Economic Development Data Specialist

Date de publication: 13 jan 2021
Date limite: 5 feb 2021
Economic Development Data Specialist
Permanent, full-time position
Are you conversant with qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, datasets, information sources and business intelligence practices? Can you work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders, and convey data clearly to technical and non-technical audiences? If so, make your mark as a data specialist with the Region of Waterloo’s Economic Development Division.
As an Economic Development Data Specialist, you’ll research, analyze and forecast data and trends in collaboration with internal and external partners, as well as develop, compile and maintain economic databases, reports, economic profiles, and interactive dashboards, both for internal and external audiences and for economic studies. We’ll also count on you to administer datasets to support economic development projects and/or initiatives (e.g., economic recovery, aerospace and aviation strategy), and to provide technical expertise to internal and external clients.
To assume the role of Economic Development Data Specialist, you will have the following profile:
  • Knowledge of research methodologies (qualitative and quantitative) and analysis; business intelligence software and practices; economic/sector profiles; economic development principles; and data management, visualization, and application methods; acquired through a 3-year diploma/degree in a related field (e.g., commerce, economics, business administration, finance, economic development, planning), plus 3 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to follow, policies, procedures, and related legislation and standards (e.g., accessibility, privacy, and corporate data governance).
  • Familiarity with the Region and its services.
  • Knowledge of datasets and information sources (e.g., Statistics Canada, NAICS codes, industry datasets) and ability to keep current with same and best practices.
  • Skill in interpreting, evaluating and synthesizing statistical and economic data and reports.
  • Skill in data manipulation, capture, integration, visualization, and report writing.
  • Research, analytical, and project management skills to maintain data; perform quality control/quality assurance functions (interpret, analyze, and calculate data); coordinate and lead data management projects; and prepare information/data used in reports for Council, agencies, and customers.
  • Communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills to obtain, clarify, and provide information to management, community partners, area municipalities, the public, investors, Regional staff, and peer groups; present and explain data findings to technical and non-technical groups; and participate as an effective team member.
  • Ability to read/interpret statistical reports, policies, professional journals, technical manuals, planning reports and studies.
  • Ability to draft reports, economic profiles, and correspondence, and prepare graphs, charts, infographics, and statistical analyses to convey complex information and trends.
  • Computer skills, with the ability to use software such as MS Access, MS Office, Adobe Acrobat, website tools/platforms, and document management systems.
  • Familiarity with GIS software, statistics software, and scripting languages (e.g., SQL).
  • Ability to create information graphics (e.g., Excel, Tableau, Illustrator), tables, and dashboards.
  • Ability to travel within/outside Waterloo Region.
  • Ability to support and demonstrate the Region’s values.
Serving, engaging and inspiring current and future generations
Committed to fostering opportunities for current and future generations, the Region of Waterloo is an inclusive, thriving and sustainable region of connected rural and urban communities with global reach. Our mission is to serve, engage and inspire, by delivering quality services to a diverse population of 560,000+, while creating a healthy, collaborative environment of learning, respect and innovation. This is a place where employees are valued and recognized for their talents and contributions to our success.
In addition to offering a competitive compensation package, we have a strong focus on health and wellness, including fitness facilities and family-focused benefits.
Please visit our website, at, for a detailed description of this Economic Development Data Specialist position (competition #2020-2415), and to apply online before 11:59 p.m., Thursday, February 4, 2021.
We are committed to diversity and inclusion, and thank all applicants in advance; however, we will be corresponding only with those selected for an interview. We will accommodate the needs of qualified applicants under the Human Rights Code in all parts of the hiring process.