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General Manager, Infrastructure & Planning

Job Type: 
Management / Administration
Town of Edson
Competition Number: 
Job Description : 

Wanted: Cultural Champion

…in the role of General Manager, Infrastructure & Planning

Certain blood types are incompatible with others. Before performing a transfusion, doctors must ensure that both donor and patient are a match. If not, the results could be disastrous. 

What’s our point?

Workplace culture functions much in the same way. If your professional values and disposition don’t match our cultural imperatives and we hire you anyway, we would be setting both you and our organization up for disappointment. Your skills, abilities, education and experience – as important as those things are – won’t make you successful here if our work cultures don’t match. 

What’s OUR culture type?

Our culture is driven by our unrelenting, Unapologetic, unmitigated commitment to the ratepayers of Edson. We want to make a difference with the provision of excellent service and first-rate public stewardship.

This passion has not led us to be your run-of-the-mill public bureaucracy. On the contrary, it has given us an entrepreneurial spirit and an environment that increasingly fosters:

  • Open dialogue,
  • Evidence-based decision-making,
  • Team thinking,
  • A marathon mentality, AND
  • A healthy risk-tolerance

Have we ‘arrived’ at our cultural destination yet? Nope, but we’re getting there, and we’re on the same page. This is what we want; and this is why we need a cultural champion.

What’s YOUR culture type?

If you are to be successful with the Town of Edson, you must be comfortable with discomfort, with asking and answering challenging questions, with rethinking processes, procedures, and even your own point of view, each and every week. You must have a healthy distrust for easy answers, a keen eye for team wins and a consistent bias for action.

If this doesn’t describe you, no problem! Just don’t apply! There are no “right or wrong” work cultures, only matches and mismatches. There is no shame in not having a matching blood type with a potential donor and none in not being a cultural fit for the Town of Edson. We wish you all the best.

If this does describe you – and if you have that requisite combination of education and experience that we seek – we’d like to hear from you. We’d like to hear what you bring to the table and how you can help us achieve our objective of providing the residents of Edson the level of service excellence that they deserve.

Now without further ado…

The Job

Salary Range: $130,000-150,000/annum

We seek a competent, effective and unique leader to guide our team of highly qualified professionals in facing the considerable challenges that lay ahead.

In addition to the cultural advocacy that we require (did we mention that yet?) our ideal candidate has significant experience in a complex setting and commensurate knowledge in municipal planning, infrastructure, capital projects or, ideally, all three. S/he doesn’t need to be a subject matter expert in any one these areas, but will have enough comprehension to effectively manage those who do.

S/he may come from a variety of different backgrounds and hold a P.Eng, RPP and/or a PMP, and will likely hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree.

We’re not asking for much, just a highly skilled, self-motivated, broadly experienced, evenly-tempered, intellectually astute, technically gifted, detail-oriented big-picture thinker and take-charge collaborator with excellent people skills, unparalleled leadership qualities and a strong political acumen.

As a member of the Town’s Executive Leadership Team, the General Manager of Infrastructure and Planning provides visionary, strategic leadership for the organization and the department. The General Manager is responsible and accountable for the provision of planning and development, capital project management, infrastructure and operations management, land development, and intergovernmental relations. The General Manager supports and provides strategic advice to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and Town Council and acts as a primary liaison for a number of regional stakeholders.

Primary Responsibilities and Authority

General Accountabilities

  • Provide advice to the CAO and Elected Officials in the establishment of strategic objectives, policies and programs for the delivery of municipal services.
  • Analyze, review options, assess risks, provide advice, make recommendations for the delivery of engineering, operations, and planning programs.
  • Provide technical assistance in all operational and capital projects, and advise on infrastructure, and planning and development issues as they arise.
  • Work in collaboration with other Departments to capture all infrastructure assets and provide life cycle cost analysis, condition assessments and asset risk management for the Asset Management Plan.
  • Work with other Town Departments to lead and oversee the land holdings of the Town including purchasing and disposal.
  • Implement departmental work programs and policies as approved by Council.
  • Prepare or assist with the preparation of procurement documents, the selection of contractors, and the development and management of contracts.
  • Liaise with external government agencies regarding relevant regulations, policies, and funding.
  • Work in collaboration with other departments as required, ensuring needs are met and policies adhered to, and developing a coordinated approach to cooperative functions.
  • Understand and comply with all relevant legal, regulatory, and policy parameters affecting the department.
  • Perform additional related duties as assigned by the CAO. • Manage personal professional development budget within established parameters.
  • Serve in an assigned capacity in the Emergency Operations Centre during a disaster response.
  • Serve as Acting CAO as assigned

Human Resources, Team Management, and Leadership

  • Provide outstanding leadership by modeling the way, inspiring a shared vision, challenging the process, encouraging heart and enabling others to act.
  • Create a team environment which inspires hard work, dedication, collaboration, and excellence. • Cultivate a working environment which embodies integrity, trust, and respect.
  • Train, mentor, and support staff to ensure their success and professional growth, while delegating sufficient authority to enable independent and creative completion of assignments.
  • Work with staff to recognize and support a balanced lifestyle.
  • Manage challenging personal and interpersonal dynamics sensitively and respectfully; respond appropriately to reports of disrespectful conduct.
  • In collaboration with Human Resources, manage the hiring, terms of employment, evaluation, discipline, and termination of employees.
  • Provide recommendations to the CAO regarding the organizational structure and staffing of the Department.

Financial and Budgetary

  • Prepare annual departmental operating and capital budgets.
  • Ensure that all procurement is completed in accordance with the approved budget, the Purchasing Policy, and other legal or policy requirements.
  • Ensure fiscal responsibility and efficient revenue generation; pursue alternative funding sources (e.g. grants) wherever possible.
  • Authorize purchases and accounts within assigned limits.

Health and Safety

  • Comply with all Town policies, work procedures, rules, safety instructions and relevant directives in the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Act, Regulation, and Code.
  • Promote health and safety initiatives within the department.
  • Participate in workplace safety initiatives, including inspections and audits.
  • Report all incidents, including near misses, to appropriate personnel.

Policy Development/Administration

  • Develop and implement a long-range departmental planning framework by means of 3-year operational plans, 5-year capital plans, and Council-approved master plans.
  • Establish and maintain effective policies/procedures for planning, operations and engineering functions.
  • Review, evaluate, research, and introduce new service levels/programs; remain abreast of legislative or other changes affecting the department, as well as industry best practices.
  • Prepare reports for the CAO, Council, or other stakeholders regarding the department.
  • Aid in the development of the Town’s Strategic Plan.
  • Respect organizational and staff confidentiality.

Public Relations

  • Foster positive and responsible working relationships with other government agencies, the private sector, community organizations and residents.
  • Identify and develop strategies and tangible engagement plans for building and enhancing effective relationships with stakeholders and public communication.


Skills and Characteristics

  • Refined leadership and motivational abilities.
  • Creativity and innovativeness; ability to continually improve services and processes in the face of new circumstances, evolving priorities, and resource constraints.
  • Advanced organizational skills; ability to handle a variety of complex projects/tasks with competing priorities and strict deadlines.
  • Highly developed interpersonal, verbal, writing, and presentation skills.
  • Knowledge of municipal infrastructure management, maintenance, planning, and operation.
  • Knowledge of Autocad, GIS, and MIMS software and applications.
  • Skills in financial planning, business analysis, and project management.
  • Strong working knowledge of the MS Office suite.
  • Ability to work flexible hours as required.

Education, Experience, and Credentials
Generally, the following minimum credentials are expected:

  • Eight to ten years of professional leadership experience at a senior level.
  • A Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) designation with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) is preferred. Accreditation as Certified Engineering Technologist (CET) with the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) may also be considered. Certification as a Projects Manager Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute is preferred. Master’s Degree in Urban Planning may also be considered.
  • Significant knowledge and experience in municipal operations, systems thinking, strategic planning, organizational processes and systems, government relations, policy analysis, facilitation and project management.
  • Must have demonstrated skills in long term planning, visioning and budgeting.

Alternative combinations of education and experience which demonstrably provide the required knowledge and skills may be eligible in certain circumstances.

Closing Date: 
December 31, 2021
Application Return: 

Is this you?

Send us a resume and a cover letter that clearly answers the following questions (in one page or less – because you’re gifted like that):

  • Why public service?
  • Why this job?
  • How would you establish credibility in your first sixty days on the job?

If we consider your application, you’ll need to be prepared for a rigorous process that includes at least two interviews, a tour of our facilities, a thorough background check and a challenging homework assignment.

For now, send your cover letter and resume to:

Email:  humanresources@edson.ca 
Visit our website at:  www.edson.ca/jobs  

Be sure to quote Competition Number: EDSOM-202002

This competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is located.

Please note, due to COVID 19 we are on a 0.9 work and pay schedule for the duration of 2020.