Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

Posted on May 3, 2022

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Position Details:

Employer: Town of Bowden

Location: Bowden, AB

Industry: Municipal Government

Position Outline:

Conveniently located on Highway 2, the Town of Bowden is home to over 1,280 residents and is located 25 minutes south of Red Deer and 50 minutes north of Calgary.  With affordable housing options and amenities of a much larger centre, Bowden has benefitted from Alberta's strong economy.  Well-positioned for economic growth, the Town is prepared for investment and development opportunities, and offers a welcoming environment for developers, businesses, and residents alike.  For additional information, please visit our website at


Reports to:                        Mayor & six Councillors

Direct Reports:                 Chief Financial Officer

                                            Assistant to the CAO/Legislative Services

                                            Public Works Supervisor

                                            Arena Operator, Level 1, and Arena Operator, Level 2

                                            Communication Coordinator

                                            FCSS Coordinator

                                            Bylaw Officer

Total Staff:                        10 FT staff, 2 Contractors, and 2 Seasonal Employees

Budget:                              Combined - $2.8M

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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 Council, administration, neighbouring municipalities, local businesses, potential investors, and the public.

Additional Responsibilities:

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 residents.
  • 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 (MGA).

Leadership & Management:

  • Develop and uphold an effective organizational structure for the staff that reflects operational needs, and that is directed towards accomplishing the objectives. 

Communication & Public Relations:

  • Ensure that Town staff are committed to providing the highest level of service, both internally and externally – ensure it remains an on-going priority.
  • Promote effective and transparent communication among Council, employees and the general public.
  • Attend Town meetings and community events as required, which may include evenings and/or weekends.

Economic Development:

  • Work closely with Mayor and Council, Red Deer County and regional partners, and CAEP (Central Alberta Economic Partnership) to implement an economic development focus in order to promote local businesses and attract new businesses to the Town of Bowden. 
  • Promote an “open for business” mindset and always strive for new and innovative ways of doing things.

Human Resource Management:

  • Provide leadership and support to the employees of the Town in order to capitalize on the full potential of these critical resources.  Stimulate, motivate, guide, and direct all individuals to contribute fully to the realization of the Town’s strategic and operational objectives.
  • Provide leadership and support to volunteers as directed by Council.  

Financial Administration:

  • Work collaboratively with the Chief Financial 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.
  • Together with the CFO, monitor and control municipal spending within the budgets established by Council.
  • Prepare and present options for the annual financial plan for Council’s consideration, including the general operating budget, the capital budget, and the capital plan.
  • Provide Council with variance analyses of municipal revenues and expenditures within operating and capital budgets.
  • Administer the municipal taxation process including the collection of taxes and management of overdue accounts, and the sale of properties in arrears of taxes and in accordance with the tax sale process established in the MGA.

Strategic Planning:

  • Support the Mayor and Council in the formulation and updating of the 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 a new and more effective approaches to fulfilling the Municipality’s mandate.


  • Ensure the implementation of a Health & Safety program and policy requirements including maintaining a safe and secure workplace environment.
  • Participate in the Town’s Safety and Emergency Management programs.


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 solid leadership and direction through personal example while demonstrating professionalism and a sound work ethic at all times.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, interpersonal, and public relations skills.  This includes Council, staff, ratepayers, the business community, industry, neighbouring municipalities, and the Province.
  • A solid understanding of municipal finance and the budgeting processes.
  • Being cognizant of customer service and possessing the know-how to deliver top-notch services and programs to the community.  Compassionate.
  • Welcoming and calming demeanor, coupled with conflict management skills. 
  • Commitment to on-going strong regional working relationships and the willingness to always promote and support the Town and the region positively.
  • Aptitude to work and communicate effectively with volunteers.
  • Able to constantly keep eye on the vision of Council and is achievement orientated.
  • Can demonstrate stability and is invested in promoting the same for the organization through professional development opportunities, coaching and mentoring staff, with the goal of succession planning.
  • A high degree of personal initiative with excellent planning and development skills.  Ability and flexibility to work independently, as well as part of a team.
  • A technical understanding of municipal infrastructure matters and project management is  beneficial.
  • A high standard of thoroughness, accuracy, and attention to detail.
  • Self-confidence and effective assertiveness with decision making.
  • High level of trust with the capability to maintain confidentiality at all times.


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 academic/technical qualifications.
  • A minimum of five years’ experience in a senior management position ideally in a municipal organization.
  • Proven ability to effectively work with elected officials, boards, committees, personnel, and the public.
  • Previous Economic Development, Land Development, and Land Use Planning exposure and understanding.
  • Ability to deal effectively with high pressure and challenging situations.
  • Capacity to adapt his/her leadership and management style to the needs of Council and to understand the culture of the organization and community.
  • Working knowledge of the MGA, other relevant municipal legislation, and municipal services.
  • Previous grant writing exposure.
  • Completion of the NACLAA program, or the desire to work towards it.  A CLGM designation would be an asset.


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


James Davies, Managing Director

DCG Executive Search Services Ltd.

(780) 758-9796

[email protected]

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