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.
Key Responsibilities Include:
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
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.