Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

Resort Municipality of Whistler

Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

Posting No. 79-19
Permanent Full time


Whistler is a one-of-a-kind community and is often recognized as the number one mountain and ski resort destination in North America. It has a thriving four-season events calendar, and arts and culture sector. Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. As an economic generator that contributes over $1.5 billion annually towards the provincial GDP, Whistler is key to British Columbia’s tourism economy. Whistler is a special place, nestled among the snow-capped Coast Mountains, surrounded by natural beauty and defined by forests, mountains, rivers and lakes. Only 40 kilometers inland from the Pacific Ocean, it provides a west coast mountain experience with snowy winters and moderate temperatures. Innovative planning has been at the heart of community and resort development and is responsible for its vibrancy and livability.  

The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) prides itself as being a progressive community leader and is recognized as one of B.C.’s top employers. Financially sound and responsive to a fully engaged Mayor and Council, this is a high performing municipal organization serves a community of almost 12,000 people and three million annual visitors. The RMOW’s mission is to be a leader and a partner in the resort community, representing a caring, accountable, open, professional, municipal government, committed to continuous improvement and to balancing fiscal capabilities with the delivery of exceptional service.

As Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of an organization recognized as one of B.C.’s top employers, you will report to and work collaboratively with a dedicated Mayor and Council and lead a senior management team comprised of General Managers across three divisions — Infrastructure Services, Corporate and Community Services and Resort Experience; and three Directors for their corresponding departments – Human Resources, Planning and Finance. The CAO also heads the CAO Office with direct reports from Human Resources, Communications and Economic Development, as well as the Executive Secretary. As CAO you lead a large and diverse overall team of inspiring and engaged RMOW employees.

The CAO of the RMOW, under the direction of Council, is responsible for managing, directing and the overall planning and coordination of the affairs of the municipality in accordance with the Province of British Columbia’s Community Charter, Local Government Act and policies and programs approved by Council. This position is responsible for providing advice and guidance to Council and leadership to staff in the development and implementation of strategies, policies and programs that meet the needs of the organization and resort community. The CAO role is instrumental in overseeing our new nearly complete municipal Vision and Official Community Plan that will guide the community’s next chapter.

As the ideal candidate, you have a bachelor degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or a related discipline and ten to fifteen years of related work experience gained in a strategic senior leader capacity. You are a highly credible senior leader who has had responsibility for providing leadership to high performing, multi-function teams. You are inspiring, engaging and have a proven ability to effectively lead.

The successful candidate brings exceptional interpersonal, communication and strategic planning skills as well as the ability to inspire confidence in others and develop and maintain effective relationships. The CAO role requires a results-oriented individual who has the ability to work well under pressure to effectively meet deadlines and can foster relationships and forge partnerships with Whistler’s internal and external stakeholders to ensure continued success of the resort community. The successful candidate will have a passion for what Whistler has to offer its visitors and residents, as well as the dedication to ensure that it continues to be a successful resort community.

You may already be the CAO of a municipality, or perhaps, in a provincial government or private sector role with significant exposure to municipal management. You know the lifestyle Whistler has to offer and as an innovative employer committed to work life balance, we have programs that allow you to enjoy Whistler fully.

Interested candidates are invited to request the detailed CAO position profile by contacting hr@whistler.ca. Applications will be accepted online at www.whistler.ca/careers

Posting No. 79-19 | Deadline for applications is Monday, August 26, 2019.    

Please note the RMOW is open to a flexible start date for the preferred candidate.

We thank all applicants for their interest however, only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted. The Resort Municipality of Whistler is committed to being an equal opportunity employer who embraces and respects diversity.

Organization: Resort Municipality of Whistler
Location: Whistler, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Category(s): Chief Administration
Posted: July 25, 2019, 3:32 pm
Expires: August 26, 2019, 4:30 pm

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