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President and Chief Executive Officer | Safety Codes Council

The Organization

Formed in 1993 by way of the Safety Codes Act, the Safety Codes Council is an independent regulatory body that delivers programs on behalf of the Government of Alberta. Working alongside partners and stakeholders, the Council ensures that systems and structures are designed with safety in mind. The Safety Codes Council categorizes its activities into two primary services: 1) the oversight of safety codes such as permitting and inspections; and 2) the provision of safety recommendations from experts in our province.

Vision: To be an outcomes and data driven, risk-based regulatory organization that helps keep Albertans safe in the built environment.

Mission: Provide leadership by guiding, educating, supporting, and collaborating with all stakeholders in Alberta’s safety codes system.

Values:

  • Foster public confidence: public confidence is established through transparency, accountability, and enhancement of public service.
  • Fuel innovation in the safety codes system: the Council responds to industry needs and system innovations by finding efficient and effective ways to drive meaningful change and invests in technologies to help meet the evolving needs of the safety codes system.
  • Utilize expertise: the Council’s members and staff have deep and diverse expertise. Their talent and dedication to excellence strengthen the safety codes system.
  • Act with integrity: the Council demonstrates responsibility by upholding the highest ethical standards, acting with integrity, and generating trust.

For more information, please visit: https://www.safetycodes.ab.ca/

 

The Opportunity

Reports to:Board of Directors
Direct Reports:7: Corporate Counsel; Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Governance & Policy; Vice President, Operations; Director, Certification, Education, and Training; Director, People & Operational Excellence; Director, Finance & Corporate Controller; Director, Enterprise Performance & Chief Risk Officer
Location:Edmonton, Alberta

 

The Mandate

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President and Chief Executive Officer provides leadership in the establishment and implementation of the vision, mission, and values of the corporation, with accountability to set and implement annual strategic goals, objectives, and priorities. S/he provides information, advice, and support to enable sound decision-making by Council, while being responsible for the day-to-day operations, ensuring prudent stewardship of human and financial resources, and promoting organizational integrity.

Working alongside a high performing, established team, the President and Chief Executive Officer will champion an empowered and collegial culture. The President and Chief Executive Officer has a drive for action and results, recognizing that the success of their people is critical to a thriving organization. Passionate and relationship-oriented, the President and CEO possesses an affinity for engaging stakeholder groups. The President and Chief Executive Officer acts as a key spokesperson for the corporation while promoting a positive image to external groups comprised of industry, government, and national counterparts.

To ensure success in the role, the President and Chief Executive Officer must demonstrate superior ‘EQ’ and ‘IQ,’ while possessing experience across operations management, people leadership, and stakeholder engagement. As comfortable as the President and Chief Executive Officer is working inside Safety Codes Council, they must also embrace opportunities to function as the external ambassador for the organization, which entails meaningful interaction and collaboration with Safety Codes Council’s broad range of stakeholders.

 

Key Accountabilities

Leadership 

  • Provides leadership in establishing the vision, mission and values of the corporation;
  • Implements strategic direction by achieving annual goals, objectives, and priorities;
  • Identifies and assesses the significance of issues and trends that may impact the strategic direction of the corporation;
  • Promotes a culture that enables the corporation to respond to new issues or developments in a timely manner and successfully manage change processes;
  • Guides and inspires the employees of the corporation, allowing the executive leadership team to achieve high and sustained standards of performance, ensuring the long-term success of the corporation as well as the integrity and sustainability of the safety codes system; and
  • Exercises informed judgement while fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of the President and Chief Executive Officer.

Operations Management

  • Establishes overall corporate structure and management system under which major responsibilities, accountabilities, and functions are assigned and organized;
  • Delegates to members of the management team as appropriate and coordinates their efforts in accordance with the applicable legislation, strategic plan, and board policies;
  • Oversees day-to-day programs, services, and operations of the corporation;
  • Ensures clarity of objective and focus for management and employees; and
  • Ensures continuous collection and analysis of data regarding economic climate, current industry challenges, market conditions, technologies, and trends that may offer challenges or opportunities for the corporation.

External Relations 

  • In tandem with the Board Chair, acts as a key spokesperson for the corporation;
  • Ensures the corporation and its mission, programs and services are consistently presented in a positive image to its external stakeholders including industry members, the pubic, industry associations, regulators, and the provincial government;
  • Proactively engages with and establishes effective communication mechanisms with industry members and the leadership of industry organizations;
  • Promotes a relationship with the provincial government that establishes cooperation with department officials; and
  • Promotes national and international cooperation with related organizations.

Governance Interface and Decision-Making 

  • Establishes a good working relationship with the Board and its Chair;
  • Keeps the Chair and Board members informed and updated on the issues, trends, or developments that affect the Board in the performance of its mandate;
  • Works closely with the Chair to ensure board meetings are focused on the right issues, sets out and analyzes options for the Board, makes and supports recommendations, and provides relevant information and context to enable the Board to reach informed, timely decisions;
  • Supports the activities and meetings of Board including attending committee and task force meetings as appropriate;
  • With the Board Chair, establishes the board schedule in advance, co-ordinates the agenda and related events for board meetings;
  • Provides advice and support to the Board with respect to governance structure, objectives, strategies, plans, and policies of the Board; and,
  • Facilitates training and development programs and a performance evaluation system for Board members.

Organizational Integrity

  • Demonstrates high ethical standards and integrity in his/her personal dealings with Board, staff, and external stakeholders;
  • Fosters a culture of ethical conduct, integrity, and responsible decision-making throughout the corporation;
  • Establishes standards and procedures that ensure all activities and operations are conducted in compliance with applicable laws and Board policies;
  • Ensures honesty, transparency, and fairness in all employee relations; and
  • Avoids potential or actual conflicts of interest that are incompatible with the position of President and Chief Executive Officer.

Stewardship of Resources

  • Recommends an annual operating and capital budget for Board approval;
  • Manages the corporation’s resources within the budget guidelines and financial policies of the Board;
  • Implements policies and procedures to ensure the integrity of the corporation’s information, accounting, internal control, and financial reporting systems;
  • Oversees the human resources of the organization including setting standards, and monitoring and evaluating performance;
  • Provides opportunities for personal development and growth for management and staff;
  • Creates a work environment, including appropriate compensation and benefit programs, that attracts and retains quality individuals;
  • Plans and manages the Corporation’s revenues and expenditures;
  • Ensures regular, timely, and transparent financial reporting to the Board; and
  • Ensures the accuracy, completeness, integrity, and appropriate disclosure of the corporation’s financial statements.

 

First Year Deliverables / Measures of Success

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

  • Adjust organizational staffing structure as necessary to ensure alignment with the Council’s strategic goals;
  • Prioritize both internal and external stakeholder relationships according to the Council’s Mission and Values;
  • Ensure the review of the Accreditation process proceeds apace with the scheduled rollout in 2025, while providing regular progress updates to the Board of Directors and the Ministry; and
  • Develop/assign resources as required to ensure fulfillment of the Board of Directors-approved Strategic Plan and Organizational Goals.

 

Candidate Profile

The successful candidate will have the following:

Education:

  • University degree or other relevant postsecondary education;
  • A master’s degree and/or professional designation may be considered an asset.

Experience:

  • A minimum of 10 years senior or executive management experience within a variety of relevant industries is preferred. Experience in a senior management position with a professional or occupational regulatory agency, or with an industry organization (e.g., provincial association or board) will also be considered;
  • Sound understanding of organizational governance structures, gained by reporting to, or participating on boards;
  • A history of agile leadership within changing environments and a willingness to embrace innovation with an open mind and explore creative solutions to new challenges.

Competencies and Attributes:

  • The ability to build constructive relationships with multiple stakeholder groups, and to deftly navigate and establish ‘win-win’ outcomes where there are diverse and/or competing agendas;
  • The ability to quickly earn the confidence of Safety Code Council employees, board, and all external stakeholders by listening and engaging in a sincere and thoughtful manner;
  • A natural tendency toward collaboration, both to mobilize and inspire internal teams and to engage externally with industry stakeholders, board, and government;
  • The ability to effectively plan, organize, and direct the activities of others to support the achievement of organizational objectives;
  • The ability to understand and apply organizational change process to support or lead organizational change initiatives;
  • The ability to convince or sway others to accept a point of view, particularly with the goal of advancing organizational objectives and priorities; and,
  • The ability to stand firm in one’s values and convictions, in the face of obstacles, challenging circumstances or resistance.

 

The Compensation

An excellent compensation package awaits the successful candidate.

 

Equal Opportunity

The Safety Codes Council is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognizes that a diverse team benefits and is essential to service excellence. The Safety Codes Council welcomes applications from all qualified individuals and encourages 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 the provincial legislation, accommodations will be provided by Gallagher and the Safety Codes Council throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.


How to Apply:

Please send your resume in Word or PDF format to: HRCCCanada.GBS.EdmontonPIES@ajg.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:
ACLE-031712 President and Chief Executive Officer | Safety Codes Council - AB - Edmonton and Area (OTIAPPLY)

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