Director, Search and Rescue (SAR) ***POSTING AMENDED - LOCATION ADDED***
Government of British Columbia
Surrey, BC, CA
2d ago

Job Summary

Director, Search and Rescue (SAR)

Management BAND 3

An eligibility list may be established.

This position is currently under review for exclusion / under classification review.

This position can be based out of Saanichton or Surrey.

An opportunity to provide branch direction and leadership in emergency management

Emergency Management BC (EMBC) is designated as the number one mission critical program within the provincial government and is responsible for the design, development, readiness and delivery of provincial-

level emergency management services within the British Columbia emergency management structure.

EMBC provides leadership to minimize loss of life and reduce suffering, protect public health, infrastructure, property and the environment, and reduce economic and social impacts to the province from emergencies and disasters such as floods, interface fires, earthquakes, landslides and severe storms.

EMBC works directly with local governments, provincial ministries and agencies, federal departments, other jurisdictions, industry and volunteers in prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.

EMBC administers the Emergency Program Act and Regulations, the Fire Services Act, the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA) and manages the Public Safety Lifeline Volunteer Service Programs.

Reporting to the Executive Director, Response, the Director, Search and Rescue is the provincial leader responsible for all aspects of the development, implementation, evaluation and continuous improvement of the province-

wide Search and Rescue (SAR) policy framework. The Director provides expert advice and recommendations to senior government officials and works in close collaboration with an extensive network of senior leaders representing all levels of government, Indigenous communities, the private sector and the non-

governmental organizations to advance the SAR aspects of provincial emergency management objectives, partner on initiatives and improve outcomes for citizens.

The Director works with considerable autonomy and has authority to influence, broker, negotiate and conclude inter-agency agreements.

The Director provides financial oversight to provincial SAR funding agreements and supervises employees.

This is your opportunity to live in one of the most beautiful regions in British Columbia and work for the BC Public Service.

We offer a healthy work / life balance, excellent benefits and much more.

The BC Public Service is committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens.

Consider joining our team and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile. For specific position related enquiries, please contact Emma.

Sharp DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS. For more information about how to complete your job application, add / edit your resume and for more useful tips when applying for jobs, please refer to the Your Job Application page on the MyHR website.

If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to BCPSA.Hiring.Centre gov., before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.

NOTE : Applications will be accepted until 11 : 00 pm Pacific Standard Time on the closing date of the competition.

Job Requirements :

In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below :

Post-secondary degree in emergency management, public administration, business administration, operations management or a related field; PLUS

A minimum of five years’ recent (within the past seven years), related* experience in a senior emergency management leadership role.

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Related* experience must include :

Leading the development and implementation of emergency management or search and rescue policies, programs and projects.

Establishing relationships and working in close collaboration with senior leaders in the public, private, non-profit and / or voluntary sectors.

Leading emergency activation / deployments (i.e. search and rescue or disaster response).

Leading strategic communications and change management.

Negotiating interagency agreements.

Supervisory experience, including experience leading and coaching multi-disciplinary teams.

A valid BC Driver’s license (or equivalent) is a requirement of this position.

Preference may be given to candidates with experience in the following :

Working and engaging with Indigenous communities and / or organizations.

Conflict resolution and facilitation experience (e.g. Critical Incident Stress Debriefing).

Candidates must be willing and able to :

Work on-call and work extended hours during emergency activations.

Participate in operational deployments throughout the province.

Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile located in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting.

A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.


Cover letter required : NO - Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed.

Resume required : YES - Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.

Questionnaire (COMPREHENSIVE) : YES - As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete a comprehensive online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements.

Please allot approximately 60 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

IMPORTANT : Comprehensive questionnaire responses will be used to shortlist applicants against the job requirements. Please ensure you include all relevant information about your educational accomplishments and employment history including job titles, start and end dates (month and year ) of your employment, and your accountabilities and accomplishments.

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