Cumberland Business Connector is a private-sector led economic development organization serving the Municipality of the County of Cumberland and the Towns of Amherst and Oxford. The organization will operate as a “connector” among economic development partners, support business growth and retention, and provide local leadership on economic development priorities.
On their behalf, we are seeking a highly-respected and proven leader as its first Chief Executive Officer.
What qualities are needed as CEO?
Simply put: the CEO of the Cumberland Business Connector is expected to be one of the leading members of the local business community. As such, you must have business intellect, presence, vision, social skills, and a global mindset – all of which will be deployed to benefit local businesses.
In performing this role, you must be knowledgeable of a wide range of business types and issues and be able to relate easily to everyone – from major companies to sole entrepreneurs. Your communication and government relations skills must also be exceptional as you will be called upon frequently to advocate for support on behalf of local businesses. With an eye on the future, you will work with the youth of Cumberland to educate and expose them to opportunities within their own community so that they will have meaningful careers and employers will have a job-ready workforce.
Ideally, you are familiar with the current economic and social climate in Cumberland and bring an understanding of best practices in economic development in rural settings. You have academic credentials in business, economic development or a related field and have several years’ experience in senior leadership positions. Lastly, you have proven experience working with a high-calibre Board of Directors and bring a complete understanding of governance.
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