Assistant Fire Chief

Washington Township, OH | Full-time

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The Position

Washington Township is looking for its next Assistant Fire Chief to serve the Fire Department and the community as a whole. This position reports directly to the Fire Chief. The position’s direct reports include three battalion chiefs, training/safety manager, and an EMS manager. The Assistant Fire Chief also supervises areas assigned by the Fire Chief, including additional personnel and functional assignment duties. The Assistant Fire Chief serves as the Acting Fire Chief in the absence of the Fire Chief. This position has opened for Washington Township because the previous Assistant Fire Chief has retired from over 25 years of service. The Township is seeking an Assistant Fire Chief that will be well-positioned to compete for the Fire Chief position when the Fire Chief retires (this will occur no later than March 2025).

The department has been accredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International since 2007 and is currently going through the re-accreditation process. In addition, the department boasts an ISO rating of 1. Even more importantly, the community supports the Township’s Fire and EMS services and recently passed a fire levy with an 84% approval.

The Assistant Fire Chief assists with providing leadership and administrative direction for the Fire Department’s operations, functions, and personnel, including fire prevention, fire suppression, emergency medical response services, emergency preparedness planning, public fire safety education, and related code enforcement, with accountability for results in terms of cost, personnel, and methods. Additionally, the Assistant Fire Chief assists in ensuring open and professional communications with the public in matters of safety and concern related to departmental activities.

Some specific responsibilities for this position include assisting with planning, directing, and prioritizing strategic goals and operations of the Fire Department and ensuring total operational effectiveness of the Fire Department. The Assistant Fire Chief is also expected to assist with developing and maintaining professional relationships with community members, community leaders, community organizations, staff, Board of Trustees, other fire departments and agencies, and the general public.

Further responsibilities include assisting with planning, directing, and controlling department activities such as the recruitment of personnel, purchase of equipment, assignment of officers and equipment, accreditation requirements, and budgeting and control of expenditures. The Assistant Fire Chief must be able to assist with developing and implementing policies and procedures applicable to administrative functions and provide policy guidance and leadership. Finally, the position needs to be able to coach, instruct, and guide assigned unit personnel in all facets of department operations and leadership ideologies.

Priorities

  • Build and maintain positive relationships in the Fire Department, with the Township administration, the City of Dublin, and Northwest Regional Emergency Communications Center (NRECC) leadership.
  • Develop positive relationships with the community by attending stakeholder meetings for residents and build relationships with the Trustees through attendance to those meetings with the Chief.
  • Continue to execute the department’s strategic plan and ensure alignment with the Township’s vision and critical success factors.
  • Focus on implementing the new software programs (ESO) into the Fire Department, replacing Firehouse software, and making sure project managers are assigned to each module to help with staffing, inventory, and any additional processes throughout the rest of the year.
  • Support ongoing succession planning initiatives. Provide leadership development and professional growth opportunities to prepare personnel for advancement and increased responsibility, as well as prepare staff members to step into roles in anticipation of future retirements.                                    

The Successful Candidate 

The next Assistant Fire Chief needs to be operationally focused and sound, know how to be the chief of operations, and be able to decipher what is running smoothly, and what needs improvement. The successful candidate is a great relationship builder and will be able to continue to strengthen and retain a special relationship with the community. The Assistant Fire Chief leads by example, is committed to excellence, and effectively advocates for the Fire Department, its personnel, and the community.

The ideal candidate possesses strong leadership skills and can listen to and connect with others. Through strong decision-making skills, the successful candidate will be diplomatic and politically savvy. They also need to be firm with their employees and be able to command presence respectfully and communicate information effectively, while also understanding the importance of saying no. Considered a proactive leader, the Assistant Fire Chief creates a forward-thinking culture that supports collaboration and fosters a welcoming environment based on inclusion, trust, and empowerment. The ideal candidate possesses strong emotional intelligence and can be an excellent representative for the community and partners.

The Assistant Fire Chief will have EMS, budget and HR, and Executive level experience to be able to run Fire Department operations well. A background in Ohio fire is highly encouraged for this position. The next Assistant Fire Chief will be technologically savvy, working to ensure a smooth transition for new software, and with strong skills in using data analytics to identify the community’s future needs for service and goals for the department.

Qualifications

Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree in a related field, as well as seven (7) years of progressive responsibility in fire service at officer level.  Two (2) years direct supervisory experience, State of Ohio Firefighter Level II and State of Ohio EMT certification, as well as Fire Officer I and II are required, and ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, and 800, are required. Must have a valid Ohio driver's license and be insurable on Washington Township’s auto insurance.

Preferred qualifications are an Ohio Fire Executive Officer/Executive Fire Officer as well as Fire Officer III and IV.

Inside The Township

Today, Washington Township provides fire and EMS to the entire City of Dublin. Previously, Dublin had its own fire department. The then Village of Dublin built its first firehouse in 1944. The building, at 37 Bridge St., was shared by Washington and Perry Townships prior to Perry Township building a new station on Sawmill Road.

In the early 1990s, the City of Dublin was served by four different township fire departments in three counties – Delaware, Franklin, and Union. To consolidate service, Dublin transferred city land in Concord, Jerome, and Perry Townships to Washington Township.

Washington Township also provides services to unincorporated areas of Franklin County located between the Scioto River and Madison County, including the town of Amlin, and parcels along Cosgray, Hayden Run, and Dublin roads.

Today, the population of Washington Township makes it among the top 20 largest townships in Ohio.

Washington Township provides vital local services through its fire department. Washington Township is governed by an elected board of trustees and an elected fiscal officer. Day-to-day operations are managed by a trustee-appointed professional administrator and professional fire chief.

The Township Administrator, Fire Chief, Human Resource Manager, and Communications Manager play a huge role in the governmental organization, which include overseeing the administration, training building and four fire stations.

Washington Township employs 111 full time employees and 10-25 part time employees in the Fire Department with a $31.5 Million all funds budget for 2022. The Township does not have a collective bargaining agreement. The Assistant Fire Chief is a 40 hour per week position.  

Vision:

  • Washington Township is respected for providing Fire, Emergency, and other Township services in a caring and professional manner. The Township leverages partnerships to ensure residents have excellent services at a reasonable cost to taxpayers.

The Community

Founded in 1809, Washington Township contains 27.5 square miles in northwest Franklin County, southwestern Delaware County, and eastern Union County. The entire City of Dublin is located within the Township. The Township is part of the greater Columbus metropolitan area.

The Township is comprised of over 48,000 residents and is home to the PGA Memorial Tournament. Several large businesses also are within the Township including Cardinal Health, IGS Energy, OCLC, and Wendy’s International.

Quick Facts

  • Population (2020): 49,085
  • Median Household Income: $138,372
  • Median Home Value: $394,500
  • Median Age: 39.3

All demographic information was sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary is $143,199, with an excellent benefits package. Benefits include a High Deductible Healthcare Plan (HDHP) along with a Heath Savings Account (HSA). Other benefits include Dental and Vision Coverage, a Life Insurance Policy that also has accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) benefit, Long Term Disability Insurance, Retirement, and 457 plans.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by Raftelis. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. The position is open until filled, with a first review date of August 22, 2022. All application materials are subject to Ohio’s public information laws. Candidates will be informed if an information request is made. Finalists will participate in an assessment center with the Ohio Fire Chiefs Association in addition to an interview process.

Questions

Please direct questions to Catherine Tuck Parrish at ctuckparrish@raftelis.com and Alexa Worrell at aworrell@raftelis.com.

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