Director of Emergency and Fire Services (Fire Chief), Municipality of Clarington
June 7, 2021
Employment Opportunity: Director of Emergency and Fire Services (Fire Chief), Municipality of Clarington - Closing Date June 28, 2021


The Corporation of the Municipality of Clarington
Emergency and Fire Services
Requires a

Director of Emergency and Fire Services (Fire Chief)


The Municipality of Clarington is pleased to accommodate individual needs in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, within our recruitment process.  If you require accommodation at any time throughout the recruitment process or in performing your position should you be selected please contact the Human Resources Division at


The Municipality of Clarington is a vibrant community on the eastern edge of the Greater Toronto Area and Durham Region.  With a current population of 105,000 people, Clarington is expected to grow to 140,000 residents by 2031.

The Municipality covers an area of approximately 612 square kilometres with four (4) urban centres (Bowmanville, Courtice, Newcastle and Orono) and thirteen (13) hamlets. Our residents enjoy waterfront trails alongside Lake Ontario, protected farmlands and the natural beauty of the Oak Ridges Moraine.

Clarington is an urbanizing community with a strong sense of place.  The Municipality of Clarington is home to three of Canada’s 100 largest infrastructure projects.  It is the host community of OPG - Darlington Nuclear and is looking forward to the extension of GO Rail service by 2024.

The Role

The Municipality is looking for a progressive, highly motivated, innovative, and skilled professional to provide strategic leadership and guidance with the overall administration of Clarington Emergency and Fire Services. The successful candidate will possess the ability to engage the entire department through progressive leadership and guidance that fosters a workplace culture built on transparency, accountability, integrity and respect.

Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer, the Director of Emergency and Fire Services is responsible for the planning, direction and oversight of the department, various community-based services and programs, and ensuring all legislative requirements are met and exemplify the ideals of the emergency and fire services profession. This position plays a key role in developing municipal initiatives and is an essential member of the Senior Management Team.

With a robust composite department, the Director of Emergency and Fire Services is responsible for five divisions; Suppression (full-time and volunteer), Prevention, Training, Administration and Maintenance totalling approximately 75 full-time staff and 125 volunteer staff across the municipality.

The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge in the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, the Ontario Fire Code, the Ontario Building Code, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and other relevant legislation.

In addition, the position requires the individual to be on call at least one third of each calendar year, including attendance when required at Committee, Council and other applicable meetings that may occur beyond normal office hours.

Candidates will have a degree or diploma in Business or Public Administration and more than 7 years’ of progressively responsible experience at a senior management or director level in a municipal fire service or similar environment, or a combination of experience and education to the satisfaction of the Chief Administrative Officer.

In addition to the above, the preferred candidate will have:
  • Completed the Ontario Fire College Company Officers’ Course.
  • Demonstrated experience in Command and Control.
  • Community Emergency Management Coordinator designation.
  • Designated Officer certification.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with managing a composite fire department including effective labour relations experience.
  • Excellent leadership, inter-personal, computer and oral/written communication skills.
  • Possession of a current certification in First Aid and CPR.
  • A valid class “DZ” Ontario Driver’s License in good standing.
  • Ontario Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) Certification Part 1 and 2, or the ability to acquire. 
  • Possession of the A.M.C.T. and/or C.M.M. designation would be considered an asset.
  • Additional fire services training, including supervision and administration would be considered an asset.

Key Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Provide leadership and guidance to a department of approximately 75 full time staff and 125 suppression volunteers.
  • Management and supervision of the ongoing day to day operations of the department, including working with unionized staff to maintain a productive and effective working environment.
  • Oversee the administration and coordination of fire suppression and fire prevention activities across the municipality.
  • Coordinate the emergency and disaster response plans in Clarington, as well as collaborating and participating with Durham Emergency Management Office as well as OPG.
  • Ensuring that all employees in the department are provided with a safe and healthy workplace consistent with corporate and departmental policies, standards, and initiatives.
  • Provide sound and timely advice to Council, the Chief Administrative Officer and other Senior Staff including implementing short and long terms plans of the department to address the needs of both the department and the municipality.
  • Participation with Council and senior staff in developing municipal wide policy including the corporate strategic plan, emergency and business continuity planning, and other corporate priorities.
  • Ensuring all Council, corporate and departmental approved policies and procedures are adhered to in the department and that other departments observe and adhere to applicable Emergency and Fire Services policies.
  • Active participation in, and encouragement of subordinates’ participation and engagement in various corporate projects, initiatives, and teams.
  • Represent Emergency and Fire Services and the Municipality at meetings with residents, citizen groups, associations, special interest groups and other professional or government organizations.
  • Superior report writing skills and excellent communication skills.
  • Must be able to work under pressure, multi-tasking on numerous high priority projects simultaneously and produce quality work under short deadlines.
  • Demonstrate ethical conduct, political sensitivity, discretion, integrity, and reliability.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a collaborative approach are defining characteristics of the ideal candidate.
  • Prepare and administer the Emergency and Fire Services annual budget. 

Candidates will have proven ability to engage and build collaborative relationships with a range of stakeholders in the private and public sectors.  Strong interpersonal and diplomacy skills, customer centric approach and a commitment to transparency, accountability and integrity, are defining characteristics of the ideal candidate.

Salary Scale:  $144,912 to $176,141 - Grade 13 of the 2021 Non-Affiliated Salary Administration Program and includes a comprehensive benefits package.

The successful candidate must be legally able to work in Canada and must provide, at their own expense:

  • A satisfactory criminal reference check with vulnerable sector screening, from a Canadian Police Information Centre, prior to commencing employment. Applicants who have been employed with the Municipality within the last year and have provided a CPIC within the last 365 days are exempt.
  • Proof of valid Ontario Drivers License and current Automobile Insurance Coverage along with a current Driver’s Abstract.
  • Proof of current First Aid and CPR certificate.

Resumes will be received in confidence until 4:00 p.m., on Monday, June 28, 2021.

Please quote File #65-21 and forward resumes to Kristen Selvig at Applications will not be retrieved from other sources (file sharing sites – One Drive).

Applicant information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001 (S.O. 2001, c.25) to determine employment eligibility with the Municipality of Clarington. Questions about this collection should be directed to the Director of Legislative Services, 40 Temperance Street, Bowmanville, ON L1C 3A6 (905) 623-3379.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those under consideration will be contacted.




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