The Municipality of Chatham-Kent is seeking a Director of Economic Development Services. The Director provides strategic leadership to a broad portfolio, promoting Chatham-Kent’s unique strengths and expanding investment in the Municipality and its communities. This position will lead the organization in preparation and execution of economic development strategies to attract new industrial, retail and service growth; facilitate and coordinate redevelopment, business retention and expansion; managing incentive programs and partnering with local organizations, business and communities to establish projects and programs to expand economic development opportunities. Serves as a conduit to increase the economic vitality of Chatham-Kent by working closely with various communities, corporate representatives, local government officials, business owners, private developers, Chambers of Commerce and Business Improvement Associations to bring desired economic development to all communities of Chatham-Kent.
About Economic Development Services:
The Economic Development Services division is responsible for service delivery in the areas of advanced manufacturing, agri-business, food processing, commercial development, and small business including business attraction, business retention and development, small business support; as well as in partnerships with Resident Attraction and Retention, Local Immigration Partnership Program, Employment and Social Services and Chatham-Kent Workforce Planning Board.
The Community of Chatham-Kent
Situated between two beautiful, fresh water lakes, Chatham-Kent is home to a rich, colourful landscape which creates a wonderful backdrop for our unique towns and welcoming communities. You can live the dream without breaking the bank; with housing prices a fraction of those in comparative locations. For example, in 2017, an average home sold for $822,681 in Toronto, $330,037 in London and only $184,658 here in Chatham-Kent. Our large geography, great climate and abundance of natural amenities ensure that there are activities for people of all ages and interests. Internationally known for our heritage and culture, and a variety of attractions and festivals that dot the calendar year long, it is little wonder that people from both near and far choose Chatham-Kent as their place to call “home”. We invite you to join us, and experience firsthand what it means to be Living CK.
Responsibilities: (please see the job profile under municipal jobs at www.chatham-kent.ca for the complete responsibilities)
The Director will lead a division that is responsible for service delivery in the areas of advanced manufacturing, agri-business, food processing, commercial development, and small business including business attraction/ retention and small business support; develop and implement economic development initiatives to enhance the Municipality’s competitiveness in the region and globally; develop and implement a Strategic Plan working in consultation with both internal and external area stakeholders in economic development; oversee and manage the tactical implementation of the plan; develop short and long-term economic development plans; analyze existing economic situations relative to business attraction and expansion; review modern techniques for business attraction and retention, and negotiate and resolves sensitive and controversial issues.
Qualifications: (please see the job profile under municipal jobs at www.chatham-kent.ca for the complete qualifications)
A combination of either formal education or practical business experience will be acceptable, such as university degree in business administration, public administration, economics, sales or marketing; six (6) to ten (10) years of experience in business leadership, public administration, economics, sales or marketing; municipal experience preferred; Economic Development designation preferred; considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of economic development, business assistance programs, business cost structures, and of a broad range of commercial and industrial activities.
This permanent full-time position has an annual wage range of $114,623 to $134,994; plus health and dental benefits following the successful completion of a 90 day probationary period; Participation in the OMERS pension plan is mandatory. The Municipality offers a comprehensive benefit package, including long term disability and an extended health plan. This position also allows for professional development opportunities.
Resumes should be results-oriented, concentrating on achievements rather than simply on responsibilities. Covering letters should recount candidates’ related experience and their interest in the Director, Economic Development position.
Your cover letter and resume must include your experience and skills in the following areas:
- Education: post-secondary education in a related program, preferably business, community development, economics, marketing, or planning
- Experience: municipal experience; experience in economic development environment, preferably with strong acumen in marketing or sales; management and supervisory experience
- Knowledge of the principles and practices of economic development, business assistance programs, business cost structures, and of a broad range of commercial and industrial activities
- Experience working with elected and appointed officials, community stakeholders, investors
Applications must be received no later than 4:30 p.m., Monday, October 1, 2018, and should be addressed to:
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
Attn. Cathy J. E. Hoffman, MPA, CHRL
General Manager/Chief Human Resource OfficerCorporate Services
315 King Street West
P.O. Box 640
Chatham ON N7M 5K8
Email address: Ckresume@chatham-kent.ca
We encourage all to apply, including women, Aboriginal people and visible minorities.
We thank all candidates in advance; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
The Municipality of Chatham-Kent is an equal opportunity employer, committed to fair and accessible employment practices that attract and retain talented employees. Should you require accommodations during the recruitment process, please contact Human Resources & Organizational Development (HROD) at 519-360-1998 or email@example.com. Applicant information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Privacy legislation and will be used strictly for the purpose of candidate selection.