Chief Administrative Officer – Squamish-Lillooet Regional District

26 June 2023

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Chief Administrative Officer

THE ORGANIZATION:   SQUAMISH-LILLOOET REGIONAL DISTRICT             
Located in southwestern BC, the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (“SLRD”) is a local government federation consisting of four member municipalities (the District of Lillooet, Village of Pemberton, Resort Municipality of Whistler, and District of Squamish) and four unincorporated rural Electoral Areas (A, B, C, D). The SLRD covers an area spanning 16,354 km², from Porteau Cove in the south to the Yalakom Valley and Pavilion in the northeast. Headquartered in Pemberton, the approximate geographic centre of the region, the SLRD is found within the traditional territories of the Líl’wat, Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and St’at’imc Nations and delivers a range of local, sub-regional, and regional services to approximately 42,665 residents. The SLRD is one of the fastest growing regions in BC, offering amazing lifestyle opportunities and attracting millions of tourists annually.

The SLRD’s wide variety of services include: land use planning, solid waste management, building inspection, fire protection, emergency preparedness, 911 services, recreation, water and sewer utilities, transit, trails and open spaces, financial support for libraries, television rebroadcasting and similar community services. Services can be grouped into three main categories: regional (where all municipalities and electoral areas are served), sub-regional (where two or more jurisdictions are served), or local (where one electoral area, or part of an electoral area, is served).

The SLRD is connected to the Provincial Government either directly or through organizations like the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) and works with all levels of government to advocate on behalf of its communities and to maximize these efforts and the potential impact. As such, the SLRD is committed to investing in new ways to meaningfully engage the public in order to meet the expectations of community members and to be able to shape the future of the region.

To learn more, please visit the SLRD’s website.

THE OPPORTUNITY:   CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER  
The Chief Administrative Officer (“CAO”) is the CAO of the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District and the Sea to Sky Regional Hospital District and is responsible for:

  • Ensuring that the policies and directions of the Board are implemented;
  • Overall management of administrative operations of the Regional District and Regional Hospital Districts;
  • Advising and informing the Board on the operations and affairs of the Regional District and Regional Hospital Districts; and,
  • Providing strategic guidance to the Board.

Major Duties    

  • Responsible to the Board and performs the duties, powers and functions of corporate administration as set forth in Sections 197 and 198 of the Local Government Act;
  • Puts into effect and carries out the policies of the Board;
  • Advises the Board on matters within the control and purview of the Board;
  • Inspects and reports to the Board upon all Regional District works as often as required by the Board;
  • Reports to each Director on all correspondence, matters and concerns rising in respect of their areas within the Regional District;
  • Attends meetings of the Board and such committees as may be designated by the Board;
  • Determines that resolutions passed by the Board are carried into effect and reported back to the Board;
  • Assists the Chair and Directors in the preparation of appropriate documents required, enabling them to fulfill their functions;
  • Submits proposed contracts to the Board for approval;
  • Recommends a plan of organization to the Board for the Regional District and, when approved, to see that such plan is adhered to;
  • Provides leadership by employing sound management techniques in guiding the staff and other human resources of the Regional District and Regional Hospital Districts;
  • Recommends to the Board the addition, promotion, transfer, retirement, or dismissal of officers; makes recommendations to the Board regarding the salaries paid to employees or officers;
  • Ensures sound financial management of public revenues to meet the present and future needs of the ratepayers of the region;
  • Recommends land use development policies and procedures are in place to effectively guide the orderly development and growth of the region;
  • Recommends the necessary organizational structure to deliver all programs and services and to implement all policies and procedures to meet the expectations and needs of the public;
  • Fosters an environment of positive public relations both internally and externally such that the public respects and has confidence in the administration of the business of the Regional District and Regional Hospital Districts;
  • Delegated authority for personnel, including all human resources functions;
  • Preparation of agendas and review of minutes;
  • Exercises such other powers and performs such other duties as may be designated and assigned to him/her from time to time by the Board.

The following duties are assigned to the Corporate Officer:

  • Ensuring that accurate agendas and minutes of the meetings of the Board and its Committees are prepared and the minutes, by-laws and other records of the business of the Board and its committees are maintained and kept safe;
  • Ensuring that access to records is provided as required by law or authorized by the Board;
  • Certifying copies of by-laws and other documents as required or requested;
  • Administering oaths and taking affirmations, declarations and affidavits required to be taken under the Act or any other act in relation to Board matters;
  • Accepting on behalf of the Regional District, notices and documents that are required or permitted to be given, served on, filed with, or otherwise provided to the Regional District; and,
  • Keeping the corporate seal and having it affixed to documents as required.

THE PERSON     
The CAO should be a refined leader with experience in complex multi-stakeholder organizations, such as local and regional government entities. Possessing an inclusive and collaborative leadership style along with a service orientation, the successful candidate will build engagement with staff and the Board by creating a team environment and leveraging the expertise and strength within the organization.

The CAO should be decisive and possess sufficient business acumen and political savvy to assist the Board with complex decisions and guide the SLRD through challenging initiatives. In addition to possessing years of organizational leadership experience, the CAO will bring proven success in strategic thinking, business strategy, and change management.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and experience:

  • A proven track record in working effectively with boards, committees, and ideally elected officials;
  • Progressive management style;
  • Outstanding community relations skills;
  • An ability to effectively delegate;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Strong decision making and problem solving abilities;
  • Strong knowledge of business operations, ideally the business of a local government; and
  • Demonstrated strategic planning abilities.

Required Qualifications, Education, and Experience:

  • Professional designation or graduation in administration, accounting, commerce, or law from a senior educational institution with several years of related experience in progressive management, preferably in a local government setting, and ideally in a Regional District setting;
  • Knowledge of administrative practices and procedures; and,
  • Knowledge of the Local Government Act and other related statutes, as well as knowledge of parliamentary practices and procedures will be considered an asset.

Competencies and Personal Characteristics:
Leadership – Achieves desired organizational results by encouraging and supporting the contribution of others; a proactive and positive team player who acts with a sense of urgency and leads by example; sets and communicates clear goals.   
Accountable – Holds self and others accountable for responsibilities; focuses on results and measuring attainment of outcomes in a business focus.    
Strategic – Develops/implements a plan in support of organizational strategic direction. Demonstrates an understanding of the link between job responsibilities and overall organizational goals and needs, and performs one’s job with the broader goals in mind.  
Integrity and Honesty – Demonstrates a resolute commitment to and respect for the rules and core values of the organization, setting an example of professionalism and ethical propriety.              
Creativity and Innovation – Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new, cutting edge programs/processes.  
Effective Working Relationships – Treats colleagues, staff, and customers with respect; resolves conflicts respectfully, in a timely manner; negotiates effectively; provides effective feedback to colleagues/employees.     
Influential and Collaborative – Has an honest, open, consistent approach to working with others; possesses strong relationship and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build relationships and develop/maintain partnerships, obtaining stakeholder agreement.
Communication – Clearly presents written and verbal information and writes with clarity and purpose; communicates effectively in both positive and negative circumstances; listens well.          
People Development – Fosters long-term learning and development of others through coaching, managing performance and mentoring; has a genuine desire to develop others and help them succeed; formally and informally recognizes deserving staff and colleagues.  
Service Orientation – Anticipates, responds, and attends to the needs of colleagues and citizens, and other internal and external stakeholders of the organization; keeps the customer interests in the forefront.

COMPENSATION
A competitive compensation package will be provided including an attractive base salary and excellent benefits. Further details will be discussed in a personal interview.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:   
Julian Manchon or Greg Longster             
LEADERS INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVE SEARCH    
#880—609 Granville Street         
Vancouver, BC V7Y 1G5 
Phone: (604) 688-8422
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