Job Details

Deputy Fire Chief

City of Salem, Salem OR 97301

Job - Government

Close Date: 12/31/2018

Are you an inspiring leader who has a broad and extensive background in fire and/or emergency medical services, public education and training? Do you thrive in an environment that embraces life safety, fire and EMS training programs? Do you want to be part of an organization that takes pride in delivering an "all hazards" response to Oregon's capital city?

The City of Salem Fire Department is a progressive and forward-thinking organization. Located in the lush Willamette Valley, Salem is the capital city of Oregon with a population of over 160,000 residents. Centrally located, Salem is 47 miles south of Portland, an hour from the Cascade Mountains to the east and an hour from the ocean beaches to the west.

Teamwork, respect, open communications, shared values, challenging the status quo, and integrity are some of the cultural beliefs the Salem Fire Department upholds on a daily basis. If these resonate with you, you may be the leader we are looking for.

The Deputy Chief of Operations functions as the department's third in command. Under the direction of the Assistant Chief, this position supervises, plans, coordinates and directs the day to day emergency operations, and must be knowledgeable of current methods and standards of contemporary fire service and emergency response, as well as pertinent laws and standards. In addition, the Deputy Chief of Operations will participate as a member of the management team in establishing strategic goals, service level priorities, department policies, and organization development plans, coordinate special projects, be skilled in directing personnel and the Incident Command System, be able to maintain focus and composure under varying levels of stress and deadlines, and meet the City's standard for customer service and teamwork.

The City offers an excellent compensation and benefits package, and relocation assistance may be available.

What are the minimum qualifications

Associate's degree from an accredited college or university in Fire Science or related field; and seven or more years of progressively responsible full-time continuous fire service employment, five years of increasingly responsible command and management experience at the Executive Officer level (as a Fire Chief, Assistant Chief, Deputy or Division Chief, or Battalion Chief). Experience in fire and/or emergency medical services, including divisional or departmental management experience, and labor relations; or any equivalent combination of experience, education and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Previous experience with collective bargaining is preferred as is expertise with Incident Command System (ICS). EMT- Basic certificate .

Preferred Qualifications
Bachelor's degree in Fire Science or Fire Administration or related field. Possession of Fire Officer II, completion of CPSE CFO credential, or National Fire Academy EFO program along with thorough knowledge of leadership and management principles, methods, and practices. Experience working in similar size organization, complexity and population served is preferred.

Where can I find out more about the position?
Go to the menu option for Class Specifications and search for the Deputy Fire Chief where the
class specification is posted in its entirety or view by clicking here. The recruitment brochure is available here (Download PDF reader).

If you would like more information about employment at the City of Salem, please visit our website at

How can I apply?

Click on the "Apply" button and complete your application. Please attach a resume and cover letter. Make sure that you specify how you meet the qualifications outlined in the class specification.
Selection Plan
First application review process is scheduled for Friday, October 26, 2018.

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