Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

Posted on Aug. 11, 2022

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Position Details:

Employer: Town of Irricana

Location: Irricana, AB

Industry: Municipal Government

Position Outline:

The Town of Irricana is a town of approximately 1,220 residents located within Rocky View County and approximately 50 kilometers northeast of Calgary.

With an array of both indoor and outdoor services and amenities, Irricana really is known for its quiet small-town atmosphere, strong family values, and its safe and friendly community spirit.


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Reporting to the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and three (3) Councillors, the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) is responsible for the overall administration of municipal operations, and the day-to-day tasks of the Town.  The CAO is responsible for directing, controlling, and coordinating the activities of the Town departments which includes three (3) FT administrative staff (Taxes & Utility Clerk, Community Services Coordinator, and Reception), the Public Works Foreman, and several seasonal employees.  The Town has a combined budget of just over $2.2M.

The CAO is the senior policy advisor to Council.  She/he is accountable for ensuring that Council is aware of their legislative responsibilities and authorities, as well as all other relevant information necessary to make informed decisions on all municipal matters. 


In addition to the duties and responsibilities detailed in the Municipal Government Act (MGA), other legislation, Town bylaws, and any other duties as assigned by Council, the CAO is also accountable for the following:

  • Working Closely with Council as the Senior Policy Advisor
  • Leadership & Human Resource Management
  • Financial Administration Including Budgeting and Grant Management
  • Legislative Advisor
  • Economic Development and Business Retention Contact
  • Clear and Transparent Internal and External Communication
  • Public/Community Relations & Customer Service
  • Project Management
  • General Town Administration


The CAO will possess the following to be successful:

  • Strong leadership and management skills with the demonstrated ability to offer guidance and support, while mentoring staff for succession planning purposes.  Solid skills in motivating others and creating a shared purpose.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with presence and energy.  Able to practice an open and transparent form of communication (oral and written) to staff, contractors, vendors, ratepayers, volunteers, and elected officials.  Proven ability to listen.
  • Solid experience in, or understanding of, municipal finances.  Must understand budgeting, finance, grant administration and information reporting.
  • Ability to analyze the municipality’s competitive position, including its strengths and weaknesses and promote the community in a positive light.
  • Able to work positively with the community, neighboring municipalities, and regional volunteers and organizations.
  • Familiarity with, and appreciation of, smaller rural communities.  An advocate of contributing and “giving back” to the community and promotes active volunteerism.
  • Supports a team approach and leads by example.  Practices an open-door policy with staff and the public alike. 
  • Politically savvy.  Ability to challenge and mentor Council in a diplomatic way.
  • Willing to provide autonomy and independence to staff, while at the same time holding employees accountable.  Strong organizational skills with the capacity to meet tight deadlines and follow through.  Sense of urgency.   
  • As the “administrative face of the Town”, she/he is professional in her/his demeanor and always represents the Town in a positive fashion.
  • Ability to provide executive leadership to all strategic and business planning initiatives.
  • Welcomes challenges and possesses a progressive mentality with a willingness to change.  Able to deal effectively with uncertainty.
  • Strategic thinker with a demonstrated ability to make difficult decisions and the confidence required to stand behind those decisions.  Ability to analyse risk.
  • Knows and understands, or has the capacity to quickly learn, legislative and regulatory processes and possesses an intuitive ability to read the political implications of recommendations and actions.


The ideal candidate will possess a post-secondary education, or a combination of relevant training and senior leadership experience. This includes:  

  • A demonstrated track record of leadership and senior management experience. 
  • A thorough understanding of the financial and budgeting process.
  • An ability to work effectively with elected officials, community volunteers, businesses, Boards and Committees, and public participation processes.
  • Proven HR and administrative skills.  Ability to work with staff and achieve the “buy-in”.
  • A thorough understanding of the legislative process and knowledge of the Alberta Municipal Government Act, or a willingness to learn.
  • Proven experience in strategic planning, organizational development, and achieving results in building team relations.
  • Previous experience applying for, and managing municipal grants.
  • Experience in implementing development plans, capital works, and infrastructure improvement programs.
  • Understanding of the municipal development process as the CAO also serves as the Development Officer.
  • Familiarity with unions and the negotiation process.


A competitive compensation package will be provided to the successful candidate including a comprehensive benefit package, and matching RSP contributions.  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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