Edmonton is one of Canada’s big cities, a provincial capital, a leader in environmental stewardship, a destination of choice for people, and home to over 34,000 businesses and over one million residents.
The Manager, Economic Initiatives (Job#43613) leads the City’s work with respect to strategic business-focused initiatives and relationships that advance Business Friendly Edmonton, the City’s enhanced business retention and expansion services. This includes one-on-one business support services, regulatory pathfinding, investment attraction, and helping innovators to use the city as a lab. This all contributes to the growth and vibrancy of the local economy.
Your success will be measured by your ability to achieve results in a respectful, inclusive and service-minded way.
University degree in Business Administration, Planning or a related area
7 years related experience in progressive leadership roles in a mix of public and private sector roles
Extensive knowledge and demonstrated skills in the areas of change management, performance measurement, policy development, business case development, strategic and business planning; certifications in these areas is an asset
An understanding of complex economic development issues and gaps and the ability to determine and implement actions to resolve them
Strong supervisory experience delivering on a complex organizational scope and outcomes
Excellent customer service skills based on empathy and seeking to understand the perspectives of others
An innovative, creative thinker with a strong commitment to results
An understanding of the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion as they pertain to economic development; GBA+ training is an asset
A proven leader with the ability to build buy-in and influence diverse internal and external stakeholders
Demonstrates the key behaviours and attributes of the City’s six leadership competencies: Courage, Inclusivity, Values-Based Influencer, Collaborative Networker, Systems Thinker and Creative Innovator
Proven ability to prioritize, make decisions and present unique solutions for strategic and emerging issues
Strong business acumen and negotiation skills to satisfy competing priorities and expectations of senior leadership and other staff, City Council, and other stakeholders
The ability to react successfully to ambiguous and complex business issues and opportunities
Strong written and verbal communication skills to write and present Council and Committee reports and correspondence
The candidate must have resources to attend meetings and site visits in the City and around the Edmonton Metropolitan Region
Applicants may be tested
Management and Out-of-Scope positions at the City of Edmonton are being reviewed for possible inclusion in the Civic Service Union 52 bargaining unit. If this position is impacted, the incumbent will be notified accordingly.
The City of Edmonton is committed to inclusive, respectful and equitable workplaces that represent the communities we serve. We continuously improve our systems, policies and practices to remove barriers and ensure our employees, in all their diversity, can succeed. We value applicants with a diverse range of skills, experiences and competencies, and encourage you to apply. To learn more, see the Art of Inclusion: Our Diversity and Inclusion Framework here: https://bit.ly/3hd2d95.
The City of Edmonton strives to provide reasonable access and accommodations throughout the application and selection process. If you would like to request an accommodation at any stage of the process, please contact Employment@edmonton.ca
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Hours of Work: 36.9 hours per week. This position is eligible for the Earned Day Off program, and may have the option of a hybrid work arrangement.
Salary: $84,597 - $120,852 (Annually)
Key Responsibilities Include:
With a focus on the City of Edmonton’s Cultural Commitments to Safe, Helpful, Accountable, Integrated and Excellent, you will:
Design and execute an integrated implementation plan for the Business Friendly Edmonton initiative, including engaging and leading a group of internal and external stakeholders to collaboratively integrate Business Friendly Edmonton and bring it to fruition
Identify targets and metrics to guide the work of the team
Lead strategic programs and services that are directed to achieve the priorities, goals and policies of the City while using a GBA+ analysis and incorporating the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion
Undertake activities including issues and opportunity identification and resolution, budget management, team management, policy assessment, developing and maintaining professional relationships with members of the organization, consultants, vendors, external stakeholders and partners and different levels of government as required
Provide oversight of funding agreements (approximately $10M) with corporate economic development partners, including developing and maintaining grant management best practices
Ensure the effective and appropriate evaluation of funding agreement reporting requirements, and identifying gaps and challenges
Develop and negotiate new funding agreements as appropriate, seeking alignment with corporate goals and outcomes while managing the risk to the organization
Lead and grow a team of technical staff, through coaching, development, leading by example, empowerment, and holding to account
Report regularly on targets and projects to City Council, senior leadership, and community leaders
Perform other related duties as required
Apply online and upload cover letter, resume and educational documentation.