Director of Community Economic Development - City of Revelstoke
Revelstoke and Area, with an estimated population of just over 8,000 has built a reputation for community living in a spectacular and historic mountain setting. The community is rich in natural environmental beauty and offers many opportunities for new and expanding businesses. If lifestyle is your key to happiness, then Revelstoke is the place for you.
Revelstoke prides itself on its rich heritage and spectacular scenery. This is a community that has succeeded in diversifying its economy by taking advantage of a multitude of resources readily available in its own backyard. Residents enjoy many cultural events, and value the wide range of local community and business services available.
Revelstoke is internationally recognized as a destination for many outdoor pursuits. With breathtaking scenery in all directions, residents and visitors enjoy hiking, mountain biking, ski touring, heli-skiing, snowmobiling, downhill skiing, snowboarding, Nordic skiing, dirt biking, river rafting, canoeing and kayaking. Formal recreational activities include a full service community centre, aquatic centre and seniors’ activity centre, an 18 hole golf course, bowling lanes, fitness centres, tennis courts, skating arena and curling rink. The area boasts two national parks, three provincial parks, several municipal parks, hot spring developments, and an abundance of camping opportunities. Revelstoke Mountain Resort is a world class resort boasting the longest vertical drop of any ski area in North America.
The City is looking to attract a progressive and accomplished community economic development professional to join our team as Director. Responsible for overseeing the operating functions of the Community Economic Development Department we are seeking candidates who can demonstrate innovative and effective community and economic development leadership to ensure ongoing and improved community sustainability for the City and Electoral Area B of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD). Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer, the Director of Community Economic Development is a key player in building community capacity, vitality, empowerment, self-reliance and sustainability. The Director is responsible for effective liaison and partner relationships with a broad range of community organizations and agencies including Community Futures Revelstoke, the Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Revelstoke, Revelstoke Accommodation Association, the CSRD’s Economic Development Commission (EDC) and others.
In addition to the community development role, the Director will work with the City and its Council, and the EDC to define strategic direction and develop an economic development strategy and associated business plan and budget. Key aspects of this work include: strategic planning; economic analysis and planning; business attraction, retention and expansion; investment attraction; marketing and promotion; identification of regional and local business opportunities; consultation and advisement to businesses, organizations and investors; and associated media relations.
This is a diverse, multi-faceted portfolio and therefore requires an individual with a broad-based skill set including a degree in community development, business, commerce, economics or a related discipline. The successful candidate will have a minimum of five to ten years of progressively responsible community economic development leadership and be a member in good standing with the BC Economic Development Association or Economic Development Association of Canada and ideally have been granted the certified economic developer designation (Ec.D.)
We are looking for a motivated team player that understands the value in providing excellent customer service to the community and strategic advice to the City. Our ideal candidate would be a strategic thinker, able to professionally communicate well-considered, accurate and innovative advice to City Council, the EDC and staff in support of community economic development. The City values public participation and the successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment and understanding of the value of citizen participation in local government decision-making and service delivery.
We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package, a supportive team-oriented work environment and opportunities for career and professional development. View job description.
If you are interested in applying for this opportunity please submit your resume and a covering letter including three references to:
Allan Chabot, Chief Administrative Officer
216 Mackenzie Avenue, PO Box 170
Revelstoke, BC V0E 2S0
Or by email to:
by no later than 4:30 p.m. local time on August 3, 2018.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. We express our appreciation to all applicants for their interest in this position, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.