Richardson Executive Search
Director, Financial & Strategic Services Edmonton, AB
Director, financial and strategic services
We have an excellent opportunity for a Director, Financial and Strategic Services to join a leading and competitive municipality. This is a fast-paced and challenging environment with lots of moving parts. The type of person we are looking to attract will be politically savvy, have a key strategic mind and be an “out-of-the-box thinker”.
Reporting into the CAO, the Director, Financial and Strategic Services will provide visionary, strategic leadership for the organization, and direct the operation’s long-term financial sustainability, and strategic direction of the municipality. This is a key member of the County’s Executive Team, and a trusted leader within the organization and community.
Sturgeon County is a growing municipality located north of the City of St. Albert. It serves more than 20,000 residents and is comprised of 2,100 sq. kms which include 35 townships, 185 kms of secondary roads and 1,776 kms of local roads. Sturgeon County is a vibrant municipality made up of farmland, world-class industrial development, and residential acreage developments.
Sturgeon County provides residents with a high standard of living, a wide range of services, including recreational programming, community events, protective and transportation services and utilities. It is the home of the Alberta Industrial Heartland which is one of the world’s most attractive locations for chemical, petrochemical, oil, and gas investments.
To learn more, visit their website at: https://www.sturgeoncounty.ca/
Duties include but are not limited to:
- Provide executive leadership to the County in the context of community vision, strategic direction, corporate priorities and governing legislation. Work with the leadership team (LT) to provide common direction and integrated service delivery based on County policy.
- As a member of the executive leadership team, lead the Sturgeon County organization toward achievement of its vision, mission, values and strategic directions. Manage the organizations performance and continuous improvement across departmental functions; act as a role model for the desired organizational culture.
- Serve as a key member of the executive leadership team as Chief Financial Officer and strategic business partner to the Sturgeon County organization.
- Assess and evaluate the financial performance of the organization towards short- and long-term operational goals and forecasts.
- Provide advice to County Commissioner (CAO) and Elected Officials in the establishment of strategic objectives, policies, and programs for the delivery of citizen focused services.
- Ensure effective, efficient and equitable management and stewardship of financial resources (capital and annual budgets), human resources and assets allocated to the Financial and Strategic Services Division.
- Fulfill the financial and other duties of a Treasurer, including planning the financial future of the County and ensuring County assets are protected and its short and long-term financial viability is not compromised.
- Oversee the functions of procurement and risk management in context of the fiscal sustainability and cost-effective services to citizens of Sturgeon County.
- Oversee the recruitment, employment, evaluation, and release of staff and contract personnel.
- Ensure optimal allocation and stewardship of financial resources (capital and annual operating budgets), human resources and assets allocated to the division.
- Foster positive and responsible working relationships with other government agencies, the private sector, community organizations and residents.
- Ensure divisional departments respond in an effective and timely manner to Council inquiries and complex or controversial community issues.
- Ensure quality of decisions, integrity of actions, timeliness and efficiency of work through effective management, presentations, meetings and working relationships with Council, County administration, the community and business leaders.
- Cultivate a shared understanding of corporate goals by fostering teamwork, employee empowerment and accountability, and encouraging continuous learning. Provide visionary leadership that is consultative and responsive, demonstrates open communication and practices fairness.
- Adhere to applicable responsibilities and accountabilities as outlined in the Sturgeon County Health and Safety Management System.
- Post-Secondary Degree and an accounting designation supplemented with extensive management and/or leadership training.
- 8+ years of administrative leadership experience at a senior level.
- Enrollment or completion of the National Advanced Certificate in Local Authority Administration Program is desired as well as a membership in the society of Local Government Management.
- Excellent knowledge of government programs, regulations and legislation.
- Experience with the management of a municipality, particularly in a rural context, is an asset.
Additional attributes include:
- Ability to understand and effectively navigate and / or problem solve high-profile, sensitive or controversial matters.
- Knowledge of the theory, principles, and techniques related to divisional work.
- Knowledge of federal, provincial and local laws, regulations, and other requirements related to development services.
- Knowledge of personnel management, training, performance evaluation , research, budgeting, and municipal business areas.
- Outstanding supervisory skills, and administrative abilities in leading, coordinating, directing, motivating, developing, and evaluating staff.
- Skills in working directly with elected officials in a political environment to resolve public and municipal issues.
- Corporate budget and business planning.
- Sound and independent judgement and stakeholder engagement.
- External partnership development and stakeholder engagement.
- Excellent skills and ability to provide strategic leadership, to guide/motivate in the development of strategies, principles, and appropriate processes.
- Individual values that align with corporate values.
- Effective negotiation and conflict management skills.
- A commitment to integrity, people development and approachable leadership.
- Ability to make effective decisions and provide direction on complex and emerging issues. which may have substantial political, community, inter-municipal or administrative implications in a professional and timely manner.
- Outstanding interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills to work with Council, staff, industry, community and business leaders, the public, and all orders of government.