Economic Development Officer/Town Planner

Town of Deer Lake

Town of Deer Lake

Economic Development Officer/Town Planner

Deer Lake, with a population of 5,249, is in the western part of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is located on the banks of the lake from which it derives its name, and at the outlet of the upper Humber River. Its history dates to 1922 with the first settlers being loggers and trappers who later took up farming. With the construction of a hydro electric plant came the impetus for growth and now the Town holds the distinction of being the gateway to the famous Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the island’s Great Northern Peninsula. The local airport, built in 1955 expanded to become Deer Lake Regional Airport in 2007, is one of the Town’s major employers. The airport serves a population of approximately 55,000 from Rocky Harbour to Corner Brook. With its numerous accommodations and restaurants, its accessibility via road and air, and its friendly inhabitants, the Town provides a convenient and comfortable jumping off place for tourist in western Newfoundland. It is close to the urban center of Corner Brook, just 52 kilometres away, and provides quick and easy access to a wide variety of services, attractions and events.  

The Town Council is hiring an Economic Development Officer/Town Planner and is inviting anyone with a passion for local government and a desire to improve the lives of residents and encourage economic growth to apply. Reporting to the Town Manager, this position is responsible to provide leadership for all day-to-day operations; identify opportunities and challenges for growth in business, tourism, and quality of life for residents; support existing businesses and encourage new businesses; review and recommend changes, where appropriate, to existing Municipal, Regional and Provincial Strategic Planning documents; and assist with development regulations and applications.

This is a fulltime position with competitive compensation commensurate with experience and qualifications and a competitive benefits package.

The ideal candidate will have Post-secondary education in economy development, community development, municipal land use planning, or in a combination of all fields. The ideal candidate will have at least three (3) years’ experience in a municipal or comparable position, or any equivalent combination of experience and training acceptable to the Town. The ideal candidate will have proven interpersonal leadership, written and verbal communication skills, excellent computer/technology skills, demonstrated team player and public relation skills and strong customer service focus. Previous experience in the municipal sector would be an asset. The Town may accept any equivalent combination of experience and training.

If you are interested in an opportunity to become part of a dedicated team to provide effective and efficient municipal services and programs, please submit a covering letter and resume. The letter and resume should clearly outline how you meet the qualifications for this position and why you want to work for the Town. Two (2) professional references will also be required. The covering letter and resume is to be addressed to:

LW Consulting
36 Yetman Drive
Mount Pearl, NL, A1N 3A8

Applicants are to submit their letter and resume electronically to lewis.gerard@bellaliant.net by 4:00 pm March 22, 2019.

We thank all applicants and advise only those considered for an interview will be contacted.


Organization: Town of Deer Lake
Location: Deer Lake, NL
Region: Western
Professional Category(s): Planning & Development, Economic Development
Posted: March 13, 2019, 3:25 pm
Expires: March 22, 2019, 4:00 pm

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