• Full Time
  • Alexandria, VA
  • Salary: $92,307.80 - $167,264.98

AlexandriaVAFD Alexandria Fire Department

The Alexandria Fire Department provides fire, emergency medical

Alexandria Fire Department
Assistant Fire Chief
(2 positions)

The City of Alexandria is located in Northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax counties. With an estimated population of 159,200 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. About one-quarter of the City’s square miles have been designated as a national or local historic district. We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead. If you are interested in working for the vibrant City of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for Assistant Fire Chief of Administration and Assistant Fire Chief of Operations positions (two positions are open, candidates who apply will be automatically considered for both positions).

An Overview
The Alexandria Fire Department is seeking proven senior executive leaders to join a proud organization with a rich history and a strong tradition in serving the residents, citizens and community in the City of Alexandria. This is a rewarding leadership opportunity to assist the Fire Chief and direct the activities of the Administration or Operations Section.

What You Should Bring
The ideal candidate will have a proven record of leading a diverse staff and a history of consensus building and developing and maintaining strong teams. Each Assistant Fire Chief must demonstrate integrity, commitment to diversity and inclusion with a track record of honesty and vision to lead our department. Moreover the candidate must understand the nexus of external relations is integral to internal management while balancing the needs of City Management, community, jurisdictional partners and the department.

The Opportunity
• Acts for the Fire Chief in his/her absence;
• Manages the Administrative or Operations Section of the Fire Department, and as assigned, manages the Fire Emergency Services or EMS functions, conferring with Fire Battalion Chiefs or EMS staff, observing operations at work stations, assigning tasks and projects;
• Assists in planning and organizing the operation of the Department;
• Establishes and enforces policies, procedures, rules and regulations;
• Provides leadership and guidance for the Strategic Planning Process;
• Assists in the development and monitoring of the division budget, conducts needs assessments and equipment evaluations;
• Reviews and revises methods and procedures for operating Departmental functions;
• Reviews daily supervisor activities reports, supervises and evaluates personnel and program operations;
• Attends Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Fire Operations Subcommittee meetings, and represents the Fire Chief at other meetings;
• Assists in the preparation of plans for response to disaster or emergency management situations;
• Develops and reviews Standard Department Policies, General Orders, Medical Protocols, Memoranda and other Departmental Communications;
• Evaluates, coaches/mentors, counsels/disciplines and provides remediation to personnel as needed;
• Reviews and provides input for performance evaluations for all personnel within the assigned section;
• Oversees hiring, recruitment and promotional testing for various sections of the department;
• Analyzes data for trends pertaining to retention needs and develops policy in response to those trends;
• Makes field inspections of facilities, equipment, personnel and training evolutions;
• Investigates complaints made against the Department;
• Coordinates Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) staff sessions, attends Regional and State meetings, and coordinates CISD training;
• Responds to fires and serious emergencies and, as necessary, advises the Officer-in-Charge or assumes position within the incident management system;
• Makes recommendations for improvement for accidents, injuries, loss of damaged property;
• Serves as the liaison and point of contact with other City and County agencies and civic, business, and community groups, and appears before various groups as senior spokesperson for the Department or as a personal representative of the Fire Chief;
• Develops and approves programs that involve department interaction with the residents and visitors of the City;
• Makes recommendations to civic groups on EMS, fire and life safety hazards;
• Completes special projects as assigned in support of the City’s strategic initiatives;
• Provides City representation to local, regional, State, national and international committees;
• Manages the Fire Prevention and Life Safety Section (FP & LSS) administer the Statewide Fire Prevention Code;
• Oversees the fire department’s comprehensive prevention program;
• Performs related work as required.

About the Department
“Dedicated to our Community, Our Profession and Each Other”
The Alexandria Fire Department provides fire, emergency medical services, and special operations such as technical rescue, hazardous materials and marine response operations with additional capabilities including fire prevention, inspections, protection and investigation to a 15 square mile city. The Alexandria Fire Department employs more than 290 personnel, which include firefighters, paramedics, fire prevention staff and administrative support. A network of ten stations protects 15 square miles. Among the department’s specialized teams are the Northern Virginia Regional Hazardous Materials Team, Technical Rescue, Marine Operations and the Special Operations Team. The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is also a city-wide function within the Alexandria Fire Department.


Five years of progressively-responsible fire operations and administrative services experience, including some demonstrated executive level competence (command, operations, planning, logistics, administration) in a fire/emergency services organization and completion of college-level courses in public or fire administration, fire suppression/prevention, emergency medical services or fire prevention and life safety services; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Employees must possess a valid driver’s license issued by the state of their /*residence.


A combination of education and/or experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science, Emergency Service, Public Safety, or related field including a minimum of 30 related credits at an accredited college or university and considerable supervisory and management experience in a senior command role, preferably at the level of Assistant/Deputy Chief for a municipality or similar sized fire department. Must successfully complete a criminal background check, pass a drug test and pass an NFPA 1582 medical physical.

Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree; Executive Fire Officer Program graduate from the National Fire Academy. Currently certified as an ALS provider (Intermediate or Paramedic). Certified Fire Officer III (NFPA 1021). 10 years of progressive experience in fire/emergency service leadership and management within a metropolitan department of similar or larger size.


This position requires the successful completion of a pre-employment testing to include, but not limited to the following:
Criminal Records Check;
Drug Test;
Medical Fitness for Duty;
Driver’s License; and
Academic Record/Certifications

*Please be sure to include your resume and applicable certifications with the application.

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