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Our passion for serving Albertans through innovation and continuous improvement is the foundation of our Municipal Affairs culture. Our mission? To help municipalities provide well-managed, collaborative, and accountable local government to Albertans. If you take pride in your work and are as dedicated as our ministry staff are in providing Albertans with excellent public service.
The Municipal Services Division works with municipalities and their associations to strengthen the capacity, resiliency and viability of municipalities, and to ensure that Albertans are served by a local government sector that is responsive, collaborative, accountable, and well-managed. Municipal advisory services is in the Capacity Building Unit of the Municipal Collaboration and Sustainability Branch, and proactively advises, trains and mentors administrative officials on municipal governance and administration and coordinates processes to support municipal legislative compliance, all with a goal of preventing significant capacity or sustainability situations and supporting effective governance and management practices.
Key Responsibilities Include:
As the Municipal Election Advisor, you are the lead advisor on municipal government election legislation and procedures. You utilize your specialized knowledge to support internal and external stakeholders in understanding and/or implementing the Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA).
The LAEA is an important piece of legislation that ensures the municipal election process is conducted in a secure, fair and impartial manner. The LAEA and the Alberta election process is dynamic and has a broad and diverse group of stakeholders. In this role, you will support Alberta’s municipalities as they prepare for and conduct their local municipal elections and by-elections. First and foremost you will be responsible for enhancing municipal operational effectiveness by providing advice and information to elected and appointed municipal officials and the public regarding the LAEA and related legislation and/or regulations.
You will also be responsible for designing and delivering appropriate training programs and support materials for municipalities as well as providing subject matter expertise on local elections for internal stakeholders to inform program, policy and legislative decisions.
2021 is a unique year with provincial votes being held in conjunction with municipal elections and as the municipal election specialist, you would also support the municipal role and Ministry responsibilities outlined in the Senate Election Act and Referendum Act.
In addition, as time allows, you will also contribute to the provision of advisory support to the public, municipal administrators and municipal elected officials on a variety of local governance and administrative topics. This will include advisory calls and emails, training (both on-line and in-person) and responding to ministry correspondence.
As our ideal candidate, you will be a self-motivated, critical thinker who is able to work independently or as part of a team to provide timely, high quality services to both internal and external stakeholders. Your conflict resolution experience and understanding of government decision making processes will enable you to be successful in this role.
Minimum Requirements for this Role:
University graduation in public administration, or a related field
4 years progressively responsible related experience
Experience with the application of the Local Authorities Election Act and the Municipal Government Act
Equivalent combination of related education and experience considered
Assets for this role:
Progressive experience with municipal elections, preferable in the role of Returning Officer.
Experience with developing and delivering training in an adult learning environment.