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Director, Economic Diversification

Job Type: 
Management / Administration
Parkland County
Competition Number: 
Job Description : 

A robust and vibrant municipality, Parkland County offers a variety of choices and experiences for residents and visitors alike. With the City of Edmonton just minutes to the east, the idyllic setting of Parkland County offers country charm with easy access to city amenities. Parkland County boasts an exceptional mix of agricultural, residential, industrial, commercial, and recreational opportunities. With a population of over 30,000, this rural community offers a distinctively vibrant atmosphere with an assortment of country residential acreages and farming properties. As a progressive, rural community, Parkland County takes an active role in promoting and advancing economic development and providing the necessities and leisure activities for all families, while preserving the natural distinction that is the essence of our community.


One Parkland - Powerfully Connected.


Parkland County represents the interests and aspirations of its citizens, providing quality municipal services through strategic governance and delivering the best outcomes for Parkland County as a whole.


The following five core values provide a foundation for a strong, vibrant, and sustainable community:

Integrity – At all times, we conduct ourselves in a manner that is ethical, legal, and professional, while fostering a culture of honesty, trust, and fairness.

Respect - We ensure the equitable and fair treatment of all as a foundation of our policies and practices.

Collaboration - We build and maintain strong relationships both internally and externally, through cooperation, mutual respect, and open communication, working together for the benefit of the region.

Transparency - We conduct ourselves in a clear and visible manner, ensuring we are accountable for our actions at all times.

Responsibility - We focus on operating in a safe, efficient, reliable, and cost-effective manner, acting today with the interests of tomorrow in mind.


Under the general direction of the Chief Administrative Officer, the Director, Economic Diversification Department is responsible for overseeing all aspects related to the creation of economic growth in Parkland County. The Director creates strategic and tactical plans to achieve Council’s strategic objectives related to Economic Diversification. The Director leads the department in connecting with business, supporting sustainable development and bringing forward recommendations for change based on changing market conditions. This position is also responsible for strategic planning and budgeting; preparing various reports; all aspects of staff supervision; establishing and maintaining strategic networks, as well as working with the County Committees.


Qualifications & Education Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a business, marketing, finance, or planning discipline or equivalent.
  • Minimum of seven (7) years’ progressive experience in a related field. Business and municipal economic development experience is required. Supervisory experience is also required with at least two (2) years at a management level.
  • Economic Development certification and membership in the Economic Developers of Canada and Alberta would be assets. Possession of a Valid Alberta Class 5 Driver’s Licence and satisfactory driving record is required.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills as well as proven business development experience is required. Excellent writing skills and proficiency in computer applications (Microsoft Office) are required. Other assets for this position include diplomacy and tact in dealing with the public, along with being strongly motivated to take on new initiatives. Must be able to represent the County in a professional appearance and manner.
Closing Date: 
May 23, 2019
Application Return: 

Ardyce Kouri or Angela Karwal

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