Division Chief – Mechanical Maintenance, City of Toronto
March 13, 2019

Employment Opportunity: Division Chief – Mechanical Maintenance, City of Toronto - Closing Date April 3, 2019

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2321659 X
Fire Services
Emergency Management/Fire Services
Permanent, Full-Time
$172,190.20 / Year
Monday to Friday, 35 Hours per Week
Job Description
Major Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Deputy Fire Chief, the Division Chief – Mechanical Maintenance is one of two senior management positions within Toronto Fire Services (TFS) Mechanical Division. The Division Chief is responsible for leading and managing the day-to-day operations of the Mechanical Division in the delivery of high-quality services, staff development and customer service to internal TFS customers, and for ensuring the efficient utilization of divisional human, physical and financial resources to meet departmental objectives and standards.

This Division Chief will primarily manage the TFS Mechanical Repair facility, presently located at 40 Toryork Drive, including all aspects of maintenance and repair operations for the TFS fleet of both light and heavy emergency vehicles, equipment and inventory.

The primary functions associated with this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Manages all activities and functions of the TFS Mechanical Division on a continuing basis, assesses requirements, makes recommendations for change, and develops solutions to improve efficiency and performance.
  • Leads, manages, mentors and develops all Mechanical Division personnel.
  • Builds, maintains and promotes a culture of excellence, professionalism, ethics, accountability, engagement and motivation within their assigned teams of staff.
  • Builds and shapes the future of the TFS Mechanical Division by embracing, and leading from, a shared vision of excellence in service delivery.
  • Reviews, assesses and implements any recommendations for improvement made by the Auditor General, Internal Audit, Facilities Management, and other relevant reviews.
  • Provides leadership and direction to assigned staff to ensure the Division's objectives and procedures are clearly communicated, implemented and monitored.
  • Implements effective management processes and establishes key performance indicators, ensuring that the TFS Mechanical Division is operating in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Plans and manages, on a multi-year basis, the acquisition, maintenance, replacement and disposition of TFS apparatus, vehicles and equipment.
  • Administers, and ensures compliance with, all relevant Legislation, Regulations, Standards, Policies and Procedures.
  • Develops and maintains comprehensive and compliant records and reports for all TFS vehicles and equipment.
  • Assists with the operation and delivery of Mechanical Division promotional processes.
  • Supports and supervises various modified-duty and return-to-work program placements, as required.
  • Represents the TFS Mechanical Division on all internal and external committees, as required.
  • Develops and maintains a safe, respectful and effective work environment where employees work cooperatively and effectively with other team members.
  • Manages and administers all aspects of the TFS Mechanical Division budget and ensures the effective and efficient utilization of resources.
  • Effectively liaises and works with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Supports Senior Management during emergency situations, as required.
  • Works modified hours of work and schedules required to meet the needs and demands associated with the Division Chief position.
  • May be required to travel outside the city for business purposes on an occasional basis, as required.
  • Effectively manages day-to-day labour relations matters, in collaboration with TFS Staff Services.
  • Builds and maintains an effective working relationship with Local 3888 leaders.
  • Maintains an up-to-date personal knowledge of technical developments as they pertain to the area of specialization, including applicable legislation, industry standards and procedures, regulations and techniques.
  • Leads the implementation for TFS Transformation Plan initiatives which involve the TFS Mechanical Division.
  • Demonstrates a personal commitment to inclusion and diversity in all aspects of Mechanical Division and TFS operations.
Key Qualifications:
Minimum Qualifications
  • Extensive experience in fleet management operations.
  • Extensive experience as an effective and capable leader and manager.
  • Considerable experience in the management of a unionized heavy truck repair facility.
  • Considerable experience in asset management operations.
  • Considerable experience in inventory management and control operations.
  • Must possess a valid and current Ontario 310T – Truck and Coach Technician certificate.
  • Advanced knowledge of applicable NFPA standards, including: (a) NFPA 1901 – Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus and (b) NFPA 1911 – Standard for the Inspection, Maintenance, Testing and Retirement of In-Service Emergency Vehicles.
  • A working knowledge of all applicable legislation, regulations and statutes that apply to the TFS Mechanical Division, including, but not limited to, the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, MTO Regulations, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Toronto Municipal Code, Human Rights Code, Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and NFPA Standards as they pertain to the TFS Mechanical Division.
  • Is a highly skilled and adaptive leader with a demonstrated ability to lead and build consensus.
  • Results-oriented, possesses the ability to champion a shared vision, has proven leadership abilities and has a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • A forward-thinking and visionary leader, capable of developing and implementing progressive ideas and concepts with effective strategic and lateral thinking skills.
  • Demonstrates a genuine concern and interest for the well-being and success of staff, in an environment that expects personnel to perform at a high level.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to effectively communicate across all organizational levels.
  • As a champion of inclusion, equity and diversity, embraces these principles and values in the modern fire service.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Ontario Driver's Licence, minimum Class "DZ".
  • Must not have been convicted of any criminal offence, for which a pardon has not been granted.
  • Must be willing and able to assume regular on-call responsibilities and respond to after-hours and/or emergency situations and incidents, as required.
  • Must be willing and able to work irregular shifts, including working on nights, weekends and holidays, as required.

Asset Qualifications:

1.  A valid and current Ontario 310S – Automotive Service Technician certificate.
2.  Good working knowledge of the operations of the modern fire service.
3.  Experience in the repair and maintenance of modern heavy fire trucks and fire equipment.
4.  Experience in the implementation, operation and utilization of the M5 fleet management software system.

5.  Formal leadership and/or management education and training.

Toronto Public Service Leadership Competency Profile - Division Chief

Competency: Coaching, Developing and Engaging Others

  • Develops a talented group by recognizing members’ potential for growth, and provides opportunities for continued learning, with a commitment to producing equitable results.
  • Enables a group to function effectively in an evolving work environment by removing obstacles, and providing/offering additional supports
  • Mentors the unique capabilities of individuals, recognizes individual strengths and utilizes them.

Competency: Diversity and Equity

  • Ensures that the impact of decisions on equity-seeking groups and vulnerable populations are analyzed and considered when making decisions.
  • Recognizes, values and encourages employee participation in equity-related activities at the City.
  • Allocates resources for the implementation of equity goals.
  • Actively encourages staff from equity-seeking groups to engage in learning and development.
  • Ensures that members of equity-seeking groups are included in informal and formal project committees and project teams.
  • Ensures that staff selection processes are fair and equitable.

Competency: Engaging Leadership

  • Encourages lifelong learning, risk-taking and tolerance for making mistakes.
  • Inspires others to challenge the status quo and to practice critical thinking.
  • Demonstrates the courage to make difficult decisions impacting a section or division.
  • Applies knowledge of group dynamics and facilitation skills to lead effective teams.
  • Builds diverse teams to include different perspectives and optimize creativity.
  • Builds trust and mutual respect within the team by following through on commitments and recognizing the contributions of others.
  • Demonstrates and elicits trust by seeking and providing honest and constructive feedback.
  • Determines level of decision-making authority and delegates appropriately.
  • Generates team excitement, enthusiasm and commitment to the organization's mission.
  • Uses a variety of strategies to promote team morale and productivity, including adapting leadership style to meet the needs of the team members.
  • Utilizes programs that enable employee recognition.
  • Demonstrates an awareness of the diversity of leadership talent and its significance.
  • Provides opportunities to exercise and develop professional and leadership talents in an inclusive and equitable manner.

Competency: Planning, Organizing and Coordinating

  • Develops and implements efficient work plans for complex projects.
  • Prepares for, anticipates and effectively deals with problems and roadblocks.
  • Uses resources responsibly when managing complex projects; delegating responsibility when appropriate.
  • Oversees, monitors and co-ordinates multiple diverse teams.
  • Develops operational plans and provides for contingencies.
  • Establishes measures to assess progress against the plan; adjusts plan and follows through.
  • Interprets divisional goals and develops equitable supporting objectives.

Competency: Relationship Building and Political Acuity

  • Establishes partnerships with influencers, stakeholders, decision-makers and community members when appropriate.
  • Makes recommendations based on thorough and documented research, equity considerations and broad content knowledge.
  • Ability to stand back and see the bigger picture, look for the simple within the complex, and interpret all facets of an issue for Council.

Competency: Strategic Orientation and Shaping the Organization

  • Assesses and links short-term, day-to-day tasks in the context of long-term business strategies.
  • Considers whether short-term goals will support long-term objectives.
  • Analyzes long-term applications and implications of current activities.
  • Anticipates likely reactions to different initiatives.
  • Uses organizational strategy to inform decisions and actions.

Work for the City you love

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities, we are a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture. Join the award-winning Toronto Public Service as Division Chief, Mechanical Maintenance within our Fire Services Division.

How to Apply:

For more information on this and other opportunities with the City of Toronto, visit us online at www.toronto.ca/jobs. To apply online, submit your resume, quoting File #2321659 X, by April 3, 2019.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion:

The City of Toronto is committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible environment where all employees and members of the public feel valued, respected and supported. We are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the public and the communities in which we live and serve.


If you are an individual who requires accommodation, due to disability under the Ontario Human Rights Code, to apply for this position, please email us at applaccomodation@toronto.ca, quoting job ID #2304695 X and the job classification title.  The City is committed to providing Code-protected accommodation throughout its hiring process. Please visit Hiring Policies and Statements for further details.

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