When a municipal Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) experiences the turmoil and emotions that immediately follows a transition, it is often difficult to think about the resources needed and/or where to find them quickly. CAMA’s “Members in Transition Toolkit” will assist members, as well as their companions and families if you are ever in this unfortunate situation, but it will also help you while you are still employed.
We understand that transition can be difficult for our members to deal with and we recognized that one of the best ways to help was to identify the needs at various stages of transition and provide resources for members to access.
Key observations from our research indicated that preparing for any possible transition starts before accepting a CAO position. Having a good solid contract or employment agreement appeared to make the transition easier for many. Visit our Member's Section to review a copy of our CAO Employment Contract Toolkit. It also appeared that having immediate and continual access to good resources appeared to make getting through transition easier.
The goal of the Members in Transition Toolkit is to provide: peer support and guidance; inspirational quotes and practical tips from those who have experienced transition; and, easy links to professional resources across the country. The Toolkit is divided into three parts:
Pre-Transition (Something's up? I feel it coming!)
During Transition (It's happened. Now what?)
Post Transition (Let the healing begin!)
The Toolkit also features a checklist for companions, ongoing peer support, ask a peer/ contact a mentor, and a feedback section.
You can access the toolkit in the CAMA Member's Section (Under the Toolkit Button).