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Closing November 16, 2020 - Manager of Economic Development & Policy - Town of Aurora

29 Oct 2020 1:27 PM | Taylor Chamberlain (Administrator)

Manager of Economic Development and Policy (Division Head)

The Town of Aurora is a growing community of over 63,000 residents and 1,300 businesses, including approximately 150 major industries and head offices. Aurora has experienced tremendous growth over the past several years with population and employment doubling since 1991. Aurora’s family friendly communities, local amenities, cultural and recreational activities, vibrant local economy, attractive natural environment and strategic location in York Region continue to attract residents and workers to the area.  By 2031, Aurora is anticipated to add 16,000 people and 12,000 jobs to the community. Aurora's location offers all the advantages of an urban centre while maintaining its small town atmosphere. Portions of the Town exist within the environmentally-significant Oak Ridges Moraine, which provides rolling terrain, rich valley land and large forest tracts.  A scenic and friendly Town with a rich cultural heritage, recreational facilities and neighbourhoods make Aurora an ideal place to live and grow a business.

As part of the GTA, Aurora has access to a workforce of 2.6 million people. Aurora is known as a community of affluence and is home to many “C” suite executives. Aurora’s largest employers include Desjardins Insurance, Magna International, TC Transcontinental Printing, York Catholic District School Board, York Regional Police, York Region District School Board, Genpak LP, Bunn-O-Matic, and St. Andrew’s College. Aurora has room to grow its economic base and add new jobs to the community and has many of the key elements for continued and sustainable growth.

The Town of Aurora is looking for a strategic, innovative and dynamic leader for our Economic Development and Policy Division. Reporting to the Director of Planning and Development Services, the Manager of Economic Development and Policy is responsible for the implementation of the Town’s recently approved Economic Development Strategic Plan and supporting Policy Planning staff in updating the Town’s Official Plan and land use policy reviews. This role will oversee the Economic Development portfolio in Aurora with the goal of creating a diverse and sustainable economy that provides employment opportunities to enhance the quality of life for Aurora’s businesses and residents.

This position will provide leadership and advice to the Aurora Economic Development Corporation, provide strategic direction for revitalizing Aurora’s historic downtown while managing the Town’s real estate assets. The Manager will build and maintain strong relationships with businesses, associations, governments and other key stakeholders, while providing advice and guidance to Council, Committees and Senior Management. From time to time this position will carry out the duties of the Director, Planning and Development Services in their absence.

To be considered for this position will hold a University degree in Public Administration, Business or Urban Planning along with a completion of a Professional Planning and/or Economic Development designation (RPP or Ec. D.). You will have at least seven years of progressive economic development experience in the area of economic development within municipal government or the broader public sector. You will also have demonstrated policy planning experience in a municipal setting or private sector with a minimum of three years supervisory/management experience.

The Town of Aurora offers a competitive compensation package that includes, group benefits, OMERS pension contributions, generous vacation bank, Alternative Work Arrangements, Professional Development and more.

If you are interested in joining our dedicated team of municipal professionals, please forward your resume to: Human Resources, Town of Aurora, 100 John West Way, Box 1000, Aurora, Ontario,  L4G 6J1 or email to: by end of day on November 16, 2020 quoting reference number 20-11. For any inquires related to this role contact Vicki Papadopoulos, Human Resources Consultant at (905) 727-3123.

The Town of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to recognizing and celebrating the diversity of opinion, talent and expertise that make each person unique. We thank all applicants and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Applicants requiring accommodation are asked to contact Human Resources. Applicant information is collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used to determine qualifications for employment with the Town of Aurora. Questions about this collection of personal information should be directed to the Manager of Human Resources at 905-727-3123.

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