A growing community of over 100,000 residents, the City of Brantford is located on the exceptional waters of the Grand River, a designated Canadian heritage river. Brantford is a single-tier municipality with a full range of services and a gross expenditure budget of $329 million in 2018. Our goals are economic vitality, environmental leadership, excellence in municipal management and a high quality of life for everyone in our community.

The Job

Reporting to City Council, the CAO is responsible for leading City administration and providing advice to Council in further implementing its strategic priorities. The position is required to deal with highly complex issues using a broad scope of knowledge and experience ideally obtained at a senior executive level in either the public or private sector. An in-depth understanding of a large organization of approximately 1300 employees; proven competence in strategic planning, finance, and community partnerships, together with advanced communication and negotiating capabilities are key functions of this role.

Your Responsibilities

The ideal candidate must be able to create and sustain an organizational climate that promotes quality customer service in the City’s five commissions. The role requires a strategic planner who is able to build positive relationships and earn the confidence of Council and staff as well as external stakeholders. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of collaboration with public and private agencies; the ability to see the big picture; and a strong knowledge of municipal sector services.

Qualifications

The candidate we seek will have 8 to 10 years senior management experience in a municipality or equivalent experience in a role that is similar in both size and scope in the private sector. The ideal candidate will possess a degree in Business/Public Administration (MBA , MPA or equivalent). We are looking for a combination of education and experience.

Brantford needs a CAO with the following proven leadership competencies:

  • Skill in communication with an ability to lead and motivate a diverse team by effectively using the skills of listening, informing and delegating.
  • An ability to set priorities and be adept at time management.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Politically savvy … you are not a politician, yet you work in a political environment … you will need to work well with a variety of stakeholders
  • An ability to work effectively with all areas of the organization.
  • We are seeking a person who is approachable, inspiring, and organized. Openness, integrity and trustworthiness will be essential attributes. The City offers a fair salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.