BC Local Government Job Posting Service

Village of Sayward

Chief Administrative Officer

The Village of Sayward is searching for its next Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), resulting from a retirement.
The seaside community of Sayward is located on northern Vancouver Island, just 50 minutes north of Campbell River. The Village is perched at the base of Newcastle Ridge and the mouth of the mighty Salmon River at Kelsey Bay, one of BC's most important estuaries. Sayward is in the unceded Traditional Territory of the K’omoks, We Wai Kai and Wei Wai Kum First
Nations. Approximately 350 people call Sayward home, and residents of Sayward are happy to share the spectacular natural environment of the Island with visitors.
The quality of life in Sayward makes this an exciting opportunity for someone who appreciates the relaxed lifestyle of a small rural community. The area offers access to hiking trails, lakes and recreational sites, a marina for boat moorage and fishing, and is close to winter skiing at Mount Washington and Mount Cain.
The new CAO will work from the Village Office on a 37.5-hour work week, Monday through Friday. The successful applicant will be a confident professional with excellent communication and public relations skills. The CAO is responsible for the general management of all municipal operations and staff; and a working knowledge of public works would be considered an asset. The successful candidate will possess the following:


  • Strong post-secondary education, preferably in public administration, business or a related field.
  • An appropriate combination of training in local government administration, strategic planning, leadership and organizational development.


  • A minimum of three (3) years of related management and leadership experience, preferably in a local government setting.
  • Experience providing professional advice and support to elected officials, staff, and stakeholders.
  • Experience with grant writing and the grant application process.
  • An equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered.

Occupational Certification

  • A Certificate in Local Government Administration is considered an asset.


  • General knowledge of the principles and procedures of local government law in British Columbia.

If you are ready to take on this challenging and rewarding leadership role, forward your resume and cover letter to Tall Cedars Search & Recruitment, by Thurs. Nov. 4, 2021. A Supplementary Information Package can be obtained from the Consultant, which includes a complete job description, benefits plan, and details of the competitive compensation.
Flo Pugh
Tall Cedars Search & Recruitment

Organization: Sayward (Village)
Professional Categories: Chief Administration
Posted: October 5, 2021, 8:37 am
Expires: November 4, 2021, 4:30 pm
Employment Type: Full Time
Employment Length: Permanent
Education Requirement: College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma from a program of 1 year to 2 years
Job Experience: 3 years to less than 5 years