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Strategic Initiatives Lead (Temporary, 2 Years)

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Sturgeon County
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Strategic Initiatives Lead (Competition #: 22-2021)
Position Type: Temporary (2 Years) Full-Time
Rate of Pay: $92,272 - $121,422 per annum
Hours of Work:  8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday
Competition Close Date: March 21, 2021

This position serves as an advisor and senior project manager to lead and support complex strategic initiatives. Particular focus on initiatives that support economic growth, regulatory efficiency, business improvement and innovation, corporate alignment, and other strategic efforts that advance the County's competitive outcomes.

Job Duties

Strategic Initiative Management

  • Lead complex, sensitive, and multi-disciplinary strategic initiatives under the direction of the Director.  Focus particularly on those initiatives with an economic growth, regulatory efficiency / red tape reduction, corporate alignment, and other strategic efforts that advance the County’s competitive outcomes.
  • Lead or support business improvement and innovation initiatives in the Division, including those intended to drive efficiency or effectiveness outcomes which may include process and policy development, e-government or digital service initiatives, and other work in collaboration with stakeholders. 
  • Develop and recommend detailed project plans including project scope, timing, resourcing, governance, communications, and other requirements.
  • Assemble and manage project teams which includes timely and constructive feedback to support internal and external project team members. 
  • Develop comprehensive Request for Decision documents and briefings for Director, executive management, and Council consideration.
  • Obtain and interpret legal or other internal / external advice when applicable.
  • Liaise regularly with Administrative personnel at multiple levels to solicit feedback, support, and to facilitate interdepartmental collaboration.
  • Provide direct oversight and reporting on project financials and resourcing requirements.
  • Lead or support project or Council governance committees, where applicable.
  • Where appropriate, oversee change management standards, processes, and procedures.  Liaise with internal subject experts where required.
  • Evaluate and report on initiative performance and achievement of corporate outcomes, through effective post-mortem assessments and other mechanisms.

Executive Advisory and Tracking

  • Develop materials that provide the Director with timely information on emergent issues relating to focus areas and the work of the Division.
  • Undertake research of leading best practices and successful collaboration models that could support focus areas and divisional strategic objectives.
  • Recommend the delegation of incoming issues to staff within the Division who have the appropriate knowledge of the issue. Monitor whether deadlines and objectives are being met and recommend interim actions in response to obstacles that may impact the ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Oversee issue management / report tracking, with divisional administrative staff.  Assist with divisional performance measurement, where required.
  • Provide regular executive updates and support corporate reporting requirements.

Other Responsibilities

  • Where required, represent the organization on external committees, engagements, or interfaces, working to actively observe, evaluate, articulate, and report on matters of importance. 
  • Support relationships that promote the reputation of Sturgeon County as a trusted partner with industry and other external partners.
  • Support relationships within the Division and organization that demonstrate a positive, accountable, and future-focused orientation.
  • May be required to backfill and provide project management support on other primary projects or events.
  • Develop policies and processes to document and advance divisional business practices.
  • Adhere to applicable responsibilities and accountabilities as outlined in the Sturgeon County Health and Safety Management System.

Job Qualifications and Skills

  • Degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Communications, or another related field plus five (5) to seven (7) years related experience (or a suitable combination of experience and education).
  • Experience working in a municipal regulatory environment, planning and development, and economic development is preferred.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) or related designation preferred.
  • Ability to perform the duties of this position both remotely and in the office and the ability to travel outside the community when needed. Perform work outside normal business hours, if needed.
  • The ability to plan and implement multiple and often unstructured projects concurrently.
  • Strong proactivity and self-starter tendency, with the ability to work effectively independently or in groups.
  • High-level communication skills to create and deliver verbal presentations, prepare written materials (briefings, reports and publications), and achieve buy-in and agreement.
  • Sound interpersonal skills with the ability to build rapport with a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Well-developed research, business analysis, and project management skills.
  • Ability to set priorities, identify tasks, set achievable timelines, and delegate work to available resources.
  • Up to date knowledge of current trends/issues locally, regionally, provincially, and federally, including current academic research.
  • Solid political acumen with the ability to think critically and recognize and anticipate issues that could have a significant impact on the division, organization, and community.
  • The ability to exercise sound judgment and be discrete in relation to sensitive matters.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and practical experience dealing with public policies, procedures as well as key functions and operations of municipal government.
  • Facilitation skills with the ability to effectively include stakeholders in the process of information sharing, planning and decision making.
  • Experience integrating cross-functional processes and the ability to analyze financial, operational, and business environment information.
  • Experience innovating to respond to new expectations from residents and businesses.
  • Well-developed conceptual and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong initiative, proactive planning, and time management skills and ability to respond to often heavy and shifting workloads. Must be able to communicate status of program work plans and represent program decision points.
  • Fully competent in using Microsoft Office suite applications including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. 
Closing Date: 
March 21, 2021
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Please submit your application by email quoting the competition number in the subject line to: hr@sturgeoncounty.ca

Thank you to all applicants for their interest, however only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.

Sturgeon County is an equal opportunity employer.