Fire Chief

City of Corvallis, OR

Lead, coordinate and direct the provision of fire protection, EMS/ambulance, and disaster preparedness services to the City of Corvallis, the Corvallis Rural Fire Protection District, and as applicable, the Benton County Ambulance Service Area. These tasks are illustrative only and may include other related duties.

Provides ongoing organizational development and direction to the fire department.

Develops major work programs and plans operational activities.
Develops and facilitates department strategic plan.
Promotes overall organizational values such as sustainability, citizen participation, cost efficiency, and diversity in the management of the department and achieve organizational goals as they apply to the department.

Manages and directs all department personnel. Performs personnel duties such as selection, discipline, and discharge of employees. Establishes performance standards; counsels employees as appropriate. Develops processes that involve employees in decision making. Provides career development opportunities for staff. Facilitates goal and objective development with division management personnel. Promotes effective talent management, career development and succession planning for all employees and volunteers.

Cultivates and continually develops the effectiveness of a combination paid and volunteer department. Promotes a safe and positive work environment for all personnel. Promotes collaborative and positive labor relations with employee units and participates directly or indirectly in labor negotiations.

Develops, manages and administers the department's annual budget, including capital needs and multi-year business plans for the operations of the department. Acts as Fund Manager for the Fire and Rescue Fund.

Conducts strategic and operational planning to ensure that services, programs, facilities and fire-service strategies meet the City's changing needs and are financially viable. Manages, develops and implements new programs and functions to meet the City's changing needs. Assesses programs relative to attainment of the objectives and revises and modifies as needed.

Serves as a member of the City's Senior Management Group to address overall policy issues under guidelines established by the City Council and the City Manager. Participates in city planning and budgetary efforts.

Promotes positive relations for the City and the Department, via direct public interaction, event planning, and dealings with the media. Works effectively with other City departments and local agencies to accomplish department goals, minimize duplication of services, and serves the mission of the agencies.

Serves as Chief Executive Officer for the Board of Directors of the Corvallis Rural Fire Protection District. Negotiates CRFPD contract for services.

Serves on the Benton County Fire Defense Board, Member of the Linn County Fire Defense Board, and Benton County Emergency Medical Advisory Committee. Responsibilities for representing the City and for coordinating emergency operations in a collaborative fashion when required. Coordinates and supports a wide variety of advisory groups and public processes and provides leadership in the provision of fire protection, county-wide EMS/ambulance, and disaster preparedness services.

Responds to general alarms; monitors and audits all quick response services.

Assumes command of responders in emergency situations.

Manages fire prevention activities, including but not limited to: City burn regulations, annexation issues, residential sprinklers, fire access lanes, and code issues.

Implements outreach for education and participation by the public relative to department functions.

Manages and resolves issues regarding the service agreement with Good Samaritan Hospital, and the physician advisory contract.

Manages the City's Emergency Operations Plan through development, review, training and communications.

Manages the City's Fire Med Program including promotion, performance measurement, and financial accountability.

Operates and drives a motor vehicle safely and legally.

Conforms to all safety rules and performs work is a safe manner.

Adheres to all City and Department policies.

Delivers excellent customer service to diverse audiences.

Maintains effective work relationships.

Arrives to work, meetings and other work-related functions on time and maintains regular job attendance.

Education and Experience
Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Management, Fire Management, or a related field is required.Master's degree in one of the above fields is preferred.

Seven years of experience at the Chief, Assistant Chief, Division Manager, or Battalion Chief level in a full service fire department, with at least a portion of that experience in a department which provides services to both municipal and rural areas.Experience with both fire and EMS/ambulance services is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of the essential functions, required skills, and certifications of fire and EMS positions including Life Safety I and II and EMT Basic. OSFM Fire is required within 6 months of employment and DPSST Fire Officer IV is required by the end of the probationary period. Maintenance of certification required to authorize the certification of subordinates.

Comprehensive knowledge of federal, state and local laws dealing with emergency services and conflagration management.

Adherence to the knowledge standards established by the Corvallis Fire Department.

Excellent supervisory skills.Ability to hold employees and supervisors accountable for personal goals and contributions towards organizational objectives and values.Ability to motivate staff and to delegate, supervise and review the work of others.

Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and effectively evaluate and motivate personnel to maximize organizational efficiency.

Excellent organizational and communication skills, including the ability to speak effectively in public and before a variety of audiences.Ability to write effectively for a variety of audiences and to communicate effectively through a variety of methods to promote the department with employees and the public.

Excellent public service skills under emergency and non-emergency conditions.

Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills.Ability to maintain and promote effective working relationships with, and between, coworkers, the public, elected officials and other agencies.

Familiarity with group processes and ability to facilitate groups to accomplish tasks and resolve issues.

Ability to facilitate efforts to apply technology to improve efficiency and customer service.

Special Requirements
Possession or ability to obtain and maintain a valid Oregon Drivers License.

The following certifications are required: NIMS ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 800 and AWR 160.

Must successfully meet the physical demands of duties in accordance with NFPA Standard 1582.

Must successfully pass a comprehensive background investigation including criminal history check. Ability to obtain Oregon State Police Criminal Justice Information Systems clearance.

Must reside within the City of Corvallis or the Corvallis Rural Fire Protection District. Residency within the City limits is preferred. The residency requirement may be waived by the City Manager. Required after hours and weekend emergency response as needed.

Demonstrable commitment to, and understanding of, sustainability and the ability to promote commitment, understanding and use of sustainability principles by employees for day to day operations required.Ability to hold employees and supervisors accountable for sustainability objectives.Ability to successfully use sustainability principles within the department and organization-wide to achieve objectives and in policy formation, evaluation, and implementation to achieve the overall goals and values of the organization.

Demonstrable commitment to diversity and the ability to promote diversity principles with employees in day to day operations.Ability to successfully use diversity principles within the department and organization-wide.

The individual shall not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of the individual or others in the workplace.

Travel among City worksites, off-site meetings and presentations.

$111,134.40 - $141,838.74 DOQ

Type of Job
Full Time

Closing Date