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Fire Chief & Director of Emergency Management | City of Leduc

The Organization

The City of Leduc is a thriving community of roughly 30,000 citizens and is perfectly situated along Alberta’s major transportation connections including their regional partner, the Edmonton International Airport. Offering the best of both worlds, Leduc has a younger demographic who enjoy the convenience of urban amenities, yet have proximity to employment opportunities in a smaller, family-oriented community.  Leduc has been one of the fastest growing communities in the region, and in 2018 was listed as one of the “friendliest communities in Canada”.

The City of Leduc has something for everyone including programs and services that enhance quality of life and sense of community. The pride of Leduc is the Leduc Recreation Centre which offers an abundance of offerings from NHL sized rinks to an aquatics and fitness centre. Residents can explore over 60km of paved Multiway Trails as well as the William F. Lede Park by Telford Lake. Some of Leduc’s unique local attractions include the Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre, Dr. Woods House Museum, the Stone Barn Garden, and one of the last wooden grain elevators in Alberta.

Governed by a seven-member Council and an Administration team with a workforce of over 450 employees, the City of Leduc is proud to serve their community. With their Mission statement People.Building.Community, and core values of “teamwork, service, respect and leadership”, the City currently has four key areas of focus:

  • A City Where People Want to Live, Work and Play
  • A City with a Plan for the Future
  • An Economically Prosperous City and Region
  • A Collaborative Community-Builder and Regional Partner

For further information about the City of Leduc, please visit their website at www.leduc.ca

 

The Opportunity

Reports to: General Manager, Community & Protective Services

Direct Reports: 3: Deputy Chief, Community Safety and Preparedness; Deputy Chief, Operations and Training; Deputy Chief, Support Services

Indirect Reports: 37 Permanent Full Time Firefighters; approximately 60 Paid On-Call personnel

Location: Leduc, Alberta

 

Mandate

Reporting to the General Manager, Community & Protective Services, this position is responsible for providing strategic leadership to the City’s Fire Services Department. With a continued focus on increasing safety, efficiency, effectiveness, the Fire Chief & Director of Emergency Management will provide an enthusiastic, innovative, and effective approach to Emergency Response. The Fire Chief & Director of Emergency Management will be a part of a highly progressive, leading organization and will demonstrate a strong political acumen in the delivery of all services including sensitive and critical communication surrounding emergency management, and crisis actions.

The Fire Chief & Director of Emergency Management, with the assistance of an excellent team, is responsible for providing the Department with necessary administrative and professional leadership to elevate the Department to the highest level of excellence and efficiency. The Director is also responsible for strategic and operational planning and ensuring the Department conforms to City of Leduc policies and procedures, provincial and municipal legislation, as well as Alberta Health Services contracts and mandates.

 

Key Accountabilities

The position will include the following responsibilities:

  • Overall responsibility for the Fire Services Department including; leadership, budget, resource management, work assignment, and all other aspects of Department oversight;
  • Conduct annual operational planning and establish key performance indicators for Department activities;
  • Responsible for establishing, managing, and reporting on assigned budgets;
  • Responsible for building strong collaborative relationships with City Departments and the Union;
  • Promote a positive, respectful culture that values equity, diversity, and inclusion through the leadership, management, assessment, and development of staff;
  • Responsible for fostering a positive, supportive and collaborative team approach and managing conflict by designing approaches to help ensure a healthy and productive working environment.
  • Represent the Fire Department while liaising with the City of Leduc Council, 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 strong and enduring relationships, and/or speaking on behalf of the Fire Services Department, as required;
  • Provide policy and risk analysis, research and development, including gathering of information from Department staff, AHS, the City of Leduc, and the general public, as required;
  • Provide clear, complete and accurate reports and recommendations for the City of Leduc Fire Services Department and municipal and provincial governments;
  • Ensure that the City of Leduc Fire Services Department has all the necessary information, training, and resources to successfully carry out their duties and mandate;
  • Demonstrate the utmost professionalism in advising the Department and Executive Leadership on issues, risks, and recommendations;
  • Plan, organize and/or monitor all functions and activities associated with the Fire Services Department and manage projects as defined by Executive Leadership;
  • Provide leadership, development, and coaching to unionized staff and paid-on call team members;
  • In collaboration with the Director, Communications and Marketing. oversee the development, execution, and maintenance of the Department’s communication plan for the public and the media;
  • Prepare for approval, and report on, the Department’s budget; and
  • Establish and coordinate contracts with Alberta Health Services.

 

First Year Deliverables / Measures of Success

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

  • Build a strong and healthy rapport with Officers, Executive Leadership, the Union, and other employees at the City of Leduc;
  • Assist in the effective bargaining and negotiation of a contract between the City of Leduc Fire Services departmentand Alberta Health Services;
  • Promote a culture of engagement by providing support to Department employees, prioritizing diversity and inclusion, while promoting transparency at all levels, and recognizing outstanding employees.
  • Establish a blueprint of a third City of Leduc fire house, and put building plans into action by acquiring resources and personnel to see the project through; and
  • Engage in reputation management by successfully leveraging the positive characteristics of the City of Leduc to the municipality and surrounding areas.

 

Candidate Profile

The successful candidate will have the following:

Education:

  • University degree or a comparable combination of education and experience in progressively complex organizations;
  • Post-secondary education in emergency management would be considered an asset; and
  • Training in the fire services or EMS industry.

Experience:

  • A minimum of five (5) to (10) years of previous experience in the fire services industry or EMS services;
  • Demonstrated track record of effective administrative leadership;
  • Demonstrated organizational change management ability in a senior leadership capacity;
  • A leader with proven ability to work with and influence groups and associations toward achievement of a common goal; and
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in the development and implementation of an integrated approach to strategic planning, performance measurement and management, business planning and budgeting.

Competencies and Attributes:

  • Team oriented, collaborative attitude with a talent for building relationships;
  • Fosters the development of a common vision by providing clear direction and priorities and by clarifying roles and responsibilities while creating a culture that is highly collaborative and inclusive;
  • Creates an environment for members to be innovative and promotes new idea generation;
  • Sets an example for the organization’s culture by operating with a high level of integrity;
  • Ensures succession planning in management and leadership;
  • Instills a culture of personal responsibility, accountability, and continuous improvement through open communication;
  • Is a visible, accessible, passionate, and people-oriented leader with a reputation for successfully attracting, mentoring, and motivating staff; and
  • Understanding of organizational culture, and ability to work within that culture to affect organizational change in a positive way.

 

The Compensation

An excellent compensation package awaits the successful candidate.

 

Equal Opportunity

The City of Leduc is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognizes that a diverse team benefits and enriches our work and is essential to operational excellence. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals and encourage women, members of racialized communities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity to confidentially self-identify at time of application. In accordance with provincial legislation, accommodation will be provided by Gallagher and the City of Leduc throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.


How to Apply:

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ACCS-540886 Fire Chief & Director of Emergency Management | City of Leduc - AB - Leduc (OTIAPPLY)

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