About the AMA
Who are we?
- Staff organization with over 200 members drawn from municipal units, Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, and other professionals in the field.
- Membership is open to professionals involved in the administration of municipal government in Nova Scotia.
- Membership includes CAO's/Clerks and Deputies, Financial Staff, Administrative Assistants and other positions.
- Many municipalities have more than 1 staff person in AMA
What does AMA do?
- Municipalities have a huge investment in their staff - it makes good sense to ensure they have the capacity to do their jobs
- AMA plays an important role in professional development of municipal staff and therefore, provides value to municipalities and UNSM
- Involved in training opportunities for members
- Provide forums for exchanging ideas
- Serves as a resource to municipal elected officials
- AMA's mandate is to continue to improve the professionalism of people working in municipal governments
How are we organized?
- Incorporated under the Societies Act and are governed through by-laws approved by membership
- Have an elected President and Vice-President and Secretary/Treasurer. The Board of Directors has an Executive Committee plus one member from each of the ten regions of the Province,Â a student representative from Dalhousie's School of Public Administration and a representative of the UNSM.Â
- Past President of UNSM serves on the AMA Board of Directors and vice versa
- AMA is staffed by an Executive Director, a Municipal Website Coordinator, a Municipal Wellness Coordinator, a Policy Analyst & Projects Coordinator, and a Finance Officer and Events Coordinator.
- is a critical linkage for AMA
- share office space
- Past President of UNSM serves on AMA Board of Directors
- Past President of AMA serves as a non-voting member on UNSM Executive
- AMA often acts as a resource for UNSM initiatives and committees, when requested
Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations
- number of SNSMR staff are AMA members
- this allows for both formal and informal linkages
- AMA responds to invitations to provide input into initiatives affecting municipal government
- partner on many joint initiatives
Municipal Units Sharing
- information is crucial
- opportunity for joint training initiatives
- ability to tap into resources from larger units
- The standard for the educational criteria for certification through the AMANS is the National Advanced Certificate in Local Authority Administration (NACLAA) through Dalhousie Continuing Education
- The AMA partners with Dalhousie School of Continuing Education on many training initiatives
- MPA Student Serves on the AMA Board