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Executive Director – Edmonton Police Commission

THE ORGANIZATION

The Edmonton Police Commission acts as a board of governors for the Edmonton Police Service, and has four main roles:

  1. Oversee the Edmonton Police Service.
  2. Respond to the public’s concerns on policing matters.
  3. Help develop the annual policing plan and budget.
  4. Build positive relationships with community partners.

While inherently intertwined with the Edmonton Police Service (EPS), the roles of the Commission and the EPS are very different. The EPS is composed of the Chief of Police, police officers and civilian staff who provide policing service in Edmonton, including crime prevention, law enforcement and public safety.  The Commission has a governance role and does not involve itself in day-to-day police operations or investigations.

The Edmonton Police Commission is a non-political body appointed to represent the citizens of Edmonton. While the Commission is appointed by and accountable to City Council, it remains an unbiased body whose primary commitment is ensuring Edmonton remains a safe and vibrant city.

The Commission recognizes that Edmonton is changing and that these changes affect how our city must be policed. By working closely with the Chief of Police and the Edmonton Police Service, the Commissioners are able to create an essential balance between public accountability and police independence. The Commission also connects with the community through meetings and public forums. This allows them to respond to civilian concerns and expectations and the necessary steps to build a safer community for everyone.

Mission

Oversight that drives:

  • Conscious inclusivity
  • Connecting with communities
  • Committed partnerships
  • Continual accountability
  • Creating a safe city

Vision

Inspiring trust and innovation in policing and community safety through effective oversight.

Values

  • Inclusivity
  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Leadership
  • Respect
  • Stewardship
  • Transparency

 

THE OPPORTUNITY

Job Title: Executive Director

Reports to: The Commission

Direct Reports: Four

Location: Edmonton

 

THE MANDATE

The Executive Director is a senior level management and advisory position that reports to the Edmonton Police Commission. The Executive Director, with the assistance of an excellent team, is responsible for providing the Commission with all administrative and professional support needed to achieve successful governance of the Edmonton Police Service. This position provides leadership on matters such as policy development and implementation. The Executive Director is responsible for strategic and operational planning and ensuring that the Commission conforms to provincial and municipal legislation governing police commissions.

Key Accountabilities

  • Advise the Commission on the respective roles and authority of the Commission, the Police Service and the Chief of Police under the Police Act, including matters of governance, oversight, ethics, policy and procedure;
  • Represent the Commission while liaising with the Edmonton Police Service, municipal and provincial government agencies, external consultants, other stakeholders, the media and the public;
  • Actively pursue open lines of external communication and co-operation within a complex multi-stakeholder environment, including attending public events, seeking to build relationships where none have existed in the past, and/or speaking on behalf of the Commission, as required;
  • Provide policy and risk analysis, research and development, including gathering of information from EPS, the City of Edmonton, external agencies and the general public, as required;
  • Provide clear, complete and accurate reports and recommendations for the Commission and municipal and provincial governments;
  • Ensure Commission members have all the necessary information/documentation to carry out their governance mandate, including proper administrative support for all Commission and Committee meetings;
  • Demonstrate the utmost professionalism in advising the Commission on issues, risks, and recommendations, while supporting them regardless of which way their decisions fall;
  • Plan, organize and/or monitor all functions and activities associated with the Commission office and manage projects as defined by the Commission;
  • Provide leadership, development and coaching to the Commission administrative staff;
  • Oversee the development, execution and maintenance of a general Commission communication plan as well as issue-specific communication plans, including the development of communication tools and key messages;
  • Work with the Commission to increase public awareness and understanding of the role and function of the Commission;
  • Ensure delivery of orientation training for new Commission members and staff;
  • Prepare for approval, and report on, the Commission’s budget; and
  • Act as the Commission’s coordinator for the purposes of the Alberta’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPP)

 

FIRST YEAR DELIVERABLES / MEASURES OF SUCCESS

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

  • Build and sustain strong relationships with all key stakeholder groups, but especially those of the police service (e.g. the Chief, Deputy Chiefs, executive membership, sworn members, civilian staff and the Edmonton Police Association);
  • Successfully curate reports submitted to the Commission by EPS to ensure they are timely, relevant, comprehensive and meet the requirements necessary for the governance function;
  • Develop opportunities to enhance the Commission’s ability to participate meaningfully at the provincial level regarding police governance matters including contributing to the revisions of the Police Act, where applicable and appropriate, and acting as a key influencer in this process;
  • Meet all financial milestones/budgetary goals for the Commission;
  • Maintain an excellent internal culture while leading the collaborative and high-performing team; and
  • Ensure strategic priorities are on track through the successful execution of the annual business plan.

 

CANDIDATE PROFILE

The successful candidate will have the following:

Education

  • Post-secondary education, ideally at a university level, or an equivalent combination of education and experience

Experience

  • Successfully demonstrated leadership and management skills through progressively senior roles;
  • Working knowledge of the structure of municipal and provincial governments and legislation and a solid understanding of board governance, legislatively authority and judicial issues;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the public safety environment is an asset; and
  • Prior experience reporting to a Board or Commission is strongly desired.

Competencies and Attributes

  • Strategic Planning: Ability to determine short-term and long-term objectives and strategies and co-ordinate with other organizations to accomplish shared goals and objectives.
  • Strategic Leadership: Fosters the development of a common vision providing clear direction and priorities and clarifying roles and responsibilities. Sets the tone for the corporation’s culture and ensures succession in management and leadership. Ability to recognize and analyze opportunities and problems and provide recommendations
  • People Leadership: Ability to inspire and focus the team toward goal achievement. Demonstrates behaviors consistent with organizational values and demands same from others.
  • Financial Acumen: Understands key organizational budget fundamentals, understands the drivers of financial health and accountability of the Commission and takes responsibility to maintain its ongoing fiscal soundness.
  • Relationship with Commission, EPS and Stakeholders: Builds trusting relationships with the Commission members, the Edmonton Police Service, the City, and other stakeholders (including the community at large) by being open in the sharing and receiving of information to the level that is appropriate in this complex environment. Proactively seeks partnership and collaboration with stakeholders to ensure long-term strategic success.
  • Management of Ambiguity: Adapts effortlessly to changes in priorities, circumstances and environment; is energized by the opportunity to lead an organization that is the pivot point between the Commission, the Police Service, the City, the Province, and the public.
  • Political Acumen: Possesses keen judgement and a heightened ability to perceive the formal and informal influences on a situation. Correctly reads contextual cues and uses the information to frame and sell ideas, influence others, negotiate, persuade, build networks, initiate and manage change.
  • Communication: Communicates effectively with stakeholders on goals, plans and issues and seeks feedback and advice before acting.

 

THE COMPENSATION

An excellent compensation package awaits the successful candidate.

 


How to Apply:

Please send your resume in Word or PDF format to: pies_edmonton@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:
A015449 (ASGV-373735) Executive Director – Edmonton Police Commission - AB - Edmonton and Area (OTIAPPLY)

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