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CAO – The Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s

The Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s is a beautiful rural municipality located along the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. Incorporated in 1879, this region offers a wonderful quality of life and is a mecca for tourism and outdoor activities. The Municipality is now moving to the CAO model of governance and is seeking an experienced municipal leader to take on the challenging role of Chief Administrative Officer.

As CAO, you are responsible for managing all day-to-day activities of the Municipality in accordance with the Municipal Government Act. Working with a Council of seven members, you will be accountable for providing sound leadership in the development and implementation of 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 senior managers and staff in achieving their performance objectives. You will liaise with stakeholders and other municipal units and levels of government 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 municipal government, ideally within a CAO model of governance. You have appropriate academic credentials and a solid track record building consensus and promoting cooperation among elected officials, senior staff, employees, citizens, neighbouring municipalities, and key stakeholders.

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 behind you and possess well-developed personal qualities including 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 letter explaining clearly how your background and experience will meet the needs of the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s. Applications can be emailed to Gerald Walsh Associates Inc. at, quoting project number 1617 in the subject line.


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