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Closing August 10, 2022 - City of Barrie - Business Development Officer

27 Jul 2022 2:57 PM | Stephanie Crilly (Administrator)



Posted: Wednesday, July 27, 2022 Job Number: PC-22-47

Job Type: Permanent Full-time, Union

Position Closing Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Choose Barrie

The City of Barrie is a vibrant, progressive, and growing community with deep connections to our heritage, to nature and to the opportunities surrounding us.

Our community values quality of life; the ability to play year-round with 300 hectares of park space, our beautiful waterfront, our lively downtown core and the nearby hills, wetlands, and forests. We also value connections; to our neighbours and the community, to our road and rail network, and to the opportunity Barrie provides to enjoy life.

Everything Barrie has to offer, from the water we drink to the roads we travel on, has one thing in common - municipal workers. Joining a municipality is one of the most rewarding, engaging, and exciting careers you could choose. It is a career you can take pride in knowing that every day you make a positive impact on an entire community. We are one team, with one goal and we all work together to continue making our community great.

The Opportunity

The Economic and Creative Development Department is part of the Infrastructure and Growth Management Division. This department is responsible for the attraction and facilitation of new business investment, and helping employers access the business opportunities of the area. They encourage and promote the creation of new Barrie-based enterprises, including start-ups and small business services. They also support the retention, growth, and expansion of the City's existing businesses. This includes bringing stakeholders together on strategic programs.

The Business Development Officer implements and maintains a sound economic development program that positively contributes to the City's employment base and non-residential tax base through the retention and growth of Barrie's existing business base and through attraction and re-location of new business. This position responds to the economic development needs of local industries by implementing and maintaining an effective local business retention and expansion program. It implements and maintains effective business attraction initiatives and facilitates the production of promotional materials, as well as supports and facilitates companies

establishing new facilities, expanding within, or re-locating to Barrie. This position also responds to information requests pertaining to new business, business expansions and reductions, labour and economic issues, and establishs and maintains external strategic relationships with the real estate community, business leaders, representatives of senior levels of government and other community organizations. Further, the Business Development Officer establishes and maintains liaison and business development communications with all levels of City staff, Council, committees and other levels of Government, while also leading, facilitating and supporting projects with outside organizations. They may also participate as a member of boards and advisory groups. Finally, this position attends trade shows and industry events/conferences, as well as plans and delivers economic development events.

Our Culture and Qualifications of the Job

Corporate Culture

  •     Your workplace values align with our corporate values of Strive, Share and Care and you want to join us in providing exceptional services and programs to build a prosperous, growing and sustainable community

Education (degree/diploma/certifications)

  •     Four (4) year University Degree in Business, Public Administration, Economics, Urban Planning, Marketing, Communications, or related discipline


  • Five (5) years of experience performing duties related to the above mentioned major responsibilities


  • Demonstrated Ability to:
  • manage projects within set timelines and budgetary constraints while setting and achieving clear objectives and outcomes
  • build effective working relationships with all stakeholders including industry and government officials, community leaders, members of the public, Council and staff
  • think and act strategically in a political and community based business service environment within a complex mandate
  • understand policitcal sensitivity in complex situations o skillfully manage database information related to economic development
  • Intermediate skills include: Business Acumen; Judgment; Leadership; Negotiation; Problem Solving; Project Management; Written Communication
  • Advanced skills include: Interpersonal; Presentation
  • Basic computer literacy using the following systems and software: Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, Project)
  • Availability to attend evening/weekend meetings or to work outside of designated normal hours per week

Conditions of Employment

  •  Valid Ontario Class "G" Driver's License in good standing with a reliable vehicle to use on corporate business
  • Satisfactory Criminal Record Check*

*Please note that this is a requirement of the position for any new employees to the City of Barrie in accordance with the Police Record Check Procedure. Existing employees will be grandparented from this requirement.

Other Important Information

Location: City Hall, 70 Collier Street, Barrie, Ontario*

*Please note the City has recently launched a Hybrid Work Program Procedure and pilot program for 2022 that may allow a hybrid work arrangement for employees who meet the eligibility requirements.

Hours: The normal hours of work are 35 hours per week in accordance with the Collective Agreement.

Wage: This position is within the CUPE Local 2380 Bargaining Unit with the following pay level and 2022 pay range:

  • Pay Level: Level 10
  • Yearly Salary: $79,352.00 to $95,095.00 per year
  • Hourly Pay Rate: $43.60 to $52.25 per hour

Benefits: This position includes a comprehensive union benefit plan, including but not limited to extended health and dental coverage, life and accident insurance, paid vacation and sick days, short/long term disability plans, OMERS pension plan, discounted rate for City Fitness Memberships and much more.

Don't meet the credentials as outlined but have years of directly related experience? Please see the City's Education Equivalency Procedure to determine if you may qualify for equivalency. Further information is available at

  • Position Equivalency Code: F

Please note that verification of educational credentials will be required from the preferred candidate prior to an employment offer.

The City of Barrie is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to creating a workplace culture of inclusiveness and welcomes applications from qualified individuals of diverse backgrounds. We are committed to providing barrier-free and accessible employment practices and we will accommodate the needs of applicants under the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the recruitment and selection process. If contacted for an employment opportunity, please advise if you require Code-protected accommodation and we will work with you to meet your needs.

Disclaimer: The job posting has been designed to indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this position title. It may not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties and responsibilities required of employees to do this position. For full position details, please request a copy of the Job Description by emailing

We thank all applicants and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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