The Municipality of the District of Yarmouth, located at the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia, is a busy centre of commerce and trade. With a population base of 10,000 people, the Municipality has a diversified economy based on fisheries, tourism, agriculture, manufacturing, and services. It has a fully operational international airport, a seasonal ferry to the U.S.A, and is home to Atlantic Canada’s largest fishing fleet.
On their behalf, we are seeking a highly-respected leader as their Chief Administrative Officer.
What qualities are needed as CAO?
As CAO, you are the senior administrative leader of the Municipality, responsible for managing its activities in accordance with the Municipal Government Act of Nova Scotia. Working with a Council of seven including the Warden, you will provide timely guidance to them and under their direction ensure that all policies, programs and services are carried out effectively.
Ideally, you have several years’ leadership experience in senior administrative or management roles, preferably in municipal government. You have suitable academic or professional credentials and a long history building consensus among various stakeholders such as elected officials, staff, other levels of government, and citizens.
You understand the issues and challenges facing municipalities and are familiar with best practices in economic development, financial management, administration, operations, human resources, and governance. You have a successful track record of accomplishments and possess well-developed personal qualities in communications, problem solving, leadership, and, most important, integrity.
A strong leader and facilitator, you will support staff in achieving their performance objectives. You will also keep an open line of communication with residents to ensure they are aware of major policies and initiatives being undertaken. Lastly, you have proven experience working with an elected Board or Council and bring a complete understanding of governance.