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Chief Administrative Officer Employer: Rural Municipality of Headingley Location: Headingley, MB Application Deadline: December 6, 2021

Job Description:

With proximity to Winnipeg, Headingley boasts big city amenities and services, yet provides residents with a slower paced, intimate community life. Hospitals, large shopping centres, and a wide range of professional services are a quick drive from Headingley. The municipality is also home to many well-known successful businesses including Shelmerdine’s Nurseries, Taillieu Construction, The Gates on Roblin, T&T Seeds, Flying J. Husky, Breezy Bend Country Club and John Blumberg Golf Course and Softball complex. Headingley’s biggest advantage is its low residential tax and no business tax, which makes the region an attractive place to live and set up business. The community is an ideal place for businesses to locate since it draws upon its location and offers a wide range of community needs. With an engaged community and growing tax base, Headingley is a full-service municipality that offers a high standard of living and continues to see consistent growth. For more information, visit: http://www.rmofheadingley.ca/

Opportunity:
Reporting to Council, the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) is responsible for the overall administrative management of the municipality of Headingley and oversight of personnel, programs, and policies, in alignment with Council’s vision and in accordance with Provincial Legislation and local by-laws. The successful incumbent will be instrumental in advising and supporting Council in the development and implementation of short and long-term goals, while overseeing operations. This strategic individual will possess exceptional operational and administrative skills, knowledge of municipal government and an ability to connect and build relationships. The R.M. of Headingley is seeking a diplomatic and effective leader with well-developed management skills, strong financial and political acumen, and a collaborative, open and direct interpersonal style. This position offers a professional challenge and opportunity to make a significant contribution to the continued success and growth of a progressive, growing, and vibrant community.

Key Responsibilities:
• Administer the business affairs of the municipality in accordance with the Municipal Act and other statutes of the province.
• Provide support and advice to Council on policies, programs, new initiatives, and fiscal matters.
• Assist Council in the preparation and execution of short and long-term strategies for economic growth and development.
• Play an active role in promoting and building the community of Headingley.
• Act as an effective liaison between the Council, staff, and the community.
• Maintain strong community partnerships with citizens, local business, industry, other municipalities, government, and non-governmental organizations, while playing a key role in promoting and building the community.
• Provide sound financial planning, budgeting, and management to Council, including consistent and accurate reporting.
• Create and revisit policies, procedures, and processes, maintaining orderly and efficient documentation.
• Develop and implement municipal by-laws, contracts or agreements as directed by Council.
• Ensure operational effectiveness for each municipal department and manage expenditures.
• Provide supportive leadership and direction to staff and management, fostering an approach focused on collaboration, effective communication, mentorship, and development.
• Resolve issues that may arise in a timely manner and ensure superior service to citizens.

Selection Criteria
• Completion of the Manitoba Municipal Administrators Certificate Program or other similar training.
• Post-Secondary degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Commerce, or related discipline.
• Seasoned leader with a track record of progressive leadership experience and dedication to public service.
• Minimum of 5 years of direct municipal management experience is required, generally in a field which provides broad familiarity with municipal operations.
• Comprehensive knowledge of applicable legislation, currents standards, municipal operations, and policy formation.
• Solid understanding of land use planning matters and ability to advise on a broad range of land use planning issues.
• Strong understanding of strategic planning, finance, risk mitigation, IT, human resource management and operations.
• Proven ability for building and leading high-performance teams and empowering staff in the delivery of superior services.
• Demonstrated political acumen, visionary leader, and solid decision maker with a high level of ethics, values, and integrity.
• Superior written and spoken communication skills, coupled with the ability to negotiate, influence, and promote concepts and ideas to stakeholders.
• Excellent public relations, interpersonal and communication skills.
• Flexible individual with the ability to adapt to a changing political environment and balance a diverse portfolio.
• Exceptional relationship building skills and ability to establish credibility and trust at ease with a diverse group of people.
• Understanding of the grant and government funding process is an asset.

Email resume and cover letter to jen@harrisleadership.com

Direct Applications To:

Email: jen@harrisleadership.com

Application Deadline: December 6, 2021