The largest city and the regional hub of Southwest Ontario, the City of London offers an outstanding quality of life. With a population of over 500,000, London is Ontario’s fastest growing city and is forecasted for further growth as it continues to attract individuals and businesses to the flourishing community. As with many urban cities, London faces complex social issues, such as opioid addiction, mental health, homelessness, and poverty, many of which police are called on to assist. PS has a net budget of $130.5 million is composed of more than 900 uniformed and civilian staff. The strategic plan places priority on Our People – skilled and ready to meet tomorrow’s needs; Our Community – being safe and feeling safe; Our Work – service excellence and fiscal responsibility.

The Opportunity

The Executive Director will serve as the primary liaison between the Board and staff, overseeing the day-to-day operations in accordance with the directives of the Board. The ED contributes to the Board’s mandate by: serving as the principal advisor to the Board on matters relating to organizational strategy, policy development, and operational management; directing research, policy development, government relations and communications support for the Board to enable it to fulfill its statutory mandate; and directing the administrative and financial operations of the Board and supervising staff.

Key Responsibilities

  • Policy Development and Implementation: Oversee the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and programs supporting the Board’s mandate while providing advice and support to stakeholders.
  • Procurement and Technology: Acquire and determine necessary services and needs through drafting and evaluating procurement documents.
  • Administrative Support and Professional Development: Ensure efficient administrative support and timely, accurate research and policy advice. In addition, provide leadership and guidance, onboard and facilitate training for new board members and foster a positive work environment and professional growth.
  • External Representation and Communication: Represent the Police Services Board on associations, committees and working groups, while developing and maintaining appropriate communications with community stakeholders.
  • Legislative Compliance and Accountability: Monitor legislative changes and analyze potential impacts, recommending appropriate responses and mechanisms for monitoring and auditing the Board’s performance.
  • Community Engagement and Outreach: Develop and implement proactive communication strategies to increase community exposure to the Board’s work.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will possess a high level of familiarity with Board governance, municipal public administration, policy development, and principles of public accountability, alongside comprehensive knowledge of municipal budgeting principles and financial management. Demonstrated strategic planning and organization management abilities are essential, as is a thorough understanding of the Police Services Act and its Regulations. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, coupled with the ability to build effective relationships with diverse stakeholders, are crucial. The candidate must be capable of working independently, prioritizing tasks, and meeting deadlines in a fast-paced environment, while also possessing the ability to delegate effectively, supervise, mange, and motivate staff.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of a post graduate university defree in a social sciences discipline, law, public administration or equivalent combination of education and experience.

To apply to this role, submit your application to Phelps by clicking here.

Application deadline: June 28, 2024.