Deputy Fire Chief, Operations, Town of Oakville
July 30, 2020
Employment Opportunity: Deputy Fire Chief, Operations, Town of Oakville - Closing Date August 21, 2020



Town of Oakville
Job Term:
Permanent Full-time
Salary to commensurate with experience
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About the Town of Oakville
With a population of 206,000, the Town of Oakville is a vibrant and thriving community that has all the advantages of a well-serviced urban centre while maintaining its historical small-town heritage, warmth and charm.  The town has encouraged a strong and growing economic base while it focuses on sustainability and the environment.
What can I expect in this role?
As Deputy Fire Chief of Operations, you will assume a strategic leadership role in a very well respected and forward thinking emergency and fire services organization and play an important part in the continued safety and preparedness of the town.  Reporting to the Fire Chief, you will join a leadership team comprised of three Deputy Fire Chiefs that oversees the Fire Services team of the town.  The responsibilities of each Deputy Fire Chief are assigned by the Fire Chief and include but not limited to the management and direction of the following: operations, fire prevention & training, and emergency preparedness & specialized projects.  As Deputy Fire Chief of Operations you will:
  • plan, direct and evaluate services provided by the operations division and ensure service delivery is in accordance with the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, Council mandate and other obligations
  • develop and implement policies and procedures for suppression, communications and fleet management
  • analyze operational performance, identify and implement improvements and implement action plans in response to issues raised including data analytics
  • present reports and recommendations for approval at Committee meetings and Council
  • seek clarification and direction from the Fire Chief as required
  • contribute to a culture of innovation and continuous improvement
  • participate in the execution of the commission’s strategic plan by ensuring it is effectively incorporated into annual business plans and budgets
  • ensure the department has the capacity and diversity to meet current and future needs
  • act as a role model and monitors and addresses workplace well-being
  • develop and implement effective both performance and program based annual budgets
  • apply and monitor systems for financial information management, internal audit, and evaluation
  • fulfill legal obligations and policy requirements
  • initiate and participate in special projects
How do I qualify?
You are a proven leader with a results oriented commitment to “great” customer service combined with a continual drive to improve the quality of the services offered.  You apply your critical thinking, project management and change management skills to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of corporate and departmental initiatives.  You develop strategies to address current and emerging fire safety issues, and are comfortable developing solutions, as well as leading the day-to-day operations. 
Your strengths include excellent communication skills, conflict management and a working knowledge of relevant legislation, codes, standards and guidelines.  You believe in life-long learning and strive to get the best out of your staff through staff development, motivation, training and education.  Comfortable in a unionized environment, you foster positive, sound labour relations practices, and work closely with senior management and staff to implement cost-effective, innovated solutions that will improve internal and external customer/client satisfaction and quality of service.  You have a proven track record in senior management within the operations division, and have experience in incorporating data analytics towards continuous departmental improvements. 
Your post-secondary education or equivalent is augmented by progressively responsible positions that have resulted in outstanding leadership complemented by a highly developed understanding of municipal government and service delivery.  You have expertise in change management, project management, policy development, business planning and budgeting, labour relations and motivating others. 
In addition, your experience demonstrates the following leadership competencies:
  • Strategic Thinking – innovating through analysis and ideas
  • Engagement – mobilizing people, organizations, partners
  • Management Excellence - delivering results through action management, people management and financial & asset management
  • Accountability and Respect – serving with integrity and respect
Core Knowledge Required for Success:
You are an experienced leader with a comprehensive knowledge of:
  • Fire Protection and Prevention Act;
  • Ontario Building Code
  • Laws and legislation pertaining to the fire service;
  • Occupational Health & Safety legislation, Section 21 Guidance Notes and practices/processes;
  • Human resources management;
  • Knowledge of corporate and department policies & procedures.
Corporate Values:
Teamwork, accountability, dedication, honesty, innovation and respect
We offer:
  • a progressive work environment that promotes a work/life balance and strives to be a great place for great people to do great things
  • a defined benefit pension plan
  • comprehensive health plan complemented with life and disability insurance
Applications will be accepted on-line at in the current opportunities section no later than midnight on August 21, 2020
DATED: July 30, 2020
We thank all applicants and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Successful candidates will abide by Ontario Health & Safety Legislation and follow Corporate Health & Safety Policies
The Town of Oakville is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Personal information collected from applications and resumes is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001, and will be used to determine qualifications for employment. Questions about this collection of information should be directed to Human Resource Services, 1225 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, Ontario L6H 0H3.