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Senior Manager, Community Advancements

Who We Are

In Whitby, we are dedicated to our work, our community, and each other. We work hard, we have fun, and we celebrate our successes.

The Town of Whitby is a community in transformation that is located in the heart of Durham Region in the eastern Greater Toronto Area. Whitby is the second-largest municipality in the region and one of the fastest-growing communities in Canada. Located on Lake Ontario and only an hour east of Toronto, the population of Whitby is expected to grow from approximately 140,000 to almost 200,000 by 2031. Whitby's Official Plan has been updated to establish new directions for Whitby's planned growth and development; the protection of our natural and built environments; urban design intensification; sustainability; community improvement; and, new employment within this time frame.

The Town of Whitby combines a small town atmosphere with the sophistication and amenities of a larger urban centre. Whitby boasts two beautiful heritage downtowns, one of the finest recreational harbours with an award-winning marina, year round sports and recreation activities, parks, trails, and a robust arts and culture scene, all of which are part of the extraordinary amenities that Whitby residents enjoy every day.

Whitby has an exciting and aspiring future, with a community that is welcoming, growing and transforming. On our team, you can expect to make a difference through your work and have a direct impact on shaping our growing community. Creating an inclusive environment where employees experience job satisfaction and have rewarding careers is important to us. We live our values and foster a culture of collaboration, accountability, respect and engagement where people enjoy coming to work.

We want to be the preferred employer for the most talented people who care about the Town of Whitby, and are excited and proud to serve our vibrant community.

Let's grow together.

What You Will Get To Do

The successful candidate will have a positive impact on our corporate culture by demonstrating the Town's CARE core values (Collaborative, Accountable, Respectful, Engaged) through daily interactions with individuals at all levels of the organization, external contacts and elected officials.

By effectively building positive rapport and relationships both internally and externally, the successful candidate will help us achieve our mission that together we deliver services that make a difference in our community.

Reporting to the Director of Strategic Initiatives, the Senior Manager, Community Advancements oversees a dynamic team of professionals responsible for creating and developing a complete community, striving towards sustainability, creating a vibrant community and supporting economic growth through the creative economy sector.

Through economic, social, environmental and cultural lenses, the Senior Manager position oversees the development and implementation of strategies and plans and forges strong collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders to deliver Council's goals, key goals for the Office of the CAO, and contribute towards achieving the strategic priorities of the Corporate Strategic Plan.

Key Responsibilities

Leads and oversees the Community Advancements portfolio programs including:

Whitby's sustainability, climate change, and energy management initiatives, policies, procedures, and monitoring the Town's progress in becoming a sustainable corporation and community;

Implementation of Whitby's Culture Plan and Downtown Revitalization efforts; development and implementation of a Tourism Strategy in partnership with Economic Development; and delivery of Special Events

Provides leadership and management for Community Advancements staff including staff development, performance management, coaching/mentoring, recruitment and retention as well as assesses and plans divisional staffing needs.

Builds strong working relationships with key stakeholders and agencies, including but not limited to: the Region of Durham; regional municipalities; post-secondary institutions; sector groups and associations (eg. Clean Air Partnership; Creative City Network); community organizations; advisory committees of Council; Chamber of Commerce; BIA.

Develops and administers the team's annual operating and capital budgets, tracks variances and makes recommendations for adjustments to the budgets as required.

Coordinates the preparation and presentation of reports, studies and initiatives to Council and stakeholders related to sustainability and climate change, creative economy including culture, tourism and events.

Who You Are

We are looking for a bold and dynamic leader for our Sustainability and Climate Change and the Creative Communities team. The future of Community Advancements at the Town of Whitby needs an enthusiastic, innovative and visionary team player that understands what it takes to build a vibrant and sustainable community.

You are self-starting and thrive in a fast-paced environment. Using your extensive knowledge and experience in the field allows you to navigate through complex challenges and recommend innovative solutions. You are a strategic thinker with high energy, who is excellent at sharing a vision and moving people to action. You place a high value on being a team player, and know that by activating and empowering others, you fuel passion and high performance.

You are someone that people gravitate toward, and you skilfully establish and maintain positive relationships with diverse groups of people. By making partnerships a priority, you are able to align and integrate multi-faceted plans that enable you to collaboratively achieve goals. Trying something new does not intimidate you. You are resilient and being in an environment where there is a lot of growth and change excites you.

What You Bring To Our Team

As the successful applicant, you must possess:

Minimum 4-year undergraduate/honour's university degree in Urban Geography; Planning; Economic Geography; Environmental Studies; Social Sciences or equivalent

Master's Degree considered an asset

Minimum seven (7) years of management experience in public or private sector

A Membership in Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI and Canadian Institutes of Planners (CIP), and/or Registered Professional Planner (RPP); Economic Development Certification; Environmental / Sustainability Professional designation is considered an asset

Strong understanding of municipal government structure and functions

Exceptional collaboration, communication, facilitation and presentation skills

Strong interpersonal, leadership and team building skills, coaching and mentoring capabilities; ability to work and lead in an unionized environment;

Strong understanding and knowledge of, but not limited to:

Legislation and policies (provincial, regional and municipal) as it impacts climate change, energy management, tourism industry

Government programs and services, eg. Grant funding programs

the development review and approval process

economic drivers (eg. tourism industry, cultural sector)

best practices in the creative economy sector, sustainability and climate change, in the industries and among other municipalities

Ability to be a self-starter, multi-task and deal with various demands and deadlines;

Management skills to interact professionally and effectively with the CAO, Council and external members of the community, businesses, customers and other levels of government;

Ability to function both independently and as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to achieve desired results;

Ability to effectively use Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Ability to effectively use Adobe Acrobat

Class G Driver's License

What We Offer You

Salary Range: $116,044

  • $136,523 per annum (Band C) [Salary under review]

A comprehensive benefits and pension program to ensure that your total compensation package addresses both your work and life needs.

Flexible work arrangements allowing you to manage your priorities and your time effectively.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

At the Town of Whitby, our values guide everything that we do. We celebrate our differences, which is why we are committed to building an inclusive and barrier-free environment for our team. If you need a specific accommodation during the recruitment process, please let us know, and we will be happy to provide. Any information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially.

Acknowledgement will only be forwarded to those applicants who are invited for an interview.

Personal information provided is collected under the authority of The Municipal Act, 2001 and the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Union Affiliation: No Affiliation

Standard Hours: Monday to Friday

  • 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (thirty-five hours per week). Flex hours may be required.

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