Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Kentville
Chief Administrative Officer
Are you looking for a Town that is a Breath of Fresh Air? You may find it in Kentville Nova Scotia. Just an hour west of Halifax is a town of 6,200 friendly people in the urban core of the Annapolis Valley. A thriving centre for business, health care, education and industry, all this activity is nestled between rivers, farms, orchards, and vineyards. There is a lot to celebrate here, and generations of residents have an annual tradition to gather during the week-long spring Apple Blossom Festival. Folks from across the province come to play with the quirky Pumpkin People in October but you might enjoy other signature events putting this Town on a national stage on a regular basis. Whether you are young or young at heart, you will find something to do at the many recreation facilities including a full-sized baseball diamond, three softball fields, six soccer fields, an outdoor pool and splash pad, an arena, natural playgrounds, nature trails, and much more. Between our charming downtown, special events and festivals, and our natural wonders, Kentville looks forward to meeting you and having you over for dinner.
Overview: As CAO, you are the senior administrative leader of the Municipality, responsible for managing its activities in accordance with the Municipal Government Act of Nova Scotia. Working with a Council of seven (including the Mayor), you have strong political acumen as a core competency, you will provide respectful guidance to Council and under their direction ensure that policies, programs and services are carried out effectively. You support a strong senior management team as well as staff in achieving performance objectives. Finally, you maintain a strong connection with local residents and businesses to ensure they are aware of major policies and initiatives being undertaken.
Qualifications: Ideally you have more than 10 years leadership experience in senior administrative or management roles in government or similar organization, together with post-secondary education in a related discipline. You have a long history of building consensus among elected officials, staff, other levels of government and residents. You understand the issues and challenges facing municipalities today, and are familiar with best practices in economic development, financial management, administration, operations, human resources, emergency services and governance. You have a successful track record of accomplishments and possess well-developed skills in communication, problem solving and, most importantly, leadership. Lastly, you have proven experience working with an elected Board or Council and bring a thorough understanding of good governance. You should share our goal to develop a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. To explore this opportunity further including details pertaining to the community and the position, please visit www.kentville.ca/town hall/employment-opportunities or call Brian Smith at 902-679-2501, CAO@kentville.ca.
Applications: All interested applicants should forward an electronic application including a cover letter and resume by 4:00pm on November 12, 2020. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.