Manager, Assessment and Development

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The Manager, Assessment and Development will be responsible for developing strategies and approaches to address and assess opportunities and challenges emerging from communities, critically reviewing and assessing potential opportunities, business plans and feasibility for projects, investments, program and funding ideas, providing expert support to other Columbia Basin Trust staff in their interactions with communities, and providing due diligence on funding recommendations for complex proposals and projects. The Manager, Assessment and development reports to the Director, Delivery of Benefits.


  1. Assesses potential opportunities emerging from communities. The Manager:
    • Conducts due diligence on, and provides recommendations on complex DOB proposals and projects from communities.
    • Verifies assumptions and tests validity of business plans.
    • Assesses the feasibility of projects, investments and programs.
    • Identifies policy issues emerging from discussions with communities and identifies how the Trust can best approach the issue(s), may be required to refer to other Trust staff for follow up.
  2. Develops and oversees Trust initiatives, programs and projects. The Manager:
    • Monitors the progress in achieving the strategic goals and reports to senior management and the Board of Directors.
    • Provides regular and formal feedback to appropriate Trust senior management and Board of Directors on the Trust’s DOB initiatives and the Trust “business climate”.
  3. Develops, partners and maintains effective working relationships with various stakeholders (including local leaders, the business community, community groups, social and economic development agencies, First nations and all levels of government) in an effort to understand the opportunities within the respective areas.
  4. Works individually and in collaboration with other departments on conceptualizing and developing strategies to address the opportunities and support the communities and the region.
  5. Assists communities and other Trust DOB staff by providing leadership and initiative areas by critically reviewing and assessing business plans for projects under consideration for Trust’s funding.
  6. Researches relevant topics and stays up-to-date on trends within BC, Canada and globally. Applies the same to the Trust’s context, programs, initiatives and approaches.
  7. Performs other related duties as required.


Required Knowledge and Experience

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a related field OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in the area of finance and/or business development including some experience in a management position.
  • Direct experience working with for profit, non-profit and public sectors would be an asset.
  • Direct experience in successfully managing and executing projects.
  • Sound knowledge in the fields of investment/finance and business development.
  • Sound knowledge of principles, techniques and best practices related to community development and financial mechanisms.
  • Sound knowledge of strategic planning, program development and implementation and project planning.
  • Sound knowledge of available resources (both Trust and external).
  • Sound level of computer literacy and working knowledge of and experience with MS Office 2013 software.

Required Skills

  • Strong reasoning and critical analysis skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Ability to create and assess business plans.
  • Ability to work with communities in an inclusive and objective manner.
  • Ability to understand community issues and internal and external influences.
  • Ability to translate vision into broadly defined goals and objectives with activities to achieve them.
  • Ability to embrace critical questioning, innovation and continuous improvement.
  • Ability to demonstrate creativity when exploring opportunities and identifying possible solutions.
  • Ability to exercise a professional manner, initiative, tact, diplomacy and discretion in dealing with a wide range of contacts.
  • Ability to exercise initiative and bring sound independent judgment to resolving complex issues and making sound decisions.
  • Ability to consider the “big picture” when making decisions.
  • Ability to travel extensively in the Columbia Basin Region.

The deadline is Friday, November 6, 2015 at 4:00pm PST.

Contact: Debra Stewart hr at
Phone: 1.800.505.8998

SOURCE: Columbia Basin Trust

6 Nov 2015
Columbia Basin Trust
Castlegar  British Columbia
Entrepreneurship & Business Development
Planning and Evaluation