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Executive Director Job Posting

Contact Email: lcichr@lcic.ca
Deadline: Oct 21, 2019

About the LCIC:
As a wholly owner subsidiary of the Lower Columbia Community Development Team Society (LCCDTS), the Lower Columbia Initiatives Corp. (LCIC) is the regional economic development office that drives economic growth in the “Lower Columbia” sub-region of the West Kootenay (Trail, Rossland, Fruitvale, Warfield, Montrose and Regional Districts Area A & B). The LCIC assists existing business and industry to maintain a healthy economic climate, while identifying and pursuing new economic opportunities. For more information on the LCIC, our goals, strategies and the Board visit www.lcic.ca

The Executive Director (ED) supports and drives regional economic development activities and is responsible for the management of the day to day administrative functions of the LCIC office as well as the development, coordination and implementation of initiatives related to the Lower Columbia Initiatives Corporation Work Plan set by the Board. Responsibilities include developing and implementing high-level strategies, making key organizational decisions, managing the overall operations and resources of the LCIC and functioning as the main point of communication between the Board of Directors and operations. The priorities of the ED are to retain, strengthen and grow existing businesses, promote new business development and attract new business and workforce into the region.
This role also includes supporting and advancing regional community economic development activities, as Executive Director of the LCCDTS, by working with the President, the Society and its committees.
Using sound related expertise, the ED plays a pivotal role in defining the economic growth in the region by focusing on promoting the region, developing strategies to support local employment needs and opportunities, increasing the area municipal tax bases, as well as developing and managing programs and services to improve the business environment in the region.

Reporting Relationships and Authority:
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED establishes important working relationships which include: owners/executives of businesses with operations; representatives of prospective businesses, both domestic and international; representatives of other economic development organizations, chambers of commerce, port authorities and other entities; federal officials and members of the media.

  1. Reports to – Lower Columbia Initiatives Corporation Board Chair and the LCCDTS President
  2. Manages – all staff
  3. Decisions made in the position:
    1. All staffing positions
    2. Decisions within the workplan approved by the Board.
    3. Budget and operational planning approvals.
  4. Decisions Referred:
    1. Issues related to strategic direction.
    2. Policy approvals.


Specific Accountabilities and Duties:

  1. Building a Strong and Dynamic Organization. The Executive Director:Leads the overall effective management and performance of the corporation.
    1. Maintains a strong community presence as the primary contact for business and investor inquiries and acts as liaison with the local business community, industry and government agencies.
    2. Develops up-to-date knowledge of regional developments and opportunities through effective networking and relationship building by initiating and maintaining active contact with businesses, economic development organizations, education institutions and government agencies, maintaining awareness of current programs and services and ensuring that the region’s interests are served.
    3. On a regular basis, advises the Board and stakeholders of economic development issues that affect local economic strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
    4. Serves as a spokesperson with the media and represents the region at official functions on local, regional, state, national and international levels and liaises with elected and appointed governmental officials, major trade and professional organizations and other constituencies.
    5. Undertakes analysis and evaluation of economic and business development opportunities and identifies strategies to develop these opportunities.
    6. In partnership with key stakeholders & partners, develops proactive efforts to retain and expand existing businesses and implements strategies for new residents and businesses.
    7. Promotes local opportunities and identifies valuable commercial and industrial lands, assists businesses and investor prospects to view these properties.
    8. Identifies the need for and develops a variety of promotional and marketing tools and regional building events to attract new businesses and new residents to the region.
    9. Builds collaborative partnerships, aligns organization’s programs and activities, and structures development plans with federal, provincial and municipal economic development organizations and stakeholders
  2. Providing leadership, Delegation of Activities and Operational Oversight. The Executive Director:
    1. Hires and manages a professional staff capable of meeting the goals of both the LCIC and the LCCDTS.
    2. Creates and manages measurable performance benchmarks for staff and organization.
    3. Develops an inclusive work environment by building and maintaining a positive workplace culture.
    4. Clearly communicates key work standards and expectations.
    5. Ensures an appropriate and competitive compensation program is in place to attract and retain quality staff.
    6. Ensures all legal documents for both the LCCDTS and LCIC are up to date and in good standing.
  3. Implementing the Strategic Direction. The Executive Director:
    1. In partnership with the LCIC Board and the LCCDTS Society, develops the organization’s vision, mission, goals, strategic priorities and strategic plan.
    2. Creates strategies to implement LCIC’s strategic plan and develops an annual work plan, determining the means by which to deliver initiatives with key result areas of actions, outcomes and measures.
    3. Manages and/or delegates work plan initiatives and projects whether handled internally or through external agencies.
    4. Develops resources to support, implement, and monitor strategies and measures the impact of strategies, programs and promotional activities.
    5. Reports on activities and finances to the Board, stakeholders and community partners.
  4. Budgeting for, Allocating and Managing Resources. The Executive Director:
    1. Prepares and executes an annual operating budget that aligns with the work plan and contract deliverables.
    2. Identifies and procures new sources of revenue to support the general organization purposes as a well as specific programs.

Other relevant duties as directed by the Board.


Education, Training and Experience

  1. A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Economic Development, Business Management or a related discipline OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. A related post-graduate degree is preferred.
  2. Five years of leadership and management experience in either the public or private sector. Sound experience in the for profit sector is an asset.
  3. Extensive experience managing both people and projects.
  4. Sound experience in budget management and developing grant proposals.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  1. Sound knowledge of the typical business sector culture, organizational operations, current economic development events and trends.
  2. Working knowledge of budget development and management, accounting practices and financial controls.
  3. Working knowledge of governance models and related management approaches.
  4. Working knowledge of effective labour and human relations practices.
  5. Strong interpersonal skills including negotiation, mediation, and conflict resolution skills.
  6. Strong skills in leadership, management and team-building practices.
  7. Strong computer skills including business-oriented computer applications.
  8. Ability to bring sound independent judgment to complex issues, to understand, respond to and resolve complex issues on short notice and to make good strategic decisions.
  9. Ability to demonstrate strong civic and regional leadership as well as build relationships with Board Directors, economic development partners, the business community, government officials and area municipalities in both consultative and collaborative capacities.
  10. Ability to clearly express views, ideas, and facts effectively both orally and in writing.
  11. Ability to provide effective leadership to staff and to create and maintain a positive, working environment that supports staff in productive work outcomes and professional development.


  1. Professionalism – A demonstrated strong leadership profile, a high level of organizational ability, projecting confidence, and modelling and inspiring a learning orientation and culture.
  2. Leadership – Ability to provide principled and effective leadership to employees and other professional contacts, matching words with actions, clearly articulating goals and creating and maintaining a positive, working environment that supports staff in productive work outcomes and professional development.
  3. Strategic Thinking – Adaptable, strategic thinker capable of managing and leading organizational change.
  4. Results Orientation – Positioning the organization and using a risk management/goal setting approach to achieve sound results.
  5. Communication – Ability to actively listen, clearly express views, ideas and facts effectively with diverse audiences both orally and in writing.
  6. Interpersonal Ability – Strong interpersonal skills inspiring trust, respect, collaboration, teamwork and action in dealing with Board Directors, employees, community officials, and colleagues from other businesses.
  7. Analytical Ability – Ability to conduct clear and innovative analysis, producing information and ideas to support informed decisions.
  8. Decision-making/Problem Solving – Ability to bring sound independent judgment to complex issues and the ability to negotiate and/or mediate when responding to and resolving conflict and other complex issues on short notice, and in a timely way.

This is a regular, full-time position, based in Trail BC with a competitive salary and benefits package.
Some out of town travel will be required.
Interested applicants are invited to electronically submit their resume and cover letter including 3 references (along with any supporting documentation) to lcichr@lcic.ca
Application Deadline: Oct 21, 2019

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