Assistant Chief – Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency – Halifax, NS
October 10, 2018
Employment Opportunity:  Assistant Chief – Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency – Halifax, NS - Closing date October 18, 2018


Career Opportunity

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HRM is inviting applications for up to three permanent full time positions of Assistant Chief with Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency (HRFE). We encourage applications from qualified African Nova Scotians, racially visible persons, women in non-traditional positions, persons with disabilities and Aboriginal persons.  HRM encourages applicants to self-identify.

Reporting to a Deputy Chief, you are responsible for providing leadership and direction to both the career and volunteer members of HRFE. You may be rotated through other portfolios of responsibility, including Operations & Performance & Safety.  
As Assistant Chief you will:
  • Helping achieve strategic priorities through planning, organizing, coordinating, and directing the delivery of a variety of proactive community risk reduction initiatives and emergency services to best serve our customers and stakeholders.
  • Overseeing career and volunteer fire operations division, including community risk reduction initiatives and emergency response.
  • Promoting our core values through training and education, restorative and conflict resolution processes.
  • Developing and implementing strategies and processes that support and maintain a healthy workplace culture and climate to ensure a respectful and inclusive workplace.
  • Representing the office of the Fire Chief and HRFE within the community to build relationships based on our core values.

The Assistant Chief leads personnel through integrity, credibility, and by example, in a manner that supports and promotes our mission, vision and values.

  • Provides leadership and supervision to District Chiefs, Division Chiefs and other assigned staff.
  • Supports the annual business plan and assists with managing operating and capital budgets for the assigned portfolio.
  • Promotes strong, open, positive, labour management and stakeholder relationships, responds to labour management issues prior to initiation of the grievance procedure.
  • Represents HRFE in the formal grievance proceedings as appropriate, including the coordination of alternative dispute resolution processes.
  • Monitors and evaluates the performance of assigned staff; sets performance standards and conducts appraisals.
  • Enforces operational guidelines, OH&S standards, rules, regulations, policies, systems and procedures for safe and efficient fire service operations.
  • Reviews established policies and operational guidelines, promotion, and retention efforts.
  • Develops and leverages strategic partnerships within HRM and with external partners to provide an effective and efficient public safety framework and the establishment of professional development and training programs that ensure a safe, healthy, respective and inclusive workplace.
  • Develops and maintains working relationships and/or networks of contacts with Federal, Provincial and Municipal regulatory authorities and the private sector to further the organization’s goals as needed.
  • May respond and assume the role of Incident Commander at an emergency scene, overseeing the command, control, and coordination of emergency response as the incident warrants.
  • Works with FST and Human Resources to respond to personnel matters.
  • Administers performance management and progressive discipline processes as necessary.
  • Participates in the on call Duty Officer rotation.
  • Reports to the Emergency Operations Centre as part of the Incident Management Team (IMT) in a major event.
  • Responds to large scale emergency incidents outside of HRM as part of a mobile IMT as required.
  • Represents the Deputy Chief and/or Fire Chief at community and public events, on committees, boards and community meetings as required, including liaising with the HRFE Outreach Committee to help strengthen the trust between the community and HRFE.
  • Works closely with Corporate Communications and key stakeholders to develop internal and external communications strategies and supporting materials.
  • Manages career/volunteer firefighters, administration and support members as assigned.
Education & Experience
  • Diploma in Fire Science or Emergency Management, Public Administration, Business Administration, or other related discipline.
  • Post-secondary education in Project Management, Adult Education, Human Resources, Social Justice or Diversity & Inclusion, an asset.
  • Minimum ten years’ experience in the fire/emergency service(s), with knowledge of various facets of operations.
  • Minimum three years’ experience at the District Chief or Division Chief level or equivalent rank.
  • Incident Command System–level 300, and Blue Card Command Certification, an asset.
  • Conflict resolution, restorative practices or mediation training, an asset.
  • NFPA1521 or confirmation of training equivalent to the standard, an asset.
  • NFPA1021 Level 3, 4 or confirmation of training equivalent to the standard, an asset.
  • NFPA472 Professional Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials Incidents/Weapons of Mass Destruction – Incident Commander level or confirmation of training equivalent to the standard, an asset.
  • An equivalent combination of education & experience may be considered.
Technical/Job Specific Knowledge and Abilities
Knowledge of:
  • Principles of management.
  • Customer service principles.
  • Theory and practice of fire suppression.
  • The deployment of personnel and equipment to emergency and fire situations.
  • HRFE volunteer structure and understanding of the issues concerning and requirements of the volunteer sector, Rescue and hazardous materials response protocols.
  • Fire prevention including inspection, investigation and code enforcement.
  • Windows based software applications, specifically Microsoft Office and File Data Management.
  • Practical knowledge of Collective Agreements in place and their administration.
  • Excellent written, oral communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to respect confidentiality in dealing with personnel issues.
  • Knowledge of departmental rules, regulations, standard operating guidelines, procedures, policies and applicable Codes, Acts, Regulations, Administrative Orders and Bylaws.
Security Clearance Requirements:  Applicants may be required to complete an employment security screening check.

Competencies:  Communications, Customer Service, Decision Making, Developing Others, Managing Change, Networking/Relationship Building, Organizational Awareness, Risk Management, Teamwork & Cooperation, Values & Ethics, Valuing Diversity, Visioning & Strategic Thinking

WORK STATUS:  Permanent - Full-time (up to 3 positions)

HOURS OF WORK:  Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with flexibility for on-call duties.

SALARY:  $135,000 to $155,000 (PSM3).  Salary commensurate with education and experience.

WORK LOCATION:  40 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth, NS

CLOSING DATE:  Applications will be received up to midnight, Thursday, October 18, 2018.

During the recruitment process, applicants have the right to request an accommodation. Applicants invited to participate in an assessment process (such as an interview or testing) and who require accommodation, should discuss their needs with the Recruiter when invited to the assessment process.