The Village of Merrickville-Wolford is seeking applications for the permanent, full-time position of Manager, Community Development. Under the direction of the CAO/Clerk/Director, Economic Development, the Manager of Community Development will:
Lead the coordination of professional planning policy and development application review for the municipality in partnership with external consultants and the preparation of responses to stakeholder enquiries on related matters.
Promote and support business retention and expansion through managed growth and development of the municipality’s economic base in key industries, and the development and implementation of economic development plans and strategies.
Management of special corporate projects or initiatives as assigned by the CAO.
The Village offers a 35-hour work week, paid benefits and vacation, OMERS pension plan, and the chance to work with a phenomenal team in Canada’s Most Beautiful Village.
Applications should be emailed in confidence to Doug Robertson, CAO/Clerk/Director, Economic Development, at email@example.com. Please indicate “Manager, Community Development” in the subject line of your email. Applications will be considered for immediate interview upon receipt. Deadline for applications is Friday January 27, 2023.
We thank all those who apply but only those invited for an interview will be contacted. Information is collected in confidence under the Municipal Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy Act. The Village of Merrickville-Wolford is an equal opportunity employer.
University degree in Planning or Economic Development, or a closely related discipline.
Three (3) years of professional experience in municipal planning and development or economic development combined with exposure to planning principles, ideally with an emphasis on rural and small urban environments.
Registered Professional Planner (RPP) designation (or progression toward) and Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) membership preferred.
Willingness to obtain Economic Development certification and/or RPP designation.
Thorough knowledge of the Provincial Policy Statement, Ontario Planning Act, and Municipal Act.
Ability to interpret legal surveys, agreements, maps, drawings, plans, GIS data, etc.
Analytical skills to resolve planning related problems and negotiation skills for complex applications.
Excellent public speaking skills and a strong ability to represent the municipality well at public meetings and presentations.
Highly developed collaboration, leadership and communication skills with a strong sense of public service and political acuity.
Strong computer proficiency and report writing skills.
Valid G Driver’s License in good standing with access to a vehicle.
*Note: Alternative combinations of related experience and education may be considered in lieu of the stipulated requirements.
Having officially been dubbed Canada’s Most Beautiful Village by Communities in Bloom, and with more designated heritage buildings than any other Ontario community of like-size, Merrickville is a unique and vibrant Victorian village on The Rideau Canal. The municipality of Merrickville-Wolford, amalgamated in 1998 through the joining of the urban Village of Merrickville and the rural Township of Wolford, provides an array of activities and services for visitors, businesses and locals alike.
Ideally-situated along the historic Rideau Canal, less than an hour’s drive from both Ottawa, the nation’s capital, and the U.S.-Canada border, the Village of Merrickville and the surrounding rural area of Wolford, loves to celebrate its history and culture and heartily invites everyone to join in! To enjoy its heritage, natural attractions, delightful restaurants and shops, its small town hospitality, and its all-round, year-round enchantment.