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Director of Development, Engineering and Operations

Job Type: 
Management / Administration
Municipality of Crowsnest Pass
Job Description : 

Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer, the Director of Development, Engineering & Operations is a senior administration team member responsible for the strategic management of key Municipal functional areas including that of Transportation, Fleet, Utilities, Development and Trades and implementing the Capital Plan.


  • Develops and implements a process for preparation of annual departmental capital and operating budgets. Monitors, controls and authorizes spending within the limits of the approved budget and authority delegated by the CAO. Presents any expenditure in excess of budget or any new budget items, along with supporting documentation, for approval.
  • Leads all regularly scheduled meetings within the department to review development, engineering and operations; communicate expectations; advice on policy or procedure changes; and to share information of general interest to the team.
  • Recommends appropriate action or requests ratification for action taken to deal with matters requiring the CAO and Council approval.
  • Attends all meetings of Council related to Governance and Municipal Priorities, as well as other Committee meetings as appropriate, to provide information, advice and administrative support.
  • Recruits, develops and evaluates all departmental staff. Approves the appointment, demotion, transfer or dismissal of employees, as well as all compensation administration, within established personnel policy and budget guidelines.
  • Establishes and maintains an open and public system for contracting goods and services by the Municipality for the department. Ensures the system complies with all legislative requirements, by-laws and policies of Municipality. Reviews and recommends acceptance or rejection of properly submitted Requests for Proposals (RFP), tenders, quotations and proposals.
  • Responds to public enquiries, media requests for information or complaints with regard to department activities, following the approved Municipal policy and procedure.
  • Establishes and maintains positive relationships with Federal or Provincial government departments and neighboring municipalities with respect to matters of interest to the Municipality.
  • The Director, aside from being a strong administrator, will also have a strong labor relations background which will include experience with collective bargaining, managing grievances and related labor matters.

Key Performance Measures

  • Budget Process: measured by timeliness and completeness of budget presentations.
  • Budget Variance: measured in dollars and percentage over or under.
  • Planning Process: measured by timeliness and completeness of the plan.
  • Communications: measured by the timeliness and completeness of reports or information to the CAO, Staff and Council.
  • Operational Effectiveness: measured by service standards for each function in the department.


  • Integrity and Trust: Seen as a direct, truthful individual; widely trusted and adheres to a strong set of core values.
  • Leadership Skills: Demonstrated leadership and team building skills; doesn't hold back anything that needs to be said; lets people know where they stand; willing to hold others accountable for their actions and commitments.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Relates well to all kinds of people inside and outside the organization; uses diplomacy and tact to diffuse tense situations; makes people feel important and valued.
  • Action Oriented: Can be counted on to get things done; energetic, with a bias for action; makes good decisions in a timely manner.
  • Composure: Cool under pressure; can handle stress; is a settling influence in a crisis.
  • Planning & Organizing: Can marshal resources to get things done; uses resources effectively and efficiently; set clear expectations; designs practical processes and procedures.
  • Communications: Able to speak and write clearly; able to get the desired message across to a variety of audiences. Will have a good understanding of marketing and how to promote the Municipality.
  • Problem Solving: Uses rigorous logic and methods to investigate and solve problems; excellent at analysis; looks beyond the obvious; able to develop practical and innovative solutions.
  • Political Savvy: Can maneuver through complex political situations effectively and quietly; anticipates sensitive issues and plans an appropriate strategy.


The position requires the following minimum qualifications:

  • Post-Secondary education in Civil Engineering or Engineering Technology and related field of study.
  • Five years of local government experience in an Operational administrative capacity with broad based engineering and technical skills relating to the municipal field.
  • Competent working knowledge and proficiency with computer software programs including Microsoft Office and GIS systems.
Closing Date: 
February 2, 2020
Application Return: 

For more information please see the full job description at https://www.crowsnestpass.com/living-here/employment-opportunities-page/employment.

The competition is open from January 2 – February 2, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

Apply via email to:

Kristin Ivey, Manager of Corporate Services