Economic Development Officer - Permanent Full Time

Reporting to the Manager of Economic Development, the Economic Development Officer is responsible for developing and implementing economic development projects and initiatives designed to increase the prosperity, resiliency, and adaptability of the local economy. The position will work collaboratively with the Manager to develop various strategies and workplans to achieve these goals. The position will also facilitate and maintain collaborative relationships with local stakeholders, respond to public inquiries, and share information and resources with stakeholders including business owners, residents and visitors.

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What you’ll do

  • Develop, design, and implement projects and initiatives that achieve economic development related strategic goals and objectives.
  • Utilize creativity, ingenuity, best practice research, data, and discussions with stakeholders to design simple and elegant projects and programs that address foundational or complex economic challenges and opportunities for the local economy.
  • Coordinate with other economic development staff, business leaders, community leaders, internal stakeholders, external agencies, and regional counterparts to align efforts, gather resources, and implement projects and programs that achieve the County’s economic development related goals and objectives.
  • Collect relevant data, including from existing sources and through self-developed surveys, to: assist in strategic and economic development related decision making; understanding trends that can impact residents and businesses; and understand trends and nuances of the local economy.
  • Present complex data in a comprehensible manner, transforming it into understandable charts, tables, and written reports.
  • Use data analysis to forecast future economic trends, including providing recommendations for various strategies and workplans.
  • Conduct outreach to business leaders, community leaders, government officials and other stakeholders to: develop new and positive working relationships; gather and share information; create and leverage influence; and identify opportunities for alignment and collaboration.
  • Engage with community leaders, government officials, and regional local economic development agencies representatives to establish partnerships and leverage resources for joint initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned.

What you’ll bring

  • Post-secondary degree in business, marketing, economic development or a related field
  • Two (2) years’ experience working in economic development, marketing, or related role
  • Professional experience in the tourism industry (private or public sector)
  • Experience with data collection and analysis
  • Experience organizing stakeholder events
  • Creativity in project development and implementation, and a passion for continuous learning
  • Good organizational and stronger interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
  • Working knowledge of municipal legislation, regulations, policies and decision-making processes
  • Proficient computer use, particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint
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