Chief Administrative Officer

City of Guelph, Guelph, ON

Closing Date July 5, 2024 Location Guelph, ON Work Type  -
Salary Range
Experience Level  - Job ID 2479
Job Description

The City of Guelph is a vibrant community of over 140,000 people situated in the heart of southern Ontario, just 100 kilometres west of Toronto. With a rich history dating back to the 1820s, Guelph is an inclusive, connected, and prosperous city where over 2,000 staff work together to deliver responsible, responsive and professional public service to Guelph’s growing and diverse community.

The City of Guelph is seeking its next Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).

Reporting to and advising a Council consisting of the Mayor and twelve Councillors, the CAO oversees the administration and operations of the City and its $550M+ operating budget by providing strategic leadership and direction to a talented municipal leadership team to develop and deliver excellence in programs and services that align with Council’s direction and the City’s Strategic Plan.

As an ideal candidate, you are a respected, values-oriented executive leader with a strong business and financial acumen and demonstrated skill in facilitating change and growth in a large and complex operational environment. An outstanding communicator who engenders trust and confidence, you have a track record of creating effective relationships based on authenticity, trust and transparency across a broad constituency of public and private stakeholders. You are highly regarded for your strong judgment, diplomacy, political acuity, negotiation skill, conviction and ability to bring parties together in pursuit of common goals. Forward thinking with an art of the possible mindset, you are highly outcomes oriented and bring a passion for building communities. Most importantly, you are a visible, inspiring, and collaborative team leader who enjoys coaching and building cohesive and high performing teams united in a culture of continuous improvement and enhancing client service excellence.

How to Apply

Be part of the Guelph story and join a skilled and dedicated municipal workforce working together to deliver responsible and responsive public service to Guelph’s growing and diverse community. To apply for this position, please visit: For more information, please contact [email protected] and state the title of the position in the subject line of your e-mail.

The City of Guelph is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive workplace where employees feel welcome, valued and engaged. Our employment policies strictly prohibit all forms of discrimination on any of the grounds in relevant laws. All employment practices are solely based on individual merit, qualifications, and organization's needs at the time. In keeping with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, we are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals in our job application procedures. If you need an accommodation in order to participate in the hiring process, you may contact us to make your needs known in advance.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those under serious consideration for the CAO role will be contacted.