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Community Safety Director At City of Kelowna

Location: Kelowna, British Columbia

Job Description

The Community Safety Director provides leadership and strategic direction to the Police Services, Bylaw, Risk & Security branches for the City. The position is responsible for coordinating with City staff, enforcement agencies, and other stakeholders (such as Interior Health and BC Housing) on continuing and emerging community and social issues, that cross multiple departmental lines and impact the public sense of safety.

Duties

1. Provides leadership to Police Services, Bylaw, and Risk & Security Branches

  • Manages human resources (3 direct reports and 75 indirect reports) and an overall budget of $7M.
  • Leads crime prevention and bylaw enforcement activities that promote a civil and welcoming community where residents and visitors feel safe.
  • Provides strategic direction on activities that reduce crime rate.
  • Leads in the response to acute issues that impact the community sense of safety.

2. Leads the development of Community Safety Strategic Plans and Policies

  • Develops and implements internal and external policies to further the goals of the Community Safety function for the City.
  • Works with Branch Managers to develop annual and long range strategies for Police Services, Bylaw, Risk & Security, and collaborates with the RCMP on overall crime reduction and community safety strategies.
  • Establishes, monitors and controls performance objectives for Police Services, Bylaw, Risk & Security.

3. Applies a systems-based approach to coordinating the efforts of various agencies within the enforcement community

  • Convenes enforcement agencies and other stakeholders on issues that cross multiple agencies.
  • Liaises and coordinates the efforts of various enforcement agencies including Police, Bylaw, private security contracts, and the City’s inventory of security cameras to ensure public safety concerns are addressed in an effective way making the best use of available resources.
  • Ensures enforcement agencies’ perspectives are included in upstream strategic discussions on social issues that are also impacting the public sense of safety.
  • Ensures Community Safety policies, plans, and strategies are aligned with the City’s systems-approach to addressing social issues.

4. Ensures a balanced approach to emerging community concerns around social and public safety issues

  • Liaises with the City’s Social Development Manager, members of BC Housing, Interior Health, Central Okanagan Journey Home Society and other non-profit agencies serving the community.
  • Facilitates effective planning and operations for new supportive housing projects.
  • Assists with the planning and coordination of new support services in the community (such as introduction of additional shelters or transitional services), ensuring RCMP and bylaw have all the necessary information.

5. Enhances Public Communication and Awareness

  • Promotes awareness and a culture of inclusiveness relating to social issues in the community.
  • Educates the public and the business community on appropriate responses to emerging social issues.
  • Monitors all actions being taken to address issues impacting sense of public safety.

6. Responds to public safety concerns that may cross multiple departmental lines

  • Investigates and responds to public or business community concerns & coordinate appropriate responses.
  • Coordinates response to emerging areas of community concern.
  • Acts as the City’s Liaison to the business community including the Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Kelowna Association and Uptown Rutland Business Association.
  • Creates and maintains a dashboard to monitor performance in the area of Public Safety.
Qualifications
  • A university degree in Public Safety or a related discipline (Criminology, Sociology, Emergency & Security Management), supplemented by specialized training in Municipal Law and Regulation, Law Enforcement, and Community Safety, plus a minimum of 5 years leadership level experience.
  • Experience in strategic planning, facilitation, conflict resolution, collaborative leadership/collective impact.
  • Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered. Background in policing and public safety is a definitive asset.
  • Proven leadership and ability to convene groups with different viewpoints.
  • Objectivity, tact and diplomacy are all critical in handling politically sensitive issues.
  • Public relations skills are key in dealing with a wide variety of enforcement agencies, the business community, social agencies and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to present information in a formal setting to a diverse variety of audiences, including Council, public audiences, committees and other levels of government is also key.
  • Responsibility/Accountability
  • Professional Credibility
  • Technical Expertise
  • Service Excellence
  • Problem Solving
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Communication Excellence
  • Team Building
  • Innovation
  • Decision Making
  • Leadership
  • Project Management
  • Financial/Administrative Accountability
  • Enhanced Security Clearance
Posting Date 03/27/2019 Closing Date 04/10/2019 Special Instructions to Applicants

We offer progressive employment practices and a great work environment. This is an exempt position that offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

Please submit copies of relevant information as Other Documents 1, 2, 3 and/or 4.

Please ensure that you have a resume and Driver’s Abstract to attach, as these are required documents when applying to this posting.

If you do not currently possess a Driver’s License, or are waiting to receive a Driver’s Abstract, you are still eligible to apply. Please upload a word document stating “driver’s abstract is on order” or “do not possess driver’s license”.