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  • 11 Sep 2018 10:23 AM | Kerri Schuttel (Administrator)
    The Municipality of Chatham-Kent is seeking a Director of Economic Development Services. The Director provides strategic leadership to a broad portfolio, promoting Chatham-Kent’s unique strengths and expanding investment in the Municipality and its communities. This position will lead the organization in preparation and execution of economic development strategies to attract new industrial, retail and service growth; facilitate and coordinate redevelopment, business retention and expansion; managing incentive programs and partnering with local organizations, business and communities to establish projects and programs to expand economic development opportunities. Serves as a conduit to increase the economic vitality of Chatham-Kent by working closely with various communities, corporate representatives, local government officials, business owners, private developers, Chambers of Commerce and Business Improvement Associations to bring desired economic development to all communities of Chatham-Kent.


    About Economic Development Services:

    The Economic Development Services division is responsible for service delivery in the areas of advanced manufacturing, agri-business, food processing, commercial development, and small business including business attraction, business retention and development, small business support; as well as in partnerships with Resident Attraction and Retention, Local Immigration Partnership Program, Employment and Social Services and Chatham-Kent Workforce Planning Board.

    The Community of Chatham-Kent

    Situated between two beautiful, fresh water lakes, Chatham-Kent is home to a rich, colourful landscape which creates a wonderful backdrop for our unique towns and welcoming communities. You can live the dream without breaking the bank; with housing prices a fraction of those in comparative locations. For example, in 2017, an average home sold for $822,681 in Toronto, $330,037 in London and only $184,658 here in Chatham-Kent. Our large geography, great climate and abundance of natural amenities ensure that there are activities for people of all ages and interests. Internationally known for our heritage and culture, and a variety of attractions and festivals that dot the calendar year long, it is little wonder that people from both near and far choose Chatham-Kent as their place to call “home”. We invite you to join us, and experience firsthand what it means to be Living CK.

    Responsibilities: (please see the job profile under municipal jobs at www.chatham-kent.ca for the complete responsibilities)

    The Director will lead a division that is responsible for service delivery in the areas of advanced manufacturing, agri-business, food processing, commercial development, and small business including business attraction/ retention and small business support; develop and implement economic development initiatives to enhance the Municipality’s competitiveness in the region and globally; develop and implement a Strategic Plan working in consultation with both internal and external area stakeholders in economic development; oversee and manage the tactical implementation of the plan; develop short and long-term economic development plans; analyze existing economic situations relative to business attraction and expansion; review modern techniques for business attraction and retention, and negotiate and resolves sensitive and controversial issues.

    Qualifications: (please see the job profile under municipal jobs at www.chatham-kent.ca for the complete qualifications)

    A combination of either formal education or practical business experience will be acceptable, such as university degree in business administration, public administration, economics, sales or marketing; six (6) to ten (10) years of experience in business leadership, public administration, economics, sales or marketing; municipal experience preferred; Economic Development designation preferred; considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of economic development, business assistance programs, business cost structures, and of a broad range of commercial and industrial activities.

    Remuneration

    This permanent full-time position has an annual wage range of $114,623 to $134,994; plus health and dental benefits following the successful completion of a 90 day probationary period; Participation in the OMERS pension plan is mandatory. The Municipality offers a comprehensive benefit package, including long term disability and an extended health plan. This position also allows for professional development opportunities.

    To apply

    Resumes should be results-oriented, concentrating on achievements rather than simply on responsibilities. Covering letters should recount candidates’ related experience and their interest in the Director, Economic Development position.

    Your cover letter and resume must include your experience and skills in the following areas:

    • Education: post-secondary education in a related program, preferably business, community development, economics, marketing, or planning
    • Experience: municipal experience; experience in economic development environment, preferably with strong acumen in marketing or sales; management and supervisory experience
    • Knowledge of the principles and practices of economic development, business assistance programs, business cost structures, and of a broad range of commercial and industrial activities
    • Experience working with elected and appointed officials, community stakeholders, investors

    Applications must be received no later than 4:30 p.m., Monday, October 1, 2018, and should be addressed to:

    Municipality of Chatham-Kent
    Attn. Cathy J. E. Hoffman, MPA, CHRL
    General Manager/Chief Human Resource OfficerCorporate Services
    315 King Street West
    P.O. Box 640
    Chatham ON  N7M 5K8
    Fax:  519.436.3237
    Email address: Ckresume@chatham-kent.ca

    We encourage all to apply, including women, Aboriginal people and visible minorities.

    We thank all candidates in advance; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. 

    The Municipality of Chatham-Kent is an equal opportunity employer, committed to fair and accessible employment practices that attract and retain talented employees. Should you require accommodations during the recruitment process, please contact Human Resources & Organizational Development (HROD) at 519-360-1998 or ckhr@chatham-kent.ca. Applicant information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Privacy legislation and will be used strictly for the purpose of candidate selection.

  • 31 Aug 2018 10:24 AM | Kerri Schuttel (Administrator)
    Rural by nature, prosperous by design, Norfolk County is located two hours south-west of Toronto.   We offer picturesque small town, hamlet and rural living within easy reach of major urban centres such as Hamilton, London, Kitchener-Waterloo and Brantford.  With wonderfully varied tourist attractions, bountiful and proven agricultural tradition, and spectacular recreational activities, our exceptional quality of community and family life simply can’t be beat!

    This position is accountable for the overall management, financial and fiscal responsibility for the administration and operation of the Development and Cultural Services Division which includes Building and By-Law, Development Engineering, Heritage and Culture, Planning, and Tourism and Economic Development.

    The ideal candidate will have an undergraduate degree in Planning, Economic Development, Business Administration, Engineering and/or MBA or equivalent.  Must have 5-7 years of progressive management experience preferably in a public sector environment and in a related field. Demonstrated experience as a leader who is a visionary, credible and trusted role model who inspires and challenges others to achieve their full potential. A strong communicator who can present well in front of Council, the general public and the media. Demonstrated success in developing strong relationships with municipal, provincial and federal governments, industry associations and other organizations. Ability to translate strategic vision into practical action. A detailed description of the duties and responsibilities of this position can be found on www.norfolkcounty.ca

    Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated the following personal attributes: interpersonal skills, leadership, conceptual thinking, diplomacy and tact, personal accountability, self-management, teamwork, problem solving ability, flexibility and decision making.  Excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively in a fast-paced organization are essential.

    Norfolk County offers a competitive total compensation package, a learning organization philosophy, and the ability to participate in Coaching and Succession Management Programs.

    Salary Range: $115,686 - $144,608 per annum (2018)

    Please apply by emailing your resume to the unique Workable email link below:                  https://norfolk-county.workable.com/j/75764DBA64.

    A detailed job description is also available under Job Opportunities on the Norfolk County website. The deadline for completion of the application process is September 21, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.

    All applications will be held in strict confidence.  We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  Personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used for employment assessment purposes only.

  • 29 Aug 2018 4:56 AM | Kerri Schuttel (Administrator)
    Full Time Contract

    The County of Huron, known as “Ontario’s West Coast,” is a mosaic of vibrant communities along the shores of Lake Huron.  The County has a population of 60,000 people.  Amidst pastoral and marine scenery, the County’s economic strengths are agriculture, manufacturing and tourism.

    The new Small Business Centre Coordinator (SBC Coordinator) will join the Economic Development Department, which is tasked with supporting business growth and fostering positive economic changes in Huron County. This position is a key member of the team that focuses on providing direct one-on-one business coaching services to entrepreneurs. The new team of professionals is positive, energetic, and collaborative in nature. We’re looking for an individual who possesses these traits and can add their own business knowledge and entrepreneurial spirit to our collective efforts. This is a one year contract position with the possibility of going permanent subject to funding available.

    Roles and Responsibilities:

    • Inspires a culture of entrepreneurship by providing encouraging and helpful individual small business counseling to local entrepreneurs including new start-ups, youth and potential business expansions opportunities.
    • Support clients as they create their business plan, cash flow projection and marketing plan.
    • Act as part of a team responsible for the planning and executing business networking events for Huron County business community, training seminars, and other learning opportunities relevant to small business owners and entrepreneurs.
    • Responsible to contribute to maintenance of a relevant and helpful resource library and encouraging it’s use amongst the business community
    • Work in partnership other department staff responsible including those responsible for the delivery of similar services and related programs.
    • Foster strong partnership with local CFDC and ensure collaboration with municipal economic development officers, BIAs, Post Secondary Institutions and Chambers of Commerce
    • Collect statistics; responsible for required various reporting requirements

    Qualifications and Education Requirements:

    • A University degree or college diploma in business, entrepreneurship, accounting or related discipline (or equivalent experience)
    • Training in community economic development
    • Practical hands on entrepreneurial experience
    • Experience in facilitation and collaborative teaching environments
    • Current knowledge of business related software and technology

     Preferred Skills:

    • Must be a motivated self-starter with a passion for helping others.
    • Your background has been embedded in an entrepreneurial environment.
    • An understanding of business plans, financials, documenting, reporting and analysis.
    • A personal knowledge and understanding of the county, the community, and community partners.
    • Excellent written and spoken communication skills, including experience in presentations, media relations and the preparation of partnership funding requests.
    • Thorough working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and basic computer functions.
    • Willingness and ability to travel when required.

    Wages: Non Union grade 7 start level $32.18/hour

    Applications will be accepted until 8:30AM (EST) on September 17, 2018.

    Please forward your letter of application and resume in one PDF document to:

    humanresources@huroncounty.ca

    The Corporation of the County of Huron — Human Resources
    1 Courthouse Square
    Goderich, Ontario
    N7A 1M2

    Only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted. Information is collected solely for the purpose of job selection under the provisions of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The County of Huron is an equal opportunity employer. Accessibility accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment process. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance.

  • 22 Aug 2018 3:40 PM | Kerri Schuttel (Administrator)

    THE UNITED COUNTIES OF LEEDS AND GRENVILLE Administration Division invites applications for the position of: 

    Business Development Officer
    Permanent Full-Time
    Start Date: Immediately
    2018 Salary Grid D:  $30.00 to $39.48/hour
    Location: Brockville, Ontario
    Position Summary:

    The Business Development Officer will work to improve economic growth through business and community development activities and programs that supports the Leeds Grenville Economic Development Plan.

    Reporting to the Manager of Economic Development, the position will support business retention, development, investment and growth activities that positively influence the competitiveness of local businesses in the global marketplace.  The incumbent will coordinate and support regional initiatives, which progressively encourage sector and cluster development, community leadership, and growth of the Counties and its municipalities.

    Resumes should be marked “Competition # ADM-18-103 (Business Development Officer, PFT)” and submitted online by 4:00 p.m. on/before Friday, September 21, 2018 to: https://careers.leedsgrenville.com

    Applicant information is collected under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) and will only be used for candidate selection. Accommodations for job applicants with disabilities are available upon request and will be provided in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

    Applicants are required, in advance, to make any accommodation request known to Human Resources by contacting the department at 1-800-770-2170 extension 2308 or TTY 1-800-539-8685.  Human Resources will strive to provide reasonable and appropriate accommodation for all applicants, during the recruitment and selection process, which will ensure the process, is conducted in a fair and equitable manner.

  • 03 Aug 2018 5:42 PM | Kerri Schuttel (Administrator)

    The Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership is a one-stop shop for economic development services whose mission is to promote the distinctive advantages that Sarnia-Lambton has to offer to companies and residents. By coordinating community-based economic development initiatives and working to maintain a commercially attractive environment, we foster new business creation as well as help ensure that established firms remain and grow here in our region.

    Position Overview

    The Economic Development Officer's key role is the promotion, development and growth of one or more targeted community sectors. These targeted community sectors may include, but are not limited to:

           Bio

           Petrochemical

           Food

           Information Technology

           Professional Services

           Workforce & Entrepreneurship

    **Please Note: We are currently offering 3 Economic Development Officer positions. Each will focus on one or more of the targeted community sectors listed above. Applications must include a cover letter and resume. In the cover letter, please highlight your experience as it relates to the sectors and your preferred sector(s) (if any).**

    Hours of Work: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
    Wage Rate: $36.84-43.86/hour

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Market Development:

           Plan and propose an annual business program specific to assigned sectors.

           Research and provide site selection data and information to industrial and commercial clients and site selectors and liaise with local industries to arrange site visits.

           Identify and analyze geographic markets, sectors and individual companies for business attraction to Sarnia-Lambton

           Conduct business outreach and prepare studies/reports for prospective business clients regarding new or expanded businesses in order to facilitate their decisions on locating new investment in Sarnia-Lambton

           Undertake initiatives to support business growth and population growth.

           Work with existing and identify new business sectors promoting growth opportunities.

           Support the growth of current businesses through business strategies and maintain a pro-active outreach program to targeted sectors.

           Initiate and maintain a contact program with identified prospect firms, industry associations, government representatives and other intermediaries to promote Sarnia-Lambton.

           Maintain a detailed record system of prospect activity as per SLEP practices and play a lead role with ongoing Customer Relations Management (CRM) software implementation and activities.

           Organize and implement specific business strategies through SLEP and in support of local municipal efforts.

           Initiate and co-ordinate meetings with appropriate groups/municipalities to identify operational projects.

           Serve as a catalyst for the creation of economic development policies and projects within the County.

           Communicate awareness of trends, techniques and opportunities for growth to staff, local and external partners and community groups.

           Provide education to local businesses on market development and associated topics

           Keep abreast of government legislation and funding programs and prepare grant and project applications if required.

           Maintain effective communications and networks with agencies, organizations, government bodies and individuals capable of identifying, influencing or directing new economic development and investment opportunities to Sarnia-Lambton.

           Provide advice and support to the CEO and other staff when requested with respect to their areas of activity.

           Conduct on-site visits with business clients and provide assistance in support of their business investment inquiries and activities.

           Arrange sector-specific tours of Sarnia-Lambton for clients and prospective clients.

    General:

           Incumbents must keep up-to-date on all relevant legislation, collective bargaining agreements, County Policies and Procedures, etc. ensuring that these are implemented as prescribed

           Incumbents must possess the physical ability to meet the duties and responsibilities of the job description and/or the requirements identified within the position's Physical Demands Analysis

    These describe the general nature and level of work being performed by incumbents in this classification. They are not an exhaustive list of all job duties in the classification. Other duties may be assigned.

    Supervision Requirements

    Direct Supervision: None

    Indirect Supervision: None

    Functional Authority: Effectively communicates and collaborates with industry, government and the community.

    Qualifications

    Minimum Formal Education:

           A degree from a recognized university in marketing, business administration/commerce, economics, diploma/degree in economic development

    Experience:

           Five years of experience in a business development role.

           Experience in sales, marketing and developing business and marketing plans.

           Experienced in Microsoft office suite.

           Possess excellent oral and written communications, strong presentation skills and successful client relationship management skills.

           Proven understanding and working knowledge of new media/social media marketing tools, knowledge and experience in working with government funding programs as well as the ability to work independently and in a team environment.

    A valid Ontario driver’s license and use of a vehicle.

    How to Apply

    To view the full job posting and to apply online by midnight Sunday, August 26, 2018, please visit www.lambtononline.ca/jobs and select Job# J0818-0071.

    After Sunday, August 26, 2018, please send applications to reception@sarnialambton.on.ca.


  • 24 May 2018 10:11 AM | Kerri Schuttel (Administrator)

    Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer, the Economic Development, Destination and Marketing Officer shall be responsible for the planning and implementation of economic and destination development, as well as marketing activities aimed at attracting new visitors, residents, business and investment to Minden Hills. The ideal candidate is expected to bring energy and creativity along with community relations and communications expertise to the role as they grow and enhance the Township’s profile. Other varied and exciting responsibilities/initiatives shall include business retention, youth retention, entrepreneurial ventures, promoting existing, new and expanding business, investment, BIA support services, program and event planning, tourism, website and social media administration, advertising, volunteer opportunities, initiatives that support existing and new Township plans, and departmental administration.

    Minimum qualifications:

    • Excellent knowledge and awareness of economic and destination development and marketing principles, theory, strategies, techniques, and best practices.Analytical skills to review and summarize data and prepare documents and reports for a broad audience. Familiarity with data collection techniques and sources.
    • Excellent project management, planning and organizational skills; deadline oriented, with the ability to proactively manage competing priorities.
    • Demonstrated management, supervisory, organizational and leadership ability.
    • Ability to engage and motivate others and contribute effectively in a dynamic team environment with the additional ability to recruit and work well with volunteers in a business settling.
    • Knowledge and experience in public and media relations with excellent public speaking and presentation skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to development, monitor and work within approved budgets and funding opportunities.
    • Flexible, adaptable and responsive to change.
    The ideal candidate will possess: 
    • A post-secondary education in the field of Communications, Marketing, Tourism, Economic Development, Public or Business Administration, or a related discipline.
    • A minimum of three (3) years’ experience in progressively responsible related positions, including a minimum of two (2) years’ experience in the supervision of staff and the administration of employment policies.
    • Proficiency and experience with Microsoft Office applications, desktop publishing software, as well as utilizing Social Media and other related database applications.
    • An understanding of Minden Hills’ economic, cultural, social and political environment and community demographics is an asset. 

    Salary will commensurate with experience and skills.

    Prior to the final selection for this position, the candidate shall be required to provide, at their own expense, a Vulnerable Sector Check from the Ontario Provincial Police or appropriate Police Force and Driver’s Abstract.

    Please refer to the Position Description for further requirements and accountabilities, obtained in person at the Administration building, 2ndfloor, by calling 705-286-1260 ext. 313 or by emailing sprentice@mindenhills.ca

    This is an open call for applications until the position has been filled. Qualified applicants are invited to submit a letter of application together with a detailed resume of education and experience to:

    Employment Opportunity
    Economic Development, Destination & Marketing Officer
    Township of Minden Hills
    7 Milne St, PO Box 359, Minden, ON K0M 2K0

    Attention: Shannon Prentice, Deputy Clerk, or email sprentice@mindenhills.ca

    We thank all applicants for applying, but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Personal information and supporting material is used in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. If you are contacted by the Township of Minden Hills regarding a job opportunity or testing, please advise if you require accommodation. Information received relating to accommodation needs of applicants will be addressed confidentially. Persons with a disability preventing them from applying on-line should contact the Clerk’s Department at 705-286-1260 to discuss alternative solutions.

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