CAO Secretary Treasurer

Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

CAO Secretary Treasurer

Welland, Ontario

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) oversees the Niagara Peninsula watershed, encompassing the Niagara Region and portions of the City of Hamilton and Haldimand County. The NPCA helps to keep people and their property safe from flooding and erosion by regulating development near watercourses and natural features, predicting and issuing public flood warnings, guiding the protection of raw drinking water sources, testing water quality, managing and conserving natural resources, and providing education. The NPCA manages 41 properties consisting of more than 7,000 acres of waterways, recreation areas and natural habitat, including Ball’s Falls, Binbrook, Long Beach and Chippawa Creek, where it practices conservation, restoration, development, and the management of natural resources. The NPCA also provides comments to municipalities on planning applications that occur in the Niagara Peninsula watershed where that development is taking place in NPCA’s development review area. More information is available at www.npca.ca

The Role Reporting to the Board, the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Secretary Treasurer will provide strategic leadership and vision to a high performing, multidisciplinary team of 50 full time staff in operations, corporate services, conservation and watershed management while administering an $11 Million operating budget. The CAO will lead the organization and its daily operations while advising the Board and building relationships with all levels of government, external agencies, the public, media and regional stakeholders, creating an organizational culture of collaboration, respect, communication, accountability, transparency and public service. Key accountabilities will be:

NPCA Board Advisor
  • Providing guidance, advice, recommendations, support and reports to the Board of Directors and advisory boards to ensure that decisions are based on accurate and timely information.
  • Translating Board direction into responsive, effective policies and procedures for approval by the Board, and overseeing the implementation of approved policies and procedures.
  • Establishing and sustaining relationships with the Board of Directors, government agencies and stakeholders and providing strategic oversight for watershed management, environmental programs and Conservation Authority properties.

Strategic Corporate Leader
  • Creating a culture of collaboration, communication, accountability and transparency for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Working closely with staff, stakeholders and elected officials in the planning and execution of a strategic vision and collaborating with all levels of government, non-government organizations, community groups, and individuals to promote and effect positive change to support healthy watersheds, where human activity respects the need to conserve, restore, develop and manage the natural environment for current and future generations.
  • Evaluating, coaching, mentoring, recognizing and managing the senior management team, including the Director, Corporate Services, Director, Operations & Strategic Initiatives, Director, Watershed Management and the Administrative Assistant, Office of CAO and Board.
  • Performing the duties of the Secretary-Treasurer as stated in the Conservation Authorities Act R.S.O. 1980 and managing the annual operation and capital budget.
  • Participating on NPCA and provincial committees.

General Manager/Operations Leader
  • Overseeing recruitment, performance management, succession planning, professional development and termination of NPCA staff in accordance with the Authority’s Policies and Procedures or as delegated by the Board.
  • Leading NPCA staff in accordance with the NPCA Strategic Mission and Vision, ensuring annual performance objectives are established, performance appraisals are completed.
  • Encouraging and supporting inter-departmental cooperation and collaboration, facilitating and championing change through the motivation of all employees and
  • Driving overall performance and success of NPCA operations, establishing and achieving goals and objectives within a multi-stakeholder environment successfully management of the operating and capital budgets.  

Required Competencies, Qualifications and Experience
You are an accomplished, organized, collaborative leader with exceptional verbal and written communication skills and the ability to articulate sensitive, complex, technical information to broad and diverse audiences with tact and discretion and where necessary, confidentiality. You have been a trusted and strategic advisor to a Board of Directors and can display a track record of implementing strategies and complex projects with high impact and success. You have strong public relations skills and you are adept at developing trusted relationships with internal and external stakeholders, elected officials, community groups, municipalities, government agencies and public and private sector organizations.

You have a strong awareness and understanding of municipal, provincial and federal government issues as they relate to conservation, restoration and preservation of watersheds and the natural environment as well as trends, politics and legislation and priorities currently impacting the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority. You have a willingness to embrace change, adapt strategies on the fly and you have a high tolerance for ambiguity. You are detail oriented and can prioritize highly complex tasks with critical deadlines. You have highly-developed analytical and negotiating skills, an aptitude for conflict resolution, complex problem solving and you have proven fiscal and financial acumen.

You have a Bachelor’s/Master’s degree in Business or Public Administration, Resource Management, Planning, Engineering or another relevant field, 5 to 10 years’ experience at a senior management level, managing an organization of comparable, size, scope and complexity, experience in managing operating and capital budgets. You have strong political acuity, knowledge and understanding of local/municipal government, conservation, the Ontario Conservation Authorities Act and Municipal Act and associated regulations and standards.

You are experienced in staff leadership, community engagement and stakeholder liaison, and you have experience in developing and presenting reports to elected and appointed officials, in overseeing, managing and developing program teams, project management and dealing with conflict resolution (internal and external). You have strong political acumen and experience working in a unionized environment. You have strong business development skills and revenue generation experience and experience developing and implementing a strategic plan under the direction of a government agency, board or authority. You have a desire to inspire success and change as the strategic operations leader of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority.

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority encourages individuals to apply who can bring the value of their community and professional experiences to support diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Accessibility accommodations are available for all phases of the recruitment process, and applicants requiring accommodation should make their needs known in advance of an interview.

To express interest in this exciting leadership opportunity, email your cover letter and resume to:

Patrick Rowan, Partner
Feldman Daxon Partners  
416-515-7600 x254  
prowan@feldmandaxon.com

Organization: Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority
Location: Welland, ON
Region: Zone 3
Professional Category(s): Chief Administration, Corporate Administration
Posted: May 3, 2019, 2:43 pm
Expires: July 3, 2019, 4:30 pm

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