Burlington Economic Development Corporation Economic Development Officer Contract in Burlington, ON

Burlington Economic Development Corporation

Branch Burlington ON CA

Economic Development Officer
Burlington, ON

Must provide own transportation. The Economic Development Officer (EDO) will play a key role in supporting staff in the service delivery element of BEDC’s…

Job Description

Position: Economic Development Officer (1 year contract)

Current Job Rating : $40,000, plus benefits

We are looking for… a driven individual interested in building a long term career who shares our passion for economic development and building a successful Burlington. Initially a one year contract this role is designed as an entry level position to learn the ropes of economic development and progress within the organization.


BEDC is a non-profit organization established in 1994 to work with the public and private sectors to promote economic growth in Burlington. In partnership with the City of Burlington, BEDC works closely with local stakeholders as they strive to satisfy the needs of companies interested in locating or expanding in Burlington.

BEDC’s mandate is to lead, influence and facilitate Burlington’s transformation into a vibrant and economically thriving city. With the new City of Burlington 2015- 40 strategic plan outlining key objectives for BEDC in the areas of talent attraction, job creation, start up & scale up support and innovation BEDC is entering an exciting phase in its development. To support the expansion and redefinition of BEDC’s activities a new staff role of Economic Development Officer has been created.


  • The Economic Development Officer will be paid a salary of $40,000 per annum, plus benefits
  • Flexible working practices and a dynamic environment


The Economic Development Officer (EDO) will play a key role in supporting staff in the service delivery element of BEDC’s mandate supporting business attraction, retention and growth activities. Reporting to the Marketing and Partnerships Manager the EDO will be the primary contact for incoming investment leads and site selection requests working with companies to provide the information they need to make an investment decision. The EDO will also support the business expansion activities through management of the BEDC Corporate Calling program and supporting businesses in site expansion activities.


  • Strong interest and/or experience in the Economic Development or municipal context;
  • Well-developed interpersonal communication and negotiation skills;
  • Strong writing and presentation skills;
  • Proficiency with computer applications including Microsoft Office, knowledge of Salesforce software would be an asset;
  • Excellent writing, verbal and analytical communications skills;
  • Strong organizational skills to prioritize multiple projects simultaneously and meet competing deadlines;
  • Ability to interact well with, and respond to inquiries from all levels including Board Members, Council, Developers, Realtors, Businesses and Ratepayers;
  • Ability to develop and nurture productive business relationships with internal and external partners working collaboratively to resolve problems;
  • Passionate about problem solving and looking at the bigger picture;
  • Devotion to delivering quality work; and
  • Proven ability to work as part of a team.


The EDO will:

  • Be responsible for the updating and maintenance of the BEDC Salesforce database including managing the Customer Service Request (CSR) tracking system and reporting functions
  • Manage the site selection response process for BEDC ensuring prospects receive complete and timely information to support their investment decision
  • Coordinate projects support requests from businesses, developers, realtors, council and other community stakeholders
  • Support the Manager of Business Retention & Growth in the development and execution of the 2016 Corporate Calling program
  • Perform a liaison/facilitation role between business and City staff and stakeholders with respect to area based development and employment projects.
  • Develop and track engagement projects using Salesforce software.
  • Work toward the development of policy, plans, programs and projects that support BEDC operations and strategic directions.
  • Participate in and support other aspects of BEDC economic development program, as needed.

EDUCATION : Undergraduate Degree and/or Post-Graduate Degree in Economics, Statistics, Business, Economic Development, Real Estate, or a related field.

EXPERIENCE: Experience in business/economic development/real estate or related business fields. Project management experience would be an asset.
DURATION: 12 months

WORK ENVIRONMENT: 35 hour work week, standard office environment, with some site visits to non-office environments. Must provide own transportation. Some evening and weekend work may be required.

To apply please submit a resume and cover letter by Midnight January 10th.

We will only be contacting those we select for an interview. Thank you for your interest!

Job Type: Contract

Salary: $40,000.00 /year

Required experience:

  • Economic Development Experience: 1 year

or proceed with Standard Application Form.

Employment Type: Freelance
Location: Burlington, ON, CA
Posted on: 2015-12-22
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