Chief Administrative Officer

Birch Hills County

Chief Administrative Officer

The Opportunity
This is an extraordinary career opportunity to build on the success of a smooth running municipal operation and to follow in the footsteps of a highly successful and long serving Chief Administrative Officer.

The Community
Situated approximately 45 minutes northeast of the City of Grande Prairie, Birch Hills County is located in the Central Peace Region, bordered by the Peace River to the north and the Smoky River to the east. Birch Hills County is a short distance from a number of towns including  Rycroft and Spirit River, Peace River, Falher.

The County which has five hamlets, Eaglesham, Peoria, Tangent, Wanham and Watino.  Is geographically positioned east of Highway 2 and Highway 49 runs through it.

This charming County with a permanent population of  over 1,550. It is an ideal location to live, work, and raise a family. The County boasts a charming mix of agriculture, residential, industrial, commercial and recreational opportunities. This rural community offers a distinctively vibrant atmosphere with an assortment of country residential and farming properties. You will lead a staff of 36 full and part-time staff through a team of four department heads.

The CAO oversees a 2019 budget of $10.8 million.

County Government
Birch Hills County is governed by an elected Council consisting of a Reeve, Deputy Reeve  and 5 Councillors
  • Reeve – Gerald Manzulenko Ward 4
  • Deputy Reeve Terry Carbone Ward 7
  • Councillor Albert Poetker Ward 1
  • Councillor Deanne Wendland Ward 2
  • Councillor Paul Reum Ward 3
  • Councillor Mel Duvall Ward 4
  • Councillor Denise Joudrey Ward 6
The CAO Position
The successful candidate for the position will be a mature, proven people manager capable of, inspiring and developing existing and future, motivated, high performing staff at all levels. Strong leadership and customer satisfaction skills. The next CAO will lead by example, be a motivator, able to achieve high levels of service delivery excellence throughout the organization. The position requires someone with financial expertise, discipline to balance fiscal restraint with efficiency and effectiveness of organization.

Education and Experience
This position requires a post-secondary degree from an accredited college or university in public or business administration, political science, economics, finance, or a related field; and five (5) years of administrative experience in a municipality as CAO, Administrator, Manager, deputy CAO, or in a related senior administrative capacity involving planning, management, and implementation.

The Compensation
The successful candidate will receive a highly competitive salary with an excellent benefit package that considers the candidate’s salary history and track record of success. Further details on the compensation and benefits package can be obtained from Ravenhill Smith Search Inc. The comprehensive executive benefit package includes holidays, vacation, and sick leave; Medical, Dental; Life Insurance and Short- and Long-Term Disability Insurance; participation in the Local Authorities Pension Plan; and other benefits.

The Selection Process
Interested candidates may apply for this career opportunity by submitting a resume and a compelling cover letter detailing how their experience matches the County’s best interests. Apply by February 29th, 2020 via email to psmith@ravenhillsmith.comApply early in the process for optimal consideration.

Ravenhill Smith Search Inc. will conduct preliminary interviews as applications are received. Only the most highly qualified candidates will be invited for an on-site interview. The selection process may also involve a supplemental questionnaire. Interviews with the County will be conducted in mid to late March. It is anticipated that the new CAO will join Birch Hills County by mid May or at a mutually agreeable date.

This is a highly confidential search process. References will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established. Confidential inquiries are welcomed and should be directed to:

Ravenhill Smith Search Inc.

Philip J.W. Smith
Senior Partner , Ravenhill Smith Search Inc.

O 1-888-447-5910 ext 714

Organization: Birch Hills County
Location: Wanham, AB
Region: Athabasca / Grande Prairie
Professional Category(s): Chief Administration
Posted: February 3, 2020, 8:15 am
Expires: February 29, 2020, 4:30 pm

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