The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) reports to the Board of Directors (Board) and is responsible for managing and leading Horse Racing Alberta (HRA) consistent with its legislative mandate, its vision and mission. In close consultation with the Chair and through the board, the CEO will lead the development, evaluation of policies, plans, budgets, programs, and implementation of HRA’s strategic performance goals, short and long-term objectives.
This role will be responsible for providing outstanding leadership in achieving HRA’s short and long-term goals and in providing effective management of overall activities, operations and financial resources. The CEO will monitor the operating results and respond to challenges to ensure that organization’s objectives are being targeted and achieved. The CEO will guide and provide leadership to management and staff while ensuring the Board is kept informed about the organization's operations and challenges. The CEO will provide strategic advice and direction on HRA policy, complex issues, stakeholder management, and programs on behalf of the Board.
HRA is governed by a Chairman, eight Directors representing the various breed organizations and racetracks, three directors representing the public and two government observers (non-voting). The CEO will be responsible for four direct reports and ~$3M administration budget; ~$40M overall budget.
- A University degree in business or in a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and executive leadership experience is required.
- Extensive experience in a business leadership role with proven success in developing relationships with elected officials.
- Established network; ability to establish credibility and support from stakeholder groups.
- Experience working with business, industry and broader public stakeholders. Such as government officials, public agencies, boards or commissions.
- An understanding of the Alberta Public Agencies Governance Act and working with government officials on policy development and implementation would be an asset.
- Prior experience reporting to and working closely with a Board of Directors, various committees and stakeholder groups would be preferred.
- Knowledge of the horse racing track operations and breeding industry would be an asset.
- Working knowledge of the Horse Racing Alberta Act is considered an asset. Regulatory experience is a preference.
- Possesses excellent judgment, entrepreneurial spirit, sound business acumen, and the ability to deal with competing demands.
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