Deputy Fire Chief: Wausau Wisconsin Deadline: January 11, 2019

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Deputy Fire Chief

Deadline: January 11, 2019

Salary: $63,481.60 – $95,222.40 Annually

Job Description:

This position performs executive level duties for the Wausau Fire Department.  Under the direction of the Fire Chief, the Deputy Fire Chief is responsible for the day-to-day direction of Department divisions of Operations, Personnel, and Training. The incumbent exercises independent judgment and discretion, manages and directs employees, and formulates administrative policies consistent with the mission, core values, goals and objectives of the Department. The Deputy Fire Chief functions as second in command within the Department and as such assumes full command of the Department in the absence of the Fire Chief.

 Essential Duties and Responsibilities:Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Serves as adviser to the Chief on operational issues, safety issues, organizational problems, budget, contract negotiations, disciplinary actions, promotional processes, hiring processes, and other executive level areas as assigned.
  2. Coordinates the activities of the Fire Operations division through the Battalion Chiefs to assure consistency of responses and operations.  Evaluates the performance of the Battalion Chiefs and actively works to improve their performance and the performance of their shift.
  3. Serves as liaison between various stakeholders to include community groups, fire departments, other City departments, elected official, the media, etc. positively advocating and advancing the mission of the Department through cooperative and collaborative partnerships.
  4. Participates in contract negotiations and advises the chief and city negotiating team on the impact of proposed contract items on operational effectiveness, budget, etc.
  5. Enforces the contract, processes grievances and disputes that cannot be resolved by the shift commanders, and participates in mediation and arbitration proceedings.
  6. Develops, manages and evaluates the department’s health and safety program and implements a measurable accident and injury prevention program.
  7. Responds and serves as an incident commander, or potentially another assigned responsibility such as safety officer or accountability officer, at significant incidents managed under ICS.
  8. Ensure that significant events are reviewed for lessons learned, and evaluates the effectiveness and safety of operations following significant events.
  9. Evaluates departmental training and outcomes of training to ensure personnel are competent to perform the emergency and non-emergency duties they are assigned.
  10. Coordinates the strategic planning process, oversees the execution of the strategic plan, and reports progress toward the goals of the strategic plan to the Chief and the department.
  11. Designated as the project manager for all aspects of accreditation; oversees the overall execution of all components for the initiative.  Plans, prepares and provides progress reports to the Chief to ensure the appropriate flow of information.
  12. Actively participates in the promotional and hiring processes and promotes professional development of members.
  13. Has regular contact with all personnel of the department and observes the services they provide, both emergency and non-emergency.  Evaluates all services provided by the department and implements changes in policies and procedures needed to improve emergency and non-emergency services.
  14. Serves as the operations manager for the day-to-day budget administration; ensures all aspects of department operations are conducted within the budget process.  Provides regular status reports to the Chief; confers with the Chief on unusual budgetary issues.
  15. Assists the Chief in planning, documenting and preparing the annual budget request and modifications as necessary.  Maintains cooperative relationship with the Finance Department to ensure the budget is administered within the confines of City of Wausau guidelines and procurement policies.
  16. Directs and oversees the Department’s fire records management system; analyzes and interprets records and data to progressively enhance Department operations; continually evaluates and modifies, when necessary, the Department’s resource deployment plan.
  17. Participates in local, state, regional or national professional organizations and planning committees.
  18. Serves as organizational liaison with other agencies. Participates in the planning and implementation of community events.
  19. Participate in emergency management planning and activities for mitigation and recovery.
  20. Prepares or assists with the preparation of instructional and/or informational material for publication and presentations; makes presentations as assigned.
  21. Assesses and analyzes unique community risks and emerging issues.
  22. Creates, oversees, coordinates and manages the Standard Operating Procedures of the Department.
  23. Demonstrate strong, positive leadership serving as a role model for other Department members.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities

  • Performs the duties of the Fire Chief in his or her absence.
  • Proficient working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Assures that required certifications, training, and licenses are maintained for all personnel.
  • Procures grants for equipment and departmental programs to provide programs not available through the budgetary process and/or to relieve some departmental expenditures from local taxes.
  • Coordinates public requests for stand-by assignments, educational programs, and/or promotional appearances.
  • Responsible for assessing training needs, coordinating and/or conducting training and assuring that training is being documented and detailed appropriately.
  • Assures participation in the Departments health and wellness program.
  • Performs various duties as assigned.
  • Ability to wear a respirator/SCBA.

 Minimum Requirements:Qualifications and Requirements
A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum of eight (8) years of increasingly responsible experience in governmental fire suppression and prevention that includes a minimum of three (3) years in an administrative or management capacity, or any combination of education, training and experience that provides the equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the position.The following licenses and certifications are required:

  • State of Wisconsin Fire Officer II certification
  • State of Wisconsin Fire Instructor I certification
  • State of Wisconsin Fire Inspector I certification
  • State of Wisconsin Emergency Medical Technician-Basic licensure
  • National Fire Academy – Health and Safety Officer certification
  • National Incident Management System 700, 800, 100, 200, 300, 400 certifications.  (National Fire Academy – Command and Control of Fire Department Operations at Natural and Man-Made Disasters certification will be considered equivalent to NIMS 300 and 400 certifications.)
  • Possession of a valid appropriate state of Wisconsin driver’s license

Preferred qualifications include:

  • National Fire Academy – Leadership in Supervision:  Perspectives in Thinking from the National Fire Academy certification, or comparable leadership training.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of:

  • Fire administration, organization, and operations to effectively manage the overall operation of several divisions of the Department and assume overall responsibility, when necessary.
  • Principles, practices, and procedures of modern fire suppression, prevention, investigation, and emergency medical services.
  • Principles and practices of personnel supervision and training.
  • Principles of program planning and implementation.
  • Department policies, regulations, and operational procedures.
  • Applicable local, state, and federal laws and regulations to ensure consistency with legal mandates.
  • Local geography, location of water mains and hydrants, and major fire and traffic hazards to effectively command personnel at the scene of a fire or other emergency operation.
  • Considerable working knowledge of computers, computer systems and software.

Ability to:

  • Effectively administer all Department operations and assume full command in the absence of the Fire Chief.
  • Effectively evaluate emergency and non-emergency situations to affect an appropriate plan and/or response.
  • Manage personnel, as it pertains to discipline and performance standards.
  • Plan, organize, coordinate, supervise, and evaluate the work activities and performance of subordinates.
  • Impart a strong leadership presence to stimulate and motivate others and impact the organization as a whole.
  • Exhibit strong, positive leadership to serve as role model for other Department members.
  • Analyze data, information and/or situations accurately; formulate and implement an effective course of action.
  • Use appropriate reasoning when performing functions such as supervising, managing, leading, teaching and directing.
  • Evaluate Department outcome data that will allow for suggestion for enhancement of efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Analyze and evaluate legislation that impacts the Department and make appropriate recommendations to the Fire Chief.
  • Work in a close and effective manner with the Fire Chief.
  • Accurately interpret and explain Department policies, procedures, regulations, and relevant laws and apply them effectively and appropriately in varying situations.
  • Communicate effectively in writing and verbally and possess interpersonal skills to effectively resolve situations involving tension or conflict.
  • Follow through with commitments.
  • Support the organization’s mission and exhibit the Department’s core values.
  • Treat people with respect and inspire the trust of others.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, representatives of other fire departments and districts, public officials, community groups, media, organizations, and the general public.
  • Coordinate eyes, hands, feet and limbs in performing semi-skilled movements such as rapid keyboard use.
  • Operate equipment and machinery, with some requiring complex and rapid adjustments, such as fire suppression equipment and related tools, computer keyboard, VCR, slide/overhead projector, video tape recorder.
  • Work irregular or protracted hours and respond promptly to emergencies.
  • Meet and maintain physical standards sufficient to discharge the duties and responsibilities of the position.
  • Exert mildly heavy physical effort in moderate to heavy work, typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling.
  • Wear a respirator properly, including a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).

Physical and Working Environment
Ability to work under conditions where exposure to environmental factors such as temperature variations and extremes, odors, toxic agents, potential violence, noise, vibrations, machinery, electrical current, explosives, wetness, disease and/or dust, may cause discomfort and where there is a risk of injury.

 Additional Information:IMPORTANT! All applications must completely filled out and have a Cover Letter and Resume attached in the “Attachments” section of the application.  Applications that are not complete and do not have the required attachments will not be considered.

In the Attachments section of the application, please include copies of the following along with your Cover Letter and Resume:

  • College Diploma(s) (or transcripts of college courses taken if no degree has been received)
  • State of WI – Fire Officer II certification
  • State of WI – Fire Instructor I certification
  • State of WI – Fire Inspector I certification
  • State of WI – Emergency Medical Technician – Basic licensure
  • National Fire Academy – Health and Safety Officer certification
  • National Incident Management System – ICS 700, 800, 100, 200, 300, 400 certifications (National Fire Academy – Command and Control of Fire Department Operations at Natural and Man-Made Disasters certification may be substituted for NIMS 300 and 400 certifications)

This position is classified as Exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
The starting hourly rate is $30.52 – $38.15 ($63,482 – $79,353 annually) DOQ.  This is the minimum to midpoint of the current salary range.
The full salary range for this position is $30.52 – $45.78 ($63,482 – $95,224 annually).

The City of Wausau will make arrangements to furnish appropriate auxiliary aids and services where necessary and reasonable to afford an individual with a disability the opportunity to participate in the recruitment process. Please notify the Human Resources Department or phone (715) 261-6630 to request special accommodations prior to the application deadline.

Wisconsin Statutes, Sections 19.36 (7), 64.09 (5), and 64.11 (7) require public employers to treat the following items as a public record: Each applicant’s application, records, recommendations and qualifications except as provided in Section 19.36 (7), Wis. Stats. that allows the identity of an applicant to remain confidential if the applicant requests in writing that the City not provide access to this information.

If you choose not to have this information become a public record, you must make such a request in writing to the Human Resources Department. If you become a finalist for the position, your identity may be disclosed as required by law.

How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.


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