Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

Steeped in history, Lunenburg clearly has its eyes set on the future. A fully developed Comprehensive Community Plan is in place and ready for an experienced strategic executive to spearhead this journey of opportunity. The Town of Lunenburg (pop: ~2300) is in close proximity to Halifax and the international airport and boasts some of the most iconic scenery in North America. Suddenly the world has awoken post-pandemic to see the benefits of living and working in this UNESCO designated World Heritage community. We are poised for growth and excited by the limitless potential.

As Chief Administrative Officer, you will provide positive and creative leadership guided by your passion for good governance, sustainable service delivery, inclusive team building and genuine community engagement. You demonstrate exceptional communication and interpersonal skills while leading in a complex environment.

As the lead advisor to Mayor and Council, you will offer high level vision to develop and implement operational plans ensuring the coordination of services that are aligned to support strategic priorities. You will recommend policies, plans, and programs that are innovative, accountable, and fiscally sound. You will mitigate risk while not fearing positive change. You will work to enhance the growth and development of the Town of Lunenburg while ensuring the effective utilization of resources that reflect our Comprehensive Community Plan. You will seize challenges as opportunities, create and maintain a positive culture and champion the commitment, experience and expertise of our dedicated team.

Who You Are…

  • An emotionally intelligent leader who exemplifies the strategic vision and values of the Town of Lunenburg;
  • An assertive leader willing to have the necessary discussions to move the Town forward
  • A collaborative leader who supports the team that is in place, who delegates work to the person with the right expertise, and who trusts in the skills of those around them to get the job done;
  • A change leader capable of motivating people to embrace change by providing the what, why, when, how behind change
  • An exceptional communicator who engages at all levels, who is authentic, fair, and who possesses unimpeachable integrity;
  • An individual who balances confidence (when making decisions or working through challenging situations) with humility (when ensuring that the needs and brand of the agency take precedence over those of the individual);
  • Courageous leader who meets uncomfortable situations head-on and moves to constructively resolve the situation with thoughtful and appropriate communication;
  • Self-motivated individual who is apt to exceed stated expectations;
  • Superior interpersonal and diplomacy skills resulting in excellent navigation of internal and external relationships;
  • An agile leader with a capacity for global thinking;
  • Competency in critical and strategic-level thinking and action, balanced with a "roll up the sleeves" attitude;
  • Competency in both understanding policy and the practical application of such;
  • Innovative, self-motivated and inclined to go above and beyond;
  • Proven ability and receptiveness to receive feedback;
  • Proven ability to implement feedback and support change management; and

What You Possess…

  • Master's Level Degree in Business or Public Administration or a relevant field;
  • Minimum five years' Senior Management experience;
  • Municipally relevant experience will be seen as an asset;
  • Deep knowledge of Microsoft Office suite software (including Word, Excel and PowerPoint);
  • Knowledge of municipal specific software applications will be seen as an asset;
  • Strong organization, oral and written communication and presentation skills; and
  • Experience managing multiple complex, high-priority projects with competing deadlines, delivering on-time and on-budget;
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.

In addition to the benefits of living and working in the Town of Lunenburg, we offer…

A competitive salary commensurate with experience. The Town of Lunenburg also offers a comprehensive benefits package including defined contribution pension plan.

Please send a resume and cover letter in confidence to with CAO in the subject line.

While we thank you for your interest, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

Welcoming and Inclusion

The Town of Lunenburg is committed to the fundamental principles of equal employment opportunity. in accordance with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act and the Accessibility Act.

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