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Director, Community Economic Development

Reference number: WCO21J-020990-000104
Selection process number: 21-WCO-EA-WPG-511
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Winnipeg (Manitoba)
EX-01 - Director, Community Economic Development
$121,300 to $132,100

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Closing date: 11 August 2021 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.

Important messages

Have you always wanted to be a leader in an innovative, diverse, client-centered organization? Well now is your chance! Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is looking for a new Director, Community Economic Development in Winnipeg.

This is a new position where you may have to build as you go, and help your team along. You will excel in this role if you have an in-depth understanding of the Manitoba economy and the roles of economic development stakeholders across the province. This role will appeal to someone who has a vast network, who thrives in a fast-paced, flexible environment, and demonstrates a commitment to teamwork and positive relationships. We encourage all highly motivated individuals with excellent communication skills to apply!

Please note: as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are primarily working remotely for the time being. Interviews and related assessments will be conducted virtually throughout this staffing process. Applicants are responsible to ensure they have a reliable internet connection and access. If you are appointed to a position, WD will provide tools and/or equipment to support remote work. As public health restrictions ease, the successful candidate will be expected to report to the WD Winnipeg office regularly.

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the process, please contact Jamie Warywoda by email at jamie.warywoda@canada.ca. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.


About the role:
Reporting to the regional Assistant Deputy Minister, the position is responsible for making society better with economic development. This will be done by improving the visibility of the department, providing better access to federal economic development programs and services, supporting communities in achieving their economic goals, and ultimately working more closely with a broad set of stakeholders and partners to advance local and economic development priorities in Manitoba. Using data gained from networks and the team in Manitoba, the Director will help connect companies, economic development organizations and others in a cluster, sector, value chain or ecosystem to support growth and accelerate innovation and community economic development.

About WD: Western Economic Diversification promotes the development of Western Canada’s economy and advances the interests of the West in national economic policy. Our head office is in Edmonton and we have a strong presence across the western provinces and in Ottawa. We offer diverse business services and investments with many goals, including the promotion of innovation and diversity. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WD has pivoted many of our resources towards economic relief and recovery efforts, and the organization’s lending budget has grown to a billion-dollar grants and contributions organization.

Work environment

WD is one of Western Canada’s best employers because of its support for employees, innovative workplace and ability to make a difference in the lives of Western Canadians.

At WD, we care about what we can accomplish as a team and we also care about each other. We consistently rank as a top federal department in employee engagement. To sustain this high-performing culture, we hire top talent and provide an employment experience that brings out the best in people. We want to achieve great results for Canadians and we want to be the best at what we do.

Why Choose WD:
• Work with amazing people who support each other
• Meaningful work that makes a difference to the country
• Excellent compensation package
• Flexible work arrangements
• Modern work tools and technology

WD offices are open environments with well-regulated air quality, ergonomic sit- stand workstations, and a combination of natural and fluorescent lighting. The physical demands of this position include spending a significant amount of screen time on a computer or equivalent, as well as reading documents in digital and/or print media. This role will also involve meeting with stakeholders virtually by video or telephone, and in-person as COVID-19 public health measures allow.

Intent of the process

We will fill one permanent full-time vacancy.

This process may be used for various tenures (including but not limited to term and indeterminate appointments, internal assignments, secondments, deployments, acting appointments, casual). It may also be used to staff positions with various security requirements, language requirements and conditions of employment. The pool of qualified candidates may also be shared and accessed by other federal government departments.
Alternatively, you may submit your resume and cover letter to Jamie.Warywoda@Canada.ca

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

Education: Successful completion of a degree from a recognized post- secondary institution or an acceptable combination of education, training and experience.

Degree equivalency

1. Significant* experience managing financial and human resources.

2. Significant* experience working in community economic development.

3. Experience building and maintaining relationships with internal and external stakeholders (federal/provincial/territorial departments, central agencies, the private sector, not-for- profit organizations, and/or Indigenous communities).

4. Experience in managing grants and contributions programs and assessing results.

5. Experience managing the coordination, development or implementation of organization strategies, policies or programs.

*NOTE: Significant experience is defined as the depth and breadth of experience normally associated with full time performance of these duties for a minimum of the past 5 years.

Key Leadership Competencies
• Create Vision and Strategy
• Mobilize People
• Uphold Integrity and Respect
• Collaborate with Partners and Stakeholders
• Achieve Results
• Promote Innovation and Guide Change
• Excellent Communicator – orally and in writing

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

Various language requirements

Information on language requirements

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

1. Master’s degree in a field related to the duties.

Degree equivalency

2. Experience creating economic development opportunities.

3. Experience managing economic development programs.

4. Experience working with Federal, Provincial or Municipal governments.

5. Experience in advocacy and promoting western or regional economic interests.

6. Experience developing and writing policy.

7. Experience managing in a matrix environment.

8. Experiencing advocating for or championing ideas.

9. Experience in establishing and maintaining networks and partnerships with other levels of governments, post-secondary institutions, industry organizations, etc.

10. Experience in engaging with Indigenous communities, governments and organizations.

11. Experience in developing and implementing a framework and approach to multi-party, collaborative research and assessment projects.

12. Depth, breadth and scope in any one or combination of the experience factors.

Operational Requirements:
• Willingness and ability to work overtime when required.
• Willingness and ability to travel occasionally

Conditions of employment

Secret security clearance

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

Communication for this process will be sent via email. Applicants must check their email accounts frequently as there may be a deadline for responses. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required. Candidates who apply to this selection process should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email).

Depending on the number of applicants, the needs and/or Human Resources plans, volume management strategies such as random selection, top-down approach and/or establishing cut-off scores to determine who will continue in the staffing process, will be used for the purpose of managing applications.
The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.


Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

Jamie Warywoda - Principal Human Resources Consultant
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