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  • 22 Aug 2017 11:36 AM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

    Haldimand County 

    Vacancy Posting

     POSTING #: CUPE-2017-32 

    Posting Period: August 23 – September 5, 2017 

    EMPLOYEE GROUP: CUPE Local 4700 (Haldimand) 

    POSITION STATUS: Temporary Full-Time (from date of hire until approximately March 16, 2018) 

    Hours worked per week: 35 

    (required to work evenings and weekends from time to time) 

    Position: Senior Economic Development Officer 

    Grade: 10 

    Wage Rate: $32.221 - $37.300 (2017 range) 

    Department / Division: Planning & Economic Development / Economic Development & Tourism 

    Location: Cayuga Administration Building 


    Reporting to the Manager, Economic Development & Tourism, the incumbent will: 

    •  act as team leader for various Economic Development and Tourism projects; 
    •  provide work guidance on a day-to-day basis to the Researcher, Division Support and Student positions, and 
    •  provide professional opinion(s), advice and recommendation(s) to the public and the Municipality. 


    •  University undergraduate level – four years or equivalent (relative to area of responsibility - planning, economic development, marketing or business) 


    •  over five years, up to and including six years current related experience and orientation, training & adjustment on the job itself 

    Or equivalent to that combination. 

    Must be a member in good standing of EDAC (Economic Developers Association of Canada).

    Ec.D Certification or MCIP, RPP registration considered an asset. 


    •  good understanding of municipal government, its operations and services 
    •  sound technical knowledge relative to responsibilities 
    •  proven leadership ability 
    •  proven organizational and analytical ability 
    •  start-up and advance business practices – Business Retention & Expansion / Tourism 
    • good knowledge of business and legal processes and financial management methods to assist prospective investors with the development of their projects in Haldimand County 
    •  proven interpersonal skills to establish and maintain relations with others (potential investors, County staff, peers within other organizations, various agencies / organizations and various levels of government – municipal, provincial & federal) 
    •  proven research, analytical, problem solving and decision-making skills to enable the assessment of issues / situations, develop options and make recommendations and / or decisions when / as required within scope of authority 
    •  proven communication skills (listening, writing, verbal) to provide clear information / responses to inquiries ensuring solid understanding of County requirements and to influence, persuade potential investors 
    •  proven time / project development and management organization skills to identify priorities, re-arrange work if required to meet identified deadlines 
    •  Valid Ontario Drivers license and access to a reliable vehicle as travel is required. 

    Computer Expertise: 

    Level 3 

    The incumbent must possess introductory and intermediate level computer skills scored at 65% or higher for Outlook and at least one of Word / Excel / PowerPoint to ensure their 

    •  proven ability to apply essential functions of desktop software to create simple spreadsheets, documents, 
    •  send and receive emails, 
    •  use Internet for research, 
    •  file management 
    •  and/or require introductory to intermediate knowledge of department or division-specific software to accomplish job tasks 

    Accountabilities / Tasks 

    Include, but are not limited to, the following: 

    In the area of Economic Development and Tourism: 

    •  interpret Federal, Provincial and Municipal policies and regulations. 
    •  maintain and foster corporate goals by ensuring public access to and participation in the strategic planning process and project implementation. 
    •  undertake major projects, reports and programs related to economic development and tourism opportunities and issues. 
    •  undertake the evaluation of major policy initiatives of local, Provincial and Federal governments as they may affect Economic Development and Tourism at the local level. 
    •  be responsible for the preparation and administration of agreements on behalf of the County for such programs and initiatives as the Harvests of Haldimand, Tourism Partners, Signage, Community Improvement Plan agreements etc. 

    In the area of business development: 

    •  lead, undertake, research, implement and evaluate various major and complex projects and programs 
    •  conduct statistical analysis; long-range planning; economic studies 
    •  develop and maintain related data bases 
    •  identify and promote business development and retention in Haldimand County with the goal of producing economic benefit through assessment growth, employment, increased social development as well as contributing to an enhanced quality of life for residents; 
    •  assist with the formulation and implementation of business attraction, development and retention strategies, programs and initiatives. 
    • The focus areas are principally, business/industry in general with additional focus on Agriculture and Tourism industries. 

    In general: 

    •  Act as first point of contact and principal liaison for local and external industry, businesses and commercial clients interested in developing and/or expanding an operation or business and provide timely and thorough advice, information and assistance to support those efforts. Act as the key liaison between the County, the party and any property owner in this regard. 
    •  Promote the County as an area for business development and investment through networking, conferences, public / private / volunteer partnerships and developing strong working relationships with senior government organizations. 
    •  Identify and act as a catalyst for the creation of an economic development supportive philosophy within the County by communicating an awareness of trends, techniques and opportunities for business growth to Staff, local and external tourism partners and community groups. 
    •  Act as a Departmental resource to promote the creation and coordination of municipal business recruitment related infrastructure such as business parks, services, facilities, amenities, and programs including the identification of areas that should be safeguarded for business development. 
    •  Evaluates proposals ensuring compliance with Municipal and Provincial policies and regulations utilizing professional judgement and established corporate principles. 
    •  Interpret government agency regulations and ensure compliance with same 
    •  Present reports relating to Economic Development and Tourism proposals and issues and make recommendations to Committee and Council. 
    •  Provide advice to the Manager of issues and policies related to business recruitment, retention, skill training, servicing and marketing strategies, land availability and community improvement. 
    •  Develop or contribute to the development of appropriate policy alternatives and appropriate recommendations relative to Economic Development for the Manager’s consideration / review. 
    •  Establish and maintain an effective network of media contacts and develop a media relations and communication program to promote business development in Haldimand County. 
    •  Assist with the application of legislation and regulations relevant to the Division; including relevant corporate policies. 
    •  Assist the Manager in the administration of contracts and monitoring of budget related to the projects or services of the Division pertaining to economic development. 
    •  When requested, prepare cost estimates for budget purposes relative to: specific studies to be completed, including peer reviews; preparation of contracts / administration of same; retention of consultants; and other aspects of study / project to be undertaken. 
    •  As assigned by the Manager, apply sound project management practices in the management of activities required for the successful completion of approved projects including, in this regard: 
      • Ensure project participants involved have clear understanding of the work to be completed and the processes and procedures to follow (result: completion of all work within identified timeframe and budget) 
      • Ensure records for all projects / work undertaken are current, accurate and complete and that documentation is readily retrievable 
    •  Research and prepare draft documentation to / for management staff on current projects, conditions, issues, making recommendations as required 
    •  Present information at public meetings, Council meetings, staff meetings 
    •  Negotiate solutions whenever possible between government agencies and/or the public in matters of competing interest. 
    •  Undertake various tasks relating to agreement preparation and administration in accordance with municipal procedures. 
    •  Maintain expertise at a high level 
      • by attending appropriate courses, seminars, conferences 
      • by undertaking selected readings 
      • and by liaising / networking with organizations, agencies and peers. 
    •  Represent the Department / Division at relevant meetings 
    •  Practice effective public relations to sustain the positive image of the Corporation in Haldimand County 
    •  Establish and maintain relationships with counterparts in other Municipal governments, and ensure cooperative relations with Staff 
    •  Undertake tasks / work assignments as directed by Manager or designate 

    All Haldimand County employees are expected to: 

    •  work safely and respect others in the work place 
    •  maintain confidentiality 
    •  work within policies and procedures determined by Haldimand County and / or legislation relative to the function 

    Those who are interested in applying for this position must submit a resume and covering letter as appropriate in confidence to Human Resources by 4:30p.m. on the last day of this posting. Only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted. 


    Accommodation is available for any applicant with a disability, as it relates to the recruitment process of this position. Upon request, Haldimand County will consult with the applicant and provide, or arrange for the provision of a suitable accommodation in a manner that takes into account the applicant’s accessibility needs due to disability. 

    As per current Legislation, if it is determined that those employees with priority placement status are suitable for this job, before a selection decision has been made, this competition may be cancelled. 

  • 21 Aug 2017 1:40 PM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

    The Corporation of the County of Dufferin is currently recruiting for an


    (Permanent Full Time)

    Dufferin County is an upper-tier municipality located in south-central Ontario. A one hour drive from most major centres in the GTA, the region is well known for its rivers, its rolling hills and its excellent outdoor recreation opportunities. The UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, the Niagara Escarpment and the world famous Bruce Trail, run through Dufferin offering spectacular vistas and hiking opportunities. Home to 62,000 residents the area boasts fabulous restaurants, shopping and amenities. There is a thriving tourism sector, strong agricultural community, long standing manufacturing enterprises, and a growing creative class.

    This position provides an exciting challenge and opportunity to establish and grow a new county economic development operation from the ground up. The County of Dufferin recently approved its first Economic Development Strategic Plan and is seeking a progressive, innovative and dynamic team player to implement the recommendations. The EDO will work closely to build strong relationships with community stakeholders, businesses and local municipalities. This position represents a chance to demonstrate leadership while creating the economic development framework in a corporation that values its team members and supports employee growth.

    Minimum qualifications are as follows: 

    • University degree in a related field of economics, business or marketing.  Further course of study in economic development and/or project management considered an asset.
    • Economic Development designation or in progress considered an asset along with membership in EDCO or EDAC.
    • Minimum of five years’ experience including time in rural/agricultural economic development.
    • Outstanding marketing and business promotion skills.
    • Proficient technical skills in Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.
    • Must be able to work occasional irregular hours (evening meetings, weekend events, etc.)
    • Ontario class “G” drivers license in good standing and have own transportation.
    • Ability to write effective grants for various funding opportunities.
    • Political acuity and able to handle sensitive situations with tact.
    • Exceptional customer service skills.

    To view the complete job description  as well as our Economic Development Plan please visit our website at

    This position offers a comprehensive benefit package and a salary range of $42.46 - $49.67 per hour. (Grade 10 on the 2016 Salary Grid) and is based on a 35 work week.  Qualified candidates are invited to submit a resume and covering letter, to be received no later than Friday September 8th, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. to:

    Jennifer Di Martino, Human Resources Coordinator at

    All applicants are thanked for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will receive a response. Information collected will be used in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for the purpose of job selection and will not be used for any other reason. The County is an equal opportunity employer. Accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment process. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance.

  • 11 Aug 2017 11:32 AM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)


    Business Retention and Expansion Coordinator

    Town of Renfrew

    Position Summary

    Under the direction of the Clerk, the Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) Coordinator shall carry out various activities relating to BR+E, Business Development, Communications, Marketing and Promotion, and Performance Measurements.

    Position Qualifications

    • Completed Post-secondary studies in economic development, business, marketing and/or other relevant studies.
    • Experience in economic development, business development and marketing and/or a solid combination of education and relevant experience.
    • Strong personal initiative combined with superior interpersonal oral and written communication skills.
    • General understanding of economic development, community development and tourism 
    • General understanding of municipal government, experience in a municipal environment will be considered an asset.
    • Ability to plan, coordinate and manage an OMAFRA BR&E Program
    • Strong skills in marketing and communications
    • Ability to compile and present statistical information
    • Computer proficiency
    • Availability to attend evening meetings as required
    • Ability to work well with others and take direction

    Position Description

    Business Retention + Expansion Program implementation

    • Coordinate and implement the OMAFRA BR+E program including project planning and business visits, volunteer recruitment and training, data analysis and recommendations, public meetings and communications, and development of a BR+E Action Plan for presentation to Council.


    • Prepare reports and correspondence as assigned.
    • Arrange meetings, book rooms, prepare agendas and support material, and prepare and distribute minutes.
    • Work with OMAFRA Representatives to develop and implement the OMAFRA BR&E Program
    • Assist in special projects and other duties as assigned.

    Working Relationships

    • BR+E Alliance 
    • Senior Management Team, Economic Development & Tourism Committee, Clerk and support staff
    • Property Owners
    • Government ministries, agencies and funders
    • Consultants, developers, entrepreneurs and industry
    • Business and Associations (including the Renfrew BIA and the Renfrew and Area Chamber of Commerce.
    • Public

    Working Conditions

    • Office environment – available to meet with community organizations, business owners and public
    • 35 hours per week (special events and meetings as required)
    • 12 month contract
    • Some travel required
    • Attendance to Conferences/Seminars & Workshops as required 

    Hourly rate: Commensurate with qualifications and experience..

    Qualified candidates are requested to forward their resume by September 6, 2017 at 4:00

    Jennifer Charkavi

    Deputy Clerk
    127 Raglan Street South

    Renfrew, ON K7V 1P8

    FAX:  613-432-7245


    The forgoing description reflects the general duties necessary to describe the principal functions of the job identified and shall not be construed to be all of the work requirements that may be inherent to this position.

    We thank all applicants for their interest - only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  The Town of Renfrew is an equal opportunity employer and all information collected will be used in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for the purpose of job selection.  

    The Town of Renfrew will attempt to provide reasonable accommodation for a known disability for an applicant or employee if requested.

  • 08 Aug 2017 1:58 PM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

    Manager of Economic Development, Tourism and Special Events 

    The Corporation of the Municipality of Leamington

    Leamington is a community of unlimited potential.  We are a municipality of nearly 30,000 residents located along the north shore of Lake Erie bordering Point Pelee National Park in Southwestern Ontario.  We are a culturally rich mosaic, cherishing our ethnic and rural roots. Leamington enjoys the “Best of Both Seasons”, long warm summers, dazzling winters and everything wonderful in between.  Our community offers excellent schools, hospital, recreational complex, fire services, spectacular marina and parks, affordable housing and attractive neighbourhoods, making Leamington an appealing choice for playing, living, working, business investment or retirement.  While we are renowned for our greenhouses, we also have a thriving commercial and manufacturing sector with land available for future growth and development.

    Leamington is seeking an experienced and dynamic Manager of Economic Development, Tourism and Special Events to help us continue to build a prosperous and sustainable future.  Reporting to the Director of Community and Development Services, the Manager of Economic Development, Tourism and Special Events shall be responsible for planning, managing, streamlining and providing oversight of the Municipality of Leamington’s Economic Development/Tourism programs and initiatives for business retention and expansion, promotion, and marketing. Responsibilities shall include the coordination of economic development/tourism related initiatives with other internal departments and liaising with relevant departments and agencies of the County of Essex, Provincial and Federal Governments, outside agencies and groups, and maintaining regular contact with the public on matters relating to economic development.

    The applicant we are seeking should have a University/college degree from an accredited college or university in economic development, business administration, marketing, economics or a related field with a minimum of 5 years responsible experience in economic development, marketing or a closely related field, focusing on the attraction and retention of businesses.  In addition to a history of successful economic development and negotiations, the successful candidate should be able to demonstrate strong organizational skills, independent judgment, networking with all levels of government, effective communication skills, problem solving abilities and knowledge of geographic regions and economic trends.  Knowledge of the operations of municipalities and other levels of government is an asset.

    Please visit our website for additional details regarding this position. Interested candidates must apply online, at our website,

    Applications will be received until 11:59 PM, Sunday, August 27, 2017.

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