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Chief Administrative Officer                                 

Bowen Island, established in 1999 and British Columbia’s only Island Municipality, is a vibrant, growing community of approximately 3,500 full-time residents. An island within the Islands Trust, it is also a member of the Metro Vancouver Regional District.  Known for the beauty of its natural environment and rural atmosphere, Bowen Island is located in Howe Sound, six kilometers west of the mainland and is accessed by a regular 20 minute ferry service from West Vancouver. It stretches 12 kilometers long and 6 kilometers wide and features a significant portion of undeveloped Crown Land, forests, greenways, lakes and ocean beaches. Bowen is a dynamic and innovative community, with an active populace where arts, culture and education thrive and where children, seniors and a healthy lifestyle are highly valued.  Recognizing the importance strong executive leadership plays in every successful organization, the Municipality is looking to attract a progressive and accomplished individual as Chief Administrative Officer.

Reporting to Mayor and Council, as CAO you will play a key role, providing effective advice and support in developing and implementing policies and strategies that address the unique qualities and needs of the Bowen Island Municipality.  You will provide effective leadership to the management and staff of the Municipality and ensure that opportunities exist for public participation on civic issues.  Specific major community initiatives currently underway include completion of an OCP update and a capital plan for four defined, long term major projects (community hall, fire hall, sewage system expansion and ferry road/parking upgrade). Additionally, the community is considering, in conjunction with Parks Canada the establishment of a national park on Bowen Island. 

Your background includes accomplished senior management responsibility within municipal administration and/or comparable private sector employment coupled with strong academic credentials.  You understand the challenges facing smaller communities, and have a track record of demonstrating your capabilities in moving from strategic planning to implementation of policies and projects.  You have a passion for local governance and are respected as a focused, strategic thinker with impeccable human resources and labour relations skills. Your forte is establishing credible and effective working relationships with elected officials, employees, external stakeholders and the public.

Candidates seeking a rewarding career opportunity with one of western Canada’s most sought after communities are invited to reply by 4:00 pm November 15, 2010 in confidence quoting Project 3309 to Grant C. Smith.
Waterhouse Executive Search Ltd
Suite 300, 1055 West Hastings Street
Vancouver B.C.
V6E 2E9
(604) 806-7715 Direct

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