Development Officer – Land Planning

Development Officer – Land Planning

Permanent Full time, Pay level 4 $59,856.00 – $75,336.00

The County of Annapolis is currently seeking a Development Officer – Land Planning to join our team! This is an opportunity to work amongst the breathtaking natural beauty of the Bay of Fundy shoreline and the lush Annapolis River, where you will be captivated by coastal communities, towns, villages, historic properties and stunning parks that are the pride of our county. Annapolis County is an ideal location to live, work and play.

Development Officer shall be responsible for assisting the Manager of Planning with reviewing and processing development permit applications, reviewing assigned subdivision applications, receiving and following up on public questions and concerns, conducting research and completing reports, reviewing zoning conformation letter requests,  carrying out field inspections with Land Use Bylaw compliance, assists with Planning Area Advisory Committee meetings, prepares information brochures, infographics, and other educational products, and responds to telephone calls, emails, letters, faxes, and other communications. This job description is a general outline of duties and responsibilities and is not meant to limit the employee’s initiative to expand or increase their work output subject to approval by their supervisor.


Candidates for this position must possess as a minimum, an undergraduate degree in land use planning, or related field.  Candidates must be eligible for membership in the Nova Scotia Municipal Development Officers Association.  A working knowledge of map reading and GIS software is considered an asset.

Ideally, the candidate must have a minimum of two (2) years experience working in a municipal or provincial planning setting where the focus has been on interpreting planning rules and regulations and provincial legislation, with preference given to those whose experience is directly or indirectly working with a municipal government organization, or a combination of formal experience and lived experiences.

Due to the nature of this position, the employee must have exceptional reading and report writing skills, as well as comfort and enjoyment with facilitating and presenting public presentations and information sessions to people of all education and interest levels, be adept dealing with difficult people and be able to discuss complex matters in simple terms tactfully and respectfully, be fluent with Microsoft Office, and comfortable working in a fast-paced work environment, often under public pressure. This position will occasionally require work outside of normal office hours including evenings.

To view the complete job description, visit:

Municipality of the County of Annapolis – Employment (

How to apply:

This employment competition will remain open until the position is filled

Camilo Lopera, Human Resources Coordinator
(902) 532-0890

Send your resume with cover letter to:

Municipality of the County of Annapolis
752 St. George St, PO Box 100
Annapolis Royal, NS  B0S 1A0

Applications will not be accepted via Social Media (Facebook)
The County of Annapolis thanks all those for applying but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Director of Operational Services

The Township of Muskoka Lakes is Recruiting: 
Director of Operational Services
Permanent Full Time – Internal & External

Muskoka Lakes

Anchored by the larger communities of Bala, Port Carling and Windermere, the municipality offers the sophistication of a popular tourism destination, plus the wholesomeness of country living. With an abundance of natural beauty, Muskoka Lakes is a great place to live, work and play. The Township provides opportunity to learn, grow and build your career.


This position is well suited to a Professional Engineer who enjoys a varied portfolio and the opportunity to participate in the community at the municipal level. With an engaged team, new technology and several new master plans, this role will provide Council with critical information for decision making for the future.


  • Plan and direct a comprehensive asset management program to ensure the efficient and effective operation and maintenance of Township’s infrastructure according to planned targets, budgets, procedures and priorities and in accordance with applicable
  • Provide technical advice on capital project planning and design. Ensure projects are designed in accordance with Township Standards and accepted engineering and provincial standards. Review and approve plans specifications and drawings prepared by external
  • Identify best practices in the engineering, operations and/or maintenance of municipal
  • Prepare annual operating and capital budgets including forecasts and estimates; identify and recommend potential funding sources.
  • Develop, recommend, and review applicable policies, procedures, standards, plans and programs for the efficient and effective delivery of services to the residents of the
  • Monitor operating performance against approved plans procedures,
  • Responsible for the day-to-day coaching and performance of the Operational Services Leadership team and support the broader portfolio as it relates to human resources
  • Support managers to prepare and administer the public tender process for operating and capital projects and oversee the delivery in accordance with the approved annual plan.
  • Prepare and review recommendations, reports and presentations for management and Council. Attend Council, Committee, ratepayer, special interest groups and other meetings as required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience

  • University Degree in Civil Engineering or equivalent combination of education and
  • Licensed to practice professional engineering by Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO).
  • Minimum ten (10) years of experience in municipal infrastructure design construction and
  • Minimum five (5) years of experience in municipal operations at a senior management
  • Thorough understanding of municipal and provincial road system standards, with a strong knowledge of the relevant acts and legislative frameworks.
  • Strong technological ability and
  • Excellent communication skills, report writing and presentation
  • Perform duties with tact and diplomacy in a political and client-based

What we Offer

The salary range for the position is $135,000 – $159,000 and includes fully paid group benefits and participation in the OMERS pension.

Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume and cover letter ASAP, the job will remain open until filled

If you require disability-related accommodation to participate in the recruitment process, please advise the Human Resources department as soon as possible. Accommodation may be provided in all steps of the hiring process. We thank all applicants for their interest and advise that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Information collected will be used in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for the purpose of candidate selection.

Chief Administrative Officer – EXTENDED

Smoky Lake County
Chief Administrative Officer Position

Located just over an hour northeast of Edmonton in Alberta’s Lakeland, our progressive County with a population of almost 2500 residents, four Hamlets and 15 multi-lot country subdivisions, features great opportunities for development, tourism, recreation, agriculture, culturalism and affordable country living. Our economic drivers include agriculture, tourism and the oil and gas industry. Our Main Office and Public Works Shop are situated within the Town of Smoky Lake, Alberta. The total budget for the County is approximately $24 million.


Smoky Lake County Council is seeking a Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) who will embrace and lead the County’s dedicated and talented team. This role will appeal to individuals with a proven track record of leadership, financial acumen, political savvy, and the ability to work collaboratively with Council, staff, citizens, government, and other community partners. The CAO reports to Council and is responsible for the overall administration of municipal operations, working together to support the development and implementation of strategic objectives and policies in accordance with legislation.

Key areas of focus for this role will be continuing to build a trusting and collaborative culture of excellence within the organization, innovation and continuous improvement, strong financial leadership and continuing to build relationships with government, businesses and other stakeholders to attract business and industry to the municipality.


The County employs up to 94 employees on a full-time, part-time, and seasonal basis, with some employees being under one of two Union contracts: Operating Engineers Local 955 and Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 4575 who report to the CAO and Assistant CAO through the Finance Manager, Public Works Manager, Public Works Foreman, Public Works Shop Foreman, Peace Officer, Natural Gas Manager, Environment and Parks Manager, Agricultural Fieldman, Planning and Development Manager, Loss Prevention Coordinator, Fire Chief, GIS Operator, and Communications Officer.


The CAO will support the Municipality, its Council, Staff and Ratepayers in realizing the County’s full potential by providing leadership in the following areas:

  • Acts as counsel to the elected Council and appointed Reeve on a wide range of municipal matters and supports the implementation of Council-related priorities within the municipal framework.
  • Establishes strategic direction based on Council priorities and continual assessment of the environment and emerging trends, issues and opportunities that may impact the municipality.
  • Provides leadership to ensure that all County policies and programs of the municipality are efficiently coordinated, implemented, and delivered in a responsive way consistent with Council-identified priorities.
  • Provides mentorship and strategic support to the Managers’ team to ensure the planned implementation of the County Strategic Plan.
  • Ensures an effective governance framework which provides appropriate direction and parameters for operational systems, practices and procedures ensuring compliance with legislation, regulations, corporate policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Actively participates and provides counsel as a key member to the Managers’ team entrusted with confidential information provided at all leadership, Council, and public meetings/forums.
  • Builds strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders to foster healthy relationships to advance the County objectives of municipal excellence and sustainable intergovernmental relations.
  • Attends and participates in local events and functions in the interest of corporate and community relations.
  • Responsible for the annual operating and capital budget preparation process. Defines appropriate long-term financial objectives and sets annual goals consistent with the business strategy.
  • Effectively communicates and demonstrates the vision and values to all employees. Serves as a role model of these values, creates and builds a culture of trust and integrity throughout the organization, and demonstrates a positive attitude.


The ideal candidate is a proven leader, with relevant post-secondary education and senior management experience in the public sector in a rural setting. A minimum of five (5) years in a senior municipal government position or equivalent experience is preferred. Candidates who bring strong leadership together with demonstrated business and financial acumen from working with other complex organizations will also be considered. A Certified Local Government Manager (CLGM) designation is likewise desirable, however, other combinations of experience and credentials will also be considered.

The successful candidate will have highly developed interpersonal, communication, and public relations skills, have demonstrated success in leading progressive administrative teams in a union environment, and building strong relationships with stakeholders. Success in economic development will also be an asset.


  • Leadership Skills – Demonstrates authentic leadership style giving guidance and support, a mentor and positive role model. Fosters a safe culture of empowerment and trust. Leads by example with an engaging style. Has a consistent approach to working respectfully with others. Works well at all levels and adapts to “changing hats” from working with council to internal staff to the community.
  • Management Skills – Proven record of being able to inspire, direct and evaluate people and activities of a complex organization. Excellent conflict resolution skills. Sets objectives which are specific and clearly communicated, measurable, realistically achievable, and time-targeted. Seeks out, appreciates, and acknowledges input from others. Functional computer literacy and Microsoft Office skills.
  • Visionary – Understands and interprets social, economic, and political trends, as well as issues facing municipalities. Innovative, open-minded and willing to explore new ideas and approaches.
  • Human Resource Management – Supportive leader who demonstrates empathy and emotional intelligence with the ability to bring diverse individuals, departments, and program initiatives together. Consensus builder with excellent conflict resolution skills. Ability to balance directing staff and trusting their judgement and actions.
  • Financial Management, Corporate and Strategic Planning – Leads with a strong sense of service, urgency and accountability in all financial planning, budgeting, and management reporting. A proven ability to work in challenging fiscal environments. Relationship builder with strong “business and financial acumen” and asset management to assist in economic development and other initiatives.
  • Strong Communication and Interpersonal Skills – Builds trust through clear, concise, and positive communication. Works collaboratively with others and is sensitive to the diverse needs of staff, council, boards, commissions and the community. Possesses an honest, open, and consistent approach to working with people. Highly ethical, honest, forthright, and transparent.
  • Politically Astute – Ensures a high level of confidentiality and decorum at all times. Possesses an intuitive ability to read the political implications of recommendations and actions. Demonstrates a senior executive personal style with a professional presence.
  • Customer Service – Confidence in ensuring customer needs are identified and addressed; ensuring appropriate consultation with all stakeholders and delivering timely, cost-effective and quality service. Simplifies often complex and lengthy matters and runs an administration that is service-oriented.


The position of CAO for Smoky Lake County will be very rewarding, yet demanding in nature, with high cognitive and psycho-social demands, extended work hours and travel off-site as required. A genuine passion and commitment to Smoky Lake County is essential, with a willingness to be embedded and visible in the community. It is preferred that the successful candidate reside within the County.


A competitive compensation package will be provided including an attractive base salary and excellent benefits. Further details will be discussed in a personal interview.


Please submit a Cover Letter, Resume and References in PDF format to the attention of the CAO Recruitment Committee. This position will remain open until January 12, 2024, or until filled. 

Mail: Box 310, 4612 McDougall Drive, Smoky Lake, Alberta, T0A 3C0

Smoky Lake County thanks all applicants in advance for their interests; however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. This competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.