Located just over an hour northeast of Edmonton in Alberta’s Lakeland, our progressive County with a population of almost 2500 residents, four Hamlets and 15 multi-lot country subdivisions, features great opportunities for development, tourism, recreation, agriculture, culturalism and affordable country living. Our economic drivers include agriculture, tourism and the oil and gas industry. Our Main Office and Public Works Shop are situated within the Town of Smoky Lake, Alberta. The total budget for the County is approximately $24 million.
Smoky Lake County Council is seeking a Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) who will embrace and lead the County’s dedicated and talented team. This role will appeal to individuals with a proven track record of leadership, financial acumen, political savvy, and the ability to work collaboratively with Council, staff, citizens, government, and other community partners. The CAO reports to Council and is responsible for the overall administration of municipal operations, working together to support the development and implementation of strategic objectives and policies in accordance with legislation.
Key areas of focus for this role will be continuing to build a trusting and collaborative culture of excellence within the organization, innovation and continuous improvement, strong financial leadership and continuing to build relationships with government, businesses and other stakeholders to attract business and industry to the municipality.
REPORTING TO THE CAO
The County employs up to 94 employees on a full-time, part-time, and seasonal basis, with some employees being under one of two Union contracts: Operating Engineers Local 955 and Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 4575 who report to the CAO and Assistant CAO through the Finance Manager, Public Works Manager, Public Works Foreman, Public Works Shop Foreman, Peace Officer, Natural Gas Manager, Environment and Parks Manager, Agricultural Fieldman, Planning and Development Manager, Loss Prevention Coordinator, Fire Chief, GIS Operator, and Communications Officer.
SPECIFIC DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
The CAO will support the Municipality, its Council, Staff and Ratepayers in realizing the County’s full potential by providing leadership in the following areas:
THE CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
The ideal candidate is a proven leader, with relevant post-secondary education and senior management experience in the public sector in a rural setting. A minimum of five (5) years in a senior municipal government position or equivalent experience is preferred. Candidates who bring strong leadership together with demonstrated business and financial acumen from working with other complex organizations will also be considered. A Certified Local Government Manager (CLGM) designation is likewise desirable, however, other combinations of experience and credentials will also be considered.
The successful candidate will have highly developed interpersonal, communication, and public relations skills, have demonstrated success in leading progressive administrative teams in a union environment, and building strong relationships with stakeholders. Success in economic development will also be an asset.
KEY COMPETENCIES & SUCCESS FACTORS
The position of CAO for Smoky Lake County will be very rewarding, yet demanding in nature, with high cognitive and psycho-social demands, extended work hours and travel off-site as required. A genuine passion and commitment to Smoky Lake County is essential, with a willingness to be embedded and visible in the community. It is preferred that the successful candidate reside within the County.
A competitive compensation package will be provided including an attractive base salary and excellent benefits. Further details will be discussed in a personal interview.
Please submit a Cover Letter, Resume and References in PDF format to the attention of the CAO Recruitment Committee. This position will remain open until January 12, 2024, or until filled.
Mail: Box 310, 4612 McDougall Drive, Smoky Lake, Alberta, T0A 3C0
Smoky Lake County thanks all applicants in advance for their interests; however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. This competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.