Executive Director to Surrey Police Board

City of Surrey – Surrey, BC

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Surrey Police Department – A Natural Transition for a Growing Hub. Surrey has transformed from a small suburban community into a major metropolitan hub. With a population of close to 600,000, it’s the second-most populous city in BC and is one of Canada’s fastest-growing municipalities. The formation of the Surrey Police Department is an integral part of supporting the long-term growth of Surrey – a diverse and vibrant community where residents can live, work, and play without fear of crime. The Surrey Policing Transition is now in full implementation following the announcement that the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General has authorized the establishment of the Surrey Police Board. For more information about the transition, please see www.surreypolice.ca .

Employment Status

Exempt – Regular Full-Time

Scope

The Surrey Police Board will be responsible for setting the direction and strategic priorities of the Surrey Police Department (SPD). Reporting to the chair of the board, the executive director acts as the key resource for the board and provides research and pertinent information as it affects board oversight regarding budget, policy, and strategy. The executive director is a senior professional who represents the board in a discreet manner to a variety of stakeholders in a complex environment. Upon formation of the Surrey Police Board, this position will become a direct report to the Chair of the Police Board.

Responsibilities

  • Liaises with the chair of board (mayor), the chief constable, and board members to support effective board governance of SPD.
  • Represents the board and manages various stakeholder relationships with SPD, the City of Surrey, the Province of British Columbia, community leaders, special interest groups, and the general public.
  • Assists with orientation and onboarding for new board members.
  • Supports the board by overseeing and coordinating annual strategic planning, board committee meetings and related events.
  • Conducts research on various assignments and updates the board or presents findings in a manner that enables the board to make decisions or respond publicly.
  • Identifies the board’s governance needs and priorities and translates them into effective practices and policies including annual reports and budgets.
  • With direction from the board, develops policies, processes and documentation related to the policy and procedure manuals, board evaluation processes, strategic planning workshops, and stakeholder meetings.
  • Supervises and directs the board’s executive assistant to coordinate meetings and prepare and distribute board agendas, information packages, correspondence, and records, in conjunction with the chair and the chief constable.
  • Coordinates the process for the chief constable’s annual performance review including amalgamating feedback and board member peer evaluations to give to the board.
  • Informs and outlines board policies, procedures and related matters to the public and other stakeholders.
  • Oversees the board’s public communications including media relations, website maintenance, webcasting of board meetings, and social media information to achieve a more public profile and ensure information about the board is communicated appropriately.
  • Responds to and/or coordinates all Freedom of Information requests on behalf of the board and ensures accurate records management procedures are followed.
  • Oversees all external reviews to ensure they are completed on time and according to standards.
  • Manages all board service & policy complaints and responds on the behalf of the board.
  • Coordinates with city clerk to identify opportunities for the board to update council on various police initiatives.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Qualifications

  • A bachelors’ degree in business, public administration, or a related field.
  • At least 5-7 years of related experience as an Executive Director or Secretary to a Board, ideally with experience on a police board with related knowledge of the Police Act and Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
  • Experience with strategic planning and developing policies and procedures.
  • Strong abilities in conducting research, analysis and preparing reports.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with experience liaising with diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to manage a complex workload, be flexible with change and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities.
  • Strong attention to detail and critical thinking skills.
  • Aligns with the City of Surrey’s values of Integrity, Service, Teamwork, Innovation, and Community.
  • Must obtain and maintain a police security clearance.

Conditions of Employment

This position requires the completion of a Police Security Clearance.

Successful applicants must provide proof of qualifications.

Our Values

Integrity – Service – Teamwork – Innovation – Community