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Chief Administrative Officer Filled

Richmond County, NS

Located in scenic Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, St. Peter’s Canal and the Bras D’Or Lakes, the Municipality of the County of Richmond offers a unique blend of Acadian, Scottish, Irish and Mi’kmaq cultures and a wonderful rural lifestyle. 

On their behalf, we are seeking a skilled and highly collaborative leader to assume the role of Chief Administrative Officer.

Reporting to a Council of five members, you will be responsible for managing all day-to-day operations of the Municipality and providing quality services and programs to residents and businesses, in accordance with the Municipal Government Act of Nova Scotia.

In this role, you will provide sound strategic leadership to Council and staff and ensure that all programs and services are delivered effectively. As an effective leader and facilitator, you will support staff in achieving their performance objectives. In addition, you will liaise with stakeholders, other municipal units, and various levels of government on projects that meet the needs of residents and other stakeholders.

What qualities are needed in this role?

As the ideal candidate, you have leadership experience in administrative or management roles, preferably within a municipal government CAO governance model. However, the Municipality is open to considering candidates from other levels of government or the public sector.

You have suitable academic or professional credentials and can build consensus among various stakeholders such as elected officials, staff, other levels of government, and citizens. In addition, you are familiar with the issues and challenges facing rural municipalities. You also bring an understanding of best practices in economic development, financial, administrative, operations, human resources, and governance.

You have a successful track record of accomplishments and possess well-developed personal qualities, including communication, problem-solving and leadership skills.

Does this sound like you? If so, please forward your resume and a letter explaining how your background and experience meet the needs of the Municipality of the County of Richmond. Applications can be emailed to Gerald Walsh Associates Inc. at, quoting project number 1917 in the subject line.

We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, including Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, and persons of a minority sexual orientation or gender identity.