Chief Administrative Officer | Town of Morinville
Morinville is a dynamic, growing community in the heart of Sturgeon County with a population of over 10,000 residents. The Town serves Morinville residents, as well as serves as a place of employment, recreation, service, and education for many residents of Sturgeon County and the surrounding area. Strategically located next to a major transportation corridor in northern Alberta and within commuting distance to major processing and refinery plants, residents enjoy the convenience of urban amenities, and proximity to employment opportunities in a smaller, family-oriented community.
Morinville has a rich history dating back to 1891 when Father Jean-Baptiste Morin founded the settlement and quickly established a church, school and post office making Morinville a resource centre for the region. Officially incorporated April 18, 1911, Morinville has continued to grow and prosper as an economic, cultural, and agricultural centre in Alberta’s capital region.
The Town of Morinville is a community that thrives through a myriad of partnerships. As a member of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board (EMRB), a growth management board, they collaborate regionally on planning and services with twelve other municipalities in the Edmonton region. Additionally, the community values their partnerships with first nations communities within the region, but particularly, the Alexander First Nation.
As a community, Morinville is thriving and growing. With a long-standing tradition of having services and amenities for people of all ages, residents have long enjoyed a wonderful Community Library, a local museum, and a flourishing arts scene. New additions to the growing list of services include two new schools, and the Morinville Leisure Centre, a multi-purpose recreation facility that has a variety of amenities.
For further information about the Town of Morinville, please visit their website at www.morinville.ca.
Reports to: Town Mayor and Council
Direct Reports: 3: General Manager, Administrative Services; General Manager, Community and Infrastructure Services; Executive Assistant, CAO and Mayor and Council.
Indirect Reports: 186
Location: Morinville, Alberta
As the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and Principal Advisor to Council, the successful candidate will play a central role in delivering leadership, strategy, direction, and enthusiasm to the Town’s administrative team and managing the Town’s total operating and capital budget. As the administrative head for the Town of Morinville, the CAO leads and manages the organization to ensure strategic and business plans are effectively implemented, the results are monitored and reported to Council, and the financial and operational objectives are attained.
The CAO is responsible for developing strategy and implementing the vision of Council, as well as leading the Town of Morinville in delivering outstanding quality of services to the community. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with an existing team of committed professionals who seek a leader who will coach and guide towards continuous improvement and delivery enhancements rather than driving towards wholesale operational changes. The CAO will oversee the planning, coordination, and control of all municipal operations of the Town in alignment with the objectives, policies and plans outlined by Council, the requirements of the Municipal Government Act, and all other statutory regulations affecting the government of the Town.
The position will include the following responsibilities:
Council Affairs and Relations:
- Accountable to Morinville Council for the overall management of the Town’s operations;
- Attends all meetings of Council and Standing Committees and meetings of such Boards, Authorities and other bodies as required by Council;
- Advises and keeps Council fully informed of all significant management, operational, financial and advocacy matters and risks relevant to the Town;
- Communicates effectively with the Mayor, Council and Committees to ensure information and updates on key initiatives are provided such that the Council is up-to-date and supported to make good decisions on the operation and affairs of the Town;
- Acts as the principal advisor to the Council and is accountable for the assigned staff liaising with Committees of Council;
- Reviews and updates governance policies with Council, and enables Council members to be informed and trained in their roles and responsibilities;
- Reports, as required, to Council on the effectiveness of its policies and programs in order to better achieve the objectives of Council;
- Collaborates with Council on the formulation of Council objectives and policies; recommends policies and programs; and implements those that are approved by Council;
- Provides Council opportunities to interact with the Town’s senior executive management, both during and outside Council and Committee meetings;
- Keeps apprised of government and community affairs to ensure that Council and Town employees are aware of significant trends;
- Accountable to ensure the Town’s records, notes, and minutes are recorded, maintained, and distributed as necessary; and
- Oversees the preparation of bylaws that are approved by Council and ensures these bylaws are enforced.
- Directs the administration and manages the day-to-day business activities of the Town;
- Enables, empowers, and holds direct reports accountable to effectively perform their jobs;
- Models the desired culture and values of the Town through daily actions and behaviors rooted in trusting relationships; balances providing leadership and direction with empowerment to ensure an engaged and dedicated team Town wide;
- Supports internal staff development and ensures professional development practices and plans are in place and executed;
- Ensures the Town is prepared for succession and growth at all levels;
- Ensures staff maintain a positive, customer solution-based / customer service focus with residents;
- Approves administrative policies which complement both formal and informal Council policies and objectives;
- Ensures that the Town administration as a whole and each Department has an appropriate organizational structure;
- Informs Council of any changes in the duties, responsibilities, or authority of Department Heads and approves and reports to Council any changes in other positions;
- Approves the establishment of compensation levels for all staff within budgets and within the salary scales approved by Council; and
- Negotiates union contracts and ensure all employee relations’ matters are dealt with in accordance to the agreement.
Financial Performance and Risk Management:
- Oversees the finances of the Town, managing Morinville’s growth in a cost-effective and efficient manner;
- Ensures the development and management of policies and procedures concerning budgets, expenditures and financial controls;
- Manages contracts and agreements, continuing to maintain service and program levels in spite of the fiscal challenges facing all municipalities;
- Accountable to ensure ongoing day-to-day business operations are resourced appropriately, are executed to plan, and are completed within time and budget constraints;
- Using administrative reports and other information, makes decisions for improved efficiency of the functions and activities of the Town; and
- Ensures that the Town undertakes research and development activities to explore innovative improvements and new services to meet community needs.
Strategic Planning and Execution:
- Supports Council in the continuous improvement and implementation of a strategic plan for the Town;
- Engages with Council annually in strategic, business, and budget planning;
- Ensures the strategic plan is properly resourced and executed within set timelines;
- Presents business plans and annual budgets for review and adoption by Council; and
- Ensures initiatives are developed and implemented to accomplish strategic objectives.
External Stakeholder Relations:
- Develops and maintains trusted and authentic relationships with external stakeholder groups including community leaders, local organizations, residents, and businesses;
- Attends local community events sponsored by the Town;
- Ensures the community is engaged by the Town in two-way communication by both providing information (e.g. reports, notices) and collecting information and feedback (e.g. surveys, community meetings);
- Ensures all enquiries, complaints and requests submitted by residents are handled in a professional and timely manner;
- Maintains awareness of the municipal, county, provincial and federal political environments and incorporates knowledge into budget and ongoing operations as appropriate for the Town;
- Demonstrates leadership and works productively and collaboratively with key partners, but particularly the EMRB and the Alexander First Nation;
- Represents Morinville positively as an ambassador for the Town at meetings within the region and with other municipalities, first nations communities, business partners, and community stakeholders; and
- Ensures that the Town communicates and promotes service offerings to existing and potential clients within its target market.
First Year Deliverables / Measures of Success
Success in the first year will be determined by the candidate’s ability to:
- Establish and operationalize a plan for engaging in fiscal management with the goal of enhancing the Town’s financial status;
- Work in tandem with Council to refine the Town’s strategic plan to reflect current priorities;
- Successfully navigate the relationships with Town Council and administration, ensuring clear communication, employee engagement, dedication and appropriate support where needed;
- Cultivate impactful, enduring partnerships with surrounding municipalities, Indigenous populations, and other external stakeholders to engage and implement mutually beneficial interests;
- Implement, in conjunction with the Executive Leadership Team, any ELT structure changes required to efficiently deliver on strategic priorities; and
- Create direction and stability for the Administration team around their structure and objectives.
The successful candidate will have the following:
- A bachelor’s degree in a related field of study is highly welcomed.
- Minimum 10 years of executive-level experience in a leadership role for an organization of comparable complexity and diversity;
- An established relationship builder who invites conversation and who embraces the notion that partnership and collaboration, both internal and external, will result in the greatest success;
- Strong governance with prior experience reporting to and working closely with a Council or Board of Directors, various committees and stakeholder groups would be preferred;
- Solid understanding of municipal services and their optimal delivery to the public;
- Track record of supporting and developing an environment of learning and growth; and
- Familiarity with the Municipal Government Act.
Competencies and Attributes:
- Ability to communicate with impact, convey intent and connect with a wide range of audiences;
- Ability to cultivate productive working relationships with Council, Administration, regional partners, residents, community groups and business partners;
- Demonstrated experience in building and sustaining a stable, positive, engaged workplace culture in a complex organization;
- Demonstrated skill in building and attracting organizational talent;
- Ability to delegate to and empower leaders and staff;
- Strong ability to build commitment, sell the vision and influence others;
- Solutions focused with an ability to consider multiple viewpoints in recommending options;
- Ability to develop and translate strategic vision and direction consistent with Council’s vision for the Town;
- Political acumen and awareness (ability to read and understand the political/strategic environment);
- Takes personal accountability for driving and delivering results and achieving outcomes;
- Capacity to seek and secure new economic development and growth opportunities for Morinville;
- Sensitivity in dealing with others, accounting for differences in culture and positional authority; and
- Desire to achieve outcomes and drive for results.
An excellent compensation package awaits the successful candidate.
The Town of Morinville is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and recognizes that a diverse team benefits and enriches their work and is essential to operational excellence. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals and encourage women, members of racialized communities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity to confidentially self-identify at time of application. In accordance with provincial legislation, accommodation will be provided by Gallagher and the Town of Morinville throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.
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