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Chief Administrative Officer
Local Authority: Municipal District of Ranchland No. 66
Location: Nanton, Alberta
Closing Date: 7/14/2020

The Municipal District of Ranchland No. 66, located in Southwestern Alberta, is noted for its commitments to heritage ranching and to environmental stewardship.  Council is preparing for changing economic opportunities in SW Alberta that are now underway and seeks a Chief Administrative Officer who is strongly team oriented, skilled at “reading between the lines” of governance and administration and has extensive project management experience.

Uniquely, the Municipal District of Ranchland No. 66 has no population centers, so staff members commute from communities in adjacent municipalities.  Headquarters are at picturesque Chain Lakes Provincial Park on the famous Cowboy Trail (Alberta Provincial Highway No. 22).  Calgary and Lethbridge, first and fourth in size in the province respectively are within about 90 minutes driving distance from MD headquarters. 

Council has identified five key attributes of its future CAO:

  • Formal study of local governments

  • CAO role mastery from 5 or more years of experience

  • Understands the difference between managing and leading

  • Fast learner in general, especially in the current unsettled conditions

  • Dedication to continuous learning

A detailed overview of Council’s expectations is available from the Municipal District of Ranchland No. 66 website at

Applications will be accepted until July 14, 2020.  A covering letter and resume are expected.  Submit electronically via e-mail to  or snail mail to: CAO Applications, Municipal District of Ranchland No. 66, Box 1060, Nanton, AB T0L 1R0.

This employment opportunity has been circulated by the Society of Local Government Managers of Alberta. The Society has been providing this service to all municipalities and its members since 1993.

The cost for a single job posting is $157.50. If multiple postings are submitted within 24 hours then the cost structure would be:

  • First Post: $157.50
  • Second Post: $141.75
  • Third, Fouth, Fifth, etc. Post(s): $131.25