- Job ID: 22836
- Job Category: Economic Development, Arts & Culture
- Division & Section: Economic Development & Culture, EDC Business Growth Services
- Work Location: City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., Etobicoke City Centre, 399 The West Mall, North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge S
- Job Type & Duration: Full-time, 2 Permanent, 1 Temporary (12 month) vacancies
- Salary: $88,979.80-$104,540.80, TM0814, Wage Grade 6.5
- Shift Information: Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week
- Affiliation: Non-Union
- Number of Positions Open: 3
- Posting Period: 21-Dec-2021 to 17-Jan-2022
Reporting to the Manager, Business Growth Services and/or Senior Business Development Officer, the Economic Development Officer will act as a key liaison between the City and businesses in order to support economic growth and prosperity, job creation and community development.
Successful applicants may be assigned to vacancies in BGS units responsible for (i) Business Retention and Expansion, (ii) Entrepreneurship Services, and (iii) Business Improvement Areas and Community Economic Development,
- Develops and implements detailed plans and recommends policies regarding program specific requirements associated with business incubation, business retention and expansion, and community economic development.
- Delivers assigned projects through effective teamwork and communication, high standards of work quality, and a commitment to organizational performance and continuous learning.
- Negotiates and implements innovative solutions to complex project challenges involving multiple stakeholders to achieve assigned objectives.
- Prepares, develops and negotiates agreements with suppliers, contractors, other divisions, partner organizations, and community groups.
- Conducts research into assigned areas taking into account developments within the field, corporate policies and practices, legislation and initiatives by other levels of government.
- Ensures that the project expenditures are controlled and maintained within approved budget limitations.
- Advises companies, start-ups and entrepreneurs on the advantages of locating and expanding their business in Toronto, including sharing information on the Canadian and Ontario regulatory environment and potential business locations.
- Liaises with City divisions and advises companies and their (development) consultants on investment and expansion proposals (e.g. permits, planning regulations, development charges, development review process and other approvals, etc.), site relocation issues, and related opportunities involving land development, negotiations, and property acquisitions.
- Advises external clients (realtors, developers, entrepreneurs and businesses) and internal clients (Councillors, other divisions and City departments) on economic profiles, industry trends, and business activities and business investment opportunities in Toronto.
- Researches and provides policy advice and comments on various issues (e.g taxation, parking, property standards, licensing, re-zonings, variances, site plan applications, etc.) impacting Toronto's business environment and competitiveness, business incubation, and community economic development.
- Builds relationships through corporate calls and a contact network to monitor the business climate and continuously improve service delivery.
- Plans and co-ordinates promotional and prospecting events, including lead generation and management at international, national and local trade shows and conferences.
- Liaises with City departments, government agencies, developers, banks, utilities, universities, and other agencies and organizations to facilitate retail, commercial and business development and operations.
- Participates in the development and implementation of reporting and tracking systems for business incubation, retention and expansion, and community economic development activities and outcomes.
- Represents the Division at Community Council, City standing committees, boards and agencies.
- Prepares and delivers presentations to stakeholder groups (business groups, foreign delegations, public, and other levels of government).
- Supports the development of partnerships with internal and external stakeholders for enhanced economic prosperity and inclusion.
- Liaises with the private sector, City divisions, government agencies, academia, not-for-profit, and other organizations to facilitate business incubation, retention, expansion and community economic development in Toronto.
- Facilitates and initiates the development of partnerships to support both existing and new incubation organizations/advisory boards
- Post-secondary education in a relevant discipline related to the job function or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Certified Economic Developer (Ec.D.) or CEcD will be considered an asset.
- Considerable experience in economic development including developing and implementing plans and recommending policies.
- Considerable experience advising internal and external clients and various stakeholders.
- Experience interpreting and applying municipal governance policies, issues, all relevant legislation, municipal programs and services.
- Strong communication skills (written and verbal), and the ability to establish effective working relationships with employees, senior management, staff at all organizational levels of client divisions, outside agencies and other levels of government.
- Highly-developed research, analytical, conflict-resolution and problem-solving skills. Ability to conceptualize information, develop options and recommend solutions to support decision-making.
- Ability to exercise independent judgment and discretion in dealing with politically sensitive and confidential matters as it relates to senior business executives, Council and other senior staff.
- Ability to negotiate persuasively and effectively, and forge solid internal and external relationships.
- Ability to manage multiple tasks under pressure and produce effective results under tight timelines, and adjust work priorities in response to competing demands.
- Ability to ensure project expenditures are controlled and maintained within approved budget limitations.
- In-depth technical knowledge of relevant legislation affecting economic growth and competition in Toronto and proficiency in business administration, research, marketing, customer service and policy development.
- Possession of a valid Ontario Class "G" Driver's License and access to a vehicle for field work, would be an asset.
Note: All City of Toronto employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of hire in accordance with the City's Mandatory Vaccination Policy. Candidates will be required to show proof of vaccination during the recruitment process.
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