• Full Time
  • Reno, NV
  • Salary: Entry Salary: $107,814 - $135,846 annually

Website Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority

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The Position: The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority (RTAA) is seeking an individual with management experience in the fire service to lead the dynamic Airport Rescue Firefighting (ARFF) Division as the Chief of Airport Rescue Firefighters.  The RTAA offers a positive, professional work environment that values teamwork, honesty, respect, recognition, integrity, innovation, versatility and excellence.  If this sounds like an environment in which you would THRIVE, the RTAA is a wonderful place to make a career!

At the RTAA, the ARFF team is a key member of the Operations & Public Safety Department.  The Chief of Airport Rescue Firefighters (Chief) reports to, and provides highly responsible and complex staff assistance to, the Vice-President of Operations & Public Safety.  The Chief seeks to balance both strategic and management goals while building positive relationships with labor groups.  The Chief is responsible for the administrative management of all functions and operations of the ARFF Division with respect to aircraft rescue, emergency medical response, fire protection, hazardous materials, and organizational safety.  The Chief works collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders in the development and implementation of the plans and policies for the ARFF Division, and where other matters of public safety are involved.

The nature of the work requires the ability to effectively lead, motivate, manage and direct a team of professional and technical personnel; the ability to assess and prioritize emergency situations, exercising sound judgment; the ability to analyze problems, project consequences, identify alternatives, and implement timely and effective solutions in support of RTAA’s strategic goals, objectives and initiatives; and the ability to establish, maintain and foster effective working relationships.

Background:  While Reno has long been known as the gateway to the Lake Tahoe region, it is moving well beyond a tourism destination. Tech giants such as Tesla, Switch, Panasonic, Apple, Google and Amazon have propelled the northern Nevada region in new and exciting directions. The region is experiencing an evolution that includes not only significant job growth, but also a revitalization of Reno’s midtown district. New trends in dining, a thriving local craft beer scene, and an expansion of non-gaming entertainment are drawing increasing numbers of visitors and new residents to the region.  For information about the Reno-Sparks-Tahoe Area, please visit www.whyreno.org

The RTAA is the owner and operator of the Reno-Tahoe International (RNO) and Reno-Stead Airports. Annually RNO serves 4.2 million passengers, a number that has continued to grow.  In order to meet the anticipated passenger growth, RNO finalized a 20-year Master Plan in January 2019.  The RTAA functions like a small city with over 270 employees working in a variety of functions.


Entry Salary: $107,814 – $135,846 annually. Opportunity for additional merit-based increases up to a range maximum of $163,877 annually.  Initial salary placement will be based upon experience and qualifications.  This is a management at-will position, which is salaried and is exempt from overtime.

Benefits:  The RTAA offers a competitive wage and benefit package, and provides a high-quality work-life balance.  Employee benefits include 100% employer paid contributions to the Nevada PERS retirement program; 100% employer paid health insurance for the employee; paid vacation and sick leave; and 13-paid holidays per year – just to name a few!


Minimum Qualifications:
Required Education: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college with major course work in fire science, fire administration, emergency management, public administration, business administration, or a closely related field.

An equivalent combination of directly related fire service management experience and training from the National Fire Academy or other courses in fire and/or emergency management may be substituted for the degree on an equivalency basis (e.g., one year of full-time experience will be considered equivalent to thirty (30) semester or (45) quarter units of college course work; and contact hours for training will be substituted on a one-for-one basis for degree credit hours).

Required Experience: Six (6) years of increasingly responsible fire suppression, prevention, and public safety experience, AND five (5) years of management experience equivalent to the Fire Chief or Assistant/Deputy Fire Chief level.

Required Certification: National Fire Officer IV certification issued by either the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress or the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications; OR graduation from the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program.  One of the listed certifications is required at the time of application, and a copy of the certification must be attached to the application.

Preferred Certification: Advanced Airport Rescue Fire-Fighter (ARFF) certification at time of application is preferred.  As a condition of continuing employment, incumbent will be required to obtain the Advanced ARFF certification within12 months of hire.

Required License: A valid driver’s license is required at the time of application.


How To Apply:  A fully completed official online RTAA Employment Application must be received by 11:59 p.m., Sunday, July 21, 2019.   Applications for RTAA jobs are only accepted through an online process.  For more information about this opportunity and to apply, visit: www.governmentjobs.com/careers/renoairport.

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