Chief Administrative Officer - County of Annapolis

County of Annapolis

Chief Administrative Officer

Competition # 2021-01

Lifestyle: Have you ever dreamed of living on the coast? With over 160 km of coastline on the Bay of Fundy, your dream could become reality in the County of Annapolis. The County is located in the western end of Nova Scotia and borders on two towns, has one village and over one hundred communities in the geographical region; it is an area of rich history and deep roots and there is so much to explore. Get outside for a walk on the scenic harvest trail or go paddling in the winding Annapolis River. Take in the sights at Kejimkujik National Park or immerse yourself in history at Port Royal Habitation. In the summer months check out the week long Annapolis Valley Exhibition or one of the many festivals or carnivals that take place within our County. In the evenings relax at one of our fabulous restaurants that thrive off local fare with ingredients provided by our farmers and fisherman along with a drink from a local winery or brewery. With a population of over 18,000 residents, the County is a community of communities; strangers will turn to neighbours and neighbours become friends in no time at all.

Overview: As Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), you are the senior administrative leader for the Municipality. You are responsible for managing its obligations in accordance with the Municipal Government Act (MGA) of Nova Scotia. Working with a Council of 11, including the Warden, you have strong political insight as a core competency. You provide respectful guidance to Council and under their directive ensure that policies, programs and services are carried out efficiently and effectively. You support a competent senior management team as well as staff in achieving performance objectives. Lastly, you maintain strong ties with citizens and businesses of the County to ensure they are aware of major projects and initiatives being undertaken.

Qualifications: Preferably you have a minimum of 10 years’ experience in senior administrative management roles in government or similar organization, coupled with post-secondary education in a related field. You have considerable experience with creating consensus among elected officials, staff and other levels of government as well as citizens. You understand the challenges and problems that municipalities are facing and comprehend best practices in economic development, financial management, human resources, administration, operations, emergency management and governance. You bring with you a history of accomplishments and success and have well developed skills in communication, problem solving and leadership. You have vast experience working with an elected Board or Council and have an extensive understanding of good governance. You should share our goal to develop a diverse workforce that represents the citizens in which we serve.

To further explore this opportunity including details pertaining to the county and the position, please visit or call Louis Coutinho at 902-532-3130 or email

Applications: All interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume to Louis Coutinho before 4:00 PM on February 28 2021. Applications must reference competition # 2021-01.


Registered mail: PO Box 100, Annapolis Royal, NS B0S 1A0

Drop off: 752 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal, NS

*Applications that are dropped off or sent via registered mail must be enclosed in a sealed envelope addressed to Louis Coutinho marked private & confidential and reference the competition number.

Organization: County of Annapolis
Location: Annapolis Royal, NS
Region: Western Region
Professional Category(s): Chief Administration
Posted: February 12, 2021, 8:40 am
Expires: February 28, 2021, 4:00 pm

Employment Type: Full Time
Employment Length: Permanent
Education Requirement: Bachelor’s degree
Job Experience: 5 years or more

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