Director of Municipal Operations


Posted on Nov. 8, 2022

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Position Details:

Employer: Municipal District (MD) of Taber

Location: Taber, AB

Industry: Municipal Government


Position Outline:

The Municipal District (MD) of Taber is located approximately 30 minutes east of Lethbridge, and just over one hour west of Medicine Hat on Highway 3 in south-central Alberta.  Running east through the centre of the municipality is the Oldman River that joins with the Bow River at our east boundary.  There are five hamlets within the MD including Grassy Lake, Hays, Enchant, Johnson’s Addition, and Purple Springs.  The urban municipalities that fall within our borders include the Town of Taber, the Town of Vauxhall, and the Village of Barnwell. 

With a current population of nearly 7,500 residents, the MD of Taber has seen impressive growth for a largely rural area, including a 13% population increase between 2007 and 2017.  The population is generally young, with a median age of 27.6, nearly 10 years younger than the provincial median. 

Occupying 44% of the labour force, agriculture is the dominant employment sector, and is also the top industry by the number of businesses with employees.

In 2021 the Alberta Government announced historic investments in irrigation that will add almost 200,000 acres of irrigated land to southern Alberta.  These investments of over $800M will support upgrades to existing irrigation infrastructure to be more efficient in water use.  As water efficiencies grow, the irrigation districts in the region will be able to irrigate more land using less water.  It is expected that almost 80,000 of these additional acres will be within the MD of Taber, which will attract more economic investment opportunities in production and processing. 

The MD of Taber offers an abundance of additional opportunities and lifestyle activities for residents and visitors alike to enjoy year-round.  For additional information, please visit our website at www.mdtaber.ab.ca

POSITION OVERVIEW

Reports to:                          Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

Direct Reports:

              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Department Staff:             40 FTE and 16 Seasonal Employees

Department Budget:                  Approximately $13.5M

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES & FUNCTIONS OVERVIEW

Under the supervision of the CAO, this newly created role of Director of Municipal Operations is responsible for the safe, effective, and efficient management of all operational functions within the MD.  This includes, but is not limited to, construction and maintenance of municipal roads and the transportation networks within the MD, overseeing all water and wastewater systems, drainage management, operation of solid waste systems, the development and maintenance of agricultural services, upkeep of all municipal parks and natural areas, the municipality’s OH&S program, as well as the fleet and assets required to support these functions.

SKILLS & ATTRIBUTES OVERVIEW

This role is multi-faceted, requiring a broad range of municipal, construction, planning, and organizational skills.  Proven leadership skills with the ability to delegate, set clear expectations, mentor, develop, motivate, and manage performance of staff is essential.  This role is highly visible and requires excellent public relations and customer service skills, and a sense of urgency and sensitivity to the needs of the general public, internal and external stakeholders, as well as elected officials.

The Director must operate within municipal policy, government regulations, allocated budget, and available and finite resources.  Decisions will have long-range effects on the quality of life and the safety of MD residents and stakeholders alike. 

In addition, the Director must demonstrate the following to meet the requirements of the role:

  • Leadership & Management
    • Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of operational services staff, public services, and programs.
    • Solid leadership and human resource skills when dealing with municipal staff.
    • An open, supportive, and collaborative leadership style that supports a “one team” approach (both within the Operational Services portfolio, as well as within the organization), and leads others by example.
    • Non-wavering decision-making and problem-solving skills.
    • Above average time-management, organization, planning, and team-building capabilities.
    • Aptitude to analyze organizational and administrative problems, recommend alternative courses of action, and provide leadership to others in implementing such actions.
  • Organizational Change Management
    • Experience with managing organizational change initiatives, determining and setting goals and priorities based upon organizational mandates and initiatives.
    • Aptitude to build consensus, lead change, and think creatively.
    • Ability to evaluate, communicate, prioritize, and implement action plans effectively in a fast paced, multi-disciplinary, ever-changing environment.
  • Strategic Leadership
    • Ability to provide high-level advice and guidance to the CAO, Council, and the senior leadership team regarding proposed recommended changes within the operations department.
    • Capacity to provide specialist input regarding the development of policy recommendations, strategic planning and implementation, issues resolution and other management and operational matters.
    • Willingness to attend regular Council meetings and Committee meetings as needed, prepare reports, review agendas, and act on Council resolutions/motions under the direction of the CAO.
    • The knowledge and experience to prepare, review, and implement by-laws, regulations, rate schedules, programs, and policies and ensure relevant departmental bylaws are up to date.
  • Public Relations/Customer Service
    • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of people, including all employees of the MD, elected officials, senior leadership, business and community leaders, advisory boards, neighboring municipalities, regional partners, Alberta Transportation, Alberta Environment and Parks, and the general public.
    • Willingness to attend a variety of pertinent meetings and functions as scheduled and required.  These may occur after hours or on weekends from time-to-time.
    • Sense of urgency to perform public relations activities related to road maintenance and construction, water supply, sewer systems, drainage issues, and operational activities.
  • Operational Management
    • Knowledge in municipal public works such as planning, design, maintenance, and construction.
    • The willingness to oversee and monitor field programs, costing, equipment repair and maintenance, policy deployment, all the while interacting with consultants, contractors, government agencies, suppliers, etc.
    • Competency to review engineering plans and work projects, and prepare and submit relevant reports as required.
    • Strong technical background, and familiarity with current construction standards. 
  • Open and Transparent Communication
    • Top-notch written and verbal communication skills, with the proven ability to listen.
    • Ability to develop, implement, and communicate goals, objectives, budgets, and priorities for municipal operations.
  • Financial Management
    • Strong municipal finance understanding, along with the ability to develop, manage, and work within approved municipal operating and capital budget as set by the Council.
    • The know-how to implement cost/expenditure control/efficiency measures where possible, and report back to the CAO and Council.
  • Resource Management
    • The skill to oversee the day-to-day, seasonal, and annual planning, procurement, operations, and maintenance activities of the department.
    • Capability to perform and ensure regular on-going employee performance management evaluations, studies, investigations, etc.
  • OH&S
    • Active participation in the municipality’s emergency management program, and ensure safe and up-to-date workplace policies and practices.
    • Overall leadership for the ongoing implementation and maintenance of the municipal Health and Safety Program and compliance to Alberta Occupational Health and Safety legislation. (i.e., Ensuring regular toolbox meetings are completed by all departments, incidents are investigated, and PPE is available to all staff. Responsible for the role as employer co-chair on the Joint Health and Safety Committee).
  • Other Duties as Required
    • Performs other related duties as assigned or required.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE OVERVIEW

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

  • Post-secondary education in engineering, business administration, public administration, or other related discipline.  An equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered.
  • Supplementary certificates or designations in applicable local government programs, project management training, water/wastewater certificates through the Alberta Water & Wastewater Operators Association (AWWOA), or related would be an asset.
  • Significant leadership, technical, and management experience - ideally in a municipal government setting within the field of municipal operations (i.e., roads and transportation, underground infrastructure, utility and water systems, asset management, public sector procurement, etc.). 
  • An understanding of, and familiarity with, the Municipal Government Act (MGA), Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations, the Water Act, and other applicable Provincial and/or Federal legislation.
  • Experience with MS Office and other related computer skills.
  • Valid class 5 driver’s license.  The successful candidate will be required to produce a satisfactory Driver’s Abstract and RCMP Background Check.

COMPENSATION

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

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT

James Davies                                

Managing Director

DCG Executive Search Services Ltd.

Phone: (780) 758-9796

E-mail: [email protected]

Web: www.daviescg.com

 

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