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About the County
Strathcona County, located in the heart of Alberta, is an energetic and thriving community. A leader in North America’s petroleum industry and a champion for advancing diverse agricultural business, the County is excited by their current economic prospects, as well as their massive potential for future prosperity.
The County includes the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large rural area made up of eight hamlets. As a result, the needs of residents in various parts of the community are quite diverse. In 1996, Strathcona County was granted status as a specialized municipality by the Province of Alberta. Specialized municipality status means that the Province of Alberta recognizes Sherwood Park and the Urban Service Area immediately around as equivalent to a city for purposes of programs and grants. Rural Strathcona County, meanwhile, is recognized as equivalent to a municipal district for programs and grant purposes.
Strathcona County strives to be a model of ecological integrity, protecting the environment and preserving their agricultural heritage. Investment in infrastructure, quality services, cultural and recreational programs and facilities is a priority and sets the County apart.
Known as a welcoming place to live, the County attracts people of all ages, cultures and walks of life. Families thrive in this dynamic, caring and safe community.
About the Organization
Strathcona County has approximately 2,000 permanent, temporary and hourly employees who are responsible for the efficient administration and operation of all elements of the County. The organization consists of four service areas: Infrastructure and Planning Services, Corporate Services, Community Services, and Financial and Strategic Management.
As the people who deliver the programs and services valued by their community, the employees of Strathcona County enjoy significant job satisfaction from providing excellent service. They take pride in the work they do to improve the experience of residents and businesses in Strathcona County.
Strathcona County strives to work within their Corporate Values of
Integrity | Respect | Safety | Fairness | Cooperation
For more information, please visit: www.strathcona.ca
|Job Title:||Chief Administrative Officer|
|Reports to:||County Council|
|Direct Reports:||Six (6):|
Associate Commissioner, Corporate Services
Associate Commissioner, Community Services
Associate Commissioner, Financial & Strategic Management
Associate Commissioner, Infrastructure & Planning Services
Director of Communications
Manager of Intergovernmental Affairs
|Indirect Reports:||Approximately 2,000|
|Location:||Sherwood Park, AB|
Reporting to Council, the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) will contribute leadership, strategy, direction and enthusiasm to a staff of almost 2,000 employees while overseeing a total operating and capital budget of approximately $400M. As the administrative head for Strathcona County, the CAO leads and manages the overall business to ensure strategic and business plans are effectively implemented, the results monitored and reported to Council, and the financial and operational objectives are attained. The CAO is responsible for facilitating strategy development and implementing the vision of Council, as well as leading the County to build on past successes in delivering the highest caliber of services to the community. Recognizing the unique nature of leading the administration of a specialized municipality, the successful CAO will take a balanced approach to navigating both urban and rural issues in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment.
Council Affairs and Relations:
Financial Performance and Risk Management:
Strategic Planning and Execution:
External Stakeholder Relations:
FIRST YEAR DELIVERABLES / MEASURES OF SUCCESS
Success in the first year will be determined by the candidate’s ability to:
The successful candidate will have the following:
COMPETENCIES & ATTRIBUTES
Strategic Leadership: Fosters the development of a common vision providing clear direction and priorities and clarifying roles and responsibilities. Sets the tone for the County’s culture and ensures succession in management and leadership.
Decision Making: Establishes a culture in which effective decisions are made at all levels of the organization. Uses critical thinking, experience and organizational values to make decisions involving varying levels of risk and ambiguity.
Visionary Thinking: Sees beyond the horizon to identify new issues and to position the County to address emerging trends (e.g. capitalizes on trends or takes action before issues escalate). Sees and synthesizes different sides of an issue, examining the full range of options and outcomes. Embraces disruption and new innovations to old issues.
People Leadership: Ability to inspire and drive the Executive Team toward goal achievement. Demonstrates behaviors consistent with organizational values and fosters same from others.
Business and Financial Acumen: Understands key business fundamentals, understands the drivers of financial health and accountability of the organization and takes responsibility to maintain its ongoing fiscal soundness.
Relationship with Council, Employees and Stakeholders: Builds trusting relationships with Council, employees and stakeholders by being open in the sharing and receiving of information and sees these groups as partners in furthering organizational goals. Proactively seeks partnership and collaboration with external organizations to ensure long-term strategic success.
Communication: Communicates effectively and frequently to ensure transparency and engagement. Articulates a compelling vision; communicates organizational actions and results to internal and external stakeholders in an open and candid manner that is appropriate to the audience; identifies relevant communication strategies to communicate with a diversity of people for the purposes of education or information, with high impact; uses varied communication vehicles and opportunities to promote organizational dialogue in order to develop shared understanding, buy-in, and support; and/or recognizes and interprets complex and possibly contradictory or competing signals or messages.