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Chief Administrative Officer - Town of Westville, Nova Scotia - POSTION FILLED

The Town of Westville is seeking a skilled leader to assume the role of Chief Administrative Officer. Situated in northern Nova Scotia within a region of 45,000 people, Westville is a small town with a big heart. Its 3,800 residents enjoy beautiful green spaces and events that fill the streets and parks throughout the year.

What qualities are needed as CAO?

As CAO, you are the administrative leader of the Town, responsible for managing its activities in accordance with the Municipal Government Act of Nova Scotia.

Working with a Council of five members, including the Mayor, you will be accountable for providing leadership in developing and implementing policies, programs and services within the Town.

In this role, you will provide timely guidance to Council and under their direction ensure that all programs and services are carried out effectively. An effective leader and facilitator, you will support staff in achieving their performance objectives. You will liaise with stakeholders, other municipal units, and various levels of government on key projects that meet the needs of residents and other stakeholders.

Ideally, you have leadership experience in administrative or management roles, preferably in the public sector. You have suitable academic or professional credentials and an ability to build consensus among various stakeholders such as elected officials, staff, other levels of government, and citizens. 

You are familiar with the issues and challenges facing rural municipalities and understand best practices in community 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.

The Town is open to considering candidates who may be early in their careers and hoping to pursue a career path in municipal government.

A complete job description is available here.

If this is you, please forward your resume and a thoughtful letter explaining how your background and experience meet the needs of the Town of Westville. Applications can be emailed to Gerald Walsh Associates Inc. at, quoting project number 1793 in the subject line. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates.


Gerald Walsh Associates is a human resources firm that finds and develops leaders who help make a positive impact in their communities. We help organizations succeed by offering human resource consulting services including: executive search, performance assessments, compensation reviews, career and executive coaching, succession planning, and organizational reviews.