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Fire Marshal – Code Administration

Clark County, Vancouver, WA

Job - Government

Close Date: 01/31/2020

Fire Marshal – Code Administration

Job Summary

This is complex program management level work in planning, organizing, directing, and coordinating the daily operations of the Fire Marshal’s Office of the Code Administration Department.

In addition, as County Fire Marshal, the employee occupying the position of this classification is responsible for administering, managing and mentoring fire marshal office staff, and ensuring their proper education and qualifications to perform inspections, investigations, plan review and enforcement activities and delivery of excellent customer service.

The Fire Marshal must be a highly skilled individual with strong leadership, management, customer service, communication and administrative skills and a solid understanding of Fire Prevention and Community Risk Management practices and principles.

Work involves responsibility for planning, organizing, directing and coordinating program budget, and the activities of subordinates responsible for the Fire Marshal's Office. The work requires making technical decisions related to State laws, County policy, ordinances, allocation of resources and divisional budgeting. Work is performed with extensive independence requiring the use of independent initiative and judgment in making important decisions and directing day-to-day operations.

The work also includes special staff and management assignments normally assigned to a division manager. Supervision, direction and coordination are exercised over professional and technical personnel. Administrative and professional direction is received from the Director of the Code Administration Department. Work is reviewed through periodic conferences, analysis of reports, and performance evaluations.

First Review September 20, 2020

• Four (4) year degree with major coursework in fire science or administration, law enforcement, business, program management or public administration, or related field.
• Five (5) years’ experience in building and fire code administration and enforcement including
• Three (3) years’ experience supervising a team.
• Ability to obtain a limited law enforcement commission from the Clark County Sheriff within one year of employment.
- OR -
• Three (3) years’ experience supervising a team.
• Possess a Fire Inspector certification from ICC or other approved organization.
• Possess a Fire Investigator certification from NAFI, IAAI, or other approved organization.
• Possess a Fire Marshal certification from the International Code Council
• Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid driver’s license.
• Ability to obtain a limited law enforcement commission from the Clark County Sheriff within one year of employment.
A combination (9 years) of relevant education, training and experience which would demonstrate an ability to perform the duties of this classification would be considered.

Knowledge of....the principles and practices of public sector management, organization and supervision; of principles and practices of code administration and enforcement; laws, codes, ordinance, regulations and standards relating to fire prevention and the protection of life and property from fire; fire prevention inspection methods and techniques; fire fighting methods, techniques and equipment; fire investigation methods and techniques, including fire behavior and the ability to recognize and gather fire evidence; the legal process involved in the enforcement of fire prevention laws, codes, regulations, ordinances and standards relating to fire prevention; building laws, codes and ordinances; management reporting systems, procurement, forecasting/estimating and budgeting techniques; budgeting and accounting particularly as applicable to BARS requirements.

Ability to....establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates; hire, manage, support, lead and encourage staff while holding them accountable for their performance, establish effective professional partnerships with public and private officials; developers; representatives of city, county and other governmental agencies; community groups; the general public and the news media; conduct special studies and analyze and interpret findings; plan, assign, coordinate and evaluate the work of subordinate employees engaged in code administration and enforcement; interpret and apply policies, laws and County code in resolving code administration problems; analyze sometimes complex and divergent data and exercise sound judgment in the independent development of solutions to complex administrative managerial problems; plan and supervise the work of technical and professional personnel in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale; express ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing; direct the inspection of all buildings for fire prevention purposes; direct the investigation of fires to determine the origin, cause, and circumstances; direct the preparation of arson cases for presentation to the County Prosecutor; direct education programs, give lectures on fire prevention and present programs to community organizations regarding the activities of the Division; analyze county fire problems and fire prevention planning programs for providing adequate fire protection for the County. May include the research and preparation of new legislation for the protection of life and property from fire; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other county departments and divisions; county fire districts; fire departments; Sheriff's Office; insurance companies; State and Federal agencies relating to fire safety and investigation.
An online application is required. For complete job announcement, application requirements, and to apply on-line, please visit our website at:
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Clark County is committed to increasing the ethnic, cultural and social diversity of its workforce and ensuring that diversity is a key priority of our organization. We are committed to providing equal opportunity and access regardless of race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a disabled person, sexual orientation/gender identity, veteran status or any other status protected by law. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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Salary Grade: M2.829 ($6,770.00 - $9,566.00) per month
Close Date: Open Until Filled

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