Executive Leadership

Assistant CAO


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Assistant CAO Sexsmith, AB


We have a fantastic opportunity for an Assistant Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) to join a town in Northern Alberta that supports a population of just over 2600 people that has retained its small-town charm while continuing to grow and prosper. The Assistant CAO is responsible for assisting the CAO with the overall general management and administrative leadership of Town operations. Working with the CAO, the successful candidate will oversee the execution of capital projects, mainly focused on economic development and municipal planning and development initiatives. They will also build strong regional relationships with all of the communities within the County.


The Assistant CAO is a respected member of an effective working team, dedicated to maintaining and improving the community and as such, serves the public with courtesy and respect. As an employee, this person shall establish and maintain a good working relationship with management and staff in all departments, Town Council, and the public. Sound judgment and discretion are key qualities the successful candidate will need to have.



You can find the Town of Sexsmith just 10 minutes north of the City of Grand Prairie, surrounded by farmland and small communities. Part of Peace River Country, the town is known for being one of the most fertile growing areas in the province and builds its community engagement by hosting many events including the Farmers Market, Town Light Up, Chautauqua Day, health and wellness activities, block parties, and art contests. If you are looking somewhere for your family to thrive, Sexsmith is the community for you.


To learn more, visit their website at: https://www.sexsmith.ca/




  • Act in place of the CAO when needed.
  • Prepare agenda background and research as assigned by the CAO.
  • Review bylaws, make recommendations and present to Council.
  • Share in training opportunities and assist the CAO as needed.


Planning and Development

  • Act as the Development Officer for the Town, reviewing and authorizing, Development Permit Applications, Subdivision Applications, Land Use Bylaw changes, Compliance Certificates, and Rezoning Applications.
  • Process Subdivision, Road Closure, Encroachment, and similar applications.
  • Receive, review and analyze development-related submissions received by the Town and develops recommendations.
  • Frequent public/external contact requiring extensive knowledge and discretion to explain statutory plans and policies and manage multiple stakeholders.
  • Ensure compliance with and enforcement of the provisions of the Towns Land Use Bylaw, Municipal Government Act, Town Bylaws, and Policies as they apply to the full range of municipal planning services.
  • Make decisions on development-related submissions and present the submissions with the recommendations to the appropriate authority.
  • Conduct site inspections as required.
  • Attend and present at Council meetings, Subdivision Authority meetings, Subdivision and Development Appeal Board meetings, and any other meetings as assigned by the CAO.
  • Keep current with knowledge and application of legislation such as the Municipal Government Act and Planning and Development Regulation.
  • Assist in maintaining the GIS system in collaboration with the County of Grande Prairie GIS Department and other Town staff.
  • Provide information for general inquiries and assistance to applications for development and zoning submissions.


Economic Development

  • Facilitate the development and implementation of Economic Development Plans, programs, strategies, and initiatives to retain, attract and maximize new business and opportunities to the community and region, in concert with other municipal strategies and policies.
  • Compile and update relevant economic data as required, whether it is from Statistics Canada, Province of Alberta or economic development partners and develop a Community Profile for distribution to potential investors and researchers.
  • Undertake analysis and evaluation of economic and business development opportunities and identify strategies to develop these opportunities.
  • Secure funding for economic development activities and programs.
  • Identify the need for and develop a variety of promotional and marketing tools and community building events to attract new businesses and new residents.
  • Maintain an awareness of regional, provincial, and federal economic planning programs and activities.
  • Develop and maintain active contact with other business and economic development organizations, and government agencies to stay abreast of current programs and services and ensure that the Towns interests are served.
  • Attend and facilitate community meetings, often with Council members, to provide information and updates to the public-at-large.
  • Prepare a quarterly progress report to be presented at a scheduled economic development summit open to local businesses and the general public.
  • Build and develop relationships with various public and private sector representatives to grow the local economy and support economic goals.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Experience in Land Use Planning, Economic Development, and/or Urban Development.
  • A College Diploma or University Degree in Public Administration, Land Use Planning, Economic Development or a related field.
  • A Certificate in Local Government Administration (CLGM) or a professional designation in a related discipline is desirable.
  • At least 5+ years of related senior management experience, preferably in a Local Government setting.
  • Successful experience in a senior management capacity.
  • Experience in overseeing or project management of capital works and infrastructure improvement programs.
  • Successful department head experience in at least one of the key municipal service functions.
  • Experience in a multi-dimensional service organization with proven ability to provide leadership, adapt and integrate complex planning and policy initiatives.
  • A positive record of working effectively with elected officials, volunteer boards and committees, public participation processes, policy, and service delivery.
  • Application of common office computer programs.



Sandy Jacobson | T: 780.944.1327 | E: sandy.jacobson@richardsonsearch.ca | www.richardsonsearch.ca

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