Director, Transportation and Engineering Services

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We have an exciting opportunity for the Director, Transportation and Engineering Services to join an innovative and growing municipality. Reporting directly to the General Manager, Infrastructure Services, the Director will serve as the strategic leader for all programs associated with the services provided by Transportation & Engineering department. The Director is focused on asset preservation, infrastructure development and long-term planning as it relates to road, bridges, and drainage. The position is a key member of the County’s infrastructure team, and a trusted leader within the organization and community.



The ideal candidate will be a big picture leader with experience in asset management, procurement, and large road and capital infrastructure projects. They should be outcome focused, foster accountability and have a track record of building high performance teams.  This individual needs to be an excellent communicator that can work and collaborate with a diverse group of stakeholders such as the public, contractors, government, industry, administration, and elected officials.



Sturgeon County, a sprawling municipal district located north of Edmonton. It covers an expansive 2,146 square kilometers and serves a diverse population of 20,945 county residents. Sturgeon County is a vibrant municipality comprising farmland, world-class industrial development, and residential acreage developments.

Sturgeon County provides residents with a high standard of living and a wide range of services, including recreational programming, community events, protective and transportation services and utilities. It is the home of the Alberta Industrial Heartland, one of the world’s most attractive locations for chemical, petrochemical, oil, and gas investments.

To learn more about Sturgeon County, visit their website at


Leadership and Management:

  • Develops, recommends, and maintains a strategic Transportation and Engineering plan that articulates the department’s strategic alignment and programs and services provided, key performance indicators, resourcing requirements, governance supports, customer service commitments, and more.
  • Develops an annual departmental business plan and key performance indicators, ensuring programs, activities, services and outcomes align with Council's Vision, Corporate Strategic Plan, Municipal Development Plan, Corporate Business Plan and department mandate. Delivers plan based on Council approval.
  • Presents to Council, Council Committees, regional boards, and others as a key administrative representative on matters related to transportation and engineering.
  • Provides regular reporting to the GM, Infrastructure Service on activities and important trends, events, or emerging issues that could impact the organization’s success.
  • Prepares complex briefings, presentations, correspondence, confidential recommendations, and other professional advice related to economic development to the General Manager, CAO, Leadership Team, County Council, the public and other stakeholders as appropriate.
  • Maintains an appropriate understanding and supports the coordination of issues, opportunities, and messaging with primary external stakeholders, particularly those impacting the strategic direction of the municipality. 
  • Ensures compliance with safety legislation and County Health and Safety Management System.  
  • Develops and prepares annual operating and capital budgets in accordance with the objectives and policies of Sturgeon County. Monitors and controls the expenditure of funds in accordance with the approved budgets. 
  • Capital Construction Programs include Bridge Replacements and Rehabilitation, Collector Road Reconstruction, Collector Road Rehabilitation, Pavement Preservation, Subdivision Surfacing, Drainage Projects, Local Roads (Reconstruction/Selective Grading/Stabilization), and Intersection Improvements.
  • Works collaboratively with Infrastructure Services Department Managers as well as other Divisions to provide a consistent organizational direction and encourage teamwork to enable integrated growth, effective intergovernmental relations and advocacy, and long-term planning alignment in accordance with strategy and County policy.

People Leadership:

  • Acts as a role model for the desired organizational culture and provides leadership to the Transportation and Engineering department within the context of Council’s approved Strategic Plan and Corporate Business Plan reflecting priority initiatives, as well as financial/human resources and governing legislation.  
  • Cultivates a shared understanding of corporate goals by fostering teamwork, values, employee empowerment and accountability, and encouraging continuous learning.
  • Creates an open, positive working environment to stimulate open discussion, which includes in office, remote, or hybrid employees. 
  • Invests time in managing and developing people through career planning and professional development. Provides insightful, motivating, and constructive feedback, coaching, and guidance.  
  • Sets clear expectations, monitors, evaluates, and conducts annual performance reviews. 
  • Sets and delegates broad work responsibilities for direct reports, managing through general oversight of direct reports.  
  • Provides rewards and recognition in alignment with the County’s policies and procedures.
  • Provides leadership and support, respecting and adhering to the HR policies and procedures when address performance or disciplinary or investigations and considerations.  
  • Measures and reports on capacity and diversity to meet current and future needs of County within departmental program areas. 
  • Makes hiring decisions within approved roles, working in collaboration with the HR team. 
  • Manages, oversees, and leads the Transportation and Engineering team.

Industry and Association Relationships:

  • Works with the Heartland Association, other governments and municipalities, Regional Board, industry associations, community groups, advisory committees, external agencies, chambers of commerce, residents, and other stakeholders.

Other Related Duties:

  • Performs other duties as required.
  • Adheres to applicable responsibilities and accountabilities as outlined in the Sturgeon County Health and Safety Management System.
  • Adheres to all of Sturgeon County’s policies, bylaws, procedures, and processes, as well as aligns work to the Sturgeon County values.


  • 10+ years of management leadership experience at a senior level, including experience with setting and evaluating performance, budgeting, and business operational planning.
  • A post-secondary or bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, or related discipline.
  • Enrollment or completion of the National Advanced Certificate in Local Authority Administration (NACLAA) program is an asset.
  • Membership of the Society of Local Government Managers is an asset.
  • Experience with the management of a municipality, particularly in a rural context, is an asset.


  • Extensive management and/or leadership training.
  • Knowledge of the theory, principles and techniques related to Transportation and Engineering work. 
  • Environmental awareness of current trends/issues locally, regionally, provincially, and federally, including current academic research or other positions.
  • A commitment to integrity, people development, and approachable leadership, with sound interpersonal skills with the ability to build rapport with a wide variety of stakeholders, ability to set priorities, identify tasks, set achievable timelines, delegate work to available resources, and work as part of a team.
  • Ability to understand and effectively navigate and/or problem solve high-profile, sensitive, or controversial matters.
  • Solid political acumen with the ability to recognize and anticipate issues that could have a significant impact on the community and organization.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment, make effective decisions, recommendations, and provide direction on complex and emerging issues in a professional and timely manner, being discrete in relation to sensitive matters.
  • Well-developed facilitation and communication skills with the ability to effectively include stakeholders in the process of information sharing, planning, decision making, achieving buy-in and agreement.
  • Effective negotiation and conflict management skills.
  • Strong self-starter with the ability to plan and implement multiple and often unstructured projects concurrently across the organization and with other organizations functioning within the same service chain, keeping communication open and proactive.
  • Ability to successfully integrate cross-functional processes while innovating and designing to deal with new expectations from residents and businesses.
  • Ability to navigate well throughout organization; analyze financial, operational, and business environment information.


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