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Chief Administrative Officer
Local Authority: Town of Drayton Valley
Location: Drayton Valley, Alberta
Closing Date: 5/7/2018

Position Summary
The Town of Drayton Valley is a forward-thinking, engaged community focused on social development and maintaining a family-friendly atmosphere.  The Town of Drayton Valley strives to keep our community connected and informed. 
Town of Drayton Valley Council is currently seeking a dynamic, experienced leader to fulfill the position of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).  Taking direction from Town Council, the CAO is responsible for leading, planning and managing operations and programs for the municipality.  The successful candidate will employ proven leadership abilities, strategic and creative thinking, and excellent communication and interpersonal skills to ensure the continuous development and forward movement of new and existing municipal services.  The CAO will be capable of creating an effective organizational structure which excels at providing efficient customer service, promotes teamwork, quality and cost-effective municipal services and adaptability for future change.

Primary Responsibilities
Under the direction of Council, the CAO is responsible for the following:
           Directs the overall planning, coordination and control of all municipal operations in accordance with the objectives, policies and plans of the Town
           Monitors compliance with all applicable statutory enactments
           Recommends objectives, programs and policies to Council, and then is responsible for implementation and direction
           Responsible for directing and managing all of the personnel and employees of the Town, including the establishment of the structure and organization of the management, personnel and administration of the Town 
           Monitors and ensures adherence to town policies, rules, procedures, programs and guidelines through effective communication
           Responsible for the overall health and safety program of the Town
           Directs the development of policies and procedures related to budget expenditures and financial controls including preparation and submission of capital and operating budgets to Council for approval
           Directs the execution of all documents, agreements and contracts
           Authorizes the payment of accounts within established guidelines of the Town
           Coordinates the prompt and proper handling of all requests, inquiries and complaints by the public
           Attends all regular meetings of Council on relevant matters
           Acts as the liaison with representatives externally, such as boards, commissions, agents, consultants and others, and advises Council and committees as requested
           Keeps informed about governmental and community affairs and advises Council and personnel of significant trends
           May take whatever actions or measures which are necessary to respond to an emergency or disaster within the guidelines set out in the Town’s Emergency

Response Plan
           Performs other duties as assigned by Council

Decision Making Role
Works independently on a wide variety of administrative and planning activities under general guidance of the Mayor and Town Council.  Must show very considerable original and independent thinking in developing organizational objectives and broad policies.
Major Inter-personal Contacts
Contacts vital to the viability of the organization.  Interacts with elected officials, staff, representatives of other agencies, community members, and others outside of the organization involving sensitive negotiations or requiring representation of the organization at large in public.  Requires a high degree of diplomacy.

Responsible for staffing and manpower for organization as a whole.

           Post-secondary degree, preferably in business, economics, engineering or public administration is preferred
           Must have, or be willing to obtain, the National Advanced Certificate in Local Authority Administration (NACLAA) or comparable certification
           Membership or eligibility for membership in the Society of Local Government Managers is required
           Employs proven leadership and mentorship practices and principles
           Solid interpersonal and customer service skills with a positive and approachable attitude
           Excellent verbal and written communication skills
           Highly organized with a strong ability to meet tight deadlines and multi-task and manage priorities
           Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a part of a multi-disciplinary team
           Maintains a high level of accountability
           Capable of setting own goals, and remain up-to-date on developments and changes within the Municipal Government sector
           Valid Class 5 Driver’s License and clean Driver’s Abstract
           Clear Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check

           10-15 years of progressive management experience, in either the public or private sector, with a minimum of 5 years at a senior leadership level
           Management experience within a municipal setting working with elected officials is an asset
           Experience in strategic planning, policy development, financial acumen and resource management is required

Other Considerations
Applicants selected for an interview will need to prepare a 30, 60 and 90 day plan for this role to discuss during the interview process.

Additional Information
Please submit a cover letter outlining your skills and experience along with your resume in confidence to:
Human Resources
Town of Drayton Valley
Box 6837
Drayton Valley, AB, T7A 1A1
Fax: 780-542-5753
Deadline to apply is no later than Monday, May 7, 2018.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All information collected for the above offer of employment is done under the provision of the Freedom of Information and the Protection of Privacy legislation and will be used only for the evaluation of candidates.

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