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Closing January 27, 2022 - Village of Merrickville-Wolford - Manager, Community Development

05 Jan 2023 4:55 PM | Stephanie Crilly (Administrator)

Village of Merrickville-Wolford

Manager, Community Development

The Village of Merrickville-Wolford is seeking applications for the permanent, full-time position of Manager, Community Development. Under the direction of the CAO/Clerk/Director, Economic Development, the Manager of Community Development will:

  • Lead the coordination of professional planning policy and development application review for the municipality in partnership with external consultants and the preparation of responses to stakeholder enquiries on related matters.
  • Promote and support business retention and expansion through managed growth and development of the municipality’s economic base in key industries, and the development and implementation of economic development plans and strategies.
  • Management of special corporate projects or initiatives as assigned by the CAO.

The Village offers a 35-hour work week, paid benefits and vacation, OMERS pension plan, and the chance to work with a phenomenal team in Canada’s Most Beautiful Village.

Applications should be emailed in confidence to Doug Robertson, CAO/Clerk/Director, Economic Development, at Please indicate “Manager, Community Development” in the subject line of your email. Applications will be considered for immediate interview upon receipt. Deadline for applications is Friday January 27, 2023.

We thank all those who apply but only those invited for an interview will be contacted. Information is collected in confidence under the Municipal Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy Act. The Village of Merrickville-Wolford is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Description

Manager, Community Development

(Permanent, Full-time)

REPORTS TO:                    Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)/Clerk

PURPOSE AND SCOPE:  Provides professional land use planning and economic development services including:

  • coordination of planning policy and development application review in partnership with external consultants and the preparation of responses to general public, business, and developer enquiries;
  • promoting and fostering business retention and expansion through managed growth and development of the municipality’s economic base in key industries, and the development and implementation of economic development strategies; and,
  • management of special corporate projects or initiatives as assigned by the CAO.

WORK HOURS:                 

35 hours per week, 8:30am-4:40pm, Mon to Fri, plus evenings & weekends as required to attend meetings.

SALARY RANGE:               $79,226 to $96,390 (2022 rate - under review).

OFFICE LOCATION:          Municipal Office, 317 Brock Street West, Merrickville

TRAVEL:                               Occasional travel required to perform duties.


Direct supervision of staff as assigned which may include, but not be limited to, professional and/or administrative staff, summer students, interns, and co-op students.


The Manager, Community Development’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Key responsibilities – Planning:

Provides planning and development support in accordance with the by-laws, policies and plans established and approved by Council.  

Provides support to the public, businesses, and developers including fielding general planning & development inquiries, and referring inquiries to other staff or agencies as appropriate.

Explains land use planning and municipal development processes and requirements for development applications with respect to zoning by-laws, official plans, and related policies and regulations.

Works closely with local authorities, government agencies, conservation authorities and other local, regional, provincial and federal authorities on planning related matters.

Working with external consulting Registered Professional Planner(s), Professional Engineers and internal staff to research, prepare and/or present planning reports, as required.

Coordinates information gathering and reporting in collaboration with Professional Planners, internal staff and outside agencies to process, review, and evaluate Zoning By-law Amendments, Minor Variance requests, Official Plan Amendments, Site Plan Control Applications, Subdivision applications, and other related or similar applications.

Works with the Professional Planner in the preparation of studies and reports on planning related issues and pertinent legislation.

Coordinates pre-consultation meetings with Professional Planning Consultants, applicants, and others, as required.

Attends and supports Committee of Adjustment meetings, Council meetings, Planning Advisory Committee meetings and other planning related meetings, as required.

Subject to legislative and Village policy requirements, may act as Advisory Committee Secretary and/or Committee of Adjustment Secretary / Treasurer as assigned.

Maintains and provides updates on planning and development related content for the municipal website.

In conjunction with the CAO and Manager of Finance, assists with the preparation of annual operating budget for the Community Development Department.

Key responsibilities – Economic Development

Working with local, regional, provincial and national partner groups/agencies, actively promotes and encourages all types of growth and development opportunities within Merrickville-Wolford.

Develops strong relations and collaborates with partner groups/agencies wherever possible for the mutual benefit of residents and businesses.

Provides support to the public and businesses, including fielding economic development and tourism inquiries, and referring inquiries to other staff and business support organizations as appropriate.

Supports the needs of existing businesses within the municipality through regular contact and provides support to address their needs, focusing on business retention and expansion.

Working with the CAO to provide effective first point of contact support for new business development and investment inquiries, making internal and external referrals as appropriate.

Coordinates the implementation of strategic plans and other economic development tools for consideration and review.

Researches and analyzes the needs of key industry sectors, explores possible funding opportunities, and collaborates with other staff and stakeholders to apply for grants that advance the economic development goals of the municipality and its private sector businesses.

Develops, organizes, and maintains the municipality’s economic development related statistics and information, and ensures that the same is available to promote community economic development.

Attends Council meetings, Council Advisory Committee meetings, and economic development related meetings (e.g., United Counties Economic Development, Chamber of Commerce, business support organizations and agencies, etc), including regional, provincial and national development and tourism organization events, as required.

Maintains and provides updates on development, investment and tourist related content for the municipal website.

General responsibilities:

Supervises and monitors the performance of department staff.

In conjunction with the CAO and Treasurer, prepares the annual Operating and Capital Budgets for Community Development Dept.

Ensures a high level of transparency and accountability while respecting and adhering to confidentiality requirements, including those under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and any relevant policies and procedures of the municipality.

Protects own health and safety and that of others by adopting safe work practices, reporting unsafe conditions immediately and attending all relevant training regarding occupational health and safety.  Follow all requirements and guidelines for employees and employers as legislated under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the CAO.


  1. University degree in Planning or Economic Development, or a closely related discipline.
  2. Three (3) years of professional experience in municipal planning and development or economic development combined with exposure to planning principles, ideally with an emphasis on rural and small urban environments.
  3. Registered Professional Planner (RPP) designation (or progression toward) and Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) membership preferred.
  4. Willingness to obtain Economic Development certification and/or RPP designation.
  5. Thorough knowledge of the Provincial Policy Statement, Ontario Planning Act, and Municipal Act.
  6. Ability to interpret legal surveys, agreements, maps, drawings, plans, GIS data, etc.
  7. Analytical skills to resolve planning related problems and negotiation skills for complex applications.
  8. Excellent public speaking skills and a strong ability to represent the municipality well at public meetings and presentations.
  9. Highly developed collaboration, leadership and communication skills with a strong sense of public service and political acuity.
  10. Strong computer proficiency and report writing skills.
  11. Valid G Driver’s License in good standing with access to a vehicle.

*Note: Alternative combinations of related experience and education may be considered in lieu of the stipulated requirements.


INTERNAL:  Municipal employees; volunteers; municipal council and advisory committee Members.

EXTERNAL:  Members of the public; developers; business owners;  business and residents’ groups; various municipal, provincial & federal government departments and agencies; local, regional, provincial & federal groups and partner organizations; professional services providers/consultants.

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