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Closing June 21, 2020 - Program Coordinator, Rural Economic Development - Regional Municipality of Durham

15 Jun 2020 3:10 PM | Taylor Chamberlain (Administrator)


Planning and Economic Development Department

Program Coordinator Rural Economic Development (Regular Full-Time)

Job ID: 13048

Job Number: 533

CUPE Local 1764

Open: May 30, 2020

Close: June 21, 2020

Program Coordinator - Rural

Reporting the Manager of Agriculture & Rural Economic Development, this Program Coordinator – Rural Economic Development will be responsible for delivering innovative economic development programs and initiatives that support the retention, attraction and expansion of businesses in northern Durham Region (Townships of Scugog, Uxbridge and Brock) while being an economic development resources and champion for various committees, and Regional and Municipal led initiatives.

The incumbent will:

  • Assist in the development and implementation of programming for Durham's rural municipalities that aims to attract, retain and expand businesses in northern Durham Region
  • Coordinate ongoing Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) programming/Corporate Calling to identify issues, challenges and opportunities to fulfill business needs and enable growth/expansion
  • Work collaboratively with rural/north Durham Municipal Staff, stakeholders and organizations as well as represent the Region at various conference, tradeshows, events and/or meetings, as required
  • Promote business services available to businesses (e.g. BACD) and coordinate educational opportunities for the business community (e.g. workshops/training)
  • Coordinate the creation and distribution of rural business/economic development marketing/promotional collateral (newsletters, social content, publications)
  • Provide investment attraction services in the northern Municipalities by responding to and actively pursuing potential investment leads, including providing site selection assistance, customized information and local intelligence
  • Pursue grant funding from other levels of government and government agencies by assisting with and writing grant applications for economic development programming
  • Monitor expenditures and invoices for payment; process payment requests
  • Develop and implement community economic development projects (e.g. specific BR+E projects, downtown revitalization, First Impressions Exchange etc.) that contribute to maintaining vibrant rural communities
  • Conduct research and analysis to support the creation and development of new strategies to accommodate and adapt to changing trends in rural economic development
  • Coordinate special projects that support the Agriculture and Rural Sections annual objectives

The successful applicant will possess:

  • Post-secondary diploma in Business, Economics, Tourism, Communications or related discipline
  • A certificate in Economic Development through the Economic Development Association of Canada (EDAC) would be an asset
  • Previous experience in the rural economic development field and working with businesses, rural community groups and agri-businesses
  • Proven proficiency with various computer software applications, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Social Media, CRM systems, website CMSs
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication and customer service skills
  • Strong analytical, research and problem-solving skills with attention to detail
  • Sound project management, time management and presentation skills, with the ability to multi-task
  • A valid Class 'G' Ontario driver's licence and access to a vehicle

CUPE 1764 Salary Grade 5

This position is with Salary Grade 5 and will be paid at the following hourly rates:

  • Start: $35.65 - Six Month: $37.63 - Job: $39.61

Conditions of Employment

Proof of education, qualifications and any other job bona fide requirements will be required prior to start date.

External Application Process

Come find a home where exciting and rewarding careers are balanced with your lifestyle. We thank all applicants; however, only those being considered will be contacted. Please apply online ( no later than midnight (Eastern Standard Time) on the closing date indicated on the Job Posting.

The Region of Durham is an equal opportunity employer committed to an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection process. If contacted for an employment opportunity and you require accommodation, or if this information is required in an accessible format, please contact us at: and a Recruiter will provide appropriate assistance pursuant to the Region's Accommodation and Accessibility policies. Please note that resumes should not be sent to

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