Chief Administrative Officer - Clearwater County

Clearwater County

Chief Administrative Officer

Clearwater County is a municipal district in west-central Alberta, Canada in Division No. 9. Its northwest boundary is the Brazeau River. The municipal office is located in the Town of Rocky Mountain House. The county's 2016 census population was 11,947. The County’s boundaries also include three First Nations; Sunchild First Nation, O’Chiese First Nation and Bighorn (Stoney) First Nation.  The economy of the county is based on agriculture, oil and gas and forestry, with tourism increasing in importance in recent years. Settlement history in Clearwater County extends back over 200 years and includes a long history of ingenuity and growth. Explorers and traders, such as David Thompson, had an entrepreneurial spirit that set the mould for this modern-day community. Although much has changed in the past century – with the addition of roads, buildings and industries - this area still retains its natural attractions and cultural treasures, offering opportunity to various industries and a wide-ranging community demographic. There are few regions in Canada as rich and diverse in natural beauty, resources, industry and culture as Clearwater County.

Community, prosperity and natural beauty – connected.
Through proactive municipal leadership, we will invest innovatively to generate and support economic and population growth, to position Clearwater County for a sustainable, prosperous future.

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Reporting to Council, the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) is the senior advisor to Council. As the administrative head of the County, the CAO directs the overall planning, budgeting, management and evaluation of all aspects of the County. The CAO implements the objectives, policies and programs approved by Council and in accordance with the Municipal Government Act, the bylaws of the County and all other applicable legislation. As the overall head of the Municipality, the CAO is responsible for providing leadership to all staff through nine direct reports including a Director of Agriculture and Community Services, Director of Corporate Services, Director of Public Works/Infrastructure, Director of Public Works/Operations, Director of Planning & Development, Director of Emergency & Legislative Services, Manager, Human Resources, Supervisor, Health & Safety and an Executive Assistant to the CAO & Council.  

The Person
The ideal candidate will have a university degree in business, public administration, management, human resources or a related field. A CLGM or NACLM would be considered strong assets. A combination of education/training and demonstrated progressive leadership experience in a municipal setting will also be considered. 

The incumbent will have a strong track record of success as a leader in a complex multi-faceted organization, preferably in a rural municipality and/or publicly funded environment. A strong background and experience in economic development coupled with well-rounded business leadership experience would be considered a strong asset.  Demonstrated knowledge of the Municipal Government Act is strongly preferred.  The candidate will also have demonstrated experience in accessing grants/funding through federal/provincial departments and agencies to support the County’s programs and initiatives. 

There is a strong preference for the new CAO to reside in Clearwater County. 

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Interested parties are requested to submit a one-page cover letter and their personal resume/CV to Ardyce Kouri or Cecilia Oteiza Ayres at For further information, please call Leaders International at (780) 420-9900.

Organization: Clearwater County
Location: Rocky Mountain House, AB
Region: Banff / Jasper / Rocky Mountain House
Professional Category(s): Chief Administration
Posted: February 17, 2021, 11:03 am
Expires: March 17, 2021, 4:30 pm

Employment Type: Full Time
Employment Length: Permanent
Education Requirement: Bachelor’s degree
Job Experience: Experience an asset

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