Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

administration & support business & economic development
Posted On: Jul 2, 2020
Closing Date: Jul 24, 2020

Fogo Island Employment

Fogo Island is located off the northeast coast of Newfoundland, northwest of Musgrave Harbour across Hamilton Sound and just east of Change Islands with a population of 2,244 and is connected to mainland Newfoundland by ferry.
On March 1, 2011, the Towns of Fogo, Joe Batt’s Arm-Barr’s Islands-Shoal Bay, Seldom-Little Seldon and Tilting and a portion of the Fogo Island Region (Stag Harbour, Island Harbour, Deep Bay, and Fogo Island Central) amalgamated to form the Town of Fogo Island.
In the early 20th century, the Fisherman’s Protective Union was formed. It was a form of co-operative with general stores owned by fishermen for fishermen. There are three (3) processing plants currently operating on Fogo Island, a shrimp plant in Seldom, a crab, capelin, and cucumber plant in Fogo and a ground fish plant in Joe Batt’s Arm. Today the Fogo Island Cooperative continues to successfully stake footholds in the new fish markets.
The island attracts a wide range of visitors interested in its history, local wildlife, and other attractions. There are seven (7) hiking trails including Lion’s Den, Brimstone Head, Turpin’s, and Joe Batt’s Point Trail. There are several local museums and heritage properties including the Marine Interpretation Centre, Lane House, Brett House, and Bleak House. In addition, there are many locally owned restaurants, bars, and arts and cultural retail establishments.
Fogo Island Inn, a sleek Nordic style hotel perched on stilts at the Atlantic Ocean’s edge is an inspiring collaboration between traditional and modern. The restaurant, one of EnRoute Magazine’s best in Canada, brings that combination to your table, with a gourmet cuisine infused with the bounty of the island and the Inn’s gardens.
Fogo Island is not only a great place to live but has become a mecca for tourists from all over the world.
The Town of Fogo Island is hiring a Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and is inviting anyone with a passion for local government and a desire to improve the lives of residents and encourage economic growth to apply.
Reporting to Council the CAO is responsible to:
  • Perform the statutory duties of the Town Manager as contained in Section 54 of the Municipalities Act, 1999
  • Supervise management and staff and provide organizational leadership
  • Monitor and manage Public Works; Municipal Plan and Development Regulations; Fire Department; Emergency Preparedness Plan; Recreation facilities, programs and the delivery of services to residents and businesses to ensure the effective utilization of the human, financial and physical resources of the Town
  • Act as the principle advisor to Council in the development of public policy
  • Provide Council with all relevant information required to make informed decisions
  • Ensure organizational strategies, plans and initiatives are aligned with Council’s vision, values, and priorities
  • Develop a detailed capital and operating budget, forecast and long-term financial plans for approval of the Council and monitor all financial activities of the Town
  • Maintain a thorough working knowledge of Provincial Legislation and Regulations that affect the policy decisions of Council
  • Act as “Coordinator” under Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act
This is a fulltime position with excellent compensation and benefits commensurate with experience and qualifications.
The ideal candidate will have Post-secondary education in Business Administration, Commerce, Public Administration, or in a related field, and experience working with elected officials, appointed or volunteer boards. The ideal candidate will have at least five (5) years’ experience in a senior municipal or comparable administrative position. The ideal candidate will also have proven interpersonal, leadership, written and verbal communication skills, a thorough understanding of the municipal financial and budgeting processes, and a strong customer service focus. Other candidates will be considered who possess an equivalent combination of experience and training acceptable to the Town.
If you are interested in an opportunity to become part of a dedicated team to provide effective and efficient municipal services and programs, please submit a covering letter and resume. The letter and resume should clearly outline how you meet the qualifications for this position and why you want to work for the Town of Fogo Island, and provide at least two (2) professional references to:
LW Consulting
36 Yetman Drive
Mount Pearl, NL, A1N 3A8
Applicants are to submit their letter and resume electronically to by 4:00 pm July 24, 2020.
We thank all applicants and advise only those considered for an interview will be contacted.