Current Postings

Town of Cochrane

Manager, Community Services


The Town of Cochrane is located in the breathtaking Bow Valley corridor in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in southern Alberta. With a population of over 30,000 people, and growing steadily every year, Cochrane is a thriving town, surrounded by world-famous ranch country. Our western heritage is reflected in the Town’s architecture and our friendly people. The Town of Cochrane welcomes innovative and skilled individuals to join our team of over 250 employees.
We are excited to recruit for the position of Manager, Community Services! Cochrane is planning for the future needs of our growing community today, ensuring that our built environment can facilitate our Strategic Plan. Our vibrant, bold and charming community requires recreation amenities, interconnected pathway systems, transportation networks, and new or expanded facilities.
The Manager, Community Services has the opportunity to connect our community by developing strategies to close gaps in Cochrane’s recreation, arts and culture programs. You will develop and maintain partnerships and work collaboratively with community organizations, committees and groups, through intentional connection, public engagement, community events and active community participation. This includes the management and oversight of community diversity and inclusivity between community groups, stakeholders and the Municipality. You will also manage Cochrane’s multi-modal contracts, seeking innovative and affordable multi-modal transportation opportunities, including COLT (Cochrane On-Demand Local Transit) Service.
This position will consult with community stakeholders to develop or manage community recreation, arts, and culture in Cochrane. They will connect issues management and build systems to lead a team of diverse, passionate employees seeking opportunities to respond to the growth of our municipality while aligning with the strategic vision of the future.
You will bring ideas on work activities, direct and guide projects, and seek input from technically competent and knowledgeable stakeholders. You will use excellent communication skills to balance the needs of staff, Council and external community groups and stakeholders, ensuring confidentiality, tact and diplomacy with a variety of competing opinions and priorities. You will ensure that a lens of diversity and inclusion is applied in all aspects of work.
The Manager is responsible for the overall operation, planning, coordinating and implementing a wide variety of recreation, culture, arts, and connectivity. They proactively identify and pursue opportunities, and lead collaborative initiatives and relationships with stakeholders, community groups.

If you want to make a difference in our community and have at least 5 years of supervisory experience, education in the field of recreation, art, or culture, and experience delivering valuable services to residents, we welcome your application for the Manager, Community Services.

Why should you consider working for us?
Our employees enjoy many benefits including competitive public sector pay, comprehensive health and dental benefits package, professional learning and development opportunities and the opportunity to work with other talented municipal professionals.
As an organization, the Town of Cochrane has a focus on investing in people. This is not a boring municipality. We are growing into an organization with a focus on transparency, critical thinking, curiosity, reflection and innovation. We support experimentation as part of the growth process and strive for continuous improvement. We are municipal employees, and we are accountable to all the residents of the Town of Cochrane. Want to be a part of this exciting time?

We are looking for someone who identifies with and can demonstrate and compliment our leadership competencies of:

  • People Matter
  • Inspire a Shared Vision
  • Always Learning, Always Growing
  • We Are Who We Decide to Be
  • Lead Yourself, Influence Others

The ideal candidate will have proven career progression within a recreation, culture and arts environment. We value self-driven professional development and will be looking for a candidate who has advanced their education and leveraged their experience to ensure technical and human-centered excellence. For this position, a degree or diploma in the areas of Recreation, Culture or Arts would be advantageous. We are excited to learn about what you can bring to the table in terms of your qualifications and passion for Cochrane’s beautiful community!
We are committed to providing a healthy and safe work environment for all of its employees. You must take reasonable care to protect your health and safety and that of others present at worksites, perform work safely, follow all relevant health and safety legislation, directives and procedures and attend all identified orientations and training.

Still interested? Here’s how to apply:

  • Qualified individuals are encouraged to submit your resume, and a letter stating how your experience match the required qualifications, skills and abilities for this position
  • All qualified candidates will be requested to complete an online suitability survey
  • Applications for this position will be accepted at until 9pm MST June 11, 2023
  • Salary under review

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All applicants must be legally entitled to live and work in Canada.
Land Acknowledgement
In the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge that we live, work and play on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.