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Director of Operations Employer: City of Portage la Prairie Location: Portage la Prairie, MB Application Deadline: TBD

Job Description:

City of Portage la Prairie
Director of Operations

Come experience the City of Possibilities. Portage la Prairie offers the quality of life of a smaller community with amenities of a major centre. With a population of 13,000, the City is a progressive family community, known for our beautiful Island Park, modern recreational facilities, unique shopping and dining opportunities, and shorter commutes.

Reporting directly to the City Manager, the Director of Operations is responsible for planning, organizing and directing all operations functions including Engineering, Public Works, Parks, Utility and Utility Maintenance. Also, the incumbent participates fully as part of the senior management team for the City to ensure a coordinated effort in the delivery of essential services.

The Director of Operations is responsible for four Division Managers, one Facility Maintenance Supervisor and one Administrative Assistant. There are indirectly, approximately 39 full-time employees and several part-time or temporary employees depending on the time of year. An annual operating budget of approximately $3.3 million in general municipal and $7.7 million dollars in utility and a large capital program are also major responsibilities. As a driven and innovative leader, the Director of Operations will be a demonstrated team player and a strategic thinker who is comfortable working in a publicly accountable environment. Excellent communication and human resource skills are required. Working with a strong knowledge of applicable provincial and federal codes, regulations and laws, the successful applicant will have a demonstrated ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with many stakeholders. The ideal candidate will possess relevant academic qualifications along with significant senior leadership experience, with proven capabilities in project management, change management, budgeting, and remaining current on best work practices and methods applicable to a municipal setting.

If this position interests you, please submit your resume and cover letter clearly demonstrating the qualifications outlined below, as selection for further consideration will be based solely on the information you provide. Applicants able to demonstrate an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
• Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and registered in Manitoba as a Professional Engineer.
• Five years senior management experience overseeing a municipal department or organization;
• Developing and implementing policies and programs;
• Experience in managing, building, leading, and motivating a team in a unionized environment;
• An understanding of the principles of project management and business plan development;
• Experience managing financial resources, including development of operating and capital budgets;
• Experience working with levels of government, including Federal, Provincial and other Municipalities.
• Experience working with the public, boards, and elected officials;
• Ability to interpret and apply Federal, Provincial and Municipal statutes, regulations, and programs.
• Discretion, tact, compassion, and good judgment;
• Excellent networking and communication skills, both oral and written.
This position offers a competitive salary as negotiated and attractive benefit package.
The selection committee intends to review applications as early as January 24th; however, applications may continue to be accepted until the right candidate is found. Successful applicants will be required to complete a criminal background check.

Interested applicants may apply, in confidence, by submitting a cover letter and resume to

If you would like more information about this position or the City of Portage la Prairie please visit or contact Brandy Smith, HR Officer at (204) 239-8338.

We thank all applicants for applying; however, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted.

Direct Applications To:


Tel: Brandy Smith, HR Officer, 204-239-8338

Application Deadline: Open until filled