Chief Administrative Officer

Located in a beautiful rural setting in Southwestern Nova Scotia, two hours from Halifax, the Municipality of the District of Shelburne offers a quality of life that is second to none. From rugged coastlines to white sandy beaches, from lighthouses to museums, from fishing villages to golf courses, Shelburne possesses history, nature, scenery, and hospitality. The Municipality is now seeking a strategic leader to assume the challenging role of Chief Administrative Officer.

As CAO, you are responsible for managing the daily activities of the Municipality in accordance with the Municipal Government Act. Working with a Council of seven members, you will be accountable for providing leadership in developing and implementing policies and programs within the Municipality.

In this role, you will provide timely guidance to Council and under their direction ensure that all programs and services are carried out effectively. A strong leader and facilitator, you will support departmental managers and staff in achieving their performance objectives. You will liaise with various stakeholders, such as elected officials, other levels of government, the community, and employees on key projects affecting the Municipality. You will also ensure that all major policies and initiatives are communicated to the broader community.

As the ideal candidate, you have several years’ experience in government, business or the not-for-profit sector. You have appropriate academic and professional credentials and a solid track record building consensus and promoting cooperation among elected officials, senior staff, employees, citizens, neighbouring municipalities, and key stakeholders, such as boards, agencies and committees.

You are familiar with the issues and challenges facing rural municipalities and understand 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 integrity, personal values, communication, problem solving and leadership skills. A strong motivator, you are able to establish clear performance objectives and provide overall direction to staff to help them achieve their goals.

If this is you, please forward your resume and a thoughtful letter explaining how your background and experience meet the needs of the Municipality of the District of Shelburne. Applications can be emailed to Gerald Walsh Associates Inc. at, quoting project number 1686 in the subject line.

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