Are you a dynamic and experienced leader who is seeking a challenging and rewarding role to lead a diverse, multi-disciplined team of professionals dedicated to making the province safer from fires and other public safety hazards? If so, the Ministry of the Solicitor General invites you to consider this exciting opportunity with the Office of the Fire Marshal to lead the Northern Fire Protection Program (NFPP).
As the Assistant Deputy Fire Marshal, Northern Fire Protection Program (NFPP), you will be responsible for the management of the Office of the Fire Marshal's Northern Fire Protection Program (NFPP). This program oversees 48 fire departments in unincorporated areas of Northern Ontario that protects over 34,000 permanent residents and respond to over 1000 emergency calls annually. The Assistant Deputy Fire Marshal will be also responsible for a small but growing team that supports the NFPP in delivering Ontario's 3 lines of defense for fire protection: Public Fire Safety Education, Fire Safety Standards and Enforcement, and Emergency Response.
Please note that the attendance at the physical workplace will be required in alignment with the Ontario Public Service's current Return to Work plan.
For more information, visit us at: The Office of the Fire Marshal
About the Ontario Public Service (OPS)
The Ontario Public Service (OPS) is one of the largest employers in the province, employing more than 60,000 people. Every day we are modernizing government operations and improving public services. We have a wide range of meaningful and rewarding career opportunities in communities across Ontario. We welcome new ideas and new people, encourage learning and development, and reward achievement. No matter the position, we live the core values of trust, fairness, diversity, excellence, creativity, collaboration, efficiency and responsiveness.
What a career in the OPS can offer
The Ontario Public Service (OPS) is committed to being an employer of first choice, creating a positive and inclusive work environment. We offer:
- Flexible work arrangements to support work-life balance
- 24/7 access to employee and family assistance programs
- A defined benefit pension plan
- Maternity and parental leave top-up benefits, which includes adoptive parents
- Comprehensive Health and Dental Plans
- Life and Disability insurance
- Ergonomic assessments and accommodations based on need
- Collegial and professional work culture that promotes a sense of belonging
- Career growth and development opportunities across multiple business areas
- On-the-job training to support your success in the role
The OPS is an innovative, responsive and accountable public service that works hard to be diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, merit-based, and equitable. Diversifying leadership is a top priority for the OPS. Our goal is to achieve parity with the Ontario labour force by 2025 for the most under-represented groups (Indigenous, racialized and persons with disabilities) on our leadership teams.
The OPS invites all interested individuals to apply. As an organization that promotes equity and diversity, the OPS encourages applications from Indigenous, Black, racialized individuals, and persons with disabilities.
The OPS is an accessible employer and we offer accommodation in all aspects of employment, including the recruitment process.
Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy
, the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint
, and the Multi-Year Accessibility Plan
to learn more about the OPS commitment to advancing racial equity, accessibility, diversity and inclusion in the public service.
In this management role, you will:
- Manage and provide leadership to a diverse, multi-disciplined team located throughout the province. Oversee and schedule work in accordance with corporate and regional priorities.
- Coordinate the monitoring and review of fire protection and prevention services by assigning technical support and expertise as required.
- Develop, coordinate, monitor, and deliver training programs to staff. Also, coordinate and monitor annual training initiatives, training needs, and opportunities.
- Implement and maintain quality assurance systems through audits, files, and reports. Provide recommendations, establish benchmarks, and develop policies.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of programs and processes by developing benchmarks and performance measures to identify gaps and opportunities.
- Provide advice and guidance to municipalities, First Nations, and unorganized communities on all aspects of fire prevention and protection. Evaluate local programs.
- Identify and develop management and administrative processes and practices to promote continuous service delivery improvement.
- Establish and maintain strong working relationships with key partners and stakeholders to ensure a timely and accurate information flow and the identification of issues.
The position will require occasional travel across the province. A valid Ontario Driver's License will be required.
- You have experience in strategic planning and operational management, including financial planning, budgeting, workload management, and human resources.
- You have a demonstrated track record of fostering an environment of continuous improvement, creativity, and excellence.
- You have a successful history of motivating and building relationships with a diverse team of highly professional, technical, and administrative staff.
- You are an innovative leader who actively seeks opportunities to mentor and coach staff while improving programs and systems.
- You are a collaborative leader who has integrated the principles of inclusion and diversity into all aspects of your management style.
- You have experience with the Fire Protection and Prevention Act (FPPA), associated regulations, the Ontario Fire Code, Ontario Building Code, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes, and other relevant fire and life safety legislation.
- You possess knowledge of fire prevention, protection, risk identification, and public education, enabling you to provide expert advice on fire safety programs and guidance in developing, monitoring, and implementing fire protection and prevention programs throughout the province.
- You have an understanding of the challenges in delivering fire protection services in remote areas.
- You demonstrate the ability to evaluate program and process effectiveness to identify gaps and opportunities.
- You possess knowledge of project management principles and methodologies to oversee and guide mandate and strategy delivery.
- You understand the functions and roles of municipal government, fire agencies, and fire department operations, structures, and capabilities. This ensures the relevance of policies and program services to address fire services' concerns and issues, while also supporting program delivery at the local level.
- You can establish and maintain strong working relationships with the ministry, municipal fire services, and other key stakeholders.
- Your excellent interpersonal skills enable you to bring divergent parties together to resolve a wide range of fire safety issues, ensuring compliance with the FPPA, policies, and guidelines.
- You are capable of preparing and delivering presentations on fire protection issues and the ministry's strategic direction.
- Be sure to check out the Manager Recruitment Unit's Application Preparation Guide for Aspiring Managers for tips on creating an impactful application!