Smart, Savvy + Associates is excited to partner with the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) in their search for an Economic Development Manager. This is a tremendous opportunity to be a change agent, advocate and inspirer and play a significant role in shaping Downtown Vancouver as a livable, sociable and economically vibrant, urban environment. DVBIA, one of Canada’s largest business improvement associations with 8000 members, is rolling out an exciting new 5-year strategy to engage members and stakeholders in its vision to be a Downtown Vancouver where everyone is welcomed and wants to be. And you can be part of it.
You bring proven sector experience, love urban spaces and see the potential to re-vitalize, develop and help create a vibrant, talked about, destination that attracts investment, development, businesses, and people. You are creative, resourceful and have a solid understanding of urban economic principles. Your strengths are building networks and relationships. You love when you see opportunities to create connections and bring people together to support revitalization. An energetic advocate for owners and managers of commercial properties and businesses, you know how to solve problems, get things done and make solid recommendations.
DVBIA was created by Vancouver City Council in 1990 at the request of downtown business people and property owners. It is funded by a special municipal levy that is paid by all commercial properties within the Association’s geographical boundaries. Comprising 90 square blocks of prime office, retail, entertainment and tourism properties, and representing more than 8,000 individual business members.
About the role
This role reports to the Director of Operations and works closely with the President & CEO to promote business vibrancy within the DVBIA. The Economic Development Manager is an advocate for investment in Downtown properties and businesses; analyzes real estate, development and leasing activity; serves as liaison to owners and managers of properties and businesses; assists in navigating approval processes and developing supporting programs at the DVBIA; develops and manages programs to support recruiting and retaining retail, restaurant, entertainment and office tenants; and formulates recommendations to DVBIA senior management for further downtown revitalization.
Experience & Education
Wondering where you stand if you're a job seeker? Here's an overview of what you can expect on the job hunting end.
This seems self-explanatory. You've polished, edited, fabuloused your resume for us, so you've applied to a job or registered through our online portal. Your resume then makes its way to us via email.
We are a client-facing business so we’re actively seeking people that fit our client’s requests. If you’re a fit for a role, we’ll reach out via email or phone to chat further about the opportunity with you. If the opportunity aligns with your career trajectory, we’ll continue the discussion from there. If you’re not a fit for a role, we’ll do our best to let you know that so we can keep your job hunt respected and honest.
If we've contacted you with an opportunity that you're interested in pursuing, we'll put you through a screening process called the Online Career Profile. It's an online questionnaire that allows us to get to know you more in-depth: what you've achieved, where you want to go, your views on corporate culture. It takes about an hour to complete, but we promise the investment will be worth the return so we can find you a perfect match.
We then meet face-to-face with you to flush out your OCP further and get to know you on a personal level. If following this both parties see a great fit for the role in mind, we then introduce you to our client to go through their interview and hiring process.