Canada nationals: Senior Manager (Flood Risk Management)

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)

Vaughan, ON, CA


Under the direction of the Associate Director, Engineering Services, the Senior Manager, Flood Risk Management will provide extensive expertise and experience in flood management and mitigation including flood emergency management in conjunction with municipal partners, leading flood warning media, overseeing the flood forecasting and warning program, and overseeing flood awareness and outreach communication activities. The role involves leading a team of professional staff and acting as a liaison between numerous internal and external groups (including within Engineering Services and other groups at TRCA), as well as municipal and provincial emergency management offices, municipal operations groups, risk reduction working groups, government agencies and the private sector, all with the aim of efficiently delivering a suite of programs to reduce the risk to life and property due to flooding.

Please note that work related to flood response may occur outside of normal business hours.


  • Lead the strategy, operations, and delivery of TRCA Flood Risk Management and Flood Forecasting and Warning programs including delivery, planning, organizing, budgeting and delivering an annual program of work; coordinate the preparation of operating and capital budgets related to the flood risk management team.
  • Lead flood risk reduction activities throughout the emergency management cycle, including risk identification, risk assessment to support mitigation planning, the development and implementation of emergency preparedness and flood response measures, as well as post-event documentation and recovery planning.
  • Support and lead TRCA’s corporate flood emergency response and Incident Management System structure; oversee TRCA’s Flood Duty Officers in the dissemination of information on flood conditions in a timely and useful manner to the public, media and partner organizations. This role may act as the Emergency Operations Centre director for flood events within TRCA, or alternately as the Liaison Officer providing technical advice to partner municipality emergency operations centres.
  • Ensure the update and maintenance of manuals and documentation tools for program operations and flood incidents.
  • Lead the development of flood warning training plans, conduct municipal training workshops and provide input to municipal exercises.
  • Aid in the coordination, planning, updating and implementation of flood prevention and remedial capital works strategies, through risk assessment, the identification of opportunities, and providing project management support to the Water Resources Engineering, Capital Projects and Flood Infrastructure and Hydrometrics teams.
  • Conduct public relations and media interviews, including but not limited to during flood events.
  • Lead the development and implementation of emergency management, education, outreach and public awareness campaigns; liaise with partners to ensure the implementation, training, and appropriate public communication with respect to municipal flood emergency plans as well as Dam Emergency Preparedness Plans.
  • Communicate regularly with Senior Management on TRCA’s flood risk and flood warning program, including and budgets updates; prepare reports to the Board and municipal council and committees with respect to flood risk reduction activities and specific flood events.
  • Oversee the development of real-time hydrologic forecasting models and real-time flood identification and decision support system tools.
  • Complete detailed reviews of technology needs and advancements in water resources engineering and emergency management to identify improvements and efficiencies that can be implemented to advance TRCA’s strategic plan.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum 3 year College diploma in Engineering or Bachelor’s degree in engineering, environmental science, water resources, hydrology or related discipline.
  • 7 year’s experience in either water resources engineering, municipal operations, emergency management, or flood forecasting and warning related roles.
  • P.Eng. designation an asset.
  • Valid Ontario “G” Driver’s Licence in good standing.


  • Knowledge and expertise in flood management concepts, including risk management and emergency preparedness concepts, as well as crisis communications.
  • Thorough knowledge of water resources engineering concepts including proficiency in hydraulic and hydrologic computer models including HEC, Visual OttHYMO, SWMM, MIKE software; Understanding of meteorology concepts as they relate to flood forecasting and warning for small urban watersheds.
  • Working knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
  • Thorough knowledge of Emergency Management practice and legislation in Ontario including Incident Management System principles.
  • Demonstrated ability to read and interpret hydrologic and hydraulic information and calculations.
  • Ability to communicate complex and politically sensitive information; to prepare reports providing recommendations based on technical information.
  • Advanced project management, time management, organizational, analytical, research, presentation, problem solving and leadership skills.
  • Advanced communication skills utilizing numerous communication platforms including social media, web sites, email and media.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office 365 suite.

To apply to this posting, click on the “Apply” icon. Please submit your resume and cover letter quoting job posting #TRCA-122-20 prior to midnight on April 22, 2020.

While TRCA thanks all applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted for interviews. Please be advised successful incumbent(s) who are not presently permanent TRCA employees may be required to undergo a vulnerable sector and/or driver’s abstract check.

TRCA is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive workplace. Our goal is to attract, develop and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds, allowing us to benefit from a wide variety of experiences and perspectives. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and TRCA’s Accommodation Policy, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their accommodation needs known to the Authority. We welcome applications from all qualified persons.






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