarization tours as Regional representative, marketing and prospecting business opportunities.
- Makes presentations before citizens’ and advisory groups/committees.
3. Shared Services
- Delivers services to Local Area Municipalities in economic development, encompassing business attraction, innovation, entrepreneurship, advocacy, business expeditor activities and new enterprise development.
- Builds and maintains shared service consulting relationships.
- Participates in the development and implementation of strategies, projects and initiatives for shared service partners (LAMs).
- Develops and manages relationships with shared service partners, ensuring strategies, projects and initiatives are executed and economic development performance expectations are fulfilled.
- Provide service to the development community regarding navigating the permitting process in cooperation with the shared services partners.
- Collaborates with shared service partners to assist private enterprise and community agencies to resolve community needs that have direct bearing on economic development attraction.
- Collaborates and partners with shared service partners, industry stakeholders (7 Chambers of Commerce, Niagara Industrial Association and Homebuilders Association), academic institutions (Brock University, Niagara College and Niagara District School Boards) and Provincial/Federal governments to support economic development initiatives.
- Provides advice and guidance to shared service partners on strategies and initiatives as required.
- Participates in several external and industry committees representing the needs of the shared service partners and advancing common goals and objectives.
- Interact on a regular basis with shared service partners concerning land use amendments and infrastructure plans.
- Provide support to shared service partners in responding to and resolving sensitive inquiries, complaints and issues from both internal and external sources.
4. Project Management
- Initiates and champions special projects based on current environment, often in partnership with external organizations. Manages and support development and implementation of economic and business development initiatives, managing project life cycle activities.
- Defines project scope, goals, success criteria and deliverables that support economic development goals in collaboration with project team and key internal/external stakeholders.
- Communicates project expectations to team members and stakeholders, liaising on an ongoing basis to manage expectations.
- Plans and schedules project timelines and milestones using appropriate tools.
- Tracks project milestones and deliverables.
- Determines the frequency and content of status reports from the project team, analyzing results and troubleshooting problem areas.
- Reports project status, including project KPIs to stakeholders.
- Monitors and tracks project costs, schedules, resources, risks, issues, and performance to ensure the optimal success.
- In accordance with the Corporate Criminal Record Check Policy, the position requires the incumbent to undergo a Criminal Records Check and submit a Canadian Police Clearance Certificate.
- Regional staff strive to enable the strategic priorities of council and the organization through the completion of their work. Staff carry out their work by demonstrating the corporate values of service, honesty, choice, partnership and respect.
Uncover the wonder of the Niagara Region and join a team dedicated to meeting tomorrow's challenges TODAY!
Let us know why you would be an excellent team member by submitting your online application.
We thank all candidates for their interest however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
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