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Director Emergency Services and Fire Chief

Job Type: 
Executive Opportunities
Strathcona County
Competition Number: 
Job Description : 

Strathcona County is seeking qualified and interested applicants to fill the role of Director Emergency Services and Fire Chief.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of more than 98,000 residents.  Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets.  With a focus on social, environmental and economic sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

Although referred to as a County, the region is classified as a “specialized municipality” by the Government of Alberta.  To learn more, visit:  www.strathcona.ca

The Director Emergency Services has primary responsibility for leading, managing and directing the Emergency Services department to support Strathcona County’s Vision and Strategic and Corporate Business Plans, and its commitment to excellence in municipal government and customer service. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, this senior leadership role establishes strategic direction and alignment with the organization. The Director advises, influences, and informs the Associate Commissioner, Executive Team, and Council of the operations, affairs and direction of the department. This role guides the department in a collaborative environment with respect to organizational capacity and providing excellence in programs to support the organization in its Strategic and Corporate Business plans.

Strathcona County Emergency Services is an integrated fire EMS department, requiring significant knowledge of both fire and EMS systems. Knowledge of industrial risk mitigation processes in all phases from planning to response is critical. SCES provides emergency communications/911 services to many municipalities, requiring knowledge of emergency communications and dispatch systems. Within the department, the Fire Chief works in partnership with Deputy/Assistant Chiefs as well as Union Executive. This role guides the department in a collaborative environment and ensures the culture and values of the department are in alignment with the culture and values of Strathcona County.

The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Undergraduate degree in fire sciences, emergency medical services, business, public administration, or a related field. A Master’s degree is an asset and a professional designation in emergency services is considered an asset.
  • An extensive, positive, and successful career track record of progressively more senior positions in a municipal organization with proven ability to provide leadership and focus.
  • Ten or more years of senior level management experience with proven strategic leadership in Emergency Services and Emergency Management.
  • An extensive background and experience in Incident Command System and EOC leadership, minimum ICS 400 (or equivalent) or higher specialized ICS training.
  • Other related experience would include fire and emergency management and preparedness, EMS, emergency communications systems, and business continuity planning.
  • Extensive experience with urban/rural, industrial and wild fires.
  • A medical qualification such as EMT or EMTP would be an asset.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Extensive knowledge of the theories, principles, and administration of Emergency Services Department management, including the political and policy factors that influence the County’s Emergency Services programs and their development.
  • Considerable breadth and in-depth knowledge of financial management, planning and reporting processes, business planning and fiscal frameworks, and best practices in Emergency Services and Emergency Management. 
  • Strong leadership skills including the ability to collectively create a vision of the future, provide motivational direction to obtain clearly defined goals, influence, persuade, and garner commitment; develop and mentor others to be leaders; create, support, and lead by example to build a high-performance team and a positive work environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to execute strategy and develop and implement new programs, procedures, services, and policies that address emerging needs, expectations, and operational priorities.
  • Strong political and organizational savvy and business acumen. Ability to respond under pressure to changing political and operational situations.
  • Extensive knowledge of the principles and policies for municipal government administration and operations.

For a copy of the in-depth job description, please visit our website at www.daviespark.com

Closing Date: 
July 6, 2017
Application Return: 

Interested parties are requested to submit a personal resume to Anurag Shourie or Samantha Chiu, Davies Park.  Electronic resumes to edmonton@daviespark.com  are preferred; however, faxes may be forwarded to (780) 426-2936.  For further information, please call Davies Park at 780-420-9900.