Division Chief, Technology & Innovation – Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency, Nova Scotia
January 12, 2022
Employment Opportunity:  Division Chief, Technology & Innovation – Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency, Nova Scotia  - Closing date February 1, 2022

Career Opportunity

Division Chief, Technology & Innovation

Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) is inviting applications for the permanent position of Division Chief, Technology & Innovation with Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency (HRFE). We encourage applicants from African Nova Scotians, racially visible persons, women (applying for non-traditional positions), persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons and persons of the LGBTQ+ community. HRM encourages applicants to self-identify.

The Division Chief is responsible for the planning, organizing, coordinating and directing of emergency communications, fire dispatching and technology solutions. The Division Chief leads personnel through integrity, credibility and by example in a manner that supports and promotes the mission, vision and values of HRFE. The Division Chief is a key member of the HRFE Management Team.


  • Leads the effective management of Division by setting and evaluating individual performance targets, promoting diversity and a health workplace, demonstrating leadership competencies, respecting HRM human resources practices, promoting teamwork and individual development, and maintaining internal communications.
  • Takes responsibility for delivering prescribed budget for the Division.
  • Identifies shortcomings, suggests and implements improvements to existing communication and technology equipment, networks and processes, while developing and delivering projects or a work stream within the HRFE change management program with guidance from HRFE’s Fire Strategic Team (FST).
  • Manages and delivers required outcomes for HRFE for a portfolio of contracts related to hardware, software and business systems, and negotiates service level agreements while planning, coordinating and supervising activities related to major contracts.
  • Participates in developing emergency communications and technology policies, creating underlying procedures and guidelines, and monitoring their implementation within HRFE.
  • Develops rules, regulations and procedures for efficient fire service emergency response and consults with appropriate authorities and stakeholders including Halifax Regional Police Integrated Emergency Services regarding major policy determination.
  • Manages the delivery of a major part of HRFE’s project management program, while taking personal responsibility for a few HRM critical projects.
  • Manages and delivers required outcomes for the Division to support HRFE and HRM strategy.
  • Manages quality assurance systems under the control of HRFE including radio hardware, computer-based information systems, telephony and databases.
  • Monitors and reports on quality of external systems which impact the performance of HRFE, including dispatch systems, radio and computer networks and enterprise network architecture.
  • Makes significant improvements on short/long-term HRFE performance by recommending authoritative technical and/or professional solutions in relation to operational and technological changes.
  • Develops and/or delivers a plan for significant aspects of the HRFE research program with guidance from FST.
  • Develops and/or delivers elements of a strategic planning system with guidance from FST.
  • Helps to prepare training in the areas of communications, technology and emergency response following precedents and established procedures; runs small training programs (or pieces of larger training programs) using prepared content and working under the supervision of senior colleagues.
  • Achieves planned commitments by developing short-term and/or medium-term work schedules and approving overtime or using additional resources as needed.
Education & Experience
  • Diploma or certificate in Fire Administration, Fire Service, Fire Engineering, Emergency Services, or other related discipline
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in a supervisory capacity in a similar role, emergency services environment or a related field.
  • Relevant experience managing emergency service technology including radio networks, mobile data terminals, firefighter alerting systems, computer aided dispatch systems and records management systems.
  • NFPA 1021, Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications Level 3 preferred. 
  • An equivalent combination of skills and experience may be considered. 

Pre-Employment Requirement: Halifax Regional Municipality has a Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy which requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination is a condition of employment. Proof of full vaccination is not required at time of application but will be verified prior to the commencement of employment. Human Resources will notify you when proof of vaccination is required.

COMPETENCIES: Analytical Thinking, Communications, Conflict Management, Customer Service, Managing Change, Networking/Relationship Building, Organization & Planning, Organizational Awareness, Teamwork & Cooperation, Valuing Diversity. 

WORK STATUS:  Permanent, full time.

HOURS OF WORK: Monday-Friday, 35 hours per week.  Additional hours may be required due to operational requirements. 

SALARY: Compensation is in accordance with the HRM Non-Union Pay Range PSM F2 ($134,330 - $143,930).

40 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth with the ability to travel throughout the municipality as needed.

CLOSING DATE:  Applications will be received up to midnight (via BrassRing) on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 11:59PM. Applicants are requested to submit a resume and cover letter outlining their education and experience relevant to the position.

Please note: We thank all applicants for their interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for interview/testing will be contacted.

During the recruitment process, applicants have the right to request an accommodation. Applicants invited to participate in an assessment process (such as an interview or testing) and who require accommodation, should discuss their needs with the Recruiter when invited to the assessment process.

(Position # 72282622)


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