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Closing April 23, 2018 - Senior Development Officer - Thunder Bay

13 Apr 2018 9:37 AM | Kerri Schuttel (Administrator)

As an equal opportunity employer, the City of Thunder Bay encourages applications from Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minority groups and women. 

Reasonable accommodations are available upon request for all parts of the recruitment process. 

Application forms must reference the competition number and be submitted to Human Resources. 

Position: Full-time
Salary: $77,049.56/year - $90,646.55, Pay Band 10
Department: Boards and Commissions
Division: Community Economic Development Corporation
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POSITION SUMMARY Under the general supervision of the CEO, is responsible for undertaking major and complex projects related to economic development; exploring, securing, and administering project funding; and supervising and setting strategic goals and targets for Development Officers. 


  1. Undertakes a broad spectrum of major and complex economic development projects, including the detailed analysis and work associated with the completion of research projects and economic development opportunities, funding applications, and feasibility studies; prepares and implements related strategic and promotional plans. 
  2. Provides information and advice to businesses and potential businesses, prospective entrepreneurs, agencies, the community, and other interested bodies on matters relating to economic development issues and opportunities. 
  3. Initiates and conducts discussions and negotiations with the private and public sectors regarding major and complex economic development opportunities. 
  4. Secures and administers funding for economic development initiatives by researching funding opportunities, preparing and monitoring funding applications, initiating and conducting negotiations with private and public funding partners, and administering project funds. 
  5. Develops and nurtures strategic relationships and partnerships with local and external business, industry, government representatives, and key funding partners; develops and strategically utilizes networks of contacts to support ideas and initiatives. 
  6. Provides technical direction and guidance to the Development Officers. 
  7. Identifies and promotes improvement to and expansion of existing businesses or industries. 
  8. Completes projects jointly undertaken by the City and the provincial or federal (senior) levels of government or other partners, as assigned. 
  9. Ensures the CEO is kept apprised of all activities pertaining to the CEDC. 
  10. Acts in the absence of the CEO, as required. 
  11. Performs such other related duties as may be assigned. 



  • Degree in economics, business administration, or a related field; and 
  • Minimum four to six years’ economic or industrial development experience 
  • Previous supervisory experience is required 
  • Knowledge of relevant provincial legislation regarding municipal economic development 
  • Familiarity with markets and marketing and economic development opportunities 
  • Knowledge of municipal, provincial, and federal government operations and programs, federal and provincial funding programs, and non-governmental funding sources 


  • Strong leadership skills together with the ability to motivate staff and a demonstrated enthusiasm for economic development 
  • Superior ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with members of City Council, private and public officials, the business community, subordinates, co-workers, and the general public 
  • Strong problem-solving and decision-making skills 
  • Proven negotiation and mediation skills 
  • Independent judgement when dealing with confidential and sensitive issues 
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software and the use of the Internet and e-mail 
  • Ability to plan, develop, and deliver presentations to a variety of audiences using oral, written, and electronic communication 
  • Ability to work effectively, both as a member of a team and independently 
  • Superior ability to communicate effectively and concisely, both orally and in writing, including the ability to skilfully handle on-the-spot questions from senior officials, special interest groups, and the media 
  • Competent within the meaning of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 


  • The use of a vehicle is required 
  • Working beyond normal working hours and out of town travel (by land and air) will be required from time to time 
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