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Economic Development Officer_Job Description_Community Development_2017-04-22 (2) Municipality of the District of Chester Position Description Position Title: Economic Development Officer Salary Band: Director 2/Senior Contributor Reports to: Director of Community Development Status: Regular Full Time Location: Municipal Complex (186 Central Street and 151 King Street), subject to change Hours: Normally 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. subject to change. Updated: March 2017 SCOPE The Economic Development Officer is accountable to the Director of Community Development for implementing the actions associated with Council’s Municipal Economic Development Strategy and strategic priorities. The individual will strive to ensure that the Municipality of the District of Chester (MODC) is best positioned to take advantage of strategic economic development opportunities for the Municipality. The individual will also develop and maintain strong collaborative relationships with the local business community and key stakeholder groups. OBLIGATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES UNDER LEGISLATION 1.The Municipality of the District of Chester is committed to workplace safety and all employees are expected to actively participate in the Municipality’s Occupational Health and Safety Policy and Program and Occupational Health and Safety Legislation as well as Regulations of the Province of Nova Scotia. 2.The Municipality of the District of Chester complies with the Employment Legislation of Nova Scotia and all employees are also expected to act in accordance to the appropriate Legislation as well. QUALIFICATIONS Education and Experience Completion of a degree, diploma or equivalent from a post-secondary institution in  Business/Public Administration, Economic Development, or similar field of study; Economic Development Officer – Job Description (continued) Page 2 of 4 Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in a similar position;  Or an acceptable combination of education and experience.  Skills/Knowledge/Competencies Knowledge and awareness of community and economic development principles and strategies  to help identify and assess the area’s priority needs and develop and implement strategies; Understanding of marketing, real estate processes, business attraction, clusters, strategic  alliance; Proven leadership abilities to perform as a team player and build effective relationships with  business leaders, investors, government officials as well as community partners; Grant writing skills;  Ability to work with limited supervision, high level of sound and independent judgment,  reasoning and discretion; Ability to provide high quality strategic advice on a range of focus areas related to business  development, both on broad issues and in cases where specific knowledge of issues and/or sectors; Ability to keep up to date on knowledge of legislative, regulatory, and by-law framework the  municipality works within; Outstanding interpersonal skills including:  Exceptional communication skills (listening, written and oral); o Adept at human relations and negotiating; o Experience in public relations; o Ability to work effectively with a variety of people; o Ability to effectively deal with conflict and difficult situations; o Strong analytical and decision making skills, including ability to make decisions relative to  urgency and importance; General knowledge and understanding of computers including a variety of computer  applications; Ability to processes problems into a solution or new opportunities, seek “out of the box”  entrepreneurial solutions to resolve complex problems. Other Requirements Possess a valid class 5 Nova Scotia Driver’s License with no restrictions.  SUMMARY OF FUNCTION The following is a general outline of the duties and responsibilities of the Economic Development Officer. The list is not intended to be all-inclusive or to limit the Director of Community Development to assign other duties as may be required. Economic Development Officer – Job Description (continued) Page 3 of 4 Business Development 1.Execute MODC’s economic development strategy, in collaboration with other municipal units and business development organizations which encourages business development and growth throughout the municipality; 2.Research potential funding sources, and prepare grant applications for MODC initiatives; 3.Establish and implement a comprehensive Business Retention and Expansion program for the Municipality. This program should complement the efforts of the REN; 4.Maintain a database of business prospects, available land and available building space; 5.Proactively maintain relevant information and statistics required to respond to investment and economic development inquiries; 6.Provide leadership or actively participate as necessary, on any economic or business development priorities and initiatives established by Council, the CAO or the Director of Community Development as required. 7.Establish and document a municipal protocol for the handling of all investment and business development inquiries; 8.Develop an investment readiness and attraction program/strategy. 9.Work collaboratively with the South Shore Regional Enterprise Network and partners on the implementation of the regional Economic Development Strategy. Promotions/Communications 1.Use all avenues of media to promote MODC as a place to live, invest, visit and work; 2.Develop and execute a coordinated marketing and branding strategy designed to attract investors, businesses, and/or new residents; 3.Develop program for branding, promotion and development of the Kaizer Meadow Eco- Park, including active leadership on energy-related initiatives on the landfill site; 4.Promote local opportunities for business development and investment for both traditional and emerging industrial sectors; Public Relations 1.Develop and maintain positive relationships and/or partnerships between other Municipalities, government agencies, and outside tourism and business development organizations; 2.Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with the local business community and related community stakeholders to effectively understand the climate and needs for local economic development opportunities and challenges. Community Development/Tourism 1.Conduct tourism development research and analysis to identify viable development opportunities for MODC; 2.Liaise with Tourism Nova Scotia, regional tourism organizations and surrounding municipalities on tourism initiatives. Economic Development Officer – Job Description (continued) Page 4 of 4 3.Work closely with the Senior Planner, Director of Community Development, CAO and Council on the review of the MPS and LUB. Through the Director of Community Development and CAO, make recommendations to Council to assist in informing this process from an economic development perspective. 4.Work collaboratively with the South Shore Regional Enterprise Network and partners on the coordination and implementation of the regional Tourism Strategy. ACCOUNTABILITIES The Economic Development Officer will lead economic development initiatives for the  Municipality and, as such, shall ensure effective communication Senior Management, staff, and Council, to ensure coordinated outcomes are achieved. Maintain a basic knowledge of relevant municipal by-laws and policies.  Daily use of a computer to communicate with staff and external clients, develop correspondence  and reports. Maintain clear and accurate digital and paper records.  Required to exercise discretion when dealing with confidential information.  Manage and participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies,  and priorities for MODC’s business development outcomes. Provide regular updates to the CAO and Council, through the Director of Community  Development, on Economic Development initiatives, including an annual report card that reports on pre-determined key performance indicators; CONTACTS 1.Members of Council and Staff 2.Regional Economic Network 3.Local Businesses Community Stakeholders 4.Provincial departments and agencies 5.Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency 6.General Public