Inspire our Future as our Chief Administrative Officer

Inspire our Future as our Chief Administrative Officer

Nestled along Lake Erie’s north shore in the heart of southwestern Ontario’s farm country, Elgin County has everything you need to live the life you’ve always dreamed about. Elgin is an oasis of rural peace and tranquility with all the amenities and conveniences of a larger urban centre without all the hassles. Elgin’s residents enjoy a competitive cost of living, have access to first class medical facilities and can choose from a wide selection of educational institutions.

Residents and visitors alike have easy access to the Elgin’s pristine natural environment. Carolinian Forest trails, sandy beaches, and public parks are a few steps away. The main streets of Elgin’s vibrant towns and villages are lined with a myriad of innovative businesses owned and operated by dedicated entrepreneurs. Fresh local produce grown in Elgin’s fertile soils is readily available at local markets. Beautiful homes and properties at affordable prices make Elgin an ideal place to call home.

Elgin’s commercial and industrial sector also continues to thrive. Small and medium-sized manufacturers continue to be at the progressive forefront of technological innovation. Recent developments include Amazon’s Fulfillment Warehouse, opening October 2023, the company will be hiring over 1,000 full-time employees. Volkswagen has announced they will be building the world’s largest electric-vehicle battery plant in the region, adding several more thousand jobs and spurring additional investments.

With a combined 2023 operating and capital budget of approximately $92.6 M and 500 permanent and part-time employees, Elgin County is committed to meeting the needs of our seven partner municipalities, our 52,000 residents and the business community by delivering efficient and effective services.

Inspire our Future as our Chief Administrative Officer
The ideal candidate will be an inspiring, principled, and collaborative leader with a proven track record of results and accomplishments in municipal government or related business environment. You have exceptional communication skills, political acumen, and the ability to foster partnerships with diverse stakeholders while engaging and inspiring our employees and ensuring customer service excellence.

Reporting to the Warden and Council, the Chief Administrative Officer is responsible for the strategic leadership and efficient delivery of all the County’s administrative and operational services. As the key advisor to Council, you have the vision to develop and implement operational plans and ensure the coordination of services which align with and support our strategic priorities. You will recommend innovative and fiscally sound policies, plans, and programs that benefit our member municipalities and County residents. You will work to promote growth and development in the County and ensure the effective utilization of resources while focusing on priorities established by Council.

Leading a talented team of employees, and working in a complex unionized environment, the ideal candidate will guide and inspire a dedicated workforce, fostering a workplace culture focused on service excellence, innovative thinking, and teamwork while positioning the Elgin County as an employer of choice.

The County offers a competitive total rewards package including generous benefits, a generous vacation schedule, and a work-life balance program.

How to Apply
To explore this opportunity, please apply via email with a covering letter and resume by September 26, 2023 or sooner to careers@waterhousesearch.net quoting project EL-CAO.

Should you wish to speak to our Executive Recruiter or to receive a detailed position description, please contact Amy Oliveira at 416-214-9299 x4, amy@waterhousesearch.net, or Jon Stungevicius at 416-214-9299 x1, jon@waterhousesearch.net.

All applications will be held in strict confidence. We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used for employment assessment purposes only.

Family Day Closure Notice
Graphic to indicate holiday closures at Elgin County Facilities. The Elgin County Administration Building, Provincial Offences Administration Building, and Elgin County Heritage Centre will be closed on Friday, December 23rd at noon. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2024.