Assistant Chief: Gainesville Florida Deadline: October 7, 2018

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Assistant Chief

Deadline: October 7, 2018

Salary: $75,338.00 – $116,398.00 Annually

Job Description:

 

Gainesville Fire Rescue Department (GFR) is seeking an Fire Assistant Chief to help lead GFR’s efforts to embrace the city’s citizen centered vision of creating The New American City by employing a proactive, innovative and forward thinking commitment to the “Four Pillars” (creating a strong economy, fostering greater community equity, planning for a better future, becoming a community model). The Assistant Fire Chief will serve as a member of the department’s Executive Staff while planning and directing both the administrative and technical activities of an assigned Fire Department division or bureau.
Gainesville Fire Rescue is an all hazard emergency response fire department and has been saving lives and property since 1882. The department has 179 personnel and responds to over 16,000 incidents per year with 16 emergency response vehicles. GFR is dedicated to providing excellent service with highly-trained, caring personnel.

A typical work day may include, but not be limited to planning, organizing, supervising, and controlling all activities and functions of the assigned division or bureau of the department; assisting in development of department wide budgets, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations; assisting in formulating and implementing departmental goals and objectives; and advising the Fire Chief regarding technical matters related to the assigned functions and recommending service improvements.
To be considered for this position you must have:

  • An Associate degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in fire science, fire administration, fire protection engineering or related subject is required, supplemented by appropriate technical training in Incident Command, Hazardous Materials, Emergency Medical Services Management, Fire Code Administration, Fire Prevention, Arson Investigation, Personnel Management, Training Program Management and/or Human Resources; and twelve (12) years of experience in a public fire department, which includes three (3) years at the District /District Chief or equivalent level or five (5) years within the specific division or bureau at the Lieutenant or equivalent level or five (5) years at a company level or higher supervisory position or any combination of equivalent education, training or experience.
  • A Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in fire science, fire administration, fire protection engineering, emergency management, emergency medical services, public administration, business administration or related subject is preferred for this job and will be required to promote to higher levels within the Fire Department.

Certifications and/or License:

  • Valid Driver License required upon appointment. Valid Florida Driver License required within 30 days of appointment.
  • Must obtain a Certificate of Compliance as a State of Florida Firefighter II within twelve (12) months of appointment.
  • Paramedic certification required in compliance with criteria set forth by the Florida Department of Health or the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians within twelve (12) months of appointment.

Preference will be given to those candidates who possess:

  • Executive Fire Officer (EFO) certification from the National Fire Academy (NFA), the United States Fire Administration (USFA) or the University of Florida.
  • Chief Fire Officer (CFO), Chief Training Officer (CTO), Chief Emergency Medical Services Officer (CEMSO) or Fire Marshal (FM) Designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence.
  • State of Florida Fire Code Administrator Certification
  • Governmental accounting experience
  • A strong knowledge of Microsoft Office products with emphasis on spreadsheet development and maintenance
  • Grant Accounting experience
  • Revenue Accounting experience

Note:

  • Selected applicants will undergo an assessment process which may include a written test, practical test and/or interview.
  • This position will be assigned to oversee a division or bureau and reports to the Deputy Fire Chief.
  • May Fill Multiple Positions
  • May Establish Eligibility List

 Embracing change is the Gainesville way of life.
Come join our team as we shift the culture from “No to Yes”, “from reactive to proactive,” “from policy-oriented to services-oriented”, and “from silos to teams”.
 

Job Description

SUMMARY
This is managerial, supervisory and technical work planning, organizing, evaluating and directing the administrative and technical activities of a major division or bureau of the Fire Department.  Serves as a part of the department’s Executive Staff.
Positions allocated to this classification report to a designated supervisor and work under general supervision.  Work in this class is distinguished from other classes by its managerial duties and advanced technical skills in fire public safety.
EXAMPLES OF WORK*
* This section of the job description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of duties and responsibilities of the position.  The omission of a specific job function does not absolve an employee from being required to perform additional tasks incidental to or inherent in the job.  Performance of lower level duties may be required.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Plans, organizes, supervises, and controls activities and functions of the assigned division or bureau of the department. 
Assists in development of department policies, procedures, rules, and regulations.
Assists in formulating and implementing departmental goals and objectives.
Recommends innovative and strategic system, process and practice changes to improve the cost effectiveness, efficiency and responsiveness of services provided by the department.
Advises the Fire Chief regarding technical matters related to the assigned functions and recommends service improvements.
Responsible for meeting Center for Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) requirements of assigned division or bureau.  Serves on Accreditation team,completes annual Accreditation updates for assigned areas and assists with the annual update of the Standards of Cover.
Responsible for meeting Insurance Services Office (ISO) requirements of assigned division or bureau.  Monitors ISO updates and makes recommendations to meet ISO requirements.
Prepares, submits, and monitors annual divisional and bureau budget.  Assists with the departmental budgeting process.
Assists with coordinating the City-wide Emergency Plan and maintains a copy of the final written document.   Assists with maintaining and updating the department’s Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) and Emergency Operations Plan.
Will be required to operate as an incident management team during activation of the City’s Emergency Operations Center (CEOC).
Will be required to respond under emergency conditions.
Supervises and coordinates assigned emergency operations, including firefighting, disaster relief, hazardous materials control, extrications, major medical incidents, and other emergency situations.
Determines best emergency incident management plan or control system and implements plan by directing, assigning, and controlling resources accordingly and requesting additional resources as needed.
Responds to fires and other emergencies and assists, coordinates and/or commands operations as required.
Confers with public officials and the public on types, levels and quality of services rendered by the assigned division, bureau and the department.
Generates reports that accurately reflect compliance with expectations and competency.  Audits records and reports to ensure minimum performance standards are maintained.
Prepares and maintains system of records, reports, and other documents to reflect activities of the division or bureau.  
Supervises receipt, investigation, and follow up of citizen complaints related to assigned area(s).
Stays active in the community to ensure positive relationships are developed and maintained with community leaders.
Works with other city, county, and state departments or bureaus to maintain uniformity of code interpretations and policies.
Coordinates within the fire department and with other City departments the development, updating, and enforcement of fire protection and other locally adopted codes as they impact City fire protection.
Participates in the administration of collective bargaining agreements.
Within the limits of delegated authority, recommends selection, promotion, discharge, and other appropriate personnel actions.
Performs timely, fair and non-discriminatory evaluation of performance of employees under his/her supervision.
Initiates or recommends discipline of employees in accordance with applicable bargaining agreements and City policies.
Reviews employee personnel and performance problems.  Receives and resolves employee complaints and reports results to the Fire Chief.
Stays current with technological improvements in area of assigned responsibility.
Will be responsible for enforcing the drug policy, based on physical location and organizational structure.
Will be required to supervise employees designated as performing “safety sensitive” functions, for purposes of the Drug Free Workplace Program.
Attends work on continuous and regular basis.
NON-ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Performs special studies and investigations as assigned by the Fire Chief and makes oral and written reports.
Works on committee assignments to develop plans, gather information, or administer procedures.
Represents the Department on committees, at special meetings, and in public education and information programs as required.
Performs duties of a lower level when required.
May act in absence of supervisor.
Will be required to respond under emergency conditions
Performs other related duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function satisfactorily.  Below are the required education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions. 
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
An Associate degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in fire science, fire administration, fire protection engineering or related subject is required, supplemented by appropriate technical training in Incident Command, Hazardous Materials, Emergency Medical Services Management, Fire Code Administration, Fire Prevention, Arson Investigation, Personnel Management, Training Program Management and/or Human Resources;
and twelve (12) years of experience in a public fire department, which includes three (3) years at the District /District Chief or equivalent level or five (5) years within the specific division or bureau at the Lieutenant or equivalent level or five (5) years at a company level or higher supervisory position or any combination of equivalent education, training or experience.
A Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in fire science, fire administration, fire protection engineering, emergency management, emergency medical services, public administration, business administration or related subject is preferred for this job and will be required to promote to higher levels within the Fire Department.
CERTIFICATIONS OR LICENSES
Licenses
Valid Driver License required upon appointment.  Valid Florida Driver License required within 30 days of appointment.
Certifications
Must obtain a Certificate of Compliance as a State of Florida Firefighter II within twelve (12) months of appointment.
Paramedic certification required in compliance with criteria set forth by the Florida Department of Health or the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians within twelve (12) months of appointment.
Executive Fire Officer (EFO) certification from the National Fire Academy (NFA), the United States Fire Administration (USFA) or the University of Florida is preferred.
Chief Training Officer (CTO), Chief Emergency Medical Services Officer (CEMSO) or Fire Marshal (FM) Designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence is preferred.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Considerable knowledge of the federal, state, and local laws, rules and regulations that govern fire safety and protection services.
Thorough knowledge of provisions of City codes and ordinances as they relate to fire prevention.
Considerable knowledge of principles and practices of fire safety administration and management.
Considerable technical skill and ability in firefighting, emergency medical technology, hazardous materials, and disaster management.
Knowledge and ability to manage an emergency incident scene utilizing the appropriate strategies and tactics.
Knowledge of the National Incident Management System.
Knowledge of occupational safety and health practices related to the fire service.
Considerable knowledge of building construction, codes and standards, and ability to interpret and apply that information to emergency and non-emergency activities.
Ability to drive vehicles on emergency and non-emergency runs.
Knowledge of fire department organizations, operations, budget, and public management.
Strong interpersonal skills as demonstrated by the ability to interact collaboratively and productively and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals of diverse backgrounds including elected and appointed government officials, charter officers, City employees, local, state and Federal legislative bodies, local business partners, the municipal utility community, and the general public.
Excellent analytical skills as demonstrated by the ability to collect, develop, assess, and blend information and recommendations from a wide variety of sources.
Strong critical and creative thinking skills to assess and resolve problems or issues by gathering and assessing information, taking advice, and using judgment that is consistent with standards, practices, policies, procedures, regulations or law.
Ability to work under high stress levels, with frequent interruptions and with tight and often changing deadlines.
Ability to develop short and long-term strategies, plans and programs and to evaluate work accomplishments.
Excellent written and oral communication skills as demonstrated by the ability to articulate complex information and issues clearly and concisely. 
Ability to direct the accurate and timely response to public records requests in compliance with Florida public records laws. 
Ability to maintain security and confidentiality.
Ability to plan, assign, review and supervise work of others and to evaluate work accomplishments.
Thorough knowledge of municipal organization and departmental functions, staffing, and operating procedures.
Thorough knowledge of collective bargaining agreement administration.
Experience and ability to deliver effective presentations.
Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of effective administration and supervision.
Knowledge of computers and relevant software and computer information and communication systems.
PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must possess certain physical abilities and be able to withstand work related environmental conditions.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is often required to sit for prolonged periods of time.
WORK ENVIRONMENT
Will be required to work and attend meetings outside regular business hours, including nights, weekends and holidays.
Must be available and on call 24 hours a day. 
Required to be able to respond within 30 minutes (non-emergency) to NW 13 St and 16th Ave.
Work may require exposure to hazardous conditions and noxious chemicals. 
Work may require performance of tasks outdoors under varying climatic conditions. 
How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.

 

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