Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)


Posted on April 28, 2021

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Position Details:

Employer: Town of Lamont

Location: Lamont, AB

Industry: Municipal Government


Position Outline:

Town of Lamont, AB

Located 45 minutes east of Edmonton on Highway 15, the Town of Lamont was described by settlers as “the nicest open country a person could wish for”.  

This progressive, growing community of nearly 1,800 residents provides relaxed country living with all the amenities of a larger centre.  Lamont has a full range of services including a nationally top-rated hospital, a full-service senior’s lodge, a pre-kindergarten to grade 12 public school, tourist accommodations, fine dining, as well as a full assortment of shopping needs to ensure your stay is a pleasant one. 

 

Aerial Photograph of the Town of Lamont

 

Town Administration - Town of Lamont

For additional information, please visit our website at www.lamont.ca and begin to experience city living - country style as our motto states.

 

POSITION OVERVIEW

Reports to:                         Mayor & Town Council

Direct Reports:                 Deputy CAO

                                             Director of Operations & Infrastructure

                                             Finance Officer (Contract)

                                             Planning & Development Officer (Contract)

                                             Executive Assistant

                                             Municipal Enforcement (Contract)

Total Staff:                         14 total FT staff, not including seasonal

Budget:                               Operating - $4.2M / Capital - $1M

RESPONSIBILITY & FUNCTIONS OVERVIEW

The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) is the administrative head of the municipality responsible for implementing the strategic direction as set out by Council, and coordinating the planning of departmental priorities and programs which align with corporate goals and objectives.  Central to this role is the establishment of effective relationships and communication between administration, Council, and the public.

Additional Responsibilities:

Leadership & Management:

  • Develop and uphold an effective organization structure for the staff that reflects operational needs, and that is directed towards accomplishing the objectives as set by Council. 

Council Relations:

  • Support the Mayor and Council in determining policy by providing objective advice, clearly articulated alternatives, current and relevant background research, ongoing counsel, and the presentation of information from staff recommendations, community groups, and citizens.
  • Ensure that Council receives such information and necessary reports to be able to make effective policy decisions.  Guarantee effective oversight of all information being presented to Council in accordance with the standards and policies of the Municipal Government Act.

Communication & Public Relations:

  • Ensure that Town staff are committed to providing the highest level of service to the public.
  • Promote effective and transparent communication among Council, employees and the general public.
  • Attend community events as required, which may include evenings and/or weekends.
  • Deliver exceptional customer service to both internal and external stakeholders and ensure it is a priority.

Economic Development:

  • Continue to work closely with Council and Alberta HUB (Regional Economic Development Alliance for NE Alberta) to implement an economic development focus to promote local businesses and attract new businesses to the Town of Lamont. 
  • Promote an “open for business” mindset, ensure that the Town is well-prepared for economic development inquiries, and always strive for new and innovative ways of doing things.

Human Resource Management:

  • Provide leadership and support to the employees of the Municipality in order to capitalize on the full potential of these critical resources.  In doing so, stimulate, motivate, guide, and direct all individuals to contribute fully to the realization of the Town’s strategic and operational objectives. 

Financial Administration:

  • Work collaboratively with the Finance Officer to ensure appropriate financial and administrative systems are in place that maximize the effectiveness of resource utilization within the objectives, policies, and budgets established by Council.
  • Monitor and control municipal spending within the budgets set by Council.

Strategic Planning:

  • Support the Mayor and Council in the formulation and updating of a Strategic Plan for the Town.  This plan will chart a future, identify critical issues, and set annual objectives and strategies.
  • Create a dynamic climate that results in the continual search for new and more effective approaches to fulfilling the Town’s mandate.

Other Duties as Required:

  • Participate in the Town’s safety and disaster preparedness programs.
  • Ensure the implementation of a Health & Safety Program and policy requirements including maintaining a safe and secure workplace environment.

SKILLS & ATTRIBUTES OVERVIEW

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

  • Ability to provide leadership through personal example while demonstrating professionalism and a sound work ethic at all times.
  • Willingness and capability to support, coach, and develop staff as required.
  • Able to constantly keep an eye on the vision of the community and continue to move the community forward.  Goal focused and achievement orientated.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills at all levels.  This includes with Council, staff, ratepayers, other stakeholders within the community, neighbouring municipalities, the Province, and federally.
  • Aptitude to work and communicate effectively with volunteers.
  • Solid problem solving, research and report writing skills.  Proven verbal communication skills.
  • A thorough understanding of municipal finance and the budgeting processes.
  • Project management experience and the confidence and drive to move key processes forward.   
  • A consistent awareness of who is the customer, both internal and external, and recognition of the customer’s needs at all times. 
  • A welcoming and calming demeanor, coupled with conflict management skills. 
  • Commitment to excellent customer service and the willingness to always promote and support the municipality and the community at large.
  • Can apply knowledge of the job gained through experience and/or training, and the skills required to look at passing that knowledge on with the goal of succession planning.
  • A high degree of personal initiative with excellent planning and development skills.  Ability and flexibility to work independently and as part of a team.
  • An understanding of infrastructure matters would be beneficial.
  • A high standard of thoroughness, accuracy, and attention to detail.
  • Self-confidence and effective assertiveness with decision making.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE OVERVIEW

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

  • A post-secondary degree with a thorough understanding of local government, or an equivalent combination of experience and technical qualifications.
  • Progressive experience in a senior management/leadership role, ideally in a municipal organization.  Previous CAO experience would be an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide strong leadership and direction.
  • Capacity to adapt his/her management style to the needs of council and to understand the culture of the organization and community.
  • Highly developed public relations, interpersonal and written communication skills.
  • Proven ability to effectively work with elected officials, boards, committees, personnel and the public.
  • Ability to deal effectively with high pressure and challenging situations.
  • Working knowledge of the MGA, other relevant municipal legislation and municipal services.
  • Previous experience applying for, and managing municipal grants.
  • Completion of the NACLAA program, or the desire to work towards it.  A CLGM designation would be an asset.

COMPENSATION

A competitive compensation package will be provided to the successful candidate.  This includes an attractive base salary, a comprehensive benefits package, LAPP (Local Authorities Pension Plan), and a supplemental APEX pension.  Details will be discussed in further conversations.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT

James Davies  

Managing Director

DCG Executive Search Services Ltd.

(780) 758-9796

[email protected]

www.daviescg.com

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