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Resort Municipality of Whistler
Chief Administrative Officer

Whistler is a one-of-a-kind community and is often recognized as the number one mountain and ski resort destination in North America. It has a thriving four-season events calendar, and arts and culture sector. As an economic generator that contributes over $1.5 billion annually towards the provincial GDP, Whistler is key to British Columbia’s tourism economy. Whistler is a special place, nestled among the snow-capped Coast Mountains, surrounded by natural beauty and defined by forests, mountains, rivers and lakes. Innovative planning has been at the heart of community and resort development and is responsible for its vibrancy and livability.  

The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) prides itself as being a progressive community leader and is recognized as one of B.C.’s top employers. This is a high performing municipal organization serving a community of almost 12,000 people and three million annual visitors. The RMOW’s mission is to be a leader and a partner in the resort community, representing a caring, accountable, open, professional, municipal government, committed to continuous improvement and to balancing fiscal capabilities with the delivery of exceptional service.

An unparalleled leadership role exists for a progressive, entrepreneurially astute individual to take the Resort Municipality of Whistler into the next decade of its evolution. The CAO will be a trusted advisor to Mayor and Council, leading a dedicated team of professionals to continue their own growth and development. Setting strategy, providing inspiration and fostering engagement throughout the organization and beyond, the CAO will be an exemplary communicator who values collaboration and is actively involved in the fabric of this unique community.

The successful candidate brings the ability to inspire confidence in others and develop and maintain effective working relationships. The CAO will be a results-oriented individual who thrives on cultivating and forging partnerships with Whistler’s internal and external stakeholders to ensure the continued success of the Resort community. The ability to understand the nuances of issues that are at the core of the community, including affordable housing, and environmental sustainability and stewardship, will be key to success. Finding and shepherding innovative solutions around these and other issues will be top priority for the new CAO. The successful candidate will have a genuine passion for what Whistler has to offer its visitors and residents, as well as the dedication to ensure that it continues to be a premier, global destination.

As the ideal candidate, you have a bachelor’s degree and bring ten to fifteen years of experience gained in a strategic senior leadership capacity. You are a highly credible individual who has had responsibility for providing leadership to high performing, multi-faceted teams. You are inspiring, engaging and have a proven ability to manage through change and drive a progressive agenda forward.

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