Spokane Valley Fire Department – Fire Chief Position

Candidate Profile

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Minimum Qualifications

The minimum requirements for the position of Fire Chief are:

  • Candidates must have a minimum of 7 years progressive Chief Officer experience with at least three years at an Administrative level.
  • Must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science, Fire Administration or related field.
  • Masters degree preferred.
  • Must have proof of eligibility for employment in the United States.
  • Must have a valid state driver’s license.
  • Must be able to communicate the English language clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Must be a non-user of any tobacco products.
  • Must have exceptional interpersonal skills.

Highly desirable candidate qualifications and qualities include:

  • Understanding of taxation and election strategies.
  • Experience as the Fire Chief of a special district or other entity wherein the fire chief is the Chief Executive as opposed to a department-head.
  • Proven consensus and trust builder.
  • Political acumen and sensitivity.
  • Adaptive, encouraging management style.
  • Successful management of COVID-19 mandates.
  • Successfully led transition from smaller department to larger department.
  • Experience expanding mental health services for personnel.
  • Even-keeled under pressure and when mediating conflict.
  • Financial strategist for long-term sustainability.
  • Proactive and detail-oriented problem solver.

Compensation & Benefits

The monthly salary for the incoming Fire Chief is $17,385.72 to $18,213.62 and is dependent upon qualifications. SVFD also offers an attractive benefits package including:

  • Retirement: Washington State LEOFF2
  • Medical and Dental Insurance: Provided with some employee participation.
  • Vehicle: Department vehicle provided.
  • Vacation: 22 hours per month.
  • Holidays: 96 hours per year.
  • Bereavement Leave: 40 hours.
  • Sick Leave: 12 hours per month.
  • Deferred Compensation: Match of 2.5% of monthly wage.
  • Life Insurance: $50,000.

Click on the Spokane Valley Fire Department link below to Express Interest by
Monday, Nov. 8, 2021.

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