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General Manager of Community Services Richmond

District of Squamish

District of Squamish Richmond Canada

2 months ago

A unique opportunity to utilize your leadership skills and management experience in one of BC's fastest-growing municipalities
Lead a team dedicated to providing exceptional public service and enhancing the livability and sustainability of our community
Enjoy a highly attractive annual salary plus top-notch benefits
About the District of Squamish

The District of Squamish is a progressive and growing community with a palpable positive energy and a strong focus on the great outdoors. Our friendly, small-town setting, spectacular natural environment, and world-class recreational opportunities offer an incredible live-work-play lifestyle that few places can beat. Bike, ski, sail, run, climb, hike, and explore our thriving arts, culture, and heritage scene - in your own backyard. Use some of that time you will save on the commute for life balance!

Our primary objective is to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our people. When possible, we promote from within, making the... District a great place to grow and further your career. Having fun at work is one of our top priorities and key to having an amazing team culture, and we strive to be a diverse and inclusive workplace, as well as a learning-focused organization. The opportunity to contribute to the success of our beautiful community is something we are all privileged to experience every day. We are a team of fun-loving yet highly dedicated and hardworking professionals who are committed to continuous learning, improvement, and excellence in service to our citizens.

For more information, please visit our website.

About the Opportunity

Currently, we are seeking a full-time General Manager of Community Services to join our team in Squamish, BC.

At the District of Squamish, General Managers possess and demonstrate strategic thinking, long-term visioning, and innovative problem solving, and bring a business focus to the delivery of service. These core leaders motivate employees to achieve their best and grow in their careers.

Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer, the General Manager of Community Services leads Public Works, Recreation, Arts and Culture Services, Facilities Management, and Facilities Planning and Construction, this position works closely with the other members of the Core Leadership Team to achieve the overall vision of the organization and the community.

Key accountabilities include, but are not limited to:

Leading the development of the departmental capital and financial plans, as well as the overall long-term financial plan in collaboration with the General Manager team and senior managers
Assisting other departments, agencies, community groups, property owners, associations, clubs, and the public as necessary and attending public meetings as necessary
Establishing, monitoring, and maintaining good working relationships with all external and internal stakeholders on behalf of the district
Aiding teams in pursuing funding and service delivery options within the portfolio, including grant applications, procurement options, and partnership opportunities
Developing and enhancing standards, policies, and operations to position the District as a leader in the sustainable delivery of community services
Breaking down complex problems into component parts or issues by using several analytical or creative techniques
Analyzing patterns and trends with complex learned concepts and adapting existing frameworks to approach situations differently
Identifying the potential implications of decisions/solutions for all affected stakeholder groups, which may include different departments and areas within the organization
Investing significant time in developing others as well as allowing them the freedom to do a task in their own unique manner, in order to develop their own unique characteristics
Taking action to ensure others align with the organization's mission, core values, goals, agenda, culture, tone, and policies, and creating the optimum climate for them to succeed
Providing leadership by example; modelling the behaviour desired of employees and aligning personal behaviour with that of the organization
Approaching issues/needs/problems from a long-term perspective
About You

To qualify you will need at least 7 years of progressive experience at a senior management level, ideally, in local government, as well as a degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, or a related field. Post-graduate studies in management and leadership (MBA) would be considered an asset. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will also be considered.

The following skills are essential to success in this role:

Extensive knowledge of the Local Government Act, Community Charter, and other Acts, regulations, and bylaws relevant to local government
Knowledge of Provincial legislation and Regulations that affect specific policy decisions of the District
An in-depth understanding of best practices and principles in advanced business management
Exceptional and proven leadership capability in the areas of public works, recreation, arts and culture services, facilities management, and facilities planning and construction
Familiarity with the District's strengths, opportunities, challenges, and culture
Proven negotiation skills and excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills and the ability to manage conflict effectively, as well as budget preparation and administration skills
Experience creating effective systems to manage workflow and leading high-performing teams
Exceptional ability to build effective relationships with diverse stakeholders, including senior staff, employees, elected officials, First Nations, and other agencies
Expertise in providing sound advice and writing effective reports and recommendations
Flexibility and the ability to handle a diverse and complex workload
Valid BC Class 5 Driver's Licence
You must be Bondable

Lastly, you are an experienced, inclusive leader with a passion for motivating, leading and developing direct reports to provide exceptional customer service in an environment that supports the organization's mission, core values, goals, agenda, culture, tone, and policy.

What We Offer

As a valued member of our team, you will be rewarded with a highly attractive annual salary, as well as comprehensive benefits, including:

Excellent health and paramedical benefits package
Opportunities to work on a variety of exciting projects for community development
Generous pension plan
70-hour, 9-day bi-weekly work schedule (3-day weekend every second week)
Live and work in one of the most stunning places in the province
And many more!

If you tick all of these boxes and believe you will thrive in this role, we encourage you to apply today
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