Economic Development Officer
Business incubation and acceleration, and community economic development are among your strengths as a leader in this field, enabling you to play a key role in enhancing the economic prosperity and competitiveness of the City of Toronto.
Reporting to the Manager, Entrepreneurship Services, you will participate in the implementation and delivery of innovation community initiatives, including business incubation and acceleration development and support, community economic development initiatives, and engaging Toronto's innovation community to develop and implement collaborative projects and programs to enhance the City's competitiveness. As an Economic Development Officer, you will be a member of the Entrepreneurship Services unit and, as such, will provide outstanding service to Toronto's businesses, and assist in developing partnerships with internal and external stakeholders that will enhance the economic prosperity of the City.
Your primary responsibilities as an Economic Development Officer will be varied, but you will be expected to:
· Liaise with the private sector, City divisions, government agencies, academia, not-for-profit and other organizations to facilitate and expedite business incubation expansion and community economic development in Toronto
· Perform reviews of specific services and competitive factors to ensure that the services are effective and properly targeted to support Collaborating for Competitiveness and Toronto's Start-up Ecosystem Strategy
· Assist existing incubators and accelerators with expansion proposals, including special projects involving priority neighbourhoods
· Gather industry intelligence to inform the implementation of new and existing business incubation programs and services to enhance the business climate
· Foster an entrepreneurial climate whereby new and innovative partnerships are developed to leverage and support the creation of a positive environment for business incubation growth
· Participate in the development of a City-wide business outreach program to support business incubation and community economic development
· Participate in the development and implementation of a reporting and tracking system for business incubation and community economic development activities and outcomes
· Identify and communicate relevant trends, business impediments/concerns and opportunities to stakeholders
· Prepare and present proposals to senior business executives on business incubation and community economic development opportunities
· Develop partnership programs focused on adding value to the growth potential of business incubation and community economic development initiatives
· Represent the City at international, national, and local trade shows and business development activities
· Facilitate and initiate the development of partnerships to support both existing and new incubation organizations/advisory boards
· Collaborate with Enterprise Toronto to initiate policy-related strategies that impact the competitiveness and viability of micro enterprises and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) across all business sectors and geographic areas
· Provide support to community councils on business incubation and local economic development issues
- Foster and promote strong communication channels with internal and external stakeholders.
Your application for the role of Economic Development Officer must describe your qualifications as they relate to:
1. Post-secondary education in a professional discipline pertinent to the job function combined with relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
2. Extensive business incubation and community economic development experience directly related to the position.
3. Considerable experience completing research and analysing data and statistics to determine process efficiencies, and service and program effectiveness, and make recommendations for improvement.
4. Considerable experience in order to represent the Division at Committees and/or Tribunals and to represent the City to maintain effective working relationships with community groups, stakeholders, elected officials and other senior managers.
5. Considerable experience delivering complex planning and policy assignments from inception through to implementation while balancing political, departmental and stakeholder interests combined with a thorough understanding of the innovation sector.
6. Experience in preparing comprehensive reports and applying relevant information to support policy analysis and decision-making.
7. Well-developed project management skills, including the ability to handle multiple tasks concurrently and lead teams.
8. Action-oriented, innovative and dynamic approach with a demonstrated commitment to, and experience in, teamwork and customer service.
9. Ability to contribute as a member of the Entrepreneurship Services team.
10. Ability to work under pressure and deliver projects within precise constraints.
11. Highly developed human relations skills, with the ability to communicate effectively at all organizational levels, superior oral and written communication skills and demonstrated ability in dealing effectively with diverse community stakeholders and senior management in both the public and private sector.
12. Proficiency in various competencies that include strong problem-solving and conflict resolution skills, demonstrated ability to forge partnerships, ability to develop solid internal and external relationships, and strong negotiation and analytical skills.
13. Thorough technical knowledge of relevant legislation affecting economic growth and competition in Toronto, and proficiency in research, marketing, customer service, policy development, and computer applications.
14. Sound executive judgement and ability in handling matters of a confidential and/or sensitive nature as it relates to senior business executives, Council and other senior staff.
15. Familiarity with government legislation in the area of Occupational Health and Safety.
16. A valid Ontario Class "G" driver's licence and access to a vehicle for field work, an asset.
Salary Range: $86,795.80 - $101,974.60 per year
Work for the City you love
Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities, we are a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture, and are proud to be the Host City for the 2017 Invictus Games. Join the award-winning Toronto Public Service as an Economic Development Officer within our Economic Development & Culture Division.
How to Apply:
For more information on this and other opportunities with the City of Toronto, visit us online at www.toronto.ca/jobs. To apply online, submit your resume, quoting File #2272518 X, by May 30, 2017.
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