Deputy Fire Chief / Director - City of Toronto

City of Toronto 

Deputy Fire Chief / Director

Toronto Fire Services

As the largest city in North America with a Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) accredited fire service, those who live, work, and play in Toronto are provided with world-class fire protection services.

Toronto Fire Services (TFS) is the largest and most complex fire service in Canada. At present, the TFS Command Team is comprised of the Fire Chief, four Deputy Fire Chiefs, and the Division Chief – Office of the Fire Chief who serves as the Executive Officer to the Fire Chief.

Reporting directly to the Fire Chief / General Manager – Toronto Fire Services, the Deputy Fire Chief / Director will be accountable for the Communications Division, Technology Division, Data Analytics and Decision Support Division, and CFAI Accreditation. The Deputy Fire Chief / Director is appointed in accordance with the Toronto Municipal Code, assumes all associated duties, responds to after-hours issues and emergencies, and fulfills senior roles under the City of Toronto Emergency Plan. The Deputy Fire Chief / Director is a high visibility leader who regularly represents the Fire Chief at events and meetings, often after-hours, and is a capable spokesperson who effectively represents TFS in the media and externally as required.

The Deputy Fire Chief / Director is responsible for leading and managing change and for providing effective strategic and operational management to TFS. They will develop positive relationships with peers across the Toronto Public Service, and work effectively with senior management, employees, elected officials from all levels of government, and all stakeholders, including the Toronto Professional Firefighters' Association and members of the public. The Deputy Fire Chief / Director is directly accountable for all aspects of the assigned portfolio including all business, service delivery, personnel, financial, strategic, and operational aspects.

You are a forward-thinking and visionary leader, capable of developing and implementing progressive ideas and concepts with excellent strategic and lateral thinking skills. You demonstrate 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, while providing effective and efficient services for the benefit of the community.

In addition to your post-secondary education and significant years of progressively responsible operational leadership experience, you have accumulated expertise in change management, stakeholder management, business planning and budgeting, labour relations and motivating others. Ideally you have led complex service areas that include communications, technology, data analytics and decision support. Experience as an operational incident commander and previous experience as a senior officer in a municipal fire service is an asset. Respected as an accomplished and experienced consensus-building executive, you have an opportunity to provide additional leadership to the service to achieve its mission to the City in protecting life, property, and the environment through education, prevention, and emergency response.

All City of Toronto employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of hire in accordance with the City's Mandatory Vaccination Policy. Candidates will be required to show proof of vaccination during the recruitment process.

The City of Toronto is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessible Canada Act, 2019 and all applicable provincial accessibility standards, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and the City of Toronto throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.

To explore this opportunity further, please contact Diana Rucchin at Odgers Berndtson at diana.rucchin@odgersberndtson.com or submit your resume and letter of interest online to https://www.odgersberndtson.com/en/careers/18272 by July 15th, 2022


Organization: City of Toronto
Location: Toronto, ON
Region: Zone 4
Professional Category(s): Fire / Rescue / First Aid Services
Posted: June 15, 2022, 10:46 am
Expires: July 15, 2022, 4:30 pm

Employment Type: Full Time
Employment Length: Permanent
Education Requirement: Bachelor’s degree
Job Experience: Experience an asset

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