Join our team! The Centre For Business and Economic Development (CBED) seeks a Community Economic Development Project Coordinator. Working with CBED staff, the Board of Directors, the small business community, and the entrepreneurship ecosystem, the Project Coordinator will advance the organization’s mission to support the growth, retention and expansion of businesses, thereby stimulating economic and community development. Reporting to the General Manager, the Project Coordinator assists in implementing key priorities including the Business Transition/Succession Matching Program, the PowerUp/T3 Coaching Programs and other CBED programs, with a focus on project coordination, research and analysis, logistical support, partnership development and small business engagement. The Project Coordinator will work directly with and provide guidance to small businesses engaged in these and other programs of the Centre for Business.
You are a professional who has comprehensive knowledge of economic development and entrepreneurial practices and trends. You are passionate about cultivating
relationships and partnerships and are committed to meaningful engagement with the entrepreneurship community. You are an innovative thinker, with strong communication skills and a client-focused and solutions-oriented mindset.
Overview of Responsibilities:
• Scheduling and conducting meetings with individuals wishing to become entrepreneurs or who are already operating their businesses
• Scheduling and conducting meetings with businesses seeking to transition to new ownership
• Engaging with mentors, experts and coaches to obtain input and schedule meetings
• Providing training to small businesses and community partners on the Business Transition and PowerUp/T3 programs
• Using project scheduling and control tools to monitor projects plans and status and track against targets
• Effectively and accurately communicate relevant project information, status and issues to the General Manager, project team members and ecosystem partners
• Gathering data and feedback relevant to project outcomes and deliverables
• Identifying gaps and communicate ideas for improving project tools, programs, and processes with a positive and constructive attitude
• Reporting in compliance with federal and provincial requirements
• Scheduling and participating in presentations, webinars/workshops and other events during the project and following the completion of the final reports.
• Promoting the programs
• On-going evaluation of the programs
1. Post-secondary education in Economic Development, Business or Public Administration, or an equivalent combination of education and/or relevant experience.
2. Project coordination experience leading end-to-end multi-faceted diverse projects requiring innovative solutions.
3. Ability to complete complex projects independently with minimal supervision and as part of a team.
4. Experience in establishing and maintaining partnerships with internal and external stakeholders, including community-based organizations, local and regional
government, and the public.
5. In depth knowledge of the local business community is preferred. This position requires a relationship builder capable of making insightful connections.
6. Proven ability to be flexible and thrive in a creative environment with frequent and competing deadlines, multiple tasks and performance expectations, and set and exceed goals.
7. Well-developed interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate and work effectively with staff at all levels of the organization, including peers, management,
boards of directors, and external stakeholders.
8. Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to analyze and prepare reports and deliver effective presentations to small businesses, management and external partners.
9. Highly developed strategic, organizational, analytical and conceptual thinking skills, with the capacity to understand and respond to emerging issues.
10.Strong computer and IT skills, including MS Office Suite (365 preferred), WordPress, and social media platforms
11.Valid Ontario Class ‘G’ driver’s license and access to a vehicle for business purposes
Hours of work are as required to meet the requirements of the office. Usual core hours are 8:30AM to 4:30PM, Monday to Friday with additional time required for meetings, peak periods and to fulfill the obligations of the position.
The Centre For Business and Economic Development (CBED) is a not-for-profit Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) sponsored by Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. Our mandate is to develop and diversify the local economy.
CBED Key Contact
Gillian Fairley, General Manager
105 Hurontario Street
PO Box 74
Term of Agreement: 9 month full-time contract position with the possibility of extension
Application: Qualified candidates may submit a detailed cover letter and resume in confidence by 4:30 p.m., June 25, 2020.
We thank all those who apply, but advise that only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.