Deputy Fire Chief, Town of Whitby
January 11, 2021
Employment Opportunity - Deputy Fire Chief, Town of Whitby - Closing Date January 31, 2021

Town of Whitby
Employment Opportunity

Our team is highly skilled, passionate about our community, and we care.

Let’s grow together.

Deputy Fire Chief

What You Will Get To Do

The successful candidate will have a positive impact on our corporate culture by demonstrating the Town’s CARE core values (Collaborative, Accountable, Respectful, Engaged) through daily interactions with individuals at all levels of the organization, external contacts and elected officials.
By effectively building positive rapport and relationships both internally and externally, the successful candidate will help us achieve our mission that together we deliver services that make a difference in our community.
As our Deputy Fire Chief, you will be a champion for corporate and departmental priorities and values. You will have the opportunity to foster a culture focused on collaboration, accountability, respect and engagement. In addition, the Deputy Fire Chief holds staff and themselves accountable for the Core Values, the Employee Code of Conduct and the Respect in the Workplace policy.

Reporting to the Fire Chief, as a member of the management team, the Deputy Fire Chief is responsible to act in a senior administrative, operational and leadership capacity. You are responsible for the day-to-day operations and strategic support for divisions as assigned, which may include Risk Management and Education, Asset Management, Professional Development and Training, Suppression, Emergency Management, and/or Administration. Within this capacity, the Deputy Fire Chief will be fostering a collaborating and rewarding work environment while managing a high volume of competing activities
As our Deputy Fire Chief, you will:
  • provide leadership, guidance and support for staff within all divisions;
  • ensure delegated statutory responsibilities are carried out in accordance with applicable legislation, regulations, policies and procedures;
  • assist the Fire Chief in the development and implementation of fire department plans, goals and objectives;
  • oversee the preparation and administration of all operating and capital budgets within the assigned portfolio;
  • supervise and support the recruitment, training, development, attendance, performance and goals of staff;
  • develop and maintain all policies and procedures for the applicable divisions;
  • research, analyze and prepare technical reports and respond to staff, the general public and/or elected officials on various complex matters;
  • in the absence of the Fire Chief, assume the role and all statutory responsibilities of the position;
  • represent the Town at public meetings and/or legal proceedings; and,
  • perform other job-related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Who You Are

You are a strong leader who motivates and guides individuals and teams while holding them accountable for results. You encourage high performance through empowerment.  You are a collaborative problem solver that has experience negotiating between competing pressures and priorities. You are a visionary thinker who sees the importance of prioritizing self-care, especially when working within emergency services. You use your knowledge and experience in the field coupled with strong communication skills to guide staff.  You have a passion for innovation, you evaluate situations, recognize potential -- and potential issues -- and make decisions based on the consideration of multiple variables and points of view.

What You Bring To Our Team

As the ideal applicant, you should possess:
  • a post-secondary degree or diploma in Public or Business Administration or a related discipline;
  • a minimum of five (5) years senior supervisory experience in the Fire Service as a Deputy Chief, Chief Fire Prevention Officer, Chief Training Officer, Platoon Chief, or a combination of roles;
  • an understanding of labour relations, with experience managing in a unionized environment and applying collective agreements;
  • a thorough understanding of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act and other applicable legislation, related regulations, practice, policies and/or procedures;
  • strong financial management and budgeting skills;
  • extensive experience and skill in preparing and critically analyzing reports and/or technical documents in a systemic manner;
  • excellent project management skills, with the ability to make sound decisions, establish timelines and deliverables, while successfully transitioning from strategy through to implementation;
  • a demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with elected officials, staff, labour representatives, and the general public;
  • intermediate level knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel) and fire service-related computer software(s); and,
  • a valid Class "G" Driver's Licence maintained in good standing.

What We Offer You

  • Salary: $127,713 - $150,251 annum
  • a comprehensive benefits and pension program to ensure that your total compensation package addresses both your work and life needs.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

At the Town of Whitby, our values guide everything that we do. We celebrate our differences, which is why we are committed to building an inclusive and barrier-free environment for our team. If you need a specific accommodation during the recruitment process, please let us know, and we will be happy to provide. Any information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially.
Acknowledgement will only be forwarded to those applicants who are invited for an interview.
Personal information provided is collected under the authority of The Municipal Act, 2001 and the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
Posting Date:  Monday, January 11, 2021
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., plus additional hours as required.
Application Deadline:  Sunday, January 31, 2021
Application Instructions:  To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please apply through the Town of Whitby website; Current Opportunities.
Please quote reference number: 21-M002-264.
The selection process may include assessment methods to further determine a candidate’s knowledge and skills for the position.