Job Posting #19045

Emergency Management Program Specialist

Closing Date:Thu., Sep. 28, 2017
Department:Public Health and Emerg Servs
Location:Niagara Emergency Medical Svcs
Type:Regular Full-Time
Union:Non Union
Salary:$81,090 - $95,400
Work Hours:35 hrs / week

About Niagara Region

Serving a diverse urban and rural population of more than 430,000, Niagara Region is focused on building a strong and prosperous Niagara. Working collaboratively with 12 local area municipalities and numerous community partners, the Region delivers a range of high quality programs and services to support and advance the well-being of individuals, families and communities within its boundaries. Nestled between the great lakes of Erie and Ontario, the Niagara peninsula features some of Canada's most fertile agricultural land, the majesty of Niagara Falls and communities that are rich in both history and recreational and cultural opportunities. Niagara boasts dynamic modern cities, Canada's most developed wine industry, a temperate climate, extraordinary theatre, and some of Ontario's most breathtaking countryside. An international destination with easy access to its binational U.S. neighbour New York State, Niagara attracts over 14 million visitors annually, as well as a steady stream of new residents and businesses.


Reporting to the Niagara Emergency Services Chief, the Emergency Management Program Specialist is responsible for an assigned portfolio to assist with development, implementation, maintenance and review of a comprehensive Emergency Management Program for the Region of Niagara, in accordance with applicable legislated requirements.


  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in Emergency Management, or other related studies.
  • Standard First Aid Training.


  • Minimum 5 years of municipal emergency planning experience.
  • Knowledge of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, Ontario Regulation 380/04 and the CSA Z-1600 Standard, government (municipal, regional and provincial), processes and emergency services.
  • 7 years of municipal emergency planning experience (two tier municipal environment) preferred.
  • Provincial Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC) certification.
  • Knowledge of Incident Management Systems, emergency exercise design, development and facilitation, and emergency information and crisis communications practices.
  • Certification in Business Continuity Planning preferred.


Develops, implements and evaluates a comprehensive Emergency Management Program in compliance with the provisions of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and Ontario Regulation 380, ensuring readiness of both primary and back up emergency operation centres (EOC).
  • Ensures the regional government and its emergency operations facilities are in a continuous state of readiness in the event of a regional/municipal emergency through ongoing planning, training, exercise, testing, and awareness initiatives. 
  • Supports the 12 local municipal Emergency Management Programs, including the sharing of tools, best practices, training and exercises.
  • Monitors and assesses emerging trends, issues, information sharing activities and makes recommendations on modifications and/or opportunities.
  • Implements the DLAN program, including the training and exercising for EOC personnel.
  • Coordinates the development, implementation and maintenance of the Business Continuity Plan.
  • Serves as the Regional Community Emergency Management Coordinator as required.

Develops, execute and monitors corporate emergency/crisis prevention, policies, and procedures, in relation to key areas of emergency management, including prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
  • Develops emergency/crisis management policies, systems, processes, activities, guidelines and corporate initiative

Builds and sustains a network of partnerships, including Regional internal partners, Niagara municipalities, Provincial government, international (Cross Border) Private sector, and Volunteer stakeholders.
  • Coordinates linkages with the local municipalities, critical infrastructure providers and/or non-government (volunteer) organizations to increase collaboration, improve interoperability and enhanced emergency program alignments.
  • Represents business unit at other local, provincial, international and private sector venues as directed.
  • Manages and coordinates activities in support of the Niagara Region Emergency Management Program Committee.
  • Promote Emergency Preparedness for all citizens of the Region through an annual Public Awareness Campaign, community workshops, presentations to interest groups and stakeholders, school-based and media-based public education programs and any other means available.
  • Works with agencies such as EMS, Fire, Police and Red Cross.

Manages internal Regional Emergency Management collaboration site, external interoperability platform, and content of the public web pages in coordination with Corporate Communications staff.
  • Develops and writes technical reports, briefs, position papers and committee reports as directed.

Provides advice and recommendations to Chief, Program Steering Committee, and the Emergency Management Niagara Committee, regarding opportunities and service enhancements within areas of responsibility.
  • Makes recommendations for justification of financial resource requirements within areas of defined responsibility.
  • Provides commentary and supports the Chief in adherence to the annual program operating budget process.

Special Requirements

  • In accordance with the corporate criminal record check policy, the position requires the incumbent to undergo a Criminal Records Check and submit a Canadian Police Clearance.
  • Must maintain ability to travel in a timely manner to other offices, work locations or sites as authorized by the Corporation for business reasons.
  • Must be flexible and able to work irregular hours.
  • An annual influenza vaccination is recommended.
  • During emergency situations, work may need to be performed at the Regional Emergency Operations Centre or any other location within the corporation, at a local municipal Emergency Operations Centre and/or acting as a Regional liaison to external partners or at an Emergency Site Command Post.
  • Regional staff strive to enable the strategic priorities of council and the organization through the completion of their work. Staff carry out their work by demonstrating the corporate values of service, honesty, choice, partnership and respect.

Closing Statement

Uncover the wonder of the Niagara Region and join a team dedicated to meeting tomorrow's challenges TODAY!

Let us know why you would be an excellent team member by submitting your online application.

We thank all candidates for their interest however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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