Chief Administrative Officer

administration & support business & economic development
Posted On: Mar 16, 2021
Closing Date: Apr 16, 2021
CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER – City of Winnipeg – Position Profile
Winnipeg is Canada’s 7th largest city with a population steadily growing towards 1 million. The ‘heart of the continent’, Winnipeg is located on Treaty One Territory and the Traditional Homeland of the Métis Nation.
One of the countries most diversified economies, Winnipeg has withstood economic pressures and downturns – keeping us strong and resilient. With CentrePort, Canada our premier multimodal Inland Port we are an agri-business hub, with strong trade and manufacturing sectors including many international transportation, aerospace, and bus manufacturing businesses, with more to come. Winnipeg has strong financial and insurance businesses, with major employment in educational, health and nationally influential social service sectors. With favourable provincial tax credit incentives Winnipeg’s television, film and commercial services have been growing steadily along with video games production.
As a city placing its highest priority in quality of life for all its citizens, The City of Winnipeg is recruiting for their next Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) – a key role that will help to lead Winnipeg’s continued journey towards a city of human rights, of safety, transparency and innovation, bringing Winnipegger’s quality of life along together.
Repeatedly named one of the world’s top 7 Intelligent Communities, The City of Winnipeg has been recognized internationally in various areas of innovation and cutting-edge initiatives. The public service has won numerous awards recognizing financial excellence as well as awards and recognition for aviation safety and virtual remote police reporting with the Winnipeg Police Services. The City of Winnipeg has also been recognized by North American agencies (Seattle in particular) for the innovative and transformative approach to asset management. Most recently Winnipeg made the Intelligent Community Forum’s Smart21 list for the ninth time in the past 11 years due to the use of technology to serve the people, businesses, and institutions of Winnipeg.
Reporting to the Mayor, Council, and to the residents of Winnipeg, the CAO is responsible for the leadership and delivery of the City of Winnipeg’s operational and administrative services and will be a partner to our community. They will lead an executive team to achieve an affordable, responsive and innovative public service. Within the public service and city-wide they will be counted on to champion a community of collaboration, inclusion, development, sustainability, and innovation with an opportunity to lead an organization that impacts every person in this growing city.
Profile Overview:
  • Work with senior leadership teams and staff on core internal programs such as people, technology, and finance to ensure that city services are sustainable for the long term, ongoing growth, and planning.
  • Recommend policies, priorities, services, and programs that benefit Winnipeg residents by being innovative, accountable, and fiscally sound, ensuring the effective utilization of resources.
  • Develop and implement operational plans and ensure the coordination of services align with the strategic priorities of the City.
  • Build connections, partnerships, and relationships with executive leadership in provincial, federal, and other Winnipeg Metro Region municipalities, as well as foreign leaders to move the City of Winnipeg forward on social, economic, and residential fronts inside and outside of the City’s scope of service.
  • Create a long-term strategy for city services and programs with Council and stakeholders and implement a long-term business plan to achieve the goals of this strategic plan.
  • Work with the CFO and set and recommend an operation and capital budget to Council worth over 2 billion dollars.
  • Engage with media as necessary and work closely with Mayor & Council on communications.


Ideal Qualifications and Experience:


  • Post-secondary education in public administration, business, economics, political science, public health, policy, or a related discipline.
  • A leader that understands city processes and procedures, holds the department, leaders, and civil service accountable.
  • A track record of leading transformation in a large municipal, public or private sector organization and a change agent, committed to moving the city forward by pushing for positive change that will improve the service and efficiency of the services and a sustainable model long term.
  • Financial and business recovery leadership experience.
  • Champions and maintains a respectful workplace and collaboration with a complex group of stakeholders, such as employees, unions, council, business leaders, and the community.
  • An engaged listener who possesses exceptional communication skills with a high level of political acumen.


Welcome to Winnipeg


The City of Winnipeg acknowledges that we are gathered on ancestral lands, on Treaty One Territory. These lands are the heartland of the Métis people. We acknowledge that our water is sourced from Shoal Lake 40 First Nation.


Just a short commute from cottage country, Winnipeg is surrounded by natural beauty and a diverse array of ecologies. Our high quality of life is a result of our strong arts, culture, and culinary scene that are internationally renowned as well as having some of the lowest costs of living across Canada.


With a public service that employs 10,000, a population of 767,000 and growing, Winnipeg offers residential communities, education, activities, and experiences to suit all lifestyles.                       


Submitting Your Candidacy


With a commitment to human rights and building a successful workforce and services for the future, the City of Winnipeg is committed to equity and diversity and representing the community in which they serve. Indigenous people, women, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2+, newcomers and racialized people are encouraged to self-declare.


Please submit a cover letter and resume to Annette Kohut, Senior Association, Executive Search at


For further information or questions – please contact Karin Pooley, Vice-President, Executive Search at 204-940-3939.