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Chief Administrative Officer

Town of Cochrane

The Town of Cochrane is located in the breathtaking Bow Valley corridor in southern Alberta, with a population of over 25,000 people and growing steadily every year. We are surrounded by world-famous ranch country and our western heritage is reflected in the community’s design and friendly people. The Town of Cochrane welcomes an innovative and skilled individual to lead our team of over 300 employees.

Position Summary:

The CAO is an integral advisor to Mayor and Council in supporting the development and implementation of strategic objectives and policies in the interest of a sustainable community. The CAO builds strong working relationships with stakeholders and provides mentorship and strategic guidance to the Deputy CAO and Senior Leadership Team by fostering a culture of municipal excellence throughout the organization. The CAO also collaborates with the RCMP for contracted policing services.

Job Type: Permanent Full-time
Hours: 35+ per week
Compensation Package: Commensurate with experience and qualifications

We Are Seeking:

Someone who can work collaboratively with Council in building our community and effectively represent the interests of the municipality. You should be practiced at advising the Mayor and Council on municipal matters and delivering on Council-established priorities. As the organization’s leader, you will mentor, coach, and guide the performance of a highly participative and cohesive team of managers to meet the needs of the community through public service excellence and a high degree of personal initiative. 

Your experience with long-term strategic planning and ability to identify opportunities and emerging trends in sustainable growth management will benefit the municipality’s development as a complete and desirable community. Through strong working relationships with our municipal and government partners, you will consistently seek opportunities to advance the strategic objectives.

Through extensive senior management experience (10+ years), you have developed strong financial and business acumen that enables you to work through complex decision-making, and you have a passion for developing that capability in others.  Your progressive municipal experience, combined with relevant post-secondary education, facilitates a strong understanding of municipal legislation, business planning, budget processes and project management.

You have a strong passion for leadership and can nurture the organization’s vision and values and comfortably communicate that vision with employees, residents and other stakeholders. You serve as a role model of these values, creating and encouraging a culture of trust and integrity throughout the organization.

Your cool head in a crisis exemplifies the principles of municipal emergency management and allows you to be an active leader to the Emergency Management Committee.

You share the corporate values of accountability, continuous learning and development, customer service, fun, healthy and safe working environment, innovation, open communication and participation. In return, we offer a competitive public sector compensation package and the opportunity to lead a talented workforce through fast-paced growth and infrastructure development.

Education and Experience:

Preferably you will hold a Graduate degree in a discipline related to public or business administration. Your post-secondary education will be complemented by your demonstrated progressive career growth and experience in senior management.

To Apply:

Additional information is available at or contact:

Tracey Radloff
Senior Manager, Human Resources & Communication Services directly:
Phone: 403-851-2538

Competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.  Upload your cover letter and resume by applying directly online; visit: or, email directly to:

All applicants must be legally entitled to live and work in Canada.

Chief Administrative Officer Cochrane Alberta

Expiry Date: 2017-05-30
Date Posted: 2017-03-29
Province: Alberta
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