Situated on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Metchosin is a vibrant and close-knit community of 5,000 people with over 50 kilometres of coastline, 1000 hectares of Agricultural Land Reserve and many working farms. Located near the Scia’new First Nation, the community is situated outside the CRD urban containment boundary and characterized by its forests, farmlands, parks and ocean coast. Metchosin is crisscrossed by winding rural roads leading past cultivated acreages, forested land, rocky headlands, farms, and secluded homes. Residents can explore numerous hiking paths like the Galloping Goose Regional Trail, enjoy a leisurely stroll on the beach at Witty’s Lagoon or swim at Matheson Lake. Metchosin captures the essence of coastal and rural country living.
The community strongly values conservation and environmental protection, with many local initiatives focused on preservation and protection of natural assets. Residents are highly engaged in all aspects of the community. They also take pride in supporting local businesses and the farmer’s market. Metchosin’s neighbourhood pod system fosters a strong sense of self-reliance and sustainability and residents often come together for community events, workshops, and festivals that celebrate the district’s unique culture and traditions.
There is a strong sense of volunteerism, and many residents are eager to lend a helping hand, whether it’s organizing community projects or participating in environmental initiatives. The Metchosin Foundation, Community Association, Museum Society, Seniors Association, Arts and Cultural Centre, Community House, Community Hall, Preschool and Invasive Species Cooperative are all volunteer-led.
The District is a small municipal government with an elected Mayor and four Councillors. Led by the CAO, the ten-employee team provides a wide array of services, with a consolidated annual budget of about $8 million. Sustainability in four key areas: environmental, social, governance and economic, is the foundation for District priorities.
The District wishes to recruit a Chief Administrative Officer to assist Council and manage the complex daily operations of one of Southern Vancouver Island’s desirable rural communities. This is a rewarding opportunity for a people-centered, authentic leader who is an exceptional communicator, team builder and strategist.
As Chief Administrative Officer you will report to, and work collaboratively with, Council in developing policies, programs and strategies that address the unique needs of the community. You will assume leadership responsibility for District operations and provide a high level of service to the community and residents. Working with a small and dedicated team you will help shape the District’s future and can make a significant contribution to the community.
You are an experienced, astute, progressive, and authentic leader; you are a motivator of people with the strategic, business and leadership skills to operate collaboratively in a complex community and local government environment. You have a deep understanding of the principles of good governance, as well as the ability to build consensus and collaborate effectively with elected officials, indigenous communities, stakeholders, and residents.
You are decisive, innovative and lead with integrity. You are passionate about organizational well-being and committed to diversity, inclusion, and equality. You inspire confidence in others and bring exceptional interpersonal, communication and strategic planning skills as well as a commitment to service, results, and the execution of strategy.
You have a bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, or a related discipline and seven or more years of progressive senior leadership experience in complex multi-stakeholder local government environments. You demonstrate sincerity, honesty, respect, empathy, and appreciation. You are recognized for your positive local government contributions and are a catalyst for positive corporate change.
If you are a local government leader with a passion for community building and a track record of success, we invite you to consider joining the District of Metchosin as our next Chief Administrative Officer. In return, we offer competitive compensation, a commitment to ongoing professional development, a supportive and inclusive work environment, and the opportunity to make a positive community impact.