The Corporation of the Municipality of West Nipissing
Posting Date: June 23, 2021
Position: Economic Development Officer
Type: Full-time, Permanent
Reporting to: Director of Economic Development and Community Services
Hours of Work: 35 hours per week, as assigned
Salary: As per salary grid
Serving a population of more than 14,000, the Municipality of West Nipissing is focused on building a strong and prosperous community. Situated between Sudbury and North Bay, West Nipissing’s geographic locale has several advantages. The regional market territory entails large volumes of activity from a population of approximately 235,000. Served by the Trans-Canada Highway 17 and located near the Highway 11 junction, West Nipissing is easily accessible from all four geographic corners of Ontario by rail and land, only hours from major city centres including Ottawa, Toronto, and the United States. With full-service airports in Sudbury and North Bay, connections nationally and internationally are only a short drive away.
West Nipissing rests along the shore of Lake Nipissing, a spatial mid-point of Canada’s largest mining cluster in the center of one of Canada’s most concentrated forests. As part of the basin of an ancient lake, the land is richer than much of Northeastern Ontario’s typical soil, contributing to an affluent agricultural economy.
Reporting to the Director of Economic Development and Community Services, the Economic Development Officer (EDO) is responsible for implementing, monitoring and reporting on economic initiatives in support of various economic development sectors. In addition, this role provides economic development support to local businesses and undertakes activities and supports partnerships that enhance the development of the Municipality of West Nipissing as a location of choice for investment/trade, enterprise and growth.
The EDO shall use his/her expertise to help define the character and trajectory of economic growth in the Municipality of West Nipissing by focusing on promoting the community, developing sustainable jobs matched to local employment needs and opportunities, and increasing the municipal tax base through new investment.
The EDO is responsible for the coordination and implementation of Economic Development Strategic Plans. He or she shall have a lead role in activities and initiatives that will attract investment and business opportunities to the Municipality of West Nipissing and will actively support (and/or lead) business retention and expansion (BR&E) activities that will maintain and increase local employment in the region.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
WORKING CONDITIONS / JOB ENVIRONMENT
- Provide overall coordination and oversight for the implementation of various projects and activities which are contained in approved strategic plans.
- Compile and update relevant economic data as required for distribution to potential investors and researchers.
- Undertake analysis and evaluation of economic and business development opportunities and identify strategies to develop these opportunities.
- Secure funding for economic development activities and programs.
- Staff liaison to the West Nipissing Economic Development Committee, the West Nipissing Chamber of Commerce, local businesses and regional municipalities to implement economic development initiatives and the development of an annual work plan.
- Identify the need for and develop a variety of promotional and marketing tools and community building events to attract new businesses and new residents.
- Develop resources to support, implement, and monitor effective marketing strategies.
- Conduct research, analysis, planning, and evaluation.
- Attend Council meetings and other committee meetings as required.
- Maintain an awareness of regional, provincial and federal economic planning programs and activities.
- Develop and maintain active contact with other business and economic development organizations, and government agencies in order to stay abreast of current programs and services, and ensure that the Municipality’s interests are served.
- Attend and facilitate community meetings, to provide information and updates to the public at large.
- Build and develop relationships with various public and private sector representatives in order to grow the local economy and support economic goals.
- Work with the Planning, Building and By-Law departments to aid property/business owners and ensure a team approach to supporting the navigation of a new or expanding venture through the various planning approval processes.
- Contribute to strategic plan development by researching, implementing and evaluating program initiatives.
- Monitor and examine market conditions and emerging trends which may impact existing and potential economic development and recommend appropriate action(s).
- Evaluate and report on the impact of government (all tiers) legislative, policy and program changes.
- Project Management – initiate and champion special projects based on current environment, often in partnership with external organizations.
- Manage and support development and implementation of economic and business development initiatives, managing project life cycle activities. Define project scope, goals, success criteria and deliverables that support economic development goals in collaboration with project team and key internal/external stakeholders. Report project status, including project KPI’s to stakeholders. Monitor and tracks project costs, schedules, resources, risks, issues, and performance to ensure the optimal success.
- Work is conducted in an office environment, travelling off-site and as needed for meetings and events and may be required to work outside regular business hours.
- Post-secondary degree in Commerce, Economics or a related field and/or certification as a Professional Economic Developer (EcD) or Economic Development Planner is an asset.
- Working experience in Economic Development, marketing and public relations.
- Must be bilingual (French and English) oral and written.
- Possess a valid driver’s license in the Province of Ontario.
- An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
Applications for this position will be accepted, in confidence, until July 16, 2021 at 4 p.m.
Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume to:
While we appreciate the interest of all applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
The Municipality of West Nipissing welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.