Rural Economic & Community Development Manager
||September 21, 2021
We acknowledge that the City of Kingston is situated on traditional Anishinabek (Ah- nish-in-ah-bay), Haudenosaunee (Ho-den-o-show-nee) and Huron-Wendat (huron-wen·dat) territory and is the home of many Indigenous peoples. We are grateful to reside and work on this land.
Kingston is a smart, livable city in the heart of eastern Ontario. Its stable and diversified economy includes global corporations, innovative start-ups and all levels of government. Kingstonians enjoy a high quality of life with access to world-class education and research institutions, advanced healthcare facilities, affordable living and vibrant entertainment and tourism activities.
We take our core values of Trust, Respect, Integrity and Pride seriously and apply these standards to everything we do. We foster a working environment that reflects our community’s diversity and respects people’s dignity, ideas and beliefs. The City of Kingston views diversity as its strength and encourages people from all backgrounds, including but not limited to women, racialized groups, Indigenous peoples, Persons with Disabilities and persons who identify as members LGBTQ+ communities, to apply.
**NOTE** The current status of this position is Temporary Full-Time for a period of up to 2 years with the potential for an extension or a status change to Regular Full-Time employment.
Under the general direction of the Director, Strategy, Innovation & Partnerships, the Manager of Rural Economic & Community Development is responsible for leading the implementation of Kingston’s new Rural Development Strategy including programs, projects, and initiatives with agriculture and rural business clients to promote economic growth, community development, investment and job creation and retention in rural Kingston.
Engaging, collaborating and co-creating with local organizations, businesses, working groups and residents, the Manager works at both a strategic and tactical level and makes recommendations and implements goals and objectives to guide the economic growth of rural Kingston in alignment with other City Departments and strategies including the integrated economic development strategy and Council’s strategic priorities.
The manager will also oversee the existing workforce development & in-migration strategy implementation with the support of the Workforce Development Analyst.
Leads the implementation of the rural Kingston development strategy in alignment with the Integrated Economic Development Strategy.
Collaborate and align with City departments and Kingston Economic Development to deliver presentations to businesses, developers, industry associations, site selection consultants and real estate firms about the municipality, opportunities for investment and program supports in rural Kingston.
Assist rural business start-ups and expansions by connecting them with local resources such as the Kingston Economic Development, Tourism Kingston, Launch Lab etc.
Collaborate with Tourism Kingston and regional tourism agencies on initiatives that promote rural tourism/agri-tourism in Kingston.
Work with representatives of business, industry, commerce and government to influence and facilitate the establishment and growth of business and agriculture development.
Work with community partners to attract desired industrial, commercial, retail, and professional investment to Rural Kingston by conducting economic research and analyzing business surveys, socio-economic data, workforce statistics, population and existing business/residential assessment base.
Manage and oversee all City led rural economic development programs and initiatives.
Develop and maintain strong working relationships with economic development agencies and associations, other levels of government, universities/colleges and neighbouring municipalities as it relates to rural development business attraction and investment, business services and infrastructure development and business retention initiatives.
Build collaborative relationships across City departments, committees and with elected officials, leveraging diversity through consultation and enhancing outcomes through partnerships.
Manage the development of all collateral marketing, communication and engagement material and oversees the updates and maintenance of all information contained within the marketing materials, webpages and on-line site search functions.
Prepare memorandums and reports as the subject matter expert on rural economic development matters to keep the Director of Strategy, Innovation & Partnerships and Rural Advisory Committee (RAC) informed, and to receive approval for the direction of the strategy implementation.
Coordinate the preparation of presentations to stakeholders on rural economic development studies and reports.
Participate on departmental and corporate strategic initiatives, special projects and committees to meet the long-term goals and objectives of the Corporation.
Engagement and reporting to the steering and working groups- Inclusive Workplaces, Employment Brand etc.
Develop and source grant funding for projects and programs to support the strategy.
Develop and execute projects and initiatives to meet the workforce development priorities outlined in the strategy and any new challenged identified by community partners.
Other duties as assigned.
Post-secondary degree in economic development, business, commerce, land-use planning, marketing, public administration or a related field.
Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible and relevant experience or a combination of training, education and experience deemed equivalent; Leading projects and teams, developing and implementing strategies and tactical plans in economic development, business development, investment attraction, land use planning, development, or related field.
Experience working with, or in, municipal government is an asset.
Project Management Certification, an asset.
Certificate in Economic Development and/or professional accreditation from the Economic Developers Association of Canada (Ec.D) an asset.
Skills, Abilities, Work Demands
Possess a demonstrated knowledge of economic business development practices.
Exceptional business, political acumen and management skills to interact professionally and effectively with the Corporate leadership, Council and external members of the community, business, customers and other levels of government.
Skilled in relationship building and management with strong dispute resolution and negotiation skills.
Subject matter expert in rural economic development and workforce development.
Must obtain and maintain a satisfactory criminal record check at candidate’s expense.
Please apply to Career Opportunities at: www.cityofkingston.ca/Careers
Please inform us of any accommodations we need to make to ensure a barrier-free recruitment experience. Accommodations are available in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC)and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) at any stage in the recruitment process. We’re happy to provide more information if you email us at HRCity@cityofkingston.ca
Your resumé must demonstrate how you meet position requirements. Please upload to your profile any educational Degrees, Diplomas and/or Certificates that are relevant and required for the position. We thank all who apply, however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. Information collected will be handled in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.