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Alberta Municipal Affairs assists municipalities in providing well-managed, collaborative, and accountable local government to all Albertans through emergency management, property services, and safety codes.
The Municipal Capacity and Sustainability Branch supports municipal sustainability and good governance by providing advisory services to municipalities and the public, leading municipal training initiatives, offering municipal dispute resolution services, and addressing municipal viability and legislative compliance challenges.
Key Responsibilities Include:
Are you passionate about working collaboratively with municipal leaders to promote strong, accountable municipal governments? Do you wish to put your wealth of government policies, priorities, and legislative knowledge to use in an impactful and fulfilling way? Then the Municipal Accountability Advisor role is for you!
Reporting to the Manager, Municipal Accountability, the Municipal Accountability Advisor is a member of an advisory team that engages proactively with municipal administrators, other departments, and associations to promote legislative compliance at the municipal level. The team is also responsible for supporting the Minister’s authority to intervene in significant concerns of municipal legislative non-compliance. The primary purpose of the Accountability Advisor role is to implement the Municipal Accountability Program, which assesses and supports municipal compliance with the Municipal Government Act in their administrative and governance processes and procedures.
As part of these activities and processes, the Accountability Advisor:
Designs, plans, coordinates, delivers and evaluates processes for the review and enhancement of municipal legislative compliance across Alberta;
Ensures municipalities are offered appropriate support and resources for attaining legislative compliance; and
Provides leadership to internal teams and external municipal administrations.
In addition to these primary responsibilities, this position also:
Is a member of the Municipal Sustainability and Accountability team within the Municipal Capacity and Sustainability Branch and may be asked to support other branch activities as required.
Uses the Municipal Government Act to provide advice and information to elected and appointed municipal officials and to the public.
Deals with 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.
Makes recommendations to senior management and the Minister on how to address municipal concerns raised through the petitioning process, and through correspondence with municipal councils, CAOs and the public.
The Municipal Accountability Advisor performs work in accordance with relevant government and ministry legislation, regulations, policies and guidelines and at times, significant travel is required to conduct annual reviews or provide training or advisory visits.
A Bachelor’s Degree in public administration or other related field, supplemented by 4 years progressively responsible experience working with or applying the Municipal Government Act; or equivalent as described below:
1 year of education for 1 year of experience; or
1 year of experience for 1 year of education.
Experience or knowledge that will be considered an asset:
Previous municipal government experience at a senior management level
Significant expertise in municipal governance and administration, including the Municipal Government Act, the Local Authorities Election Act, and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
General understanding and application of the principles of natural justice, Administrative Law and procedural fairness in an investigative setting.
Certification or designation in a local government field or equivalent; such as the National Advanced Certificate in Local Authority Administration.