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Director, Field Operations – Oilsands Mining - Hybrid

Remote Fort McMurray, AB

Location: Fort McMurray is preferred; other locations will be considered.


Employment Type: Full Time – Permanent


Salary Range: M6, Level 9, $164,432 - $205,540 per year. The final compensation for this position will be determined based on individual factors, including education, qualifications, experience, and internal equity. This position may be eligible to receive a Northern Living allowance. Northern Living allowances are provided based on the location of the position and where an employee primarily works and resides.


Director, Field Operations, Oilsands Mining - Hybrid


The Opportunity


Want to work for an organization that is committed to ‘doing the right thing’, where you can make a difference in Alberta’s energy sector?


The Compliance & Liability Management (C&LM) branch at the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is recruiting for a Director, Field Operations, Oilsands Mining to join our team. The team is responsible for educating, verifying, and compelling compliance of licensees to ensure energy development is safe and environmentally responsible throughout the entire life cycle of development including closure of resource extraction sites across the province.


As the Director, you will provide leadership and direction on strategic, operational, financial, human resources, and resource and regulatory decision matters to ensure timely and responsible regulatory decisions are made that support the mandate, priorities, and goals of the AER.


You will lead a team of managers that represent Dam Safety and Field Operations Northeast at the AER. These teams are a mix of traditional oil sands (mining and in situ) and dam safety expertise.


What your day-to-day will look like:


  • Lead a team of direct reports. Provide clear direction so the team works as a cohesive unit. Develop team members through coaching, training, goal setting and strategic development, providing ongoing feedback, and recognition. Apply AER’s people management policies and programs within an inclusive environment where diversity is valued.
  • Communicate with Leaders within the Branch, and the AER, to promote a collaborative and enterprise-first approach while effectively regulating the full life cycle of energy development.
  • Develop and manage applicable budgets, including both operational budgets and large project specific budgets, and review expenditures to ensure funds are being utilized in a cost-effective and appropriate manner.
  • Ensure desired strategic plans and outcomes are achieved, including assisting in the development and monitoring of appropriate and clearly defined quality performance measures to determine areas for improvement.
  • Support incident response: work with staff including incident responders and other leaders to ensure a safe, efficient, and effective response and outcome. Act as a Statutory Decision Maker (SDM) for compliance activities, including issuing and managing enforcement orders, as necessary.
  • Lead by example, promote and demonstrate a commitment to staff and workplace safety, the AER’s Safety Program and applicable provincial statutory safety requirements to ensure a safe working environment.
  • Contribute and or lead provincial initiatives or assignments related to operational needs, regulatory, and technical issues as appropriate. Provide proactive, strategic identification and action on emerging issues and trends.
  • Ensure that the teams understand, align, and support the Integrated Decision Approach (IDA) framework, and lead regulatory and transformational change in the functional work within the teams. Promote continuous improvement and be a champion of change.


What we are looking for in you:


  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or environmental science, other related education will be considered.
  • 15+ years of energy industry knowledge, in depth and broad knowledge of energy and specified enactment regulations and demonstrated leadership of diverse teams.
  • Association of Science and Engineering Technology (ASET) or Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) is considered an asset.
  • ICS 400 is considered an asset.
  • Proven experience leading transformation change in a senior leadership role and the ability to craft and clearly articulate transformational ideas about the change and impact that you want to effect in the world.
  • Broad perspective – “big picture strategic thinker” with a forward-thinking approach and experience and comfort with risk-informed decision making.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; excels in a team environment as a positive contributing member of a senior leadership team and can create an enjoyable working atmosphere that highlights the importance of building healthy and trusting professional relationships.
  • Strong sense of collaboration and excellent consensus building/conflict resolution skills and works in a positive, professional approach to encourage an open, sharing, and supportive workplace.
  • Unquestionable integrity, ethics and values aligned with organizations values and the ability to treat all information with a high level of confidentiality.


Additional Information:


  • All applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada at the time of application.
  • This position will be subject to pre-employment background screening, including a criminal record check and a financial security check.
  • Required travel will be 25% if the incumbent is not located in Fort McMurray.
  • Should an individual with the required qualifications not be available, applicants with closely related qualifications may be considered. As a result, the position may be redesigned and/or reclassified.
  • If you need accommodation during any stage of the recruitment process, please email Peopleservices@aer.ca. Information relating to the need for accommodation and accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.


What we offer you:


  • Great benefits from your first day of work
  • Flexible Work Program - hybrid work and flexible hours
  • Defined benefit pension plans
  • Flexible benefits program options, including Personal & Health spending accounts
  • Generous vacation entitlement and flex days


More information about working at the AER’s including our comprehensive Total Rewards package can be found in the careers section of our website https://www.aer.ca/providing-information/about-the-aer/careers/what-we-offer.


Application closing date: January 2, 2024, at midnight

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