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Chief Administrative Officer, Cowichan Valley Regional District

Chief Administrative Officer, Cowichan Valley Regional District

Are you interested in one of the best CAO positions in Canada? The Cowichan Valley Regional District is seeking a new Chief Administrative Officer to lead a great organization into the future. A strong and thoughtful Board, fantastic staff, and one of the most beautiful locations in the world makes this role appealing for anyone.
Majestic mountains, the rugged West Coast Trail, serene lakes and one of the world’s tallest freestanding timber rail trestles all lie within the picturesque Cowichan Valley Regional District. Located on southern Vancouver Island, the CVRD provides a wide range of local government services to a population of just over 80,000 who reside within 9 electoral areas and the municipalities of Duncan, Ladysmith, Lake Cowichan and North Cowichan.
The Cowichan Valley Regional District sits on the traditional, unceded territories of several distinct First Nations. In the spirit of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action, the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act in BC (DRIPA), the CAO will guide focused consultations with the ten First Nations communities with reserve land that are within the CVRD’s electoral areas. These include: Cowichan Tribes, Ditidaht First Nation, Halalt First Nation, Lyackson First Nation, Malahat Nation, Penelakut Tribe, Stz’uminus First Nation,
Ts’uubaa-asatx First Nation, Pauquachin First Nation, and Pacheedaht First Nation.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the CAO is the senior appointed official of the CVRD, providing organizational leadership to staff. The CAO is responsible for service delivery administration and coordination to residents and businesses, in a manner that will ensure the effective utilization of the human, financial, and physical resources of the Regional District.
The successful candidate will have the ability to lead dynamic cultural change in a large organization. The CAO will have top-level skills in interpersonal communication, problem solving, conflict resolution, organizational analysis, research, presentation, and client service. In addition, the CAO will possess the following:


  • Professional designation or degree in public administration, accounting, commerce, engineering, or law from a senior educational institution.


  • Ten (10) years of progressive, significant and relevant experience including; administration, legislation, finance, infrastructure, planning, First Nations relations, and economic development.


  • Thorough knowledge of regional district governance framework, Community Charter and Local Government Act and associated legislation.
  • Knowledge of supervisory and management techniques.
  • Knowledge of the Local Government Act, Community Charter and other related statutes pertaining to Regional Districts.
  • Knowledge of senior-level administrative practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of regional district planning processes.
  • Knowledge of parliamentary practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of progressive First Nations relationship building skills

The Returns: The CAO role offers a very competitive salary range and a comprehensive benefits package. A Supplementary Information Package can be obtained by request from the Consultants as listed below.
The Next Step: If you are ready to take on this challenging and rewarding leadership role, forward your resume and cover letter to Flo Pugh or Kevin Ramsay at:

Superintendent, Field Operations – Metro Vancouver

Superintendent, Field Operations – Metro Vancouver

The Water Services Department of Metro Vancouver is seeking a Superintendent, Field Operations to ensure the safe, efficient and effective transmission of water to its customers.
Reporting to the Division Manager, Transmission Operations, you will lead a team of over 40 field operations staff including 3 exempt Supervisors. You will manage the operations and operational maintenance of Metro Vancouver’s water transmission infrastructure including large diameter water mains, pump stations, storage reservoirs and dams. You will work collaboratively with the Division Manager and staff in other divisions and departments to determine overall priorities and establish work plans; and contribute to the preparation of long range strategic and financial plans of the division and department.

Metro Vancouver provides clean, safe drinking water through its member jurisdictions for 2.7 million residents in the Lower Mainland. This includes acquiring and maintaining supply, as well as treating, testing and delivering water to the members.
We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and being representative of the region we serve. We invite all qualified candidates to apply including Indigenous People, visible minorities, immigrants, LGBTQ2S+, all genders and persons with disabilities.


  • Excellent people management skills with the ability to inspire and empower others, including solid negotiation, influencing, change management, and labour relations skills.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to build and maintain good working relationships, and achieve buy-in and ownership to quality standards/ initiatives with all departments and levels.
  • Sound judgement and analytical thinking that enables decision making, ability to manage initiatives, projects and prioritize and manage timelines.
  • Ability to resolve conflict with a professional manner and calm demeanor, and to deal effectively with the public, staff and internal/external stakeholders.
  • A depth of operational experience in water distribution/transmission from a municipal or industrial environment.


  • A competitive salary and outstanding benefits package (including paid vacation time)
  • Ongoing access to personal, technical, and career development opportunities.

If you are ready to take on this challenging and rewarding leadership role, forward your resume and cover letter to Tall Cedars Search & Recruitment. A Supplementary Information Package can be obtained from the Consultant, which includes a complete job description, benefits plan, and details of the compensation.
Flo Pugh, Tall Cedars Search & Recruitment:;

Chief Administrative Officer, District of Fort St. James

Chief Administrative Officer, District of Fort St. James

The District of Fort St. James is a historic and resourceful community of approximately 1400, serving a local area of approximately 4500 people. The unceded territory of Nak’azdli Whut’en is home to Fort St. James, offering opportunities for the optimal life-work balance! The District is a place for wilderness and cultural experiences, in a superb setting of lakes, and mountains.

The District is seeking a Chief Administrative Officer to handle the overall management of the District’s daily operations. You can provide professional advice and direction to Mayor and Council, and will play an active role in ensuring that the District’s dedicated staff achieve their goals. You will help build and continue strong relationships with other local and Indigenous governments, the not-for-profit sector, and the business community. You are someone who will appreciate life in a small community and serving as an ambassador of our area.


  • A friendly and approachable disposition, an excellent sense of humor, and empathy.
  • The ability to employ the rules of common sense, and outstanding people skills.
  • Balanced technical and interpersonal skills, and the capacity to be a “quick study” on local issues and BC legislation.
  • Post-secondary education related to public administration, business, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • A proven track record of success at the managerial level.

Candidates who have land use planning, project management, asset management, public works or accounting backgrounds/certification will be considered candidates with “added value” skillsets for current municipal priorities.


  1. Affordable housing
  2. The best of lakeside life
  3. Access to wilderness and outdoor recreation
  4. Zero chance that you will spend your free time in a traffic jam
  5. Small town feel with vibrant and welcoming people

If you are ready to take on this challenging and rewarding leadership role, forward your resume and cover letter to Tall Cedars Search & Recruitment, by June 8, 2022. A Supplementary Package can be obtained by request from the Consultant, which includes a complete job description and details of the compensation and benefits.
Flo Follero-Pugh, Tall Cedars Search & Recruitment

Deputy Corporate Officer, Village of Lytton

Deputy Corporate Officer, Village of Lytton

Are you looking for a unique and exciting opportunity to assist the Village of Lytton in rebuilding the community? Lytton is looking for the right person to take on this once-in-a-lifetime challenge of helping to create a vibrant, resilient, and historical Village.
The location: With the acknowledgement that it is on the territory of the Nlaka’pamux peoples, the Village of Lytton is located 3 hours north of Vancouver, or 2 hours west of Kamloops. As the Deputy Corporate Officer, you will begin your new role working remotely, but will be close enough to Lytton to attend in-person meetings whenever needed.
The role: Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer, you will be responsible for assisting with the statutory duties of the Corporate Officer under the Community Charter. The DCO provides administrative and organizational support to the CAO and members of Council, overseeing the preparation of Council and Committee agendas and minutes; and attending Council and Committee meetings. The DCO drafts bylaws, policies, and other documents; drafts reports; and performs other duties of the Corporate Officer. Working with a small yet collaborative internal staff team, the DCO also provides support to other departments as required.
The returns: You are the right person for this challenge if you value the rural lifestyle of a small community. The position offers a competitive salary range and a comprehensive benefits package. Above all, this is a unique opportunity to help support an entire community’s sustainable future as it rebuilds from the foundation up.

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