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Organization Name City of Cambridge City of Cambridge
Industry Municipal Affairs
City Cambridge
Province/State Ontario [ON]
Country Canada [CA]
Job ID COCCM0519
Title City Manager, The City of Cambridge
Organization Overview / Background

City of CambridgeThe City of Cambridge can be best described as the coming together of places, and the uniting of people to build a City that will grow into a prosperous metropolis and become one of the best places to live and work in the Province of Ontario.

Cambridge is located along highway 401 within the Regional Municipality of Waterloo and at the gateway of Canada’s technology triangle. A mid-size city with a quaint small town feel and a population of over 130,000 the city is known for its high quality of life. Affordable housing, excellent schools, libraries parks and scenic trails are some of the reasons why Cambridge is the place to be!

Manufacturing is the largest industry in the area with over 8 million vehicles built locally. It is also home to several international and nationally recognized industries such as textiles, plastics, agri-food and the technology sector. The City has also served as a backdrop for many film/TV shows and has recently seen an increase in the number projects filmed in the city.

The City hosts many festivals and cultural events, year-round. These include the Preston Kin Carnival in May, Neighbourhood Day in June, the Cambridge Scottish Festival and Cambridge Arts Festival in July, and Christmas in Cambridge in November and December.

The advantageous location, enviable lifestyle, skilled labour force and growing population has led to the City of Cambridge being considered as one of Ontario's fastest growing and economically prosperous regions.

Find out more about the City of Cambridge on their website:

Position / Responsibilities Summary

Reporting to the Mayor and City Council, you will provide strategic vision, leadership and guidance on the general management of the corporation as well; participate in the overall direction of the municipality.

Key Responsibilities will include;

  • Acts as the chief advisor to Council on policy matters. In consultation with Deputy City Managers (CLT Executive) and the Corporate Leadership Team (CLT), makes recommendations to Council in respect of alternative policies, programs and procedures. Requires extensive external contacts.
  • Implements and executes strategic direction as approved by the Mayor and Council
  • Directly responsible for overall Corporate Administration and Financial Management.
  • Directly responsible for overall Corporate Risk Management.
  • Oversees development and monitoring of Corporate Operating and Capital budgets
  • Oversees collective bargaining process and administration of collective agreements. Oversees appointments, promotions, demotions, dismissals, etc. of affiliated and non-affiliated staff.
  • Oversees the management, including construction, maintenance and rehabilitation of all corporate property and facilities.
  • Serves as City representative on various external boards (i.e. CTT, WRTMC)
  • Ensure employees work in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, regulations, and Corporate Health and Safety Policies and Procedures, and to take every reasonable precaution to protect employees.
  • Demonstrates behavior in keeping with the Corporate Values – Integrity, Respect, Inclusiveness and Service and the Employee Code of Conduct.
  • Determines the strategic direction and overall goals of the corporation, subject to legal and political constraints.
  • Responsible for providing direction on complex matters and balancing local and regional priorities.

As a leader, you seek to engage our approximately 1000 employees and inspire excellence as you demonstrate by example the corporate values of integrity, respect, inclusiveness and service.

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Candidate Requirements

As a successful senior executive, you are a proven consensus-builder with strong change management skills and the ability to influence a diverse group of stakeholders. You have implemented strategic plans, large complex initiatives and created opportunities for economic prosperity.

As our City’s most senior administrative official, you are committed to our city’s mission, values and vision of making Cambridge a place for people to prosper - alive with opportunity.

Key Qualifications and Experience include:

  • Possession of an undergraduate degree in a related subject, Masters Business Administration or Public Administration, and a related Professional Certification (CA, P. Eng., CHRL, LLB, RPP, etc.)
  • Minimum 10-12 years’ experience working as a CAO/City Manager of a smaller municipality or proven senior management experience in medium to large municipality.
  • Strong organizational, project management, time management capabilities and strong attention to detail.
  • Business and financial acumen with a strong understanding of local government (budgeting, procurement, etc.).
  • Proven Change Management experience.
  • Demonstrated tenacity and strength of character to ensure the efficient and effective completion of all mandates.
  • Superior written and oral communication, research, and presentations skills.

Our ideal candidate for City Manager has a deep understanding of Public Sector administration, municipal finance and governance. You are an innovation advocate with a passion to collaborate, engage and embrace new ideas to securely enable efficient operations of citizen services.

Application Process

Please contact Kartik Kumar at for more details and a complete position profile.

Application Deadline: June 10th, 2019.

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