The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is the national voice of municipal governments, representing the interests of cities and communities with the federal government.
Position: Project Director, Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP) MAMP
Salary Band: $103,700 $ - $137,200
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Language: Bilingual (English/French)
Term: To October 2021
For several years, in partnership with various federal departments and agencies, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has been implementing national capacity building programs to provide opportunities for Canadian municipalities to share know-how and resources domestically. FCM’s largest project, the Green Municipal Fund (GMF), is a $550-million endowment fund to support municipal efforts to improve air, water and soil quality. Other domestic projects include initiatives to support municipalities address climate change, develop partnerships on economic development with First Nations communities, support women involvement in local government, and overcome regulatory barriers to the development of affordable housing.
In March 2016, the Government of Canada announced in the federal budget an allocation for FCM to implement a new national program on municipal infrastructure asset management. Funded by Infrastructure Canada (INFC), the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP) is a five-year $50 million national initiative whose goal is to enable Canadian municipalities to manage their infrastructure assets more strategically and thereby improve the quality of public infrastructure services for Canadians in the future. Managed by FCM in close collaboration with provincial and territorial municipal associations (PTAs) and other stakeholders, the MAMP focuses on small and rural municipalities where asset management capacity gaps are more important and has two complementary priorities: reinforce municipal and local community capacity in infrastructure assets planning, management, data collection and reporting; and generate new knowledge in municipal infrastructure management to inform federal policy and other stakeholders’ initiatives that advance asset management and infrastructure practices.
Finally, MAMP also complements the activities of FCM’s Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) aiming at supporting over 700 municipalities to advance their GHG reduction and climate change adaptation objectives and to integrate climate considerations into their asset management practices MCIP and MAMP share the same “contribution agreement” signed between FCM and Infrastructure Canada, and as such, the joint management of the agreement and reporting processes are done in collaboration with one another.
FCM aspires to be an organization that is deeply respectful, collaborative, empowering and transparent in our work. As the national association for municipal government, FCM is committed to strengthening Canada by achieving results for Canadian communities and cities, and by sharing knowledge and experience on the world’s stage, so that others may improve the quality of life in their communities. All senior leaders in the organization are expected to lead in a manner that embraces these values, the corporate culture and the passion for FCM’s mission.
As MAMP Project Director you will be responsible for the strategic leadership and direction of the program to ensure it achieves expected results. In a manner consistent with FCM’s values and employment philosophy, you will lead, motivate and manage a team of talented professionals and consultants based in Ottawa that will plan, budget, implement, monitor and report on program activities. You will also foster and nurture a strategic working relationship with officials from INFC, with FCM’s board members, and with other strategic partners, including Canadian provincial and territorial municipal associations. As an effective communicator, you will seek opportunities to represent FCM and share MAMP directions and results in national discussions in the infrastructure and asset management spheres, and pursue potential leverage opportunities. As a senior member of FCM’s Project Team, you will contribute to FCM’s programming strategies, and support FCM’s overall role as the national leading municipal association aimed at strengthening local capacities and enhancing governance.
As the principal senior staff of the project, provide overall strategic leadership and direction to MAMP.
Provide senior direction and guidance to a team of approximately 14 staff, including performance management of personnel based in Ottawa.
Supervise the technical contribution of MAMP program partners, external specialists and consultants in the activities of the program.
Lead and supervise MAMP annual work planning, budgeting, monitoring and reporting processes, and risk management, ensuring the achievement of results is in compliance with donor contribution agreement.
Lead and supervise the implementation of all MAMP activities comprising of grant allocation, technical assistance, and the organization of other activities, including the integration of knowledge management into project activities and the consistent use of FCM’s project management approaches, standards and methodologies.
In collaboration with staff responsible, ensure the coordination and knowledge sharing of models, tools, best practices, sectoral knowledge and experience with other FCM related domestic and international programs, and with FCM’s policy and government relations team.
Supervise the organisation of the Program Steering Committee (PSC) and provide senior advice to PSC members on key strategic initiatives for MAMP and implement its decisions.
Ensure the coordination of MAMP implementation and management in close collaboration with the Director of the FCM/ Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) by jointly organising the Agreement Management Committee meetings with Infrastructure Canada;
Manage the relationship and liaison with Infrastructure Canada in collaboration with MCIP director (discussing strategies, priorities and interests, presenting work plans and reports, and negotiating amendments as needed to program agreements;
Establish and maintain strategic alliances and excellent relationships with other relevant stakeholders, including Provincial and Territorial municipal associations and key infrastructure related networks, community of practices and organisations.
Secure collaboration and support from relevant FCM corporate services (such as finance, communication, policy and government relations, and legal advices).
Represent FCM in seminars, conferences, events and meetings with senior officials (directors, mayors, deputy-ministers) from local, provincial, and national authorities in Canada in relation to program objectives.
As a member of FCM Program department, take part in Programs Department Forum (PDF), actively participates in the ongoing development of FCM’s strategic, organizational and operational directions including taking part in FCM thematic table meetings and other.