Deputy Fire Chief of Operations
City of Harrisonburg (pop. approximately 54,224). 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. More information about the Fire Department is available at www.harrisonburgva.gov/fire or on Facebook©, Twitter© and Instagram©. The Harrisonburg Fire Department includes two deputy fire chief positions (Operations and Support Services) and is seeking to fill the Deputy Fire Chief of Operations with a dynamic, forward-thinking, experienced professional. This is an exempt, full-time position with benefits and a preferred starting salary range of $87,713 - $100,880 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. As the Deputy Fire Chief of Operations, you'll be responsible for planning, supervising, directing, and coordinating operations of the department, including assisting with the general planning and administration of fire services. In this role, you'll oversee Fire and Rescue Operations, Specialized Operations (Hazardous Materials and Technical Rescue), and Emergency Medical Services. A detailed list of essential functions and the ideal candidate's knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position is available in the class specification.
Minimum Requirements: An associate’s/technical degree with coursework in fire administration, human resource management, supervision, fire science, fire prevention, community risk reduction, strategic planning, or related field and extensive (6 or more years) experience at the rank of Fire Captain or above. An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be accepted. Valid driver's license at time of hire. NPQB or IFSAC Fire Officer III and Fire Instructor II certification at time of hire. Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services EMT (VAOEMS) certification required within 12 months of hire. Successful completion of the Department's Work Performance Evaluation, annually. Participation in the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program is preferred but not required for consideration. Click here to view the physical requirements of this position. The selected candidate for this position will be subject to the following screenings and must receive satisfactory results: DMV driving record review; Criminal background check; Personal History Statement*; Credit check; NFPA 1582 physical; and Drug screen. *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 Deadline: Thursday, March 9, 2023 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 & MissionSquare), 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.