City of Harrisonburg (pop. approximately 53,875). Located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, one of the fastest growing cities in Virginia, and home to James Madison University, the Harrisonburg Fire Department is an ISO-Class II All-Hazards municipal agency providing essential emergency and non-emergency life safety services to the public who live, work and travel in Harrisonburg.
The Harrisonburg Fire Department contains two deputy fire chief positions (Operations and Support Services) and is seeking to fill the vacant Deputy Fire Chief of Support Services. This is an exempt, full-time position with benefits and a preferred starting salary range of $77,563 – $89,190 annually, with additional stipend(s) available depending upon qualifications. The candidate selected for this position will serve as a leader within the department and report directly to the Fire Chief.
The Deputy Fire Chief of Support Services is responsible for:
Planning, implementing, directing and supervising departmental support services, including but not limited to:
Human Resources, Training, Information Technology, Health and Safety, Strategic Planning and administrative functions;
Preparing and maintaining detailed records and files;
Evaluating the performance of subordinates;
Coordinating efforts of officers and training instructors;
Managing the Training Division to ensure delivery of training operations, including structural firefighting and in-station training and coordinating special classes on subjects such as hazardous materials, technical rescue and emergency medical services; Preparing training materials, tests and outlines, securing teaching aids and supervising officers as they conduct training classes;
Researching existing sources for materials to be used in the education program;
Manages departmental recruitment processes and promotional processes;
Participating in continuous training and instructional programs;
Responding to emergency alarms as the incident commander and directing the work of the fire companies;
Responding to and assuming command of hazardous materials emergencies;
Conducting research and recommending improvements for the health, safety and well- being of personnel;
Overseeing the Department’s commitment to applicable NFPA Standards related to health and safety;
Serving as Duty Officer on a rotating basis;
Serving as Fire Chief, as assigned.
The ideal candidate will have:
Thorough knowledge of:
The principles and practices of fire prevention, inspection, suppression and emergency medical services;
The operation and maintenance of apparatus and equipment;
ISO and the fire service accreditation process;The National Incident Management System;Supervisory principles and practices.
The ability to:Program and implement activities;
Effectively evaluate and supervise others at fires and other emergencies; Evaluate the effectiveness of the training program and recommend changes to improve the activities program;
Hire, train, evaluate and supervise the work of others;
Reduce relatively complex ideas into easily understood presentations; Establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates and the general public.
This is light work requiring the exertion of up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects and some medium work requiring the exertion of up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and up to 20 pounds of force frequently; work requires climbing, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, and lifting; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels; visual acuity is required for color perception, preparing and analyzing written or computer data, visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts, use of measuring devices, operation of motor vehicles or equipment, determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work, and observing general surroundings and activities; the worker is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions, extreme cold, extreme heat, noise, vibration, hazards, atmospheric conditions, oils, and wearing a respirator. The worker may be exposed to bloodborne and airborne pathogens and may be required to wear specialized personal protective equipment.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum Qualifications:
An associate’s/technical degree with coursework in fire administration, supervision, fire science, chemistry, physics, or related field and extensive experience at the rank of Fire Captain or above. An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be accepted.
Valid driver’s license, required.
NPQB or IFSAC Fire Officer III and Fire Instructor II certification, required.
EMT certification required within 12 months of hire.
Participation in the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program, preferred.
15 years of progressively responsible experience, with 3 years at the rank of Battalion Chief or higher, preferred.
Successful applicants for this position will be subject to a DMV driving record review and must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check, personal history statement*, credit check, NFPA 1582 physical, and alcohol and controlled substances testing.
*At a later step in the recruitment process, a Harrisonburg Fire Department Personal History Statement must be completed and submitted for review. Only qualified and eligible candidates will be notified of the Personal History Statement deadline once advanced to a later step in the recruitment process. Please do not submit a personal history statement prior to being provided with the notification of the deadline.
Application Requirements: In order to be considered for this position, applicants must submit the following: City of Harrisonburg online application, resume, cover letter, and 3 professional references. All required fields on the online employment application must be completed, including your education history and work experience. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Applicants unable to attach documents via the online application should email the missing documentation to [email protected] by the deadline indicated below in order to be further considered.
Application Deadline: Monday, August 10, 2020 at 5:00 pm EST. Candidates will not receive an application status update until after this application deadline. Due to the amount of information requested from candidates, please allow a minimum of 10 business days from the application deadline to receive a status update.
The City provides an excellent benefits package including health insurance, retirement (VRS Enhanced Hazardous Duty & ICMA-RC), life insurance, paid leave and holidays.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or veteran status.
The City of Harrisonburg is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
To apply for this job please visit www.harrisonburgva.gov.