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Chief Administrative Officer

Town of Ajax


The Town of Ajax is part of Durham Region and is situated on the northern shore of Lake Ontario.   Once home to the largest munitions plant in the British Commonwealth during WWII, the Town is named after the ship HMS Ajax.

Today Ajax is an innovative and progressive municipal sector leader that provides a variety of services to over 120,000 residents.  We enjoy and strive to preserve a rich natural heritage, which includes preservation of the Greenbelt and protection of waterways such as Duffins and Carruthers Creeks. Ajax has an abundance of natural landscapes, including a 70-hectare publicly owned waterfront that connects over 150 km of multi-use trails.

The most diverse community in Durham, Ajax prides itself on its environment first philosophy, transparent and accountable governance, active transportation network and financial strength. As an organization, the Town has long history of stability, supported by strong and collaborative Council/staff relationships.

As our community matures, the Town is committed to the continued nurturing of an engaged, inclusive, accessible and safe community, with a focus on economic growth, creation of local jobs, redevelopment of the downtown and continued financial stability.             

The Role

Due to the upcoming retirement of the Town’s current Chief Administrative Officer in August, applications of qualified candidates are being accepted for this position.

The Town of Ajax offers exciting opportunities for the right municipal leader. A strategic thinker with a strong passion for community, skilled in government relations, who has a reputation for providing clear policy advice to Council and a strong collaborative leadership style. The role requires strong political acuity and the ability lead in a successful, multi-service organization.

The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) leads 7 Departments and a staff of 320 full time with another 550 part-time, plus seasonal, and supports the Mayor and 6 Councilors. The CAO oversees a net operating budget of over $55M and an annual Capital Budget of $49M.

Reporting to the Mayor and Council, the CAO is the most senior administrative leadership position in the Town of Ajax and provides high level representation to provincial government, media, community, and public organizations.  In addition the CAO provides leadership and direction to the long term strategic planning process to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of corporate services for the betterment of the community, has overall accountability to ensure and oversee the effective administration and the financial health of the corporation.

Other duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Provide objective advice/recommendations and decision support to the Mayor and Council in developing strategies, policies and services which address current and future needs of the Town of Ajax.
  • Ensure implementation of strategic initiatives that addresses challenges such as transitioning from Greenfield residential and commercial development to intensification; and economic development, concurrent with delivery of efficient and effective services.
  • Oversee and direct policy development on emerging municipal issues, trends and best practices, including effective management systems, maintaining professional networks and providing policy expertise.
  • Ensure business and financial planning, revenue generation, capital and operating budget and sound stewardship of fiscal, people and physical assets.
  • Continue to build good relationships with all levels of government.
  • Continue to review and implement strategies ensuring a community that is diverse, inclusive and welcoming.
Candidate Profile

Candidates for the role of CAO will have a University degree in business, finance, or an advanced degree in Public Administration.   A proven record of accomplishment as a strategic thinker and leader preferably in the broader public sector supervising multi-disciplinary teams with a customer service focus.  Thorough knowledge and understanding of provincial statutes, policies and procedures as they apply to municipal provincial government or in a complex unionized environment.

Candidates will have strong business acumen, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and passion for public service and will be political savvy with a proven ability to navigate political and emotionally sensitive situations.  In addition,   candidates will have a values-based leadership approach that is inclusive, positive, transparent, and reflects the high level of integrity, trustworthiness and ethical conduct required for success in the role.

The Town of Ajax is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to inclusive, barrier- free recruitment and selection processes and work environments. Please advise WMC of accommodations needed to ensure you have access to a fair and equitable process.  The Town of Ajax offers competitive compensation along with a benefits plan, pension plan and professional development.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact WMC directly. Any communication and information received will be treated confidentially. Please call us or send your resume to David Howes at WMC by email: or call us at 416-362-6863 x 230.  The deadline for applications is March 16, 2018.

Chief Administrative Officer Town of Ajax Ontario

Expiry Date: 2018-03-16
Date Posted: 2018-02-22
Province: Ontario
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