Town of Apex, NC

The growing community of Apex, NC is seeking an experienced fire safety expert to serve as Assistant Fire Chief (AFC). The AFC is an independent, self-motivated leader who can effectively balance spearheading initiatives while collaborating with other department leaders to achieve the department’s mission, vision, and values. This position is for the data-driven leader who demonstrates both passion and expertise in analyzing and comprehending technical reports – using data and metrics to make informed decisions. Joining a department with two additional Assistant Fire Chief’s, this AFC position will serve as the accreditation and ISO manager and will primarily be responsible for leading the department through the accreditation process which is already in process. Experience successfully navigating departments through the accreditation process is highly desired along with outstanding leadership and communication skills.

About the Department and Position: As an all-hazards organization, the Apex Fire Department, founded in 1927, is responsible for mitigation of emergency incidents that extend well beyond the customary fire suppression duties. All members of the department’s paid staff are trained as Emergency Medical Technicians at the Basic Level (EMT-B) and Hazardous Materials Level 1 responders. With a FY23 budget of $15.8M and 114 fire personnel across 5 fire stations, fire personnel are assigned to 1 of 3 shifts that work 24-hour rotations. Each shift is comprised of 29 personnel that provide 24/7/365 emergency response. A sixth fire station is scheduled to open in April 2023, with each shift increasing to 34 personnel, including a second battalion chief on each shift. With the support of a data analysis professional and reporting to the Fire Chief, this AFC will oversee the following functions of the department: accreditation, ISO, data, RMS, policies, procedures and guidelines, administrative functions and programs including professional development.

Qualifications: The City seeks a fire safety leader with a minimum of 10 years of progressive fire service experience in administration and/or progressive management at the rank of Captain or higher.  Bachelor’s degree in fire science, public administration, business administration, emergency management or a related field is required. Additional requirements include Firefighter Level II, Hazmat Level 1, NFPA 1021 Fire Officer III, NIMS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 800 certifications. Must possess and maintain a valid state driver’s license with an acceptable driving history.

Preferred qualifications include the following:

·       CPSE Chief Fire Officer Designation or graduation from the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy.

·       CFAI accreditation peer team assessor.

·       Completion of the CPSE Quality Improvement for the Fire and Emergency Service Course and Peer Assessor training.

Salary and Benefits: The expected hiring range for the position is $95,909-$117,489, depending on qualifications and experience with a full salary range of $95,909 – $148,660. The Town provides an excellent benefits package which can be viewed here.

To apply, please visit and click on the Assistant Fire Chief – Town of Apex, NC title. All applications must be submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal – NOT the Town Employment Application portal, nor any other external website; it is not sufficient to send only a resume. Applicants must apply by February 3, 2023. Successful semi-finalists will be invited to participate in virtual interviews and skill evaluation on March 9 – 10, 2023. Candidates are encouraged to reserve these dates for virtual meetings should they be invited to participate. All inquiries should be emailed to [email protected] The Town of Apex is an EOE. The recruitment and selection process is being managed by Developmental Associates, LLC.

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