Economic Development Officer - Creative Economy

business & economic development planning
Location: City of Vaughan, ON
Type: full-time
Posted On: Nov 6, 2013
Closing Date: Nov 20, 2013
The City of Vaughan
2141 Major Mackenzie Drive
Vaughan, ON  L6A 1T1
Tel:  905-832-2281 

We have an exciting opportunity in the Economic Development Department for an experienced and
motivated individual
(FILE 13-1608-MBX)
As one of Southern Ontario’s fastest growing cities, with its mix of urban and rural areas, Vaughan is an in-demand place to live and work. A City considered one of Canada’s most family-friendly, Vaughan has a dynamic and diverse population of over 300,000. With one of the top performing economies, a growing tourism industry and an enviable portfolio of recreational and cultural venues, this is the place where you want to be.
Responsible for: Liaising between the City and Regional governments and the creative and cultural industry sector (including the tourism industry), and ensuring that the City’s new approach to economic development is consistent with the development of the creative economy. Duties will include supporting Recreation and Culture department activities, providing input on the alignment of incubation and business support services to meet the needs of creative industries and creative people. Supporting festival and event development, and managing the ongoing development and positioning of neighbourhoods and the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, according to the economic and cultural vision for the City. This role is also responsible for managing all of the Italy business development activities within the International Business Development Program, which involves both inbound and outbound missions.
Qualifications and experience:
  • University Degree in a discipline related to the job functions or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Possesses a minimum of 5 years proven, progressive and more responsible related work experience preferably in Economic Development and/or Urban Planning
  • Experience benchmarking and analyzing economic performance of geographic regions
  • Experience preparing reports, presentations and speaking notes for self and others
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and foster internal and external relationships and work in partnership with City, business, labour, academic institutions, community agencies, and government
  • Knowledge of provincial and federal legislation, policies, programs, and incentives related to municipal economic development and labour force development
  • Demonstrated ability in handling matters of a confidential and/or sensitive nature
  • Flexible and available to work irregular hours including weekends as required
  • Possession and maintenance of a valid, unrestricted Ontario Driver’s License, Class “G”
In addition to offering a competitive compensation package, we have a strong focus on health and wellness, including fitness facilities and family-focused benefits.
If you are an energetic person who is interested in bringing your knowledge and passion to the City of Vaughan, please forward your resume in MS Word or PDF only, quoting File 13-1608-MBX in the subject line by Wednesday, November 20, 2013 to:
Human Resources Department
City of Vaughan, 2141 Major Mackenzie Drive
Vaughan, ON L6A 1T1
Fax 905-832-8575
Please note that only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.         
The City of Vaughan is committed to diversity and inclusivity in employment and welcomes applications from qualified individuals of diverse backgrounds. The City of Vaughan is also committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs.

Applicant information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001 (S.O. 2001,c.25) and will be used to determine qualifications for employment with The Corporation of the City of Vaughan.  Questions about this collection should be directed to the Director of the Human Resources Department, 2141 Major Mackenzie Drive, Vaughan, ON, L6A 1T1, (905) 832-8585.