Mackenzie County is Alberta's largest County. Located in the northwestern corner of the province approximately 700 kilometers from Edmonton, with the corporate office located in Fort Vermilion, and sub-offices in High Level, La Crete, and Zama City. The County comprises 12 percent of Alberta's entire landmass; at just over 80,000 square kilometers it is larger than the province of New Brunswick.
The County offers a mix of flat arable land with boreal forest, thus accounting for active agriculture, forestry, and tourism industries which drive the economies of the County's three hamlets: Fort Vermilion, La Crete, and Zama City. Mackenzie County has experience significant growth since 1998, and the trend is continuing as many businesses and newcomers recognize the unique lifestyle and employment opportunities the County provides.
Reporting to Council, the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) is responsible for providing vision and leadership to members of the senior management team and for the administration and coordination of the delivery of services to the County's residents and businesses in a manner that will ensure the sustainable utilization of human, financial and physical resources of the County. The CAO implements the objectives, policies and programs approved by Council and in accordance with the Municipal Government Act, the bylaws of the County and all other applicable legislation.
Direct reports include:
Director of Legislative and Support Services
Director of Finance
Director of Operations
Director of Community Services
Director of Utilities
Director of Projects and Infrastructure
Key Responsibilities Include:
Maintain a positive and productive relationship with Council based on trust, commitment, and the ongoing willingness for communication.
Attend Council and Committee meetings to assist in priority deliberations as they set and maintain the overall strategic vision.
Provide Council with all the information they require to make well-informed decisions. Keep Council apprised of issues and developments of an operational, legislative, or political nature that relate to the interests of the County.
Work with Council to address matters of importance to the County and assist in setting the vision and direction. Formulate objectives that are effective and realistic to meet the vision and direction of Council and communities.
Support Council in determining policy and by providing information such as other levels of government objectives, social and economic trends, advice of staff, positions advocated by community groups and local businesses.
Provide positive leadership, direction, mentorship and coaching to the administrative team, across all County offices/operations. Direct, supervise, and review the performance goals and objectives of the leadership team, direct reports, and employees of the County.
Promote and encourage the training and development of skills and professional development to foster health and safety, productivity, succession planning and customer-orientated attitudes. Meet regularly with all levels of staff to be aware of daily operational issues, health, and safety items, staffing concerns and staff feedback they are receiving from County residents.
Involve all staff in setting and reviewing annual goals and objectives through an organization planning process.
Provide practical guidance and timely advice, as required. Ensure that staff issues and concerns are addressed respectfully.
Establish positive and collaborative working relationships with administrators within the communities and partners of the County. Provide and encourage liaising with other authorities and community organizations that provide public services within the County. Establish positive working relationships with officials with neighboring municipalities, surrounding First Nations and at the provincial and federal levels of government.
Provide leadership, oversight, and support to the leadership team as well as Council to ensure effective and efficient organizational and administrative structure is employed.
Maintain knowledge of the key responsibilities within the organization. Ensure that the organization structure for the County reflects operational needs and accomplishes the objectives and vision established by Council. Work alongside the leadership team to ensure that County operations are functional and aligned with the direction of Council.
Manage the development and administration of the County budget including both annual and long-term Operating and Capital Budgets. Direct as well as approve expenditures in accordance with County policy. Ensure that an appropriate Reserve policy and fund is in place to sustain future Capital requirements.
Ensure operations and budget align with the County's approved strategic and business plans and goals that also provide services to all communities and ratepayers of the County. Review and recommend progressive and responsive policies, procedures, systems, and investments that impact on the County's activities, programs, and services.
Recommend programs and policies to Council which will maintain and expand employment opportunities for residents and the assessment base of the County.
Coordinate the use of the County's resources, collaboration with our Regional Economic Development Alliance, REDI, and other local economic resources like Tourism and Chambers, the support of other governments and the feedback of residents and ratepayers in implementing Council's economic development program and policies.
Support and encourage citizens, community groups, and businesses to work collaboratively to strengthen economic development within the County.
Keep informed of governmental and community affairs while ensuring that Council and County employees are made aware of significant trends, opportunities, and threats.
Opportunities and Challenges:
Develop and maintains strong relationships with staff and residents located in the different communities that make up the County. Is seen as a present leader throughout the County. Gain a thorough understanding of the communities' needs, issues, and priorities.
Maintain and strengthen relationships with neighboring municipalities and key industry partners while representing and advocating for the County on an ongoing basis.
The current pandemic environment is creating numerous financial, people and community challenges. This includes loss of revenue, reduction in government funding, among others.
Ensure strong emergency management systems are in place to ensure the County is prepared for the future. In the past few years, the County has experience large scale natural disaster events such as floods and fires.
Ensure there is inclusion and balance within the County, to effectively serve the three distinctly different hamlets and rural areas in the largest municipality in the province.
Strengthen the County's relationships with neighboring First Nation communities.
The ideal candidate will possess a strong track record of success as a leader in a complex multi-faceted organization, preferably in a rural municipality and/or publicly funded environment. Post-secondary education, ongoing professional development and a CLGM designation would be considered an asset. A combination of education/training and demonstrated progressive leadership experience will also be considered. In addition, the successful candidate possesses the following background and experience:
Demonstrated knowledge of the Municipal Government Act as well as other legislation and policies pertaining to the County.
Experience accessing grants/funding through federal/provincial departments and agencies to support the County's programs and initiatives.
Background and experience in economic development coupled with well-rounded business leadership experience would be considered a strong asset.
Commitment to residing and being active and visible in the community.
Understanding of rural communities and culture.
Experience building positive relationships and working with diverse stakeholders including businesses, community organizations, elected officials, various levels of government, and indigenous communities.
Demonstrated record of working effectively with elected officials, volunteer boards and committees and public participation processes and policy and service delivery.
Proven experience in strategic planning, organization development and in achieving results in building team and labour relations.
Experience in implementing capital works and infrastructure improvement programs.
A combination of municipal experience and leadership roles in other complex sectors will also be considered.
Knowledge, Skills and Attributes:
Interpersonal Skills - Able to effectively build relationships with a wide range of stakeholders. Patient and resilient; embraces challenges while accepting the reality of obstacles. Is flexible and adaptable. Has a positive outlook and a sense of humor. Possesses well-developed negotiation skills.
Communication Skills - An open, honest, and straightforward style with all audiences; demonstrates candor and respect to all and is prepared to delegate responsibility and accountability. Strong communication with the community and a diversity of stakeholders.
Integrity and Trust - Seen as a direct, truthful individual. Has integrity and ethics. Respectful of others and respected by peers. Honest, sincere, dependable, authentic, and trustworthy. Committed to the County's values, vision, and mission and acts as a role model. Displays stamina and energy. Committed to personal growth and development for self and others.
Leadership Skills - Demonstrates a visionary leadership style while giving guidance and support. A mentor and positive role model combined with a practical and common-sense approach. Builds proactive teams, incorporating the views of others and empowering staff. Appreciative, engaging, understanding and knowledgeable of rural issues and concerns. Identifies opportunities, inspires action and achieves results. Intuitive.
Conflict Resolution - A consensus builder with a proven ability to positively engaging people from diverse or polarized positions in problem-solving. Able to develop proactive solutions through the use of interest-based negotiations demonstrating strong conflict resolution skills.
Politically Astute - Knows and understands legislative and regulatory processes and has an intuitive ability to read the political implications of recommendations and actions; prepared to guide and mentor council with solid and informed recommendations.
High-level of Energy and Commitment - Can be counted on to get things done and the ability to make good decisions in a timely manner. Demonstrates a strong ability to work effectively within the public-sector environment and is politically astute.
Change Management - Energetic and able to lead in a changing environment. Experience in evaluating organizational structure and effectively implementing required changes to elevate the skill level and improve the efficiency of an organization. Able to drive and implement change. Can alter course/direction when necessary while maintaining a clear and consistent vision; enjoys and embraces new challenges.
Customer Service - Demonstrates and demands a high-level of customer service. Ensures customer needs are identified and timely addressed and ensures respectful consultation with all citizens in the development of quality service. Respects and understands the public/citizens. Gets things done.
Financial Management - A proven ability to work in a complex fiscal environment of growth and lead with a strong sense of service. Timely, efficient, and transparent in all budgeting, financing and information reporting.
Planning and Organizing - Effective planner and project manager; uses resources effectively and efficiently: sets clear expectations; designs practical processes and procedures.
Salary Range: A competitive compensation package will be provided including an attractive base salary and excellent benefits. Further details will be discussed in a personal interview.
Posted Date: Dec 01, 2021
Closing Date: Dec 31, 2021