The beautiful Town of Pincher Creek, situated in the southwest corner of Alberta has an opening for a Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Pincher Creek is a vibrant community with a population of just over 3,600 residents. The Town serves as a primary business and service centre for the surrounding area. The community has excellent amenities: schools, a hospital, childcare centres, recreation facilities and it is a basecamp to nearby outdoor year-round attractions such as Castle Mountain Resort, Waterton Lakes National Park, Oldman River Dam, Castle Provincial Park and Crowsnest Pass. There are over 500 dynamic businesses in the Town of Pincher Creek and the MD of Pincher Creek. The Pincher Creek region is located on Treaty 7 Traditional Territory.
The Town is seeking an energetic, self-motivated applicant with the enthusiasm and experience to transition a community from a traditional small town to a bustling regional centre. The Town is committed to the continuation of high-quality services and sound planning to ensure the community is an attractive place to live, run a business, raise a family, work, enjoy retirement and live a healthy lifestyle.
Job Description – Roles and Responsibilities
The CAO is the senior management position, reporting directly to Council. As the senior Administrative lead for the Town of Pincher Creek, the CAO will be responsible for providing leadership within the Town Office while performing the duties assigned within the Municipal Government Act and other applicable legislation. The role includes:
Day-to-day management and supervision of union and non-unionized Town staff. The CAO is responsible for all staff recruitment, retention, performance goals, performance management, leadership development, succession planning, and terminations, in conjunction with department directors.
Coordination of inter-departmental activities and systems to meet the organization’s goals – of supporting a vibrant community and quality of life for residents and businesses.
Working with staff to create strategies and systems that maximize the department’s efficiencies.
Providing legislative advice to Council, ensuring bylaws, resolutions, policies and plans are implemented while keeping Council informed on the progress and emerging issues.
Key Responsibilities Include:
Ensure an open and engaging work environment that encourages staff to work collaboratively to develop and manage creative solutions for solving operational and community issues;
Ability to make difficult decisions in complex situations, systematically managing large amounts of information, negotiating, administering and controlling budgets;
Demonstrated capacity to develop positive relationships and partnerships with often diverse stakeholder groups, including but not limited to businesses, government, Indigenous groups, industry and members of the public;
Effective communication skills that inspire and maintain positive relationships;
Solid leadership skills with a high degree of personal initiative, integrity, and professionalism;
Commitment to fostering a workplace of collaboration, respect, diversity, and inclusion;
Ability to deal effectively with high-pressure and challenging situations with the capability to succeed in both independent and collaborative working environments;
Able to establish performance goals, support leadership development while motivating and mentoring municipal staff
Political awareness and sensitivity, with the ability to adapt management and communication styles to the needs of the Council.
A high level understanding of municipal department duties and services, such as: public works, recreation and community services, planning and development, bylaw and Peace Officer regulations, and municipal finance.
Experience in meeting protocol, agenda preparation and accurate minute taking
The ideal candidate will offer:
Post-secondary degree in business or public administration, i.e: NACLLA or CLGM designation
5 – 8 years of senior leadership experience within an administrative or operational environment
Demonstrated experience in developing processes and systems for managerial success
Experience working strategically and collaboratively across departments
Have a strong understanding of municipal government
Verbal communication skills for correspondence and interactions with executive level professionals
Developed awareness of current affairs and political structuring
Experience working in a public sector work environment with unionized and non-unionized employees is considered an asset.
Emergency Management Training including ICS 100, 200
AMHSA Safety COR Program experience and understanding
Knowledge of OH&S regulations
The Town of Pincher Creek offers an excellent benefit package, and competitive salary range based on education and experience. ($110,000 - $135,000)
If you are an individual with proven experience who aspires to and is capable of providing innovative vision and strategic leadership in the role Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the Town of Pincher Creek, please send your resume and a cover letter to: