Municipal Viability Advisor

Posting Date: Mar 17, 2023

Location: Edmonton, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information

Job Title: Municipal Viability Advisor 

Job Requisition ID: 38958

Ministry: Municipal Affairs

Location: Edmonton

Full or Part-Time: Full Time

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week

Regular/Temporary: Regular 

Scope: Open Competition

Closing Date: March 31, 2023

Classification: Program Services 4

About Us

The Government of Alberta is committed to a diverse and inclusive public service that reflects the population we serve to best meet the needs of Albertans. Consider joining a team where diversity, inclusion and innovation are valued and supported. 
For more information on diversity and inclusion, please visit:

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs assists municipalities in providing well-managed, collaborative, and accountable local government to Albertans. Our main responsibilities are:

  • Funding supports for municipalities
  • A system that strives to ensure appropriate safety standards for the construction and maintenance of buildings and equipment
  • Protections for new home buyers and required licensing for home builders
  • Province-wide support for access to public library services for Albertans
  • Management of about 2.6 million acres of public land in the province's three Special Areas
  • Independent review and decisions on local matters by the Land and Property Rights Tribunal

To learn more about Municipal Affairs, follow the link to:

The Municipal Capacity and Sustainability Branch supports municipal sustainability and good governance by providing advisory services to municipalities and the public, leading municipal training initiatives, offering municipal dispute resolution services, and addressing municipal viability and legislative compliance challenges.


The Municipal Viability Advisor works within a strong team that works with municipalities throughout Alberta to identify and implement municipal restructuring, as well as regional service delivery options, that will best address current and future needs.

The primary purpose of this Advisor position is to implement processes for municipal governance restructuring, including amalgamations, dissolutions, status changes, formations of new municipalities. This is accomplished within the framework of the Municipal Government Act and other provincial legislation affecting municipalities, current Ministry policy, Ministerial direction, and the Ministry business plan objectives.

The Advisor is primarily responsible to lead viability reviews, which include liaising with municipal officials, conducting comprehensive analysis on issues such as municipal finances and services, preparing written reports for the public, conducting public engagement, serving as returning officer for elector votes in accordance with legislation, and preparing decision packages for the Minister and provincial Cabinet.   Other major aspects of work include supporting municipal requests for other forms of restructuring, such as amalgamations and changes of status.
The Municipal Viability Advisor may also assist with other unit, branch or divisional initiatives in support of viable municipal governments.

To be successful in the role you must possess:

  • In depth knowledge of issues affecting municipal viability and governance; 
  • In depth knowledge of leading and facilitating change processes;
  • In depth knowledge of conducting research and analysis;
  • Writing for both technical and public audiences;
  • Effective public engagement 


A university degree in Public Administration, Political Science, Business or related field, supplemented by four (4) years of related experience is required.


  • Previous municipal government experience, preferably at management level;
  • Certification in Local Government such as: National Advanced Certification in Local Authority Administration, or Certified Local Government Managers designation;

Equivalencies are:
Related two-year diploma and a minimum of six (6) years related experience; related one-year certificate and a minimum of seven (7) years related experience; a minimum of eight (8) years related experience.

APS Competencies

Competencies are behaviors that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process.

This link will assist you with understanding competencies:

The following competencies are essential for this position:

  • Agility – you proactively incorporate change into processes and create opportunities for improvements.
  • Drive for Results – you actively set goals and remain open to advice to identify and correct areas for improvement
  • Build Collaborative Environments: Leads and contributes to the conditions and environments that allow people to work collaboratively and productively to achieve outcomes.
  • Develop Networks – you make working with a wide range of parties an imperative and create an impactful relationship with the right people.
  • Creative Problem Solving – you use a wide range of techniques to break down problems and allow others to think creatively and voice ideas to identify new solutions.


$2,716.64 - $3,550.90/Bi-weekly (approx. $70,904 - $92,678/Annually)


Hours of Work:  7.25 hours a day / 36.25 hours a week.

Term of Employment: Permanent Full-time

Location: Edmonton

This competition may be used to fill future vacancies, across the Government of Alberta, at the same or lower classification level.

Additional Information:
Instructions for your Resume:
For Employment Experience:
Please indicate duration of employment (month, year)
Please specify employment status (i.e. Casual, part-time or full-time)
Ex: Youth Worker, Jan 2006 - June 2009, Part-time (three 8 hr. shifts/week)

For any Post-Secondary Education:
Please specify your major and length of program
Please specify the year you graduated
Ex: Bachelor of Social Work, 4-year Degree (Graduated 2017)

Links and information on what the GoA has to offer to prospective employees.

How To Apply

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Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience and relevant examples of required competencies.

Resources for applicants: 

It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) Applicants are encouraged to include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.

Closing Statement

This competition may be used to fill future vacancies, across the Government of Alberta, at the same or lower classification level.

We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

If you require any further information on this job posting or a copy of the role profile, and/or require a disability related accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact Khadija Akther, TAS Administrator at

If this competition is closed as per the closing date noted above, please continue to check for a listing of current career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.