Executive Vice President, Invest Vancouver - Metro Vancouver

Executive Vice President, Invest Vancouver

Position Status: Full-Time Regular
Department: Invest Vancouver
Employee Group: Exempt
Location: 4515 Central Boulevard, Burnaby
Our Invest Vancouver Department is seeking an Executive Vice President who will bring a collaborative spirit and drive strategic results. 
You are: an established and recognized economic development leader with a passion for building out a strong regional service in support of the region’s economy.
The Executive Vice President reports to the President, Invest Vancouver and falls within our Management / Leadership, Level 5B job family.
This role:

  • Working closely with the President, leads Invest Vancouver and is responsible for the ongoing management and direction of the integrated functional areas. With the President, develops policies and practices to guide the Invest Vancouver Management Board’s activities and promote awareness of mandates and goals. Liaises with internal and external stakeholders on regional economic development priorities and initiatives.   
  • Directs the advancement of the value proposition for the region with oversight for marketing initiatives for strategic investment attraction. Ensures data, research and policy work undertaken by Invest Vancouver has maximum impact by identifying and targeting strategic partners. Fosters collaboration with key regional stakeholders, including senior representatives from the federal and provincial government, Invest in Canada, and economic development counterparts across Canada.  Working with the Strategic Investment team, represents Invest Vancouver as a senior representative for large and high profile investment opportunities.
  • Performs a key role in the provision of senior level advice and guidance to the organization and acts as an expert resource on a range of economic developmental issues.
  • Monitors and controls spending and ensures the effective and efficient expenditure of allocated funds and ensures plans and activities align with strategic objectives and established work plans. Contributes to long range departmental and strategic planning.  Working with the President, supports the Invest Vancouver Advisory Committee and ensures strong relationships with economic development leads from the member jurisdictions are maintained.
  • Ensures the work plan is implemented and integrated across the functional areas, and takes a lead on government relations, stakeholder relations and advocacy. Develops and monitors key metrics for all functional areas. Establishes comparisons with peer regions and defines benchmarks to measure progress and deliver results.
  • Remains current on key and future business and economic development trends, issues and opportunities; communicates information to colleagues and international networks through a variety of channels.
  • Hires, supervises, directs and develops staff monitoring and managing performance in accordance with Invest Vancouver’s goals and objectives. Leads, coaches and mentors staff recognizing the importance of leadership, supervisory and technical training. Develops and sustains a flexible workforce and encourages staff to pursue opportunities that complement their skills and experience. Works collaboratively to resolve complex technical and interpersonal issues staff encounter while doing their work.
  • Responsible for identifying emerging trends impacting the organization’s ability to meet its business goals and leads the development of strategies and policies in response, as well as setting KPI targets.
  • Recognized as an authority in economic development and investment attraction and provides strategic advice and guidance as needed. May provide advice, recommendations and follow-up to the Metro Vancouver Board and Committees as required.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

To be successful, you have:

  • 10 years of recent experience directly related to economic development including investment and/or international business attraction supplemented by a university degree in a relevant discipline such as business administration, public administration, economics, or economic development; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Designation or interest in pursuing designation as a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) is an asset.
  • Expert knowledge and understanding of the policy and infrastructure levers that support economic growth. Demonstrated ability to anticipate future events and identify opportunities to ensure an efficient use of resources. Strong understanding of the dynamics of economic development and investment promotion.
  • Demonstrated ability anticipate future events and identify opportunities to ensure an efficient use of resources. Strong understanding of the dynamics of economic development, trade and investment promotion.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and effectively lead strategic initiatives, clearly communicate expectations and priorities, follow through on deliverables and provide input and direction to ensure the accurate and timely achievement and communication of results.
  • Superior oral and written communication skills including the ability to write reports, make recommendations, evaluate alternatives, and effectively convey complex concepts and strategies to diverse audiences; polished presentation and public speaking skills. Confidently responds to questions and challenges from a variety of sources and skilled in presenting information to facilitate problem resolution and understanding.
  • Excellent budgeting and financial management skills. Demonstrated ability to effectively manage financial resources and effectively monitor and control spending ensuring the effective and efficient expenditure of allocated funds.
  • Proven ability to work cooperatively with others and to build and maintain effective working relationships within and outside the organization.  Excellent conflict resolution and negotiation skills; ability to resolve differences while maintaining strong relationships. Upholds the organization’s reputation through positive and forthright dealings with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to make innovative and strategic decisions; exercise a high degree of independent judgment; ability to revise strategies to address problems, engage diverse audiences, and promote new initiatives considering the diverse and long term implications of decisions and actions. Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated management, mentoring and supervisory skills. Ability to direct, supervise, evaluate, coach and mentor staff. Provides motivating feedback and when necessary, constructive and frank feedback on performance.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft office programs, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Valid BC Class 5 Driver’s License.

Our Vision: 
Metro Vancouver embraces collaboration and innovation in providing sustainable regional services that contribute to a livable and resilient region and a healthy natural environment for current and future generations.
We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and being representative of the region we serve.  We invite all qualified candidates to apply including Indigenous People, visible minorities, immigrants, LGBTQ2S+, all genders and persons with disabilities. 
Metro Vancouver requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (subject to any exemptions and accommodations) and provide proof of vaccination upon hire.  Please follow this link http://www.metrovancouver.org/about/careers/ to our Careers page where you can submit your application by August 19, 2022.

Organization: Metro Vancouver
Location: Burnaby, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Category(s): Executive / Administrative Management
Posted: August 5, 2022, 11:15 am
Expires: August 19, 2022, 4:30 pm

Employment Type: Full Time
Employment Length: Permanent
Education Requirement: Bachelor’s degree
Job Experience: 5 years or more

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