Assistant Fire Chief

City of Spokane Published: June 15, 2017
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The Assistant Fire Chief acts as the Chief of Staff for the department and assists the Fire Chief in planning, coordination and administering the activities of the department.  Duties are complex and present problems involving formulation of policy and requiring considerable administrative action and responsibility.  The Assistant Fire Chief will assist with leading a relatively young department, it is estimated that as of July 2017, 40% of the uniformed personnel will have five or less years’ experience on the job. That percentage is expected to increase with a large number of retirements over the next two-three years.  The ideal candidate will be a dynamic, present and engaged leader with proven fire and EMS services administrative experience in a medium to large-sized urban setting.  Competitive candidates will have enjoyed strong internal and external relationships throughout their careers, and have demonstrated a proactive approach to creating mutually beneficial partnerships in the community, fire profession and with labor unions. The preferred successful candidate will have managed in a highly resourceful manner during challenging fiscal times and be known for his/her attentiveness to responsiveness, efficiency and effectiveness.  Impressive candidates will also exhibit the following competencies and characteristics:


  • Exceptional ability to manage and implement change
  • Courageous and thoughtful but willing to make the difficult decision
  • Analytical, and comfortable using data to inform decisions
  • Experienced in labor relations and negotiating collective bargaining agreements and interpretation of labor contracts
  • Effective mentor and coach, with a proven ability to hold teams accountable
  • Exhibits a high level of professionalism and flawless integrity
  • Proven record of collaboration with internal and external customers to achieve outcomes directly and indirectly related to Fire and EMS services
  • Experienced public relations and media communicator
  • Participative, visible and involved with the workforce
  • Ability to build trust and cultivate strong relationships with employees, union leadership, elected officials and the community
  • Promotes a culture that values safety and performance first and foremost
  • Commitment to recruiting and building a diverse workforce, focusing on the inclusion of females and minorities
  • Large incident management experience including experience operating in an Emergency Operation Center environment
  • Ability to create a culture of mutual respect
  • Emotionally intelligent listener
  • A committed team player who values their role as part of the city management team
  • Well-networked and resourceful
  • Exhibits a high level of professionalism and flawless integrity
  • Politically astute yet apolitical

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