Economist and Project Development Specialist

About The Halifax Partnership:

Halifax Partnership is the lead economic development organization for Halifax. For over 20 years, the Halifax Partnership has led the private, public and community sectors in forging and driving a vision for economic growth and development in Halifax. The Partnership works to keep and grow business, attract new investment, strengthen the community and help people succeed. More than 120 businesses and all three levels of government invest in the Partnership to support economic growth in Halifax. For more information visit



The Halifax Partnership is seeking an Economist and Project Development Specialist. The individual in this position will have the ability to bring an economist's perspective to a problem or issue, identify the key questions to be addressed, formulate and execute an appropriate plan for research and analysis, and then present the findings and solutions in a compelling and comprehensible manner. This position is suitable only to candidates who possess very strong written communication skills.

Position Responsibilities:

Economic reports, including:

  • Leading the production process for various economic reports, including, for example, analyses that may be required in relation to the implementation of the Halifax Economic Growth Plan 2016-21, the annual Halifax Index, quarterly economic "snapshot" reports, and proposals and funding requests for special research projects.
  • Conducting research, identifying relevant sources of information, and gathering data, statistics or other quantitative and qualitative information.
  • Delivering quantitative and qualitative analyses in which the inputs and outputs are clear, reliable, logical, and well-documented.
Communications, including:

  • Communicating the main ideas and findings from research in written (full reports, brief memos, blog posts, presentation slides, etc.) or graphical form.
  • Speaking on behalf of the organization in public/private presentations or interviews with the media.
  • Developing relationships with Partnership colleagues and investors, HRM staff, and external partners as a trusted advisor on economic issues.
Research, including:

  • Responding to and tracking research requests from investors, stakeholders, internal business units, the local business community, site selectors, and the general public in a timely manner.
  • Monitoring, analyzing, and reporting on economic trends in Halifax.
  • Analyzing specific issues in depth and developing policy recommendations.
  • Developing and maintaining internal systems to manage data and statistics gathered by the Partnership.


  • A Master's degree in economics is preferred, although candidates with a Master's degree in a related field (e.g., business or public administration) and/or a Bachelor's degree in economics combined with suitable professional experience may be considered
  • Professional experience or demonstrated capability working as an economic analyst
  • Fluent in English

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Superior written communication skills
  • Outstanding project management skills
  • Strong presentation skills, including the ability to interpret economic analyses to non-economist audiences
  • Highly proficient in the use of spreadsheets, word processing, databases, and Internet tools
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently, as well as coordinate work with others and show commitment to the collective output of a project team
  • Demonstrated success with meeting tight timelines and working in a fast-paced environment


Please apply electronically by clicking on the Apply Now button on Career Beacon and include cover letter, resume and salary
requirements to the attention of:

Karen L. Reinhardt, CPA CA
Director, Corporate Services
Halifax Partnership
Suite 2101, 1969 Upper Water Street, Purdy's Tower II
Halifax, NS B3J 3R7

Deadline for applications: June 11, 2018