Executive Leadership

Director, Community Growth and Infrastructure


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Director, Community Growth and Infrastructure Chestermere, Alberta


We have an excellent opportunity for a Director, Community Growth and Infrastructure to join the City of Chestermere, AB. This is a progressive municipality that is growing and transforming rapidly and prides itself on innovation and continual improvement. Reporting to the Mayor, the Director, Community Growth and Infrastructure will be responsible for providing vision, advice and strategic leadership to the Community Growth and Infrastructure (CGI) Team. This team includes infrastructure project and procurement management, engineering, geographic information systems (GIS), and planning and development services. This role is integral in building relationships with internal and external community stakeholders. The type of individual we are looking to attract will be highly professional, results-oriented, collaborative, change champion, and culture builder.


The City of Chestermere is located east of Calgary in the province of Alberta, within Rocky View County. With a population of approximately 20,732, and its large park and entertainment zone which includes a golf club, a large recreation center, and facilities for boating, Chestermere provides an inviting lifestyle in a beautiful setting that has made the City of Chestermere a welcoming and growing place in which to live, work and play.

For more information visit their website at:  www.chestermere.ca.


Community Growth:

  • Responsible for developing the departmental leaders to design and recommend strategies for short and long-term municipal development plans while creating efficiencies across the various divisions.
  • Attends meetings of Council and committees, as required, and is entrusted with confidential information in the provision of technical, operational, and governance advice in the development and continuous improvement of municipal initiatives, Council priorities, and objectives.
  • Maintains positive relationships with organizations and individuals representing builders and developers, including BILD Calgary and regional municipalities and other stakeholders.
  • Supports the ongoing development of the Asset Management Program in support of levels of service informing capital planning and infrastructure maintenance.
  • Ensures utility contracts are administered effectively and provide for fiscally responsible delivery of water and sewer services.
  • Maintains a supportive Project Management Office to assist all organizational staff in delivering projects on time, on budget and with intended scope of work completed that comply with related procurement practices.


  • Responsible for corporate leadership in developing corporate strategy. Expected to maintain strong collaboration and communication with the CAO, Council and other senior leaders in the organization, to ensure coordinated delivery of services.
  • Modelling the desired values, behaviors, confidentiality, and professional consideration that contributes to a safe, ethical work environment and healthy team functioning, often in the role of a champion of change.
  • Provides guidance, mentorship and coaching to team members ensuring that staff are given appropriate latitude for creativity within the bounds of accountability and regulatory compliance.
  • Develops the annual City budget by developing priority-based budgets both within the assigned functional area, and by providing strategic analyses and budget recommendations for delivery of the corporate budget and presentation to Council.
  • Appropriate and responsible use of confidential information; maintains confidentiality and security of all information related to the City.
  • Demonstrates City values: A-C-T-I-V-E (Accountable, Connected, Transparent, Inclusive, Viable, Ethical).
  • Ensures a safe and healthy work environment for staff, visitors, the community and stakeholders, e.g., participates in workplace safety initiatives, participate in formal and informal worksite safety and environment inspections and audits, ensures compliance with the City’s Health and Safety Management System, reports and assists in the analysis of near misses or incidents.
  • Participates as a member of the Chestermere Emergency Response team in preparing and enabling the community to respond in the event of a local or regional disaster.


  • University Degree in Community Planning (City, Urban or Regional/Rural Planning), Engineering, Architecture, Urban Design, and/or Project Management with an equivalent combination of education and experience in a related field. Masters would be an asset.
  • Experience managing civil infrastructure projects and procurement processes that facilitate public and stakeholder engagement.
  • Experience and education in progressively expanding leadership roles and implementing best practices for developing others.
  • Full membership (or eligibility for full membership) in the Canadian Institute of Planners or APEGA.
  • Valid Class 5 Alberta Driver’s Licence and Drive’s Abstract deemed satisfactory by the City.
  • Criminal Record Check deemed satisfactory by the City.


  • Advanced strategic, analytical, and critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to solve problems, make decisions in ambiguity and negotiate solutions.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of governance issues and local and regional economic trends.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to anticipate and intercept obstacles to positive and effective working relationships with Council, staff, the public and other stakeholders.
  • Proven leadership and coaching ability to guide staff through continuous improvements in growing and evolving environment. Skilled advocate at balancing the needs of staff with the needs of the City.
  • Excellent business acumen, including proven budget management skills, grant and contract management skills and the ability to make effective decisions that are well-informed and that reflect the input gathered from stakeholders.
  • Extensive and expanding knowledge of the Municipal Government Act, Alberta Land Stewardship Act, the Safety Codes Act, Land Use Bylaws, Engineering standards and other relevant municipal plans, provincial policies and federal regulations.
  • Strong work ethic and highly motivated; ability to work in a fast-paced environment and respond to action requests and competing deadlines in a timely matter.
  • Proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).


SANDY JACOBSON | T: 780.944.1327 | E: sandy.jacobson@richardsonsearch.ca | www.richardsonsearch.ca

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