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Manager, Engineering Programs | Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

The Region

The Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo region is a place like no other. It’s where a small-town feel is combined with extensive career opportunities, strong cultural diversity, family-orientated neighborhoods, world-class recreation facilities, and the natural beauty of the boreal forest.

The region is located on Treaty 8 Territory, the traditional lands of the Cree, Dene and unceded territory of the Métis. Comprising of Fort McMurray, 9 rural communities and 12 Indigenous communities, the diversity and rich cultures in the region are truly remarkable. We are committed to reconciliation and recognize our responsibility to understand our history so that we can honour the past, be aware of the present, and create a just and caring future for all.

Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo is a place for anyone and everyone to pursue opportunity together. With residents from all over the world and strengthened by a sense of resiliency, our community is a place where neighbours help neighbours, embrace differences, and honour the Indigenous heritage and traditions of the land.


The Organization

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo was formed in 1995 and is one of the largest municipalities by area in Canada. The Municipality is rich in cultural diversity, and as an organization, we are committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive workplace that reflects the community in which we live.

We are proud to call the Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo region home and work closely with Council to serve all residents, stakeholders, partners and community organizations.

There are approximately 1,500 unionized and non-unionized employees, working together at the Municipality, providing the services that keep our region moving and support a high-quality of life.  Together, we make important and critical contributions in the areas of Regional Emergency Services, Transit, Environmental Services, Public Works, Engineering, Planning and Development, Communications and Engagement, Community and Protective Services, Finance, Information Technology, Human Resources, Safety and more.

Although our roles may vary, one thing we all have in common, is the pride in the work we do and the communities we serve.

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo offers its employees competitive pay, an attractive work-life balance, comprehensive workplace wellness programs, and opportunities to develop new skills, while supporting career growth. We also offer an excellent employee benefits package and pension plans to ensure that our employees and their families have the support and access to the resources they need.

View Council’s 2022-2025 Strategic Plan here.


The Opportunity

Reports to:Senior Manager, Engineering
Direct Reports:6-8
Location:Fort McMurray, Alberta



The Manager, Engineering Programs is responsible for providing engineering, project management expertise and leadership with respect to infrastructure management principles and applicable legislative reviews and provincial/federal initiatives. Working within the Buildings & Environmental Infrastructure branch or the Infrastructure Rehabilitation branch, the Manager, Engineering Programs leads and manages projects to ensure plans are effectively implemented, the results are monitored and reported, and the financial and operational objectives are attained. The successful candidate will also play a central role in delivering leadership, direction, and enthusiasm to the Region’s engineering program teams.


Key Accountabilities

The position will include the following responsibilities:

Departmental Management:

  • Assists the Director, Engineering with overall program service delivery;
  • Manages daily operations, budgeting, and strategic planning of the overall design and deployment of all department initiatives; and
  • Ensures all programs are developed according to legislation, industry standards, and best practices.


  • Takes a lead role in developing and implementing innovative and practical approaches to department initiatives to ensure all employees are working proficiently and effectively in a productive environment;
  • Recruits, trains, and mentors staff; and
  • Leads staff in the delivery of advice, recommendations, and decision support.

Implementation of Strategies:

  • Provides leadership to the department on the appropriate adoption and use of project management and governance principles;
  • Leads and manages the procurements and administration (tenders and contracts negotiations) of construction and engineering service contracts; and
  • Oversees construction progress on all capital projects, ensures quality control, responsible for environmental compliance and adherence to organizational policies and procedures and reports on status of the program delivery.


First Year Deliverables / Measures of Success

Success in the first year will be determined by the candidate’s ability to:

  • Integrate well into the organization by being a visible leader who fosters strong relationships, encourages open communication, feedback, and recognition;
  • Establish strong working relationships with the leadership team, employees, partners and stakeholders;
  • Promote a culture of engagement by providing support to Department employees, prioritizing diversity and inclusion, promoting transparency at all levels and ensuring a respectful and safe work environment;
  • Gain a broad understanding of the Department in order to identify key priorities and bring forward workable ideas and solutions to increase efficiency of projects; and
  • Deliver outstanding service and exceed client expectations through effective project management, goal setting, and execution of assignment deliverables.


Candidate Profile

The successful candidate will have the following:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in engineering; and
  • A Professional Engineer (P. Eng) designation is required.


  • Ten (10) or more years’ experience working as a Professional Engineer (P. Eng) in the field of engineering with a minimum of five (5) years’ experience as a leader;
  • Experience in a public sector, unionized, municipal or infrastructure environment is considered an asset;
  • Demonstrated understanding of budget and capital processes; and

Competencies and Attributes:

  • Accountable: Takes personal responsibility for decisions, actions, and failures. Establishes clear responsibilities and processes for monitoring work and measuring results.
  • Decision Quality: Highly developed analytical, critical thinking and quality decision making skills supported by sound judgement, wisdom and political awareness.
  • Excellence: Strong focus on setting and meeting high standards for yourself and others.
  • Team Player: Understands their role and shares in the team’s successes and challenges. Fosters an environment of open dialogue. Willingness to help members of the team when needed.
  • Leadership: Ability to empower people, strong organizational skills, and uses innovative approaches in situations involving rapid change, shifting priorities, and/or simultaneous demands.
  • Persuasive: Negotiation, interpersonal, investigation, mediation, and facilitation skills.
  • Diplomacy: Proven ability to be discreet, keep all information and documentation strictly confidential, respectfully and sensitively resolve issues. High emotional intelligence capacity including the ability to deal effectively with ambiguity, remain calm and neutral in conflict situations.
  • Technological Acumen: Proficient with computer software.


Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to relocate to Fort McMurray for this role. Relocation assistance can be provided if required.

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognizes that a diverse team benefits and is essential to service excellence.

How to Apply:

Please send your resume in Word or PDF format to: Copy and Paste the following job title and code and place it in the subject line of your email so we can identify the job and confirm receipt of your application:
ALLF-270874 Manager, Engineering Programs | Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo - AB - Fort McMurray (OTIAPPLY)

Please note that only those candidates meeting the selection criteria, established by our client, will be contacted further. Although we may not contact you directly for this particular role, all applications will be reviewed as we would like to consider you for future opportunities that may be appropriate. We encourage you to continue to visit our website at as our opportunities are updated on a regular basis.