Executive Director, Corporate Support Services

Halifax Regional Municipality

Executive Director, Corporate Support Services

Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) boasts a unique blend of history and innovation which creates opportunities for businesses and residents to thrive.  As the capital city of Nova Scotia, Halifax is the economic hub of Atlantic Canada and home to more than 420,000 people.  Halifax offers a unique urban-rural mix that combines natural beauty and small-town feel with all of the amenities, culture and opportunities of a modern cosmopolitan centre.

No matter where you are in Halifax, you are never far from the ocean.  The commercial heart of Halifax sits on the shore of the second largest natural harbour in the world and there is no shortage of beaches in the municipality.  Our gross domestic product is increasing at one of the highest rates in Canada due to growth across numerous sectors, including shipbuilding, construction, and the service sector.  The municipality is a smart city and home to six universities, three community college campuses, and one of the highest percentages of individuals with post-secondary education in North America.  Leading edge research is being conducted here in the fields of medicine, information technology and life sciences, including one of the most vibrant Ocean Science clusters in the world.

To further support the continuing growth of this great city, HRM has created the new position of Executive Director of Corporate Support Services to ensure that all corporate support services Business Units across HRM are delivering enhanced, integrated and effective solutions to enable Operational Business Units to deliver superior service to our citizens.

Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), the Executive Director will provide executive leadership and oversight to a broad portfolio comprising Finance, ICT, Legal, Corporate and Customer Services, Human Resources, Public Safety, and Diversity and Inclusion.  Provide advice to Council, the CAO and Executive Team and ensure the portfolio is responsive to Council directions and changing service level priorities and objectives.  Provide innovative vision and strategic direction to enhance internal customer service approaches and ensure technology advances are being utilized.  Be engaged with HRM’s diverse operations community and oversee the streamlining of work processes to maximize cost effective service delivery to the Operational Business Units.

You are an accomplished, passionate leader and strategic thinker.  You are well known as a collaborative, proactive executive who inspires a shared vision, builds high performing teams, drives for action and results and looks beyond traditional solutions.  Politically astute, a successful track record as a strategic communicator and as a concerted relationship builder and advisor in a multi-stakeholder environment are valuable assets.

You have a solid knowledge of corporate support service areas, an advanced degree or equivalent, along with 10 years of executive management experience with responsibility for fiscal accountability, strategic planning, business planning and innovation.  Previous experience in performance management and change management is a significant asset.

To explore this exciting opportunity in confidence, email Organization Consulting Limited at HalifaxExecutiveDirector@oclsearch.ca with a detailed resume or contact Robert Johnston, President, at 416-385-9975.

HRM encourages applications from qualified African Nova Scotians, racially visible persons, women in nontraditional positions, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons and persons of the LGBTQ+ community.  HRM encourages applicants to self-identify.


Organization: Halifax Regional Municipality
Location: Halifax, NS
Region: Halifax
Professional Category(s): Corporate Services
Posted: August 12, 2019, 9:52 am
Expires: September 13, 2019, 4:30 pm

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