Deputy Fire Chief / Director, Operational Support & Community Safety - City of Hamilton, Ontario
November 4, 2019
Employment Opportunity:  Deputy Fire Chief / Director, Operational Support & Community Safety - City of Hamilton, Ontario - Closing Date November 20, 2019


Deputy Fire Chief / Director, Operational Support & Community Safety

Hamilton, ON

The City of Hamilton Healthy & Safe Communities Department is committed to its people and dedicated to building strong, healthy communities. We are passionate about making a difference within our communities through teamwork, not only across the Department but along with community partners, focusing on high impact that is monitored and measured, enabling us to understand how we can continuously improve to ensure that we are recognized for our excellence in service delivery.

We are seeking a highly motivated, visionary leader to fill the senior position of Deputy Fire Chief, Operational Support & Community Safety, a portfolio that involves leading and overseeing the City’s Fire Prevention and Public Education programs and our Community Risk Assessment. Reporting to the Fire Chief, you’ll provide strategic leadership, through subordinate management, to a multi-functional workforce engaged in the delivery of Fire and Emergency Services, and recommend broad policies and long-range strategies in service delivery to meet mandated goals and objectives, all in alignment with the City of Hamilton’s risk profile and the Department’s 10-Year Fire Service Delivery Plan.

Leading by example, you’ll establish and achieve operational goals and objectives through the effective and efficient use of financial and staff resources, and use a "best practices" approach in developing and delivering quality services in a timely, cost-effective manner, while modelling and instilling a customer service focus throughout the Department.

As part of the Hamilton Fire Department senior leadership team, you’ll experience a challenging, rewarding and fulfilling career in a respectful, supportive workplace that provides lifelong learning opportunities, leadership, innovation and performance excellence.

Your qualifications for the role of Director / Deputy Fire Chief include:

  • Proven knowledge of management principles, practices and theories in the direct delivery of firefighting services.
  • A post-secondary degree/diploma in Business, Public Administration or a related field, OR an acceptable equivalent combination of education, training and experience in the execution and management of a composite Fire Department, an asset.
  • Graduation from the Ontario Fire College, preferred.
  • Emergency planning and preparedness training, preferred.
  • Confirmed Fire Officer, an asset.
  • Competency in the use of all equipment and techniques utilized at emergency responses.
  • Highly developed analytical and business-planning skills, with a proven track record for long-term visioning and big-picture thinking.
  • Highly developed ability to articulate a vision, and lead and inspire others with steadfast integrity.
  • Highly effective leadership, coaching, facilitation, communication, interpersonal and organizational skills in a predominantly unionized environment.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated experience in the design and delivery of customer-focused programs and services.
  • Demonstrated ability to deal effectively with elected officials, other government officials, management, union representatives, peers, staff and the general public.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of statutes, regulations and by-laws affecting the Division/Section.
  • A working knowledge of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act (Bill 84), the Ontario Fire Code, the Building Code, Fire Prevention Regulations, the Occupational Health & Safety Act, building design and construction, the municipal water supply and the geography of the municipality.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Occupational Health & Safety Act and applicable regulations as it relates to the position.
  • A strong work ethic and professional competency.
  • Physical capabilities to respond to emergencies and work on emergency scenes.
  • Thorough knowledge of the collective bargaining process.
  • Ability to effectively facilitate grievance procedures.
  • Willingness to participate in Corporate Task Forces and ad hoc work groups/committees, as required.
  • Ability to monitor all budgets within the Fire Division and assist the Fire Chief with budget preparation and management.
  • Computer literacy in the current suite of Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Proven ability to effectively negotiate complex agreements, and excellent facilitation skills to build consensus.
  • A valid Class “G” driver’s licence; proof thereof is required after hire.

This regular, full-time position offers a salary range of $76.141 - $97.476 per hour.

About the City of Hamilton
Contribute to the City of Hamilton, one of Canada’s largest cities – home to a diverse and strong economy, an active and inclusive community, a robust cultural and dining scene, hundreds of kilometres of hiking trails and natural beauty just minutes from the downtown core, and so much more. Join our diverse team of talented and ambitious staff who embody our values of sensational service, courageous change, steadfast integrity, collective ownership and being engaged, empowered employees. Help us #BeTheReason the entire country is talking about Hamilton and achieve our vision of being the best place to raise a child and age successfully.

For full details and to apply

If you are interested in working alongside a dedicated team that’s contributing to the well-being of Hamilton’s residents, please visit for details on this Director / Deputy Fire Chief position, JOB ID #15837. and to apply online, by Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

The City is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes. If contacted for an employment opportunity, please advise Human Resources if you require accommodation.

The City of Hamilton values the diversity of our workforce and the knowledge of our people. We thank all who have applied; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.

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