Manager of Economic Development- Permanent Full Time

Reporting to the Director of Development and Tourism, the Manager of Economic Development is responsible for developing, recommending, and implementing programs and initiates designed to increase the prosperity, resiliency, and adaptability of the local economy. This includes being responsible for the implementation of economic development components in various strategic plans. As the key coordinator and advocate for County-wide economic development activities and initiatives, the Manager of Economic Development works closely with local municipalities and stakeholders to build collaborative partnerships, share resources and information, and work towards mutual goals.

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What you’ll do

  • Connect and maintain positive working relationships with key stakeholders to identify opportunities, share information, collaborate, and create influence in order to achieve Dufferin County’s strategic economic development goals
  • Develop and maintain a leadership role within economic development efforts at both the local and regional level
  • Lead all investment attraction and readiness initiatives, including developing and maintaining processes to: respond promptly to inquiries, support site selectors and developers; and attract investors to Dufferin County
  • Provide general direction over the Economic Development division, including the managing, mentoring, coaching and training of staff to support departmental operations, goals and initiatives
  • Write grant proposals to obtain funding to support projects or resources that achieve or advance work on the County’s strategic economic development goals
  • Conduct research on economic development trends
  • Other duties as assigned

What you’ll bring

  • University undergraduate degree in Economics, Business, Marketing or a related field
  • Five (5) years’ experience working in an economic development capacity with progressive managerial experience
  • A valid Class G driver’s license and access to reliable transportation required
  • Excellent marketing and business promotion skills
  • Understanding of geographic and socio-economic characteristics and real estate activities
  • Ability to write effective grants for various government funding opportunities
  • Possess political acuity and be able to handle sensitive situations with tact
  • Suitable work from home environment including reliable high speed internet
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