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Director, Water, Waste & Environmental Services- City of Regina

THE ORGANIZATION

Regina is a welcoming place to call home and an excellent location to raise a family. With hundreds of parks and an abundance of sport and recreation facilities, arts and cultural centres, museums and performance spaces, major attractions and events all year round, there is something for everyone. Libraries and bicycle pathways add to an exceptional quality of life.

Regina’s resource-based economy is fueled by agriculture, oil and gas production and development, as well as telecommunications. Regina has been named one of the most affordable places to do business in western North America several times over the past few years. Economic Development Regina Inc. (EDR) attracts new business to the area and fosters the growth of existing businesses.

Vision and strategies provide a focus to the City of Regina’s efforts to deliver the greatest value of services and infrastructure that are most important to residents while managing the opportunities and challenges of Regina, an ever-changing city. The 2018-2021 Strategic Plan is the City’s roadmap for work planning and priority setting. It is based on direction determined by Council and the community as articulated in our VisionThe Official Community Plan (OCP) and the Community Priorities.

Vision: To be Canada’s most vibrant, inclusive, attractive, sustainable community, where people live in harmony and thrive in opportunity.

Mission: We are dedicated to building a strong community by providing reliable, sustainable services.

Values: Accountability Respect Collaboration

Principles: One City – One Team with a Community First focus (demonstrated through our values)

City Administration communicates City Council’s Vision throughout the corporation. They lead employees, manage financial resources set out in the budgetary process, determine priorities and focus to ensure consistent and quality customer service is provided to residents.

Our division adopts a customer-focused approach to deliver reliable services to our community. We work together to build and maintain safe roads, provide sustainable transportation, water, waste and environmental services to our community, and deliver emergency response and public safety programs that preserve and enhance life, property and the environment.

The Executive Director of Citizen Services oversees four operational areas:

  • Fire & Protective Services
  • Roadways & Transportation
  • Transit & Fleet
  • Water, Waste & Environmental Services

If you have an interest in playing a pivotal role in the strategic planning to mitigate water, waste and environmental challenges the City of Regina will face due to raising populations, aging infrastructure and increasingly severe weather events, this could be the opportunity for you. By overseeing strategic, operational and program planning, stakeholder relations and people leadership you will be in an ideal position to respond to the needs of the citizens and improve their quality of life.

 

THE OPPORTUNITY

Job Title: Director of Water, Waste and Environmental Services

Reports to: Executive Director Citizen Services

Direct Reports: 6

Location: Regina, Saskatchewan

The Mandate 

Reporting to the Executive Director Citizen Services, the Director of Water, Waste and Environmental Services has full autonomy and independence to make all day-to-day operational decisions, operating within the context of overarching City policy, direction and the will of Council. As the leader of the Department of Water, Waste and Environmental Services the successful candidate will be responsible for the strategic, operational and program planning, stakeholder relationship management, financial management and people leadership.

Key Accountabilities

Strategic and Operational Planning

  • Works collaboratively with the Executive Director and other Departmental Directors in developing both a long-term plan and an annual business plan for Citizen Services and for the Department
  • Provides guidance and oversight of branch-specific annual, operational plans; ensures alignment with each of Department and City-wide strategy and development of clear business goals, service level and related performance measures
  • Ensures departmental planning is aligned with City bylaws, and provides recommendations for changes to bylaws as necessary while maintaining awareness of leading practices applicable to his/ her portfolio as it relates to the suitability for application by the City of Regina

Financial Management

  • Leads the development of the Department budget and oversight of branch-specific budget development and provides approvals for procurement, including the development of business cases
  • Ensures that there is timely and accurate forecasting and ongoing analysis of the budget and expenditures and where necessary, ensures proactive mitigation strategies are developed and implemented
  • Ensures that financial management practices are aligned with City standards and practices, and where necessary ensures development of Department-specific financial management practices

Stakeholder Relationship Management

  • Collaborates with other City leadership team members in joint policy, service, program development as well as issues management and meet with Council members to provides information, advice and guidance in Department issues
  • Meets with community agency leaders and other levels of government serving as the city’s spokesperson/representative in discussions, negotiations and consultations
  • Provides leadership and intervention on program and service-related challenges / complaints related to high risk and/or high- profile Departmental issues and ensures service level agreements and/or partnership agreements are in place where necessary

Human Resource Leadership

  • Ensures the Department has an effective organizational model and workforce plan, and that roles and responsibilities are clearly defined and communicated
  • Provides internal consultative processes, direct leadership, mentoring and coaching of the Department’s management team and leads employee engagement
  • Provides leadership for Department’s most complex and sensitive employee/labour relations issues; this includes participation in formal grievance and arbitration processes and ensures that managers and people leaders understand and adhere to the City’s numerous collective agreements

Risk Management

  • Ensures that Department-specific policies, procedures and practices are developed, maintained and adhered to; ensures that all corporate policies are adhered
  • Ensures that the Department has a risk management plan and that the plan is tracked, reported on, and when required, leads mitigation strategy
  • Ensures that Department-specific legislation / bylaws are aligned with provincial / federal jurisdictions and is compliant with City bylaws

Attractions

  • The City of Regina has an excellent Leadership Development Program through the University of Regina for those interested in pursuing managerial roles
  • Master and Asset Management Plan in place which has helped to establish a clear direction and where found should be allocated
  • Strong team – technically aware and excellent at proactive thinking

 

FIRST YEAR DELIVERABLES / MEASURES OF SUCCESS

Success in the first year will be determined by the candidate’s ability to:

  • You have earned the trust of your peers and direct reports, begin to earn the trust of council through preparedness and the ability to answer councils’ questions while working toward building a culture centered around safety excellence
  • Maintain a high level of customer engagement and customer satisfaction
  • Learned how to navigate the political landscape and build constructive relationships with external partners and internal business units
  • Work with direct reports to initiate the development of a Drainage Master Plan

CANDIDATE PROFILE

The successful candidate will have the following:

Experience

  • Knowledge of senior leadership practices related to planning, policy development, financial management, program development / evaluation, performance and risk management, project management, contract management, customer management and human resources
  • Knowledge of issues, trends and challenges related to broad City-specific and broader municipal operations as well as specifically in relation to the Department’s core mandate
  • Knowledge requirements include complex analytic tools and processes such as statistical modelling, business analytics and scenario planning; knowledge in solving complex and interrelated financial, programming and relationship management issues
  • Knowledge in solving complex and interrelated financial, programming and relationship management issues that require the development of new strategies or approaches
  • Knowledge of asset management practices in support of planning and operations
  • Knowledge requirements include complex analytic tools and processes such as statistical modelling, business analytics and scenario planning

Communications and Interpersonal Skills

  • Overall, the role of a Director requires a wide range of communication skills – formal presentation, media relations, negotiating, consensus building, and inspiring / building trust with others
  • Senior level change management skills which work towards building followership both within the City, partners, customers and media which strengthen clarity of the vision statement
  • Speaks on behalf of the City of Regina on complex / political issues, including leading the City of Regina’s most significant negotiations on strategic alliances; focusing on long term strategies and enterprise-wide initiatives to support continuous improvement for the organization and community.
  • Emotional intelligence such as empathy, attentiveness to nonverbal cues, managing the emotions of self and others, and building bonds / trust with others

 

 


How to Apply:

Please send your resume in Word or PDF format to: jmadder@optimumtalent.com. Copy and Paste the following job title and code and place it in the subject line of your email so we can identify the job and confirm receipt of your application:
AKWU-120601 Director, Water, Waste & Environmental Services- City of Regina - SK - Regina (OTIAPPLY)

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