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Closing February 27, 2020 - Project Manager, Economic Development and Culture (EDC) Division - City of Toronto

18 Feb 2020 12:53 PM | Taylor Chamberlain (Administrator)

Job ID: 4361

Job Category: Economic Development, Arts & Culture

Division & Section: Economic Development & Culture, EDC Business Growth Services

Work Location: City Hall, 100 Queen Street West

Job Type & Duration: Full-Time, Temporary (12 months)

Salary: $95,596.80 - $112,320.00. Please note: The salary reflects 2019 rates

Hours & Shift Information: Monday to Friday, 35 Hours per Week

Affiliation: Non-Union

Number of Positions Open: 1 

Posting Period: 12-FEB-2020 to 27-FEB-2020

Toronto is home to more than 2.9 million people whose diversity and experiences make this great city Canada’s leading economic engine and one of the world’s most diverse and livable cities. As the fourth largest city in North America, Toronto is a global leader in technology, finance, film, music, culture, and innovation, and consistently places at the top of international rankings due to investments championed by its government, residents and businesses.

The Role 

With a vision to make Toronto a place where business and culture thrive, our Economic Development and Culture (EDC) Division works to advance Toronto’s prosperity, opportunity and liveability by fostering employment and investment opportunities, encouraging cultural vibrancy through enhanced cultural experiences, and engaging partners in planning and developing the City’s economic and cultural resources. If you are passionate about cultivating relationships and partnerships, and are committed to meaningful engagement with the Indigenous community, then consider this mandate as an excellent career opportunity!

EDC is seeking a strong leader who, as part of the Business Growth Services unit, and working very closely with the Indigenous Affairs Office, will contribute to achieving divisional objectives, particularly regarding Entrepreneurship Services. As a Project Manager, you will also work closely with First Nations, Métis and Inuit stakeholders, to strengthen the City's relationship with Indigenous communities and advance reconciliation in the City of Toronto.

In particular, you will work in an environment where your project management and leadership skills will drive your ability to advance and help shape the direction of the Indigenous Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ICIE). Designed to give the Indigenous community an opportunity to explore their entrepreneurial aspirations, the ICIE provides space, business programming, advisory services, mentorship supports, shared workspace, community event space and connections to business networks.

Assuming accountability while adapting effectively to change

A results-oriented conceptual thinker, you’re prepared to develop, review and implement plans related to the ICIE, and capably manage assigned projects, as well as oversee multidisciplinary teams in the delivery of high-quality project management services on EDC projects and events. We will also rely on you to recommend strategies to resolve emerging issues by using your expertise and knowledge to determine the best solutions and course of action, communicate any potential situations of media attention, and keep the Director/Manager apprised of any issues impacting the service delivery of the project and the potential impact on ECD operations.

Building productive relationships in a politically complex environment

Well recognized for your political acumen, you’ll cultivate effective relationships and partnerships enabling you to work collaboratively with the Indigenous community, the Aboriginal Affairs Committee, City Council, corporate representatives, media partners, local businesses, politicians from all three levels of government, and internal senior-level management. Your ability to see the bigger picture will also be evident as you undertake the planning, research, progress and completion of assigned projects, investigate policy and program options, and take into account developments within the field, corporate policies and practices, legislation and initiatives by other levels of government.

Coaching, developing and engaging a customer-focused team

A skilled manager, you’ll conduct and/or coordinate appropriate staff training and related communication with respect to events/projects policies and procedures, with a view to ensuring that the quality of work and service meets corporate and divisional standards, and that employees are well equipped to perform their duties in compliance with all applicable legislative regulations. You will also develop, coordinate and approve effective communications for all levels of staff in the Division to ensure that the strategic plan is widely understood and paramount in all strategic and day-to-day decision-making.

Driving continuous improvement and innovation while managing financial resources

This leadership role encompasses the usual managerial accountabilities, as you’ll be supervising, motivating and training assigned staff, ensuring effective teamwork, high standards of work quality and organizational performance, and promoting continuous learning and innovation. You will also develop and administer project budgets, control and maintain expenditures within approved limits, as well as ensure that contractual obligations with donors and sponsors are met, along with City objectives.

Key Qualifications

Among the strengths you bring to the role of Project Manager, your application will be screened against the following qualifications:

  1. Post-secondary education in Economic Development, Business or Public Administration, or an equivalent combination of education and/or relevant experience.
  2. Extensive project management experience leading end-to-end complex and multi-faceted diverse projects requiring innovative solutions.
  3. Considerable experience in establishing and maintaining partnerships with internal and external stakeholders, including community-based organizations, civic institutions and the public.
  4. Considerable experience in managing, leading and motivating a team of professionals, while supporting divisional objectives.

You will be assessed on the above-noted qualifications as well as on your:

  • Political acumen, judgment and insight, including the ability to negotiate and achieve consensus among parties having different objectives.
  • Proven ability to be flexible and thrive in a high-stress creative environment with frequent and competing deadlines, multiple tasks and high performance expectations, and set and exceed goals.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate and work effectively with staff at all levels of the organization, including senior management, elected officials and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to analyze and prepare reports and deliver effective presentations to effectively brief senior officials.
  • Highly developed strategic, organizational, analytical and conceptual thinking skills, with the capacity to understand complex operating issues, and performance measures, and the ability to respond to emerging issues.

Committed to supporting Toronto Public Service values, you’ll lead by example in managing and growing a culture that champions equity, diversity and respectful workplaces, supports service excellence and promotes the best interests of the City of Toronto. You can also foster an organizational culture that emphasizes innovation, collaboration, learning, transparency, accountability and trust while promoting a strong code of ethics and integrity to support public service excellence.


Given the scope and focus of this role, lived experience as an Indigenous person will be considered an asset, as will knowledge of the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada, including the legal, social and economic issues affecting Indigenous communities, coupled with a demonstrated commitment to reconciliation.

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Salary Range: $95,596.80 - $112,320.00 per year (salary reflects 2019 rates)

How to Apply:

For more information on this and other opportunities with the City of Toronto, visit us online at To apply online, submit your resume, quoting Job ID 4361, by February 27, 2020.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The City is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to creating a workplace culture of inclusiveness that reflects the diverse residents that we serve. Learn more about the City’s commitment to employment equity.


The City of Toronto is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive organization. We are committed to providing barrier-free and accessible employment practices in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

Should you require Code-protected accommodation through any stage of the recruitment process, please make them known when contacted and we will work with you to meet your needs. Disability-related accommodation during the application process is available upon request. Learn more about the City’s Hiring Policies and Accommodation Process 

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