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Closing June 22, 2020 - Senior Economic Development Officer - City of Waterloo

15 Jun 2020 3:50 PM | Taylor Chamberlain (Administrator)

City of Waterloo

One of the World’s Top Intelligent Communities, Waterloo boasts a knowledge economy that is globally recognized and is home to major employers, global think-tanks, the country’s leading finance and insurance companies, and world renowned post-secondary institutions. Waterloo’s prosperity is at an all-time high and consistently outperforms provincial standards for wealth, educational attainment, and talent. From urban design and architecture awards to sustainability and economic development awards, Waterloo wins local, provincial and global acclaim as a premier destination for success.

Senior Economic Development

Reporting to the Executive Director of Economic Development, the Economic Development Officer will collaborate with a variety of stakeholders including the business community, the broader public sector, various levels of government and cultural staff to facilitate and expand business investment in the City of Waterloo with a focus on land development, job growth and retention.


  • Promote the City of Waterloo as a location of choice and build relationships with the local business community to drive business expansion, retention and investment
  • Collaborate with municipal, regional, provincial and federal government officials and private sector representatives to increase investment in the City of Waterloo
  • Develop initiatives and strategies for business expansion and retention and promote these through proposals, presentations and tours
  • Develop and maintain relationships with various community partners including academic institutions, chamber of commerce and commercial and industrial realtors and developers to assist in supporting and promoting local business growth and prosperity
  • Engage with culture staff, senior management, Council and advisory committees on issues of economic development
  • Manage the acquisition, development and sale of city-owned employment lands
  • Represent the City within a variety of external organizations participating as an active member and providing guidance to corporate committees, task forces and project teams
  • Represent the City at networking events, business development outreach meetings and real estate/developer forums
  • Market the City as a location of choice to senior business executives, incoming delegations and other investment mediaries
  • Maintain an up to date community profile report on the City of Waterloo, including economic statistics and indicators, local businesses and services

Minimum Qualifications

  • University degree in Business Administration, Economic Development, Local Economic Development, Urban Planning or related discipline
  • Eligibility for certification in the Economic Developers Association of Canada
  • 5+ years recent and relevant experience within the field of economic and/or business development with a proven track record of success and results
  • Previous experience managing land development projects an asset
  • Previous experience facilitating Community Improvement Plans and Business Retention and Expansion programs would be considered an asset
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including preparing and delivering presentations, letters and reports
  • Excellent interpersonal and conflict resolution skills with a strong focus on customer service to effectively interact with all stakeholders
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and within a team environment
  • Strong facilitation, meeting management and marketing skills
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills
  • Strong negotiation, analytical and problem solving skills
  • Work efficiently in a high volume, fast paced environment with frequent interruptions and changing priorities
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality and discretion in a work environment that has access to confidential and sensitive information
  • Knowledge of the Municipal Act, Planning Act, and related legislation would be considered an asset
  • Computer proficiency with Microsoft Office suite of software
  • A satisfactory police criminal and judicial matters check will be required as a condition of hire
  • Applicants may be required to undergo testing as part of the recruitment process

For more details and to apply on-line, please visit the employment page of our website at:

Job Posting Deadline: June 22, 2020 at 4:00 pm

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