Key Responsibilities Include:
Reporting to the Manager of Municipal Advisory, the Municipal Advisor - Improvement Districts is a member of an advisory team which has key day to day “first contact” with the public, municipal administrators and councillors, other departments and associations.
The primary focus is to ensure that Alberta's improvement districts are administered in compliance with the Municipal Government Act (MGA), and that high standards of accountability, effectiveness and efficiency are maintained. Of the eight improvement districts, seven are under the management and oversight of the Minister of Municipal Affairs. Each have differing levels of oversight responsibilities for the incumbent, ranging from the most significant appointment as the Chief Administrative Officer with full administrative responsibility legislated in the MGA, to the less complex requirement of oversight and monitoring.
As a secondary focus, the Municipal Advisor – Improvement Districts strengthens the capacity and sustainability of Alberta municipalities, enhances municipal operational effectiveness and aids in building the level of understanding and confidence that Albertans have with the local government by providing advice and information to elected and appointed municipal officials and to the public. The incumbent enhances municipal operational effectiveness and improves local decision-making by delivering training to elected and appointed municipal officials to effectively plan and govern according to the processes and procedures in provincial legislation and according to recognized effective municipal governance, management, and operational best practices.
This position also deals with departmental, municipal and public concerns regarding practices of municipal government and, where required, uses appropriate departmental regulatory powers to address municipal issues to enhance local government transparency and accountability to their citizens and the province.
This position performs work in accordance with relevant government and ministry legislation, regulations, policies and guidelines and at times, significant travel is required with the improvement district administration and to provide overall municipal training or advisory visits.