Director, Financial and Information Technology Services - Town of Cochrane

Town of Cochrane

Director, Financial and Information Technology Services


The Town of Cochrane

Cochrane is a vibrant, progressive, family-friendly community located just 35 minutes northwest of downtown Calgary. The Town is nestled in the legendary Bow River valley steeped in Native and pioneer lore, boasting a breathtaking view of the majestic Rocky Mountains, only 45 minutes away. Although much has changed since the days of the original CP Rail Station, stone quarry and brick plants, the entrepreneurial spirit and handshake hospitality of Cochrane remains true to its western heritage.
Cochrane is one of the fastest growing communities in Canada, and with a population of 35,000, it is one of the largest towns in Alberta. It is part of Calgary's census metropolitan area and a member community of the Calgary Metropolitan Region Board (CMRB). The town is surrounded by Rocky View County.

The Role
The Director, Financial and Information Technology Services supports and contributes to the overall corporate culture, mission, vision, and values through demonstrating corporate leadership competencies and strategic decision making. Provides leadership to the Finance, Tax and Assessment, and Information Technology departments for the Town of Cochrane. Focusing on building systems and effective interdepartmental service delivery by an engaged team, this role is key in ensuring value for Cochrane residents.
The Director will lead and support strategy, process, and policy development to help drive Financial, Tax and Assessment, and Information Technology services. The position does this by working on building systems with internal and external stakeholders and partners to proactively identify and pursue opportunities; building and maintaining senior relationships within government, industry, and stakeholders; and leading collaborative interdepartmental initiatives.

Key Accountabilities
General Accountabilities:

  • Responsible for the delivery of municipal service levels, direction, and administration of the Finance, Tax and Assessment, and Information Departments.
  • Oversees the departmental operating and capital budget development while ensuring effective financial, business planning and spending practices.
  • Ensures policies and legislative requirements of the municipality are implemented and aligned with Administrative and Council priorities according to the Municipal Government Act (MGA) and related applicable legislation.
  • Provides leadership, coaching and strategic support to all reporting Managers in the development and implementation of departmental budgets, employees, service delivery and operational plans.
  • Translates Council objectives into respective department goals by ensuring clear understanding and communication and ensures that divisional objectives are being met.
  • Active participant in the Emergency Management program and related training.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to upholding our corporate culture, mission, vision, and values established by the organization through active participation and regular communication to all internal and external stakeholders.
  • Leads the development of long-term master plans or studies and oversees the implementation of such according to Council's direction.
  • Ensures all work is performed in accordance with workplace health and safety standards and that all Town policies and procedures and any provincial or federal legislation are current and upheld.

Divisional Accountabilities:

  • Identifies opportunities for improvement, directs and implements changes to financial and information technology systems and processes within departments and across the organization.
  • Identifies opportunities for improvement, directs and implements changes to tax and assessment systems and processes.
  • Leads the development of a fiscal framework that balances current needs with long term financial viability.
  • Provides professional expertise, advice and information to senior staff and Council.
  • Ensures completion of the annual audit and other mandated reporting.
  • Devises and establishes IT policies, protocols, and systems to support the implementation of strategies, the delivery of services, and to ensure business continuity in the event of emergency situations.
  • Analyzes the business requirements of all departments to determine their technology and financial needs.
  • Provides leadership to the team responsible for preparing property assessments that meet legislative requirements and quality standards forming the basis for property taxes.

The Person

  • University degree or related academic education, with a master's level being advantageous.
  • Minimum of five (5) years progressive senior managerial experience.
  • Financial, Information technology, or Property Assessment post-secondary degree would be advantageous.
  • Proven written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience working from a mindset of transparency and accountability.
  • A proven reputation for building and leading strong teams, and empowering staff in the delivery of superior services.
  • Exceptional professional relationship building skills to quickly establish credibility and trust to continually improve the experience of the taxpayer and staff.
  • Ability to develop and review comprehensive business documents including grant applications, contracts, status reports, policies, procedures, bylaws, project charters, requests for proposal and technology documentation.
  • Demonstrated experience with a high degree of collaboration, innovation, and creativity arising from experience as a senior level manager.
  • Strong skill in being able to synthesize relevant information to be taken to the Executive Director level for strategic planning and decision making for the section.
  • Proven career progression within a Financial, Information Technology or Assessment services context.

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

  • Acts as role model, maintains a professional and positive manner and encourages others through support, coaching or providing direction and resources.
  • Highly advanced communication skills, to influence decisions, change opinions or behaviors, mediate and/or reconcile conflicts.
  • Able to demonstrate political astuteness, ensuring a high level of confidentiality and decorum.
  • Maintain positive relationships with both internal and external stakeholders.

Complexities and Problem Solving

  • Seeks solutions, identifies opportunities and sets priorities for/or in collaboration with a variety of individuals or groups to accomplish organizational goals.
  • Models and encourage strategic thinking through a future-oriented view of the organization and applying a broad corporate perspective when analyzing situations and making decisions.

Competency Profile
People Matter:

  • Empower others to take on the roles and tasks of leader when appropriate, creating space for the others to grow as leaders.
  • Adopts a mindful, reflective approach to coaching and mentoring, and encourages direct reports to mindfully examine their own performance and employee experience.
  • Effectively balances people needs with strategic and operational business priorities.
  • Acts as a facilitator by identifying when to trigger a connection between people inside and outside of the organization rather than just passing on information.
  • Guides complex performance management issues on a team and departmental level.
  • Fosters an environment of empowerment by recognizing personal and professional growth and organizational, team and individual successes by clearly recognizing, in alignment with organizational values.

Inspire a Shared Vision:

  • Takes accountability for and continually evaluates departmental plans to align with strategic goals.
  • Collaborates with organization leaders to establish and monitor long-term strategy and establishes aligned departmental goals.
  • Understanding how systems connect to the shared vision. Can apply a variety of system-based solutions to strengthen vision related outcomes.
  • Anticipates and mitigates obstacles and business disruptions by curating and evolving good systems.
  • Demonstrates strong critical thinking skills.
  • Anticipates opportunities and has systems in place to evaluate and/or build on opportunities. Connectivity between operational systems and that shared vision.
  • Effectively communicates to their section in an appropriate transparent, consistently and timely manner.
  • Leads and establishes an environment that places value on reflection and planning.
  • Seeks out, encourages, and incorporates a diverse set of perspectives; identifies and supports informal leaders with decision-making authority.

Always Learning, Always Growing

  • Actively seeks feedback from multiple sources, on their own and their team's performance.
  • Constructively challenges existing systems and mindsets, and is resilient in the face of change. Employs a variety of approaches and consistently approaches situations with curiosity.
  • Identifies the team's knowledge and skills, as well as current and future gaps based on organizational objectives; coaches and mentors others to close the gaps.
  • Ingrains a practice of analyzing and learning from both successes and failures.
  • Cultivates a safe environment where people are encouraged and supported to innovate to improve systems.
  • Embraces changes in the internal and external environment that may impact the organization in the medium and long term and contributes to improvement of processes and outputs to mitigate those risks.

We Are Who We Decide To Be

  • Intentionally demonstrates behaviours and attitudes that embody the organization's values and models, influences, and creates that behaviour across the organization. Authentically lives the values even when the situation is less than ideal.
  • Regularly evaluates their division's culture for alignment with organizational values and strategy.
  • Actively encourages others to lead by example.
  • Initiates inter-departmental collaboration to enhance and improve upon the organization's culture.
  • Holds employees at all levels accountable for behaviour that is consistent with organizational values.
  • Inspires all staff to embody the organization's core values.

Lead Yourself, Influence Others

  • Demonstrates the ability to draw on trusting professional relationships to garner support for organization vision. Consistent and resolute in living the values of the organization in tough conversations and tough moments. Understands the ethical responsibility of being in a position of power.
  • Adeptly and appropriately leads up, across, and down to achieve organizational objectives.
  • Demonstrates that self-reflection leads to an ability to adjust behaviours and spark mindset changes.
  • Through continual self-reflection, owns personal and team contributions to missteps and necessary course corrections.
  • Leads with a strong sense of self-awareness. Is creative and positive in the method used for staff improvement. Has a solid understanding of own position and the sphere of influence that position brings.
  • Lives organizations values and is able to hold self and others accountable when not in alignment.

A competitive compensation package will be provided including an attractive base salary and excellent benefits.  Further details will be discussed in a personal interview.
Express Your Enthusiasm
Email a convincing cover letter and tailored resume (PDF or Word document only) to Laura Youngberg or Allan Nelson at indicating the job title in the subject line of the email.
Leaders International Executive Search

Organization: Town of Cochrane
Location: Cochrane, AB
Region: Calgary
Professional Category(s): Financial Administration, Information Technology, Executive / Administrative Management
Posted: January 12, 2023, 8:37 am
Expires: February 12, 2023, 4:30 pm

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

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