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Job Title Manager Economic Innovation and Partnerships
Posting Id 272
Department Office of the City Manager
Division Strategy, Innovation & Engagement
Job Grade Admin Grade 08 
Rate of Pay $120,764.00 - $140,078.00 Annual
Job Type Full Time
Replacement/New Position          Replacement
Posting Type Internal and External
Posting Date 10/01/2019
Application Deadline 10/23/2019

 

Position Summary

Reporting to the Director, Strategy, Innovation and Engagement, the Manager, Economic Innovation and Partnerships will lead and guide the section with a view to drive business development to expand the non-residential tax base, explore and maximize new revenue opportunities and promote economic innovation in Richmond Hill. You will be responsible for leading a creative team of economic development professionals to design business attraction, investment and retention approaches in partnership with other government and community partners. In collaboration with the Manager of Real Estate you will explore opportunities to generate revenue streams through the City’s real estate portfolio. You will also work to promote innovative municipal approaches for business customers, foster innovation and capture revenue for the City. 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Lead the Economic Development section:

  • Manage, develop and encourage the creativity of a team of economic development professionals
  • Set the strategy, priorities and work plans for the section, and monitor and report on progress 
  • Prepare, manage and forecast the section budget
  • Oversee the day-to day operation of the Small Business Enterprise Centre
  • Liaise with and report to committees of Council, other levels of government, and community and business organizations
  • Prepare reports for City Council and Committees.

Drive business development in Richmond Hill:

  • Design and lead business attraction, investment and retention activities
  • Help businesses navigate Richmond Hill’s economic ecosystem through activities such as providing start-up expertise and advice, responding to business inquiries, assisting and facilitating expedited municipal approvals, and championing service excellence and expedience for non-residential developments 
  • Promote Richmond Hill’s value proposition through activities such as marketing and promotion, proactive outreach, targeting market sectors (e.g. the film industry), preparing economic studies and long-range plans, and hosting seminars and workshops on market trends
  • Consults with City divisions, programs, agencies, boards and commissions on City priorities and policies to remove barriers and facilitate business development, retention and expansion opportunities.
  • Works with cross-divisional teams to facilitate development applications and provide advice on planning and zoning matters, delivery of educational programs, and provision of business and civic intelligence, business network development, marketing and promotion of programs.
  • Connect businesses with available resources such as land and space, incentive plans and programs, and partnership opportunities

Capture revenue opportunities and foster innovation:

  • Strategically explore opportunities to generate revenue streams through the City’s real estate portfolio.
  • Explore municipal revenue opportunities through initiatives such as naming rights and utility leases on municipal assets 
  • Champion innovative municipal service delivery approaches to promote economic development such as continuous improvement of service delivery to business customers, helping connect Richmond Hill businesses to public procurement opportunities and implementing “made in Richmond Hill” technology solutions
  • Promote entrepreneurship among City staff to capitalize on the City’s strengths and abilities
  • Support municipal innovation by working with local businesses to develop a transformative and entrepreneurial culture at the City of Richmond Hill, and participating in initiatives such as Smart Cities

Leverage strategic partnerships:

  • Build and manage effective relationships with individuals, associations, organizations, institutions, governments and agencies (etc.) capable of identifying, influencing or directing new economic development opportunities to Richmond Hill
  • Manage and implement economic development related partnership agreements 
  • Represent Richmond Hill’s economic development interests by providing advice and input into government policy and other initiatives led by partner organizations
     
Education and Experience
  • Degree in Planning, Business, Commerce, Public Administration, Economic Development or related discipline 
  • 7 years progressive experience
  • Prior municipal economic development experience is required
     
Required Skills/Knowledge
  • Ability to think strategically, as well as develop and implement strategies and programs
  • Encourages innovative thinking and new ideas
  • Ability to lead and develop a team of staff
  • Ensures that objectives and accountabilities are clearly communicated 
  • Empowers staff to support a culture of learning, mentoring, and sharing
  • Extensive knowledge of municipal economic development
  • Knowledge of municipal Official Plans and Zoning Bylaws.
  • Proven ability to implement major community economic development project(s) 
  • Ability to manage and implement multiple projects
  • Exceptional skills in preparing clear, concise, accurate and complete reports and presentations
  • Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive and cooperative working relationships with staff, the business community, business organizations, and other levels of government
  • Ability and political acuity to interact extensively with elected officials and senior staff
  • Manage organizational change through strong leadership and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, combined with well-developed organization and time management skills and the ability to deal effectively with tact, courtesy, discretion and diplomacy with all levels of staff and the public
  • Demonstrates and encourages perseverance and resilience in difficult times
  • Demonstrates and encourages excellent listening skills and different points of view
  • Proven ability to oversee and manage budgets
  • Must be and willing and able to transport yourself to City work sites as required (mileage compensated).
  • Demonstrate the City’s corporate values of service, collaboration, care, and courage
     
Leadership Competencies
  • Demonstrates personal leadership
  • Builds people and culture
  • Cultivates open communication
  • Shapes the future
  • Navigates and leads through complexity and change

 

The City of Richmond Hill is committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes. If contacted to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please advise Human Resources if you require an accommodation.