Fire Chief: Portland Oregon Deadline: April 11, 2016

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Fire Chief

Deadline: April 11, 2016

Salary: $126,131 to $180,752 Annually DOQ

Job Description:

The City of Portland is seeking a highly experienced and innovative Fire Chief to lead the Portland Fire & Rescue Bureau. The Portland Fire Chief is a non-civil service position and serves as the chief administrative and supervisory director in the operations of the Fire Bureau. The Fire Chief reports to the Fire Commissioner and is responsible to direct and coordinate the activities of the bureau’s administrative, operational and support service functions. The successful candidate will possess background and experience necessary to provide leadership and supervision to over 720 union-represented and non-union represented employees across four divisions and the Chief’s Office. The Fire Chief is responsible for coordinating with local governmental agencies to maintain good working relationships as well as develop contingency plans in the event of natural or civil disasters. Additional information regarding the organization and operations of the department is available on the Fire and Rescue pages of our website at

About the City of Portland

Portland is the largest city in Oregon, with a population of 620,000 and a metro region population of over 2,000,000. As one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the Country, Portland is frequently recognized as one of the most environmentally friendly, and livable cities in the world. Portland is known for its excellent urban planning, expansive public transportation and high accessibility to the outdoors.

 To Qualify:

Ideal Candidate Profile

The competitive candidate for the Fire Chief will possess the qualifications and competencies identified in the position description and the knowledge, skills and abilities in this Ideal Candidate Profile. Please provide sufficient information in your résumé and cover letter detailing your qualifications.

The following minimum qualifications are required for the position of Fire Chief:

1  Established career in the Fire and Rescue Services

2  Considerable supervisory and management experience at the Chief or Assistant Chief level in a metropolitan Fire and Rescue Department/Bureau

3  Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the following areas: emergency operations, emergency management, prevention, EMS, logistics, equity and diversity, leadership and strategic planning

4  Candidate must be certified as an Oregon EMT or hold National Registry certification and gain certification through reciprocity for licensure in Oregon per ORS 682 and OAR 333-265 within 90 days of employment

Preference for:

1  Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science, Emergency Services, and/or related field


Proven experience in building a customer-focused services organization in a multi-disciplined, complex, evolving and fast-paced urban government. Highly skilled in facilitating, negotiating and building consensus among diverse customers and stakeholders with competing and differing business needs. A catalyst for building cohesive teams and motivating staff toward high quality achievement and fulfillment of strategic plans. Instills mutual trust and confidence and creates a culture that fosters a high standard of ethics.


Proven experience applying effective management skills in the areas of planning and project management including organizing, directing, motivating and evaluating both represented and non-represented employees; monitoring and controlling budget and financial resources; and providing good stewardship in the delivery of services to accomplish the strategic goals of the organization.

Strategic Planning

Proven ability in guiding organizational progress by defining the critical issues, establishing a vision, setting measurable objectives and prioritizing strategies.

Critical /Analytical Thinking

Proven experience using critical thinking skills and strategies to evaluate information, understand problems and develop appropriate solutions.


Excellence in communication, including the ability to develop and implement an effective communication strategy addressing the needs of the public, diverse stakeholder groups, City Council, bureau directors and internal and external customers.

Equity Diversity

A demonstrated track record in building diverse teams and maintaining professional and respectful work environments, and significant understanding of role in providing equitable services.


The ability to establish and maintain highly effective working relationships with the Mayor, City commissioners, bureau directors, managers, elected and appointed officials of other governmental agencies, employees, business and community leaders, the media, residents and others encountered in the course of work. Possess the skills to work collaboratively within the City and other agencies to enhance service delivery. This will require the successful candidate to be dynamic, open to new ideas and to be a strategic thinker.

Strong political acumen, tact and diplomacy in dealing with complex, sensitive and confidential issues regarding multiple and conflicting agendas and positions.

 The Recruitment Process:

All applications will be evaluated for Minimum Qualifications. Based on this evaluation, only applicants that best match the Minimum Qualifications will be invited to participate in the Selection Committee Interviews. In accordance with the adoption of the Charles Jordan Standard and the City of Portland’s commitment to equity, the highest qualified minority candidate, highest qualified woman, and highest qualified candidate who identifies as a person with a disability will be included in the final interview process. (Please see Charles Jordan Standard Portland Resolution No, 37180 for more information.)

Compensation and Benefits

The Fire Chief’s annual salary ranges from $126,131 to $180,752, depending on qualifications and experience.  The compensation includes excellent City-paid medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage and a pre-tax, employee paid deferred compensation plan and retirement benefits. Other benefits include a flexible spending account offered for medical expense reimbursement and dependent child care, vacation accrual negotiable based on years of professional service, and long-term disability insurance.

Recruitment Activity Schedule

Open Search Process:                                       February 9, 2016

Application Deadline:                                        April 11, 2016

Candidates Notified of Interviews:                      April 18, 2016

Selection Committee Interviews:                        April 25, 2016

Finalist Meet with the Commissioner:                  April 26, 2016

Job Offer Contingent on Background Check:        April 29, 2016

Anticipated Start Date:                                      May 2, 2016 / May 13, 2016

 Additional Information:

How to Apply

Applicants must submit a cover letter and professional résumé online, specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the “To Qualify” section of this announcement in accordance with the following Application Instructions:

Your résumé and cover letter will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.

1  Your cover letter should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the bulleted items in the “To Qualify” section of this announcement.

2  Your résumé should support the details described in the cover letter.

3  If you are requesting Veteran’s Preference, as identified below, please describe in your cover letter any transferrable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the “To Qualify” section above.

Your résumé and cover letter should be no more than a total of four (4) pages combined.

All completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than 4:30 pm, on the closing date of this recruitment. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.


This position is exempt from Civil Service and is an “At Will” position. It serves at the discretion of the hiring authority subject to the City of Portland Human Resources Administrative Rules and Portland City Charter and Code.

If you are requesting Veteran’s Preference, attach a copy of your DD214 / DD215 and / or Veteran’s Administration Letter Stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veteran’s Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment you apply for.

Veteran’s Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 4:30 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.

Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at time of application.

It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply. If you wish to identify yourself as an individual with a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and will be requesting accommodation, the requests must be made to the Analyst(s) named below No Later Than the Closing Date of This Announcement.

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

City’s Website Click HERE


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