Executive Director of Economic Development
City of Kitchener
We have an exciting opportunity if you are an experienced senior leader with a passion for economic development and for building dynamic and creative relationships with your team, peers and internal and external partners.
The City of Kitchener is looking for an Executive Director of Economic Development, who will be responsible for leading the activities of the Economic Development division and ensuring that the division's activities are carried out in an effective, efficient and innovative manner.
As the Executive Director of Economic Development for the City of Kitchener, you will have a unique and exciting opportunity to contribute to the bright future of a dynamic, mid-sized city well-known for its entrepreneurial and creative spirit, and its resourceful approach to downtown re-energization.
We are proud of our history and heritage and excited about our future! Kitchener is at the heart of a region that has the skills and capacity to create new opportunities for businesses in every sector to thrive and for citizens and visitors to come together to celebrate the arts, sports and leisure and living life to its fullest.
Kitchener is the largest municipality in Waterloo Region. Located in the geographic heart of the region, it is home to 240,000 people. The city features a diverse mix of industry, technology and post-secondary institutions, including the University of Waterloo's new School of Pharmacy, the main campus of Conestoga College and Wilfrid Laurier University's School of Social Work. It is also home to the K-W Symphony Orchestra and Centre in the Square, the region's premier performing arts theatre.
The metropolitan area, which includes the neighbouring cities of Waterloo and Cambridge, has over 560,000 people, making it the 4th largest Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) in Ontario and the 10th largest CMA in Canada.
The Executive Director of Economic Development at the City of Kitchener requires a dynamic, detail oriented, seasoned leader with strong political acumen, exceptional interpersonal and trust building skills. This leader has the ability to build and support collaborative teams as well as foster strong relationships with elected officials, government agencies and the development community within the Region of Waterloo and beyond, including nationally and internationally.
As Executive Director of Economic Development, you will directly supervise the work of:
You will have the full responsibility of the interview process and selection, orientation and training, direction and guidance, and performance management.
Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer, you:
Additionally, your collaborative nature and strong political acumen guides your interactions with your staff, colleagues across the organization, the City Council, and the development community.