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For information about career opportunities with the Ontario SPCA please read the available positions below. The Ontario SPCA Provincial Office and its Branches and affiliated Humane Societies employ a wide variety of staff from animal care attendants to investigators and more. Keep checking for new and updated employment opportunities across Ontario or check with your local shelter.

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POSITION TITLE: Deputy Chief of Administration and Operations

Department: Investigations

Reports To: Chief Inspector


The Deputy Chief Inspector is responsible for the effective oversight of all investigations files and directing the administration of the Ontario SPCA Investigations program, pursuant to legislation and standing orders.


The Deputy Chief Inspector will provide guidance and direction within the scope of the positions of Agents and Inspectors. This senior operations role includes but is not limited to, developing recommendations on policy and standards; developing, monitoring and managing budgets; developing and managing operational and administrative programs, including requirements pertaining to the contract with the Government of Ontario.


The Deputy Chief of Administration and Operations is a full-time, permanent position, classified as an in-house role. The incumbent will participate in Ontario SPCA Senior Management Team meetings.



• Is the designated Chief Inspector, as required
• Work with Finance to manage Ontario SPCA fleet of vehicles
• Ensure Investigations equipment is properly tracked and inventoried
• Assign priorities of Investigations matters
• Is a resource to Senior and Regional Inspectors
• Assist the Chief Inspector to identify and improve the efficiency of the department both operationally and financially
• Responsible for the control of departmental expenditures and for the development of budgets
• Work with Finance to develop, monitor and manage the Investigations Department budget and regularly briefs the Chief Inspector
• Participate on the Investigations Advisory Committee and other Committee roles at the discretion of the Chief Inspector
• At the direction of the Chief Inspector, manage components of the government relations strategy
• Manage the process, timeline and documents for all reporting related to government funding of Investigations
• Identify, develop and implement processes and data collection to support sound operational practices
• Is a resource to the lead contact within the Investigations Department for information technology and the new case management software
• Provide provincial support to Affiliates as needed
• Project future personnel needs and make recommendations concerning additional personnel when appropriate
• Monitor departmental methods, procedures and duty assignments
• Ensure cost recovery methods are pursued on all matters of an investigation when expenses are incurred and track the process of the collection
• Responsible for adherence to accepted standards of practice within the profession
• Act as a spokesperson for the Ontario SPCA on animal welfare and enforcement issues
• Work in tandem with Human Resources and supervisors within the department to ensure sound employment practices and provide regular reports and briefings to the Chief Inspector
• Maintain thorough and complete investigative notes and reports
• Identify, acquire and deploy necessary investigative and support resources
• Act as a resource to Inspectors on matters related to the Crown, ACRB and other court processes
• Act as a resource to Inspectors in the operational areas of enforcing the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, Criminal Code of Canada and other laws pertaining to the welfare of and the prevention of cruelty to animals
• Testify in court and before administrative tribunals
• Work flexible hours including weekends and evenings
• Conduct presentations, training and speaking engagements
• Act as a resource to Regional and Senior Inspectors with the preparation of criminal charges and crown briefs for agents and inspectors across Ontario
• Represent the Ontario SPCA at hearings and tribunals such as the Animal Care Review Board
• Take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of employees as outlined in the Occupational Health and Safety Act
• Report and investigate all incidents of injury requiring medical aid and/or lost time
• Follow policies and procedures set out by the Society and report incidents to the Chief Inspector as soon as practical
• Work in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations



• Other duties as required or which may be assigned time to time by the Chief Inspector



• Post secondary education in Law and Security or other related field or experience in law enforcement or animal welfare or an equivalent combination of skills and experience
• Must be a qualified Ontario SPCA Inspector or equivalent (i.e. policing, law or other provincial SPCA experience) and have previous managerial experience
• Ability to effectively communicate verbally and to develop a meaningful dialogue with individuals and groups of different backgrounds and maintain composure under adverse conditions
• Strong written communication skills including report writing capabilities and strong analytical, and problem solving skills
• Knowledge of the principles of law enforcement, public administration, supervision, modern management, budget preparation and analysis
• Ability to efficiently and effectively manage staff, elicit the cooperation of others, establish and maintain effective supervisory relationships, prepare complex written reports or memos
• Highly experienced in training, education, coaching, mentoring and teaching others
• Highly flexible, imaginative and possess the ability to adapt to new and changing situations
• Ability to multi-task and adapt to change and shifting priorities
• Experienced in investigations and legal proceedings
• A thorough knowledge of all federal, provincial and municipal laws and regulations regarding animals, animal welfare and related activities
• Must have proven compassion for animals and proficient in animal husbandry and handling
• Must have excellent negotiation and mediation skills
• Must have excellent interpersonal, managerial and leadership skills and the ability to speak and present publicly
• Valid Class “G” driver’s License
• Provide and maintain a clean Drivers Abstract
• Provide and maintain a clean Police Clearance Certificate
• Computer skills – Windows, MS Office, case management system and other software deployed by the Society


If you are interested in this opportunity and have the above qualifications, please forward your resume with a covering letter by November 27th, 2015 to:


Ruth Marks
Executive Assistant to the Chief Inspector
Ontario SPCA
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We thank all applicants for your interest in the Ontario SPCA; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


The Ontario SPCA is proud to provide employment accommodation during the recruitment process. Should you require any accommodation, please indicate this on your application and we will work with you to meet your accessibility needs. For any questions, suggestions or required documents regarding accessibility in a different format, please contact us at 888-668-7722 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




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