Executive Opportunity

Chief Administrative Officer for The City of Winnipeg

The Opportunity

Chief Administrative Officer The City of Winnipeg

City, Organization and Opportunity

The City of Winnipeg

Winnipeg, is Manitoba’s capital and largest city, located on Treaty 1 territory, the traditional land of the Anishinaabe, Cree and Dakota people and the homeland of the Metis Nation.  Situated at the heart of the Mid-Continent Trade Corridor, Winnipeg is a significant commerce, transportation and tourism hub, boasting an affordable high quality of life, and a diverse, innovative, creative community, world-renowned for its arts, culture, music and film sectors.  A human rights city and the home of the Canadian Human Rights Museum, Winnipeg has embraced its diversity and is engaged in reconciliation with its Indigenous peoples.

Canada’s seventh largest city, Winnipeg’s population in 2018 was estimated at 753,700 (55% of the provincial population), which is expected to grow beyond 800,000 by 2023, with a projected greater area population of almost 900,000.  Through a balanced and sustainable approach, and by applying the guiding principles for long-term growth laid out in OurWinnipeg, the City’s 25-year master plan, Winnipeg is set to reach a population of one million within 20 years. 

Not only is Winnipeg located in the heart of the North American trade and transportation corridor, it is central to Manitoba’s hubs in agriculture, manufacturing, retail, sports [Winnipeg Jets, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Winnipeg Valour FC), entertainment, tourism and recreation, culture (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Manitoba Opera, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra), post-secondary education (Universities of Manitoba and Winnipeg, and Red River College) and healthcare (St Boniface Hospital’s Institute of Cardio-vascular Sciences)].  Individuals and families who move to Winnipeg from elsewhere often remain or return. 

One of Canada’s most affordable large cities, Winnipeg ranks very favorably in annual personal costs and taxes, such as housing, auto insurance, electricity, and post-secondary tuition.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

The Organization

The City of Winnipeg organization employs almost 10,000 people, with an annual capital and operating budget of approximately $2 billion, and a goal of providing Winnipeggers with high-quality services in a responsive, responsible and cost-effective manner.  The past two decades have seen significant development in the City, resulting in multi-use waterfront development, significant downtown office and condo construction, expansion of major convention and hotel facilities, a new world-class airport terminal, stadium and arena, and a revitalized city park (Assiniboine Park Conservancy)

This steady growth provides both opportunity and challenge.  As one of Western Canada’s oldest cities, Winnipeg possesses a distinct character and a strong sense of community.  It is also faced with aging infrastructure and the challenges of growing in a manner that is sustainable and enables continued investment in new expansion and established communities and sectors, together with the required support services and infrastructure.  This requires a City Administration that is resourceful, innovative and cohesive in anticipating municipal needs.  The City delivers value-added services and ensuring a sustainable future for its residents by critical evaluation of City finances and working towards balancing a growing deficit and nearing deficit ceiling while addressing much needed infrastructure investment.

The Opportunity

Reporting to the Executive Policy Committee and working closely with the Mayor and Council, the CAO provides leadership for the City of Winnipeg organization, infrastructure and services, including:

  • Leading the development and execution of a clear vision and strategic plan aligned with Council direction;
  • Challenging the organization to be innovative, responsive and accountable to residents;
  • Influencing people to embrace, initiate and sustain positive transformational change, including reassessing service delivery, service priorities and how current human and financial resources are utilized in the organization;
  • Confronting challenges in a direct, constructive manner that addresses such matters as resource limitations, environmental and climate change issues, infrastructure renewal, managing rising debt and financial deficits and continued population growth;
  • Investing in technology and systems to leverage operational performance, innovation and productivity;
  • Promoting employee engagement by cultivating a safe, supportive high-performance work environment;
  • Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of programs and services via continuous process improvement; 
  • Delivering City services and programs that achieve and support a safe and healthy community;
  • Leveraging the power of diversity and inclusion via exemplary work practices within a respectful workplace;
  • Championing reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, the City and residents; and
  • Working with the CFO, developing, presenting and managing operational and capital budgets.

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Key Responsibilities

Selection Criteria

Behavioural Competencies

Org Chart; Mission, Vision, Values

Opportunities and Challenges