We're hiring: Analyst, Economic Transformation – Digital Innovation and Leadership Program (DIaL)

Job Opportunity: Analyst, Economic Transformation

Position: Analyst, Economic Transformation – Digital Innovation and Leadership Program (DIaL)
Reports to: Manager, Economic Transformation (Innovation & Capital)
Employment Type: Full-time, temporary (24 months)
Application Deadline: Sunday, October 2, 2022, 11:59M (PST).



About the Vancouver Economic Commission

The VEC’s mandate is to support the building of a prosperous, inclusive, zero-carbon and resilient economy in Vancouver.

VEC fulfils this mandate by working on an economic transition towards a just and economically resilient future for Vancouver, in which there is prosperity for all. VEC’s work is anchored primarily on collating and undertaking research and intelligence; providing expert insights to relevant policymakers; engaging stakeholders and rights holders in the business, academic and investor communities; and leading, partnering and overseeing select strategic initiatives, programs and events in the local economy orientated to VEC’s four-pledges for issues-based economic development.



Main Purpose and Function

The Digital Innovation and Leadership program (DIaL) is a key project within a portfolio that is seeking to enable a just transition towards a digital economy for the Vancouver business leaders who currently lack the skills, tools, knowledge, time, and financial capacity to leverage digitalization as an effective way to improve the resiliency and operations of their businesses.

As a member of the Economic Transformation team, the Analyst, Economic Transformation (“the Analyst“), is a temporary full-time role reporting to the Manager, Economic Transformation, Innovation & Capital (“the Manager“), under the guidance of the Director, Economic Transformation and Climate Action (“the Director“). The Analyst will actively identify and advise on the type of Vancouver businesses and leaders that should be recruited into the project to maximize project impact; these include businesses that are heavy contributors to Vancouver’s current economy and will be large contributors to the future economy and, on a sliding risk scale, are susceptible to impact/disruption from growing digitalization. A major effort will be made to ensure businesses owned and operated by people from marginalized and underrepresented communities are brought into the program.

Key Contacts and Reporting Relationships

The Analyst reports directly to the Manager, Economic Transformation, Innovation & Capital

Direct Reports include: N/A

The Analyst is expected to work with and support other VEC team members as needed and liaise professionally and respectfully with leadership within VEC and with VEC’s stakeholders.

Performance goals, workplans and work allocation will be reviewed on a regular basis with the Manager as approved by the Director and ultimately the CEO. These goals and workplans will be adapted from time to time as business and organizational needs evolve.

In addition to reporting to the Manager on any given work item, the Analyst may also report to or provide subject matter expertise to other leads on the project/initiative to which they are providing services. In these instances, the Analyst, takes direction concerning initiative decisions from the project/initiative lead and may seek consultation and support from the Manager, the Director, and ultimately the CEO.

Duties and Responsibilities

Core Responsibilities include:

Day-to-day project leader for the VEC DIal project

  • Coordinate and/or support the Manager in the development and execution of the DIaL project, including being VEC’s primary industry liaison and taking sole responsibility for the successful completion of the initiative
  • Represent VEC at partner meetings and act as VEC’s industry liaison to identify, engage and recruit businesses
  • Support project delivery and implementation, including creating timelines, roadmaps, identifying businesses (for the project), and drafting business leadership engagement communications and recruitment plans
  • Convene strategic forums, build meaningful relationships, and undertake relevant research
  • Manage and/or support the administration and maintenance of appropriate project documentation over the lifetime of the project as appropriate
  • Support in identifying and proactively managing project issues, risks, time, quality, and costs, including liaising with contractors
  • Lead and/or support and coordinate the design, collection and analysis of internal and external sources of research and data as they relate to programs and initiatives relevant to DIaL
  • Arrange and/or support the convening of and outreach to partners, key stakeholders and business delegations through outreach, development of materials, meeting and event preparation and logistics, support and follow-up activities
  • Support on – and sometimes lead – processes relating to the appointment and management of external consultants
  • Ensure proper project closeout and reporting at completion, including post-project evaluation, recommended changes for future similar projects, and appropriate documentation
  • Work with VEC’s marketing and communications staff as it relates to publishing and promoting the final outcomes of the project or initiative

Other duties/responsibilities as assigned subject to capacity and alignment

Minimum Position Requirements

Education and experience

  • A minimum of a Bachelors’ degree in business administration, economics, urban studies, sustainability, environment, public policy or equivalent
  • A minimum of five years of experience and demonstrated skills in business advisory, economic development, program design & delivery, data analytics, and/or project management.
  • OR a combination of education and experience that demonstrates passion and competency in the relevant fields listed above
  • Formal training and experience in project management (including program delivery and exposure or work experience in the innovation or tech sectors) is considered an asset

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The Analyst should have the following knowledge, skills and abilities.

  • Strategic problem solving and analytical mindset. An analytical thinker who can systematically frame and analyse research/ data for an issue, opportunity or policy problem, and support the project/initiative lead in arriving at a solution that is supported by a balance of facts and good judgment.
  • Project management. Demonstrated ability to follow direction, incorporate feedback, execute on a plan, recommend course corrections and take responsibility for the success of their portion of the project/initiative.
  • Facilitation. Good facilitation skills, with the ability to bring together people with a diverse set of interests, styles, and areas of expertise, and to align them toward a unified goal
  • Business relationship management. Ability to understand and support the Manager and/project lead on stewarding business relationships, based upon a solid understanding of both public sector and private sector business strategy, structure and dynamics.
  • Professionalism. Ability to respect relevant protocols and confidentiality, to inspire trust and credibility, and to generally conduct oneself with tact and diplomacy.
  • Technical. Strong computer competency in office productivity tools that can be leveraged to support business analytics and decision-making, including MS Office 365, webinar and virtual meeting platforms, and project management platforms.
  • Curiosity/quick learner. An aptitude for and interest in learning about a wide variety of topics and aptitude for identifying new opportunities for growing the innovation and capital ecosystems in Vancouver
  • Organisation and efficiency. Excellent organisational skills, with the ability to concurrently manage multiple tasks and competing priorities in a fast-paced, dynamic environment with the ability to foresee business challenges, troubleshoot and problem solve.
  • Communication. Good attention to detail alongside organizational, interpersonal and verbal/written skills.
  • Optimism and positive attitude. Commitment to optimism for the future and a demonstrated willingness to engage in relationships/activities with respect and a cheerful outlook.

Application Process

Interested applicants should supply their resume and cover letter in pdf format by email to info@vancouvereconomic.com. Deadline to apply is 11:59M PST Sunday, October 2, 2022. While we thank all applicants for taking the time to apply, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted directly.

Anticipated start date is November 1, 2022 or earlier depending on negotiations with the successful candidate.

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Other Conditions of Employment

General office hours are 9:00am to 5:00pm and some flexibility is required due to the events-based nature of the work. Some evening and early morning hours may be necessary.

VEC is currently operating in a hybrid remote-office mode; staff are expected to work one to two days a week in the office located on the 5th floor at 555 W 8th Avenue in Vancouver. The building is fully accessible and includes indoor locked bicycle storage and end of trip facilities. The remaining days of the week will be worked from a local remote location. A laptop and accessories will be provided.

This is a full-time, temporary position. The salary range is CDN $60,000. VEC offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes membership in a group health and dental insurance plan and participation in the Municipal Pension Plan.

At the VEC, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, 2SLGBTQ+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process

The VEC has a COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy. All external applicants applying to the VEC are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of hire and subject to this policy as a condition of ongoing employment. Candidates may only be exempted from this requirement if they request and are approved for an accommodation based on a reason related to a Human Rights Code ground (such as disability). Such a request must be made during, not after, the recruitment process.

Based in Vancouver, VEC respectfully acknowledges that it is located on the unceded ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish nations.