Community Economic Development Specialist ID: 58378

Deadline Date: 2019/04/11

Location: Fort William First Nation

SUMMARY: The Community Economic Development Specialist is responsible for developing and delivering a number of business and capacity development supports, tools and resources in the Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund (NADF) service area.

ACCOUNTABILITY: The Community Economic Development Specialist is supervised by and is directly accountable to the Senior Project Manager.

Posting Date:
 Thunder Bay
 107-100 Anemki Drive
Start Date:
 $66,719 – $84,455
Number of positions:
Days of work:
 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
 Business, Finance and Administration
1. Develops and coordinates an Aboriginal Business Incubator through ensuring Vision, Values and quality of programming at NADF, serving First Nation communities and members in NADF's service area. This includes identifying and providing targeted, one-on-one business development supports to First Nation communities, individuals, and/or partnerships.
2. Develops and delivers presentation, workshop, toolkit and other capacity development materials related to Community Economic Development (CED) and First Nation economic & business development.
3. Liaises with clients and potential clients.
    a) Provides information on NADF services and processes.
    b) Provides over-all guidance to the client and potential clients for what is required in all phases of business development (from idea generation to business start-up).
    c) As required, refers clients to business support staff for assistance in developing their business.
    d) Able and willing to meet clients in respective communities as required within budget constraints.
    e) Promotes all services provided by NADF during community visits.
4. Identifies, coordinates and supports new business and partnership development opportunities and proposals from First Nation clients in the NADF's service area.
5. Researches and analyses opportunities, challenges and information related to supporting new business development.
6. Works closely with other NADF staff and community representatives to ensure effective collaboration, cooperation and coordination is taking place related to business development efforts.
7. Performs outreach (for example, meetings, presentations, promoting NADF programs and providing information on all complementary programs and services of NADF).
8. Liaises with First Nation communities, agencies and organizations and any reasonable information source as required.
9. Attends internal or external meetings as required.
10. Other duties as assigned and requested by Senior Project Manager or designate.
1. A post-secondary degree in Business Administration and/or a master's degree in business management, Business Administration and/or Community Economic Development with a minimum of five (5) years' experience in business and economic development.
2. Strong and proven business planning, financial analysis, business assessment and partnership development skills.
3. Strong grasp of Community Economic Development (CED) concepts related to opportunity identification, business structures, financing, entrepreneurism, social enterprise and capacity development within an indigenous context.
4. Comprehensive understanding and/or contacts within economic sectors so as to have current knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing entrepreneurs and communities.
5. In-depth knowledge of the economic climate and business development priorities of the Aboriginal communities and people in northern Ontario.
6. Demonstrated ability to be entrepreneurial in handling multiple tasks and projects and meeting established goals with specific time frames.
7. Strong problem identification and problem-solving skills.
8. Strong written and verbal communication skills including demonstrated ability to write reports and proposals; and strong presentation skills.
9. Strong influencing skills with the ability to develop and motivate team members and negotiate with representatives from other areas within the organization.
10. Excellent planning and organization skills with the ability to work independently and prioritize to meet deadlines.
11. Strong problem identification and problem-solving skills
12. Strong knowledge of computers and related software is necessary. Excellent computer skills; experience using spreadsheet programs and managing computer databases an asset.
13. Excellent customer relations, interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to plan, organize and prioritize and delegate work effectively.
Closing Date/Apply by:
How To Apply:
Submit resume along with cover letter with 3 current work related references.

Employer Contact Information

Contact Name:
Position Title:
 HR Manager
Company Name:
 Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund
 107-100 Anemki Drive
 Fort William First Nation
Postal Code:
 P7J 1J4
Web Address:

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