Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

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Job Type Executive Opportunities
Organization Town of Peace River, AB
Job Description

Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)
Town of Peace River, AB

The Town of Peace River is located 486 km north-west of Edmonton, and 195 km north-east of Grande Prairie. It is the second largest populated center in north-western Alberta (approximate population of 6,620) and functions as a thriving regional service hub and trade center. For additional information, please visit our website at

The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) is the administrative head of the municipality, and provides effective advice and support to the Mayor and Council in developing, implementing, and executing policies and strategies, evolving governance structures, and improving the ongoing sustainability of the Town of Peace River.

The overall budget for the Town is approximately $37M ($29.6M operating, and $7.2M capital). There is a total Town staff complement of nearly 70FTE’s, and the following are direct reports to the CAO: Director of Community Services, Director of Corporate Services, Director of Engineering & Infrastructure, HR Coordinator, Communications Coordinator, and the Legislative Services Coordinator.

In addition, the CAO will also:

  • Deliver solid leadership to the senior leadership team and Town staff.
  • Promote opportunities for economic development and foster intermunicipal collaboration.
  • Ensure that staff are committed to providing the highest level of service to the general public and the business community through strong policy, process, and clear and transparent communication.

The successful candidate will possess the following:

  • A post-secondary degree or diploma in Public Administration and/or significant and relevant direct involvement in senior management, coupled with executive leadership experience in a dynamic organization within a municipal environment.
  • A proven record of working effectively with elected officials, local government staff, community volunteers, boards and committees, and public participation processes.
  • Solid municipal fiscal management experience and expertise, especially around planning and budgeting.  The ability to convey financial information in a manner that can be clearly understood by others.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, interpersonal, and public relations skills.
  • Working knowledge of the MGA and other relevant municipal legislation, as well…a CLGM designation would be an asset.
  • An understanding of, and appreciation for, good governance.
  • Willingness to work in a union environment.

A competitive compensation package will be provided to the successful candidate.  This includes an attractive and competitive base salary, a second-to-none benefits package, and enrollment in LAPP (Local Authorities Pension Plan), as well as the supplemental APEX pension plan.  Details will be discussed in further conversations.

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For further information please visit our website, or contact:

James Davies
Managing Director
DCG Executive Search Services Ltd.
780-758-9796 (Direct) (Email) (Web)