Deputy Fire Chief, The City of Vaughan
September 8, 2021
Employment Opportunity: Deputy Fire Chief, The City of Vaughan - Closing Date September 29, 2021

The City of Vaughan
2141 Major Mackenzie Drive
Vaughan, ON  L6A 1T1
Tel:  905-832-2281

We have an exciting Permanent Full-time Non-Unionized opportunity in the
Vaughan Fire and Rescue Services Department for an experienced and motivated individual

Deputy Fire Chief

(JOB # J0921-0058)
Vaughan is a city on the move. With a downtown core rising from the ground – the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, a state-of-the-art hospital opening its doors in 2021 – the Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital, and a bustling subway, exciting projects are transforming the community. Be a part of something amazing and build your career at the City of Vaughan.

The City of Vaughan is an equal opportunity employer serving one of the fastest-growing municipalities in Canada, we are an organization committed to diversity and inclusivity, providing a thriving work environment, excellent benefits, learning and growth opportunities and a place where collaboration and teamwork are fostered. As one of the Greater Toronto’s Top Employers for 2021, we continuously employ workplace best-practices – and they’re getting noticed! Excellence demands brilliant personalities, visionary thinking and a passion for public service. Vaughan is your place to grow.
The Fire and Rescue Service of the City of Vaughan protects and connects with the community. Pride and Honour is the motto of this ten-station service and it responds to more than 11,000 fire, medical, public hazard and rescue calls a year, while coordinating fire prevention and public education programs. In this leadership role, you will have the opportunity to serve an involved and engaged community that values the firefighters who serve it.
Reporting to the Fire Chief, you are a proven leader responsible for the vision, planning, coordinating and directing City of Vaughan Fire and Rescue Services and related emergency and support services. You will provide strategic, administrative and technical expertise, management and direction respecting departmental, divisional and operational issues including formulating and implementing policies, procedures and preparation of reports/budgets; develop and implement community training and fire prevention programs; responsible for supervising the maintenance of fire apparatus, equipment, facilities and departmental records, training of staff including professional development, monthly training and technical rescue training. You will ensure the recruitment, selection, training, and development of staff to support the organization’s commitment to service excellence, diversity, and personal leadership. As Deputy Fire Chief, you will ensure that Health and Safety programs are implemented, and protocols are followed. You will develop impactful strategies to improve firefighter wellness. You will ensure effective communication and positive working relationship with staff, assist in performance development, promotional routines, labour relations, budget preparation, capital projects and planning. With a commitment to continuous improvement through performance measurement and benchmarking to improve outcomes, you will work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality seamless customer service. As a change agent, you will be responsible for creating a positive organizational climate in which each and every member of the department feels values, appreciated, motivated and empowered to fully contribute to the success of the department.
Qualifications and experience:
  • A three (3) year University Degree / College Diploma in, fire administration, public or business administration or suitable equivalent combined with a minimum ten (10) years of progressively responsible fire service experience; at least five (5) years at an officer rank is considered an asset;
  • Extensive working knowledge of related applicable legislation, codes, regulatory standards, site plan review processes and practices and principles of fire protection;
  • Exceptional interpersonal, communication (oral and written), problem solving, decision-making, organizational, public relations, conflict management, investigative, planning and customer service skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work both formally and informally across a broad spectrum of stakeholder groups and partners;
  • Candidates must have demonstrated leadership skills in a unionized environment, with proven ability to provide effective command over firefighting personnel, combined with the ability to build teamwork and cohesion within all levels of the Fire Service and within the organization;
  • Skilled in strategic, business and organizational planning, organizational and change management, and business process improvement with a results oriented commitment to great customer service combined with a continual drive to improve quality of services offered;
  • Candidates will have experience in contract administration including the development of specifications for requests for proposals, procurement processes, contract development, administration, monitoring and associated budgetary processes;
  • Current, clear vulnerable sector check from an accredited Police service;
  • Valid Ontario G Class driver’s licence in good standing.

In addition to offering a competitive compensation package, we have a strong focus on health and wellness, including fitness facilities and family-focused benefits.

If you are an energetic person who is interested in bringing your knowledge and passion to the City of Vaughan, please visit our website to apply online by Wednesday September 29, 2021.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please be advised, the City of Vaughan uses email to communicate with applicants for open job competitions.
The City of Vaughan is committed to diversity and inclusivity in employment and welcomes applications from qualified individuals of diverse backgrounds. The City of Vaughan is also committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities.
If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs.
Applicant information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001 (S.O. 2001,c.25) and will be used to determine qualifications for employment with The Corporation of the City of Vaughan.  Questions about this collection should be directed to the Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer, 2141 Major Mackenzie Drive, Vaughan, ON, L6A 1T1, (905) 832-8585.