Town of Rocky Mountain House – Chief Administrative Officer

Locals describe Rocky Mountain House ( as family-orientated, fun, financially stable, and flourishing; these are truly the four pillars of a great community in which to live, work and play.  With a stable population base of 7,220 residents, and a surrounding population of 14,000 for a total trading area of over 21,000 people, the Town offers a wide spectrum of amenities and services (including tourism, health care, recreation, arts and culture, education, banking, shopping and dining).  Rocky Mountain House also serves as a destination to thousands more tourists during the summer and winter months.  It is a major centre for timber, agriculture, oil and gas enterprises, as well as being a gateway to the splendid recreation areas of the Rocky Mountains.  As the Town slogan states, Rocky Mountain House is truly “Where Adventure Begins”.


Reports to: Mayor & Council

Position Summary: As the administrative head of the municipality, the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) ensures that the policies and programs and corporate strategic direction of the municipality are implemented; he/she advises and informs Council on the day-to-day operation and affairs of the municipality; and he/she performs all the duties and functions of the CAO as per the Alberta Municipal Government Act, other enactments, or as assigned by Council.

Direct Reports: There is an Executive Assistant/Legislative & Strategic Coordinator, and three Directors reporting to the CAO including the Director of Planning & Infrastructure, Director of Corporate Services, and Director of Recreation & Community Services.

Budget: $23.2M Combined (Operating $22M and Capital $1.2M).


General Responsibilities:

  • Promote the Municipality’s Vision and Corporate Strategic Direction.
  • Recommend well-researched policies, procedures, and actions to Council.
  • Maintain a constant awareness of new trends and developments within the municipal leadership field.
  • Demonstrate strong leadership skills and continuously pursue personal and professional development opportunities.
  • Ensure workplace Health & Safety programs and initiatives are constantly being met and practiced.
  • Carry out other responsibilities, initiatives, and projects as assigned by Council.


  • In conjunction with the Director of Corporate Services, the CAO is responsible for the Town’s overall financial position and reports efficiencies and deficiencies to Council.
  • Prepare annual budgets, control expenditures, optimize various revenue sources, and ensure cost effective operations are implemented and maximized.
  • Together with the Director of Corporate Services and department heads, assist in financial forecasting and trends and assesses the potential impact on Council and service levels.

Public/Community Relations:

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the Mayor and members of Council, staff and administration, ratepayers, stakeholders within the community and surrounding areas, as well as the general public.
  • Serve as an effective liaison with community organizations, RCMP, Provincial government, and other municipalities around the province.
  • Maintain a high profile and an effective public relations function in the community and province demonstrating a personal commitment to municipal values and guiding beliefs. Some of these commitments may occur during the evenings and/or weekends.

Human Resources

  • Develop and maintain comprehensive Human Resource policies and programs including recruitment, selection, retention, professional development, compensation studies, appraisal and performance management systems, etc.
  • Along with the senior leadership team, actively manage team dynamics, including encouraging team debate, discussion, and effective resolving of conflict.
  • Undertake regular and ongoing performance management reviews for direct reports and ensure that performance appraisals are conducted for all staff on an annual basis.

Legislative Services

  • Development and review of legal documents to include, but not limited to: request for proposals, contracts and agreements.
  • Creation and implementation of policies and bylaws in conjunction with Council, and department heads.
  • Designs Council policies in relation to areas of management that capture the culture and values of Council.

Strategic Planning

  • Provide on-going effective strategic advice to Council.
  • Undertake strategic and business planning initiatives and other studies to improve organizational efficiency and productivity as required.
  • Together with Council, development of strategic plans with timely and effective reporting on the achievement of Council objectives.
  • Work collaboratively with the senior leadership team in the achievement of Council goals and priorities.
  • Develop and promote a community consultation process that encourages participation and dialogue between Council and the public.

Information Technology

  • Develop and implement IT policies and procedures to ensure solutions and resource requirements are being achieved in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations of information systems.


The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate the following competencies and behaviours in order to successfully meet the requirements of the position:

  • A progressive leadership style while providing guidance and support to Council and staff.
  • A willingness and ability to empower and delegate with authority, coupled with the capability to motivate others, coach and develop staff, and create a shared purpose.
  • The capacity to provide executive leadership and mentorship to a diverse group of employees with the goal of succession planning in mind.
  • A proven record of working around, and a solid understanding of, municipal finance, budgets, public monies, and information reporting.
  • Be an integral part of the administrative team and be available to Council, staff, the public, and volunteers. Possess high ethical standards and practices and promote those as part of the culture of the overall organization.
  • Actively promote and support a team approach in managing both staff and programs, and lead by example. Maintain an open door policy and be readily available. Able to demonstrate a sense of humour.
  • Maintain a professional demeanor at all times. Possess a willingness to be visible in the community and be actively engaged in the betterment of the community.
  • Ensure that the needs of the ratepayers are identified and addressed in a timely, cost-effective and professional manner.
  • An authentic people person with an established diverse professional network. Work well with people in all functional areas and walks of life, and be aware of the diverse needs of the community. Able to integrate people and teams.
  • Competent managing information and making decisions, negotiating with people, and finding innovative solutions to problems. Able to stand by those decisions.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills, coupled with the ability to listen to and engage other members of the organization, elected officials and ratepayers.
  • Self-confidence, effective assertiveness, and achievement orientated.
  • A high degree of personal initiative with excellent planning and development skills.
  • Political acumen. Knows and understands legislative and regulatory processes and possesses an intuitive ability to read the political implications of recommendations and actions.
  • Willing to promote and advance the goals and objectives of the community, and do so in an inclusive and engaging way. Not afraid to challenge the ideas of Council in a respectful manner.
  • Ability to move processes forward while keeping the “big picture” in focus. Practice and promote a service-oriented culture.
  • Demonstrates unwavering ethical standards, confidentiality and personal integrity. A high standard of thoroughness, accuracy, and attention to detail.


The successful incumbent will possess the following, or an acceptable combination focused on administrative leadership:

  • Post-secondary degree in a relevant discipline such as Business Administration, Commerce or Public Administration and/or experience in a related municipal function such as Finance, Planning & Development, Engineering & Infrastructure, Parks & Recreation, or Social Services. Interest in ongoing professional development is encouraged.
  • Significant progressive senior leadership experience in a local government setting or an equivalent combination of training and experience in other relevant and related settings.
  • Accounting designation and/or significant experience and understanding of municipal finance and accounting.
  • Experience leading Economic Development initiatives. Solid experience with the grant application and management process.
  • Professional designation in Local Government Administration (CLGM) would be an asset.
  • Knowledge of the Alberta Municipal Government Act (MGA) and its upcoming changes, as well as related statutes would be an asset.
  • Familiarity of applicable laws and legislation, current standards, effective marketing, and policy formation.


A competitive compensation package will be provided to the successful candidate.  This includes an attractive base salary, a comprehensive benefits package, and LAPP.  Details will be discussed in further conversations.


James Davies

Managing Director

DCG Executive Search Services Ltd.

Phone: (780) 758-9796