Chief Administrative Officer

The Town of Didsbury is seeking an experienced, dynamic and progressive leader to serve as Chief Administrative Officer.

Situated in central Alberta, at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Didsbury is located on Highway 2A near the Queen Elizabeth II Highway. The Town is within the Calgary-Edmonton corridor and is approximately the half-way point between the cities of Calgary and Red Deer. Surrounded by Mountain View County the community offers a harmonious combination of urban and rural amenities that appeal to a wide variety of lifestyles. Didsbury has a population of over 5000.

The position of Chief Administrative Officer creates an extraordinary career opportunity for an experienced local government executive. The Town is looking for a CAO seasoned in municipal operations. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing, organizing Town manpower and resources in support of Council’s decisions. Key will be the capacity to manage and motivate the Town’s 72 + full-time and part-time employees together with the Town’s $9 million budget. The CAO will be a natural facilitator; the ideal candidate will be an exceptional listener and communicator with a customer-service orientation. The CAO will need to be a decision maker, a strategic planner and a skilled manager of people. The CAO coordinates staff’s recommendations to Council and puts together the overall administrative, budgeting, servicing initiatives, capital projects and related strategies throughout the Town. Very important is Town Council’s interest in hiring an innovative thinker with a flare for economic development to complement Didsbury’s growth.

The CAO will be judicious and tactful, and adept at managing varied and sometimes competing demands. The CAO will bring to the job a comprehensive understanding of local government operations and financing, the role and authority of Council and the function of the senior municipal staff.

The successful candidate will receive a highly competitive salary with an excellent benefit package. Starting salary will depend on compensation history and qualifications.
A recent job description is available from the consultant. Further information is available on the Town’s web site: www.Didsbury.ca

Closing Date: August 31, 2015 Please reply with a compelling cover letter; Comprehensive resume; Salary history; and three (3) professional references (who will not be contacted until later in the process).

Confidential inquires welcomed to Mr. Michel Savard michel@ravenhillgroup.com Toll free 1-888-447-5910 ext. 706


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