Employment Opportunities


Current Employment Opportunities with the City of Meridian:

Job Title: Deputy Chief of Operations
Department: Fire
Reports To: Fire Chief
Open Date: September 16, 2022
Close Date: Open Until Filled
Salary: $11,785.91 per month, DOE

Job Summary:

This position is responsible for managing and directing the Operations Division of the Fire Department. This includes, among other things, direct supervision of assigned Battalions, Divisions, and associated personnel. In the absence of the Fire Chief, assumes responsibilities of the Fire Chief when designated. Provides expert professional assistance to City management staff in areas of expertise. Fosters cooperative working relationships with citizen groups, and other agencies on fire and EMS matters. This position is a member of the Executive Management team of the Fire Department. This position reports directly to the Fire Chief, but the individual must take initiative and exercise independent judgment.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Leads, Develops, Manages and supervises the Operational Divisions of the Fire Department to include Shift Battalions, EMS, Training, and Logistics;

Manages the selection of assigned staff and provides for their training and professional development;

In the absence of the Fire Chief and when designated, this person shall assume all responsibilities of the Fire Chief;

Develops and manages the budget in assigned areas of responsibility;

Conducts pre-disciplinary hearings if needed, and when appropriate makes recommendations for corrective action;

Develops, manages, and implements policies, SOG’s, and directives to meet the operational needs of the department;

Liaison to Ada County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communication Division;

Department representative to Emergency Communications Planning Committee (ECPC);

Develops and maintains Fire Department emergency operations and contingency plans;

Maintains awareness of changes to FLSA and changes to fire service law as it pertains to firefighter rights;

Leads and/or directs internal investigations, conducts pre-disciplinary hearings if needed, and determines or approves appropriate corrective action;

Responsible for the maintenance and security of personnel records and files; prepares a variety of reports, correspondence and other written materials;

Coordinates special projects, programs and services with the Executive Management Team and other agencies, internal departments, committees and employee representatives; and coordinates, prepares and oversees the development and issuance of special reports, plans and studies;

Coordinates and manages Special Events within the City;

Approves or modifies Department Training Plan from the Training Division;

Participates as a member of the Executive Management Team in establishing strategic goals, service level priorities, department policies, and organization development plans;

Plans, organizes, administers, reviews and evaluates the activities of subordinate staff;

Advises the Fire Chief and others on fire service issues and programs;

Assists in responding to major fire alarms and other emergencies and may direct fire suppression activities at the site;

Assists in the coordination of major fire investigations;

Develops, recommends, and manages for long-range plans for the City fire service programs;

Attends meetings and training sessions to keep abreast of the latest developments in firefighting methods and administration;

Develops specific proposals for action on current and future City and Fire District needs;

Represents the City and the fire department and works closely with citizen groups and public and private officials to provide technical assistance, directly or through subordinate staff;

Interprets City policies and procedures to subordinates; ensures effective morale, productivity and discipline of assigned staff;

Directs the maintenance of and maintains accurate records and files; prepares a variety of reports, correspondence and other written materials;

Communicates with others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations;

Maintains an adequate level of fitness to perform essential job duties, up to and including the potential of donning an airpack;

Attends meetings outside of normal working hours;

Other duties as assigned.

Job Specifications:

College graduate from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science, Fire Administration, Public Administration, Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, or other related field as approved by the Fire Chief;

Minimum fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible experience in a Fire Department with ten (10) years of experience at a Company Officer rank or higher.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Modern principles and practices of municipal fire suppression and emergency medical response;

Modern administrative principles and practices including goal setting, program development, implementation and evaluation, and the management of employees;

Principles and practice of budget development and administration;

Preparation and development of a multi-million dollar budget;

NFIRS and EMS reporting requirements from local, State, and Federal agencies;

Federal Fire programs;

Automatic and Mutual Aid components and agreements;

Microsoft Office applications and common fire service databases, with the ability to learn other data base applications used by the Department and the City;

Interpret, apply and explain applicable laws, codes and regulations;

Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials;

Maintain accurate records and files;

Use initiative and independent judgment within general policy guidelines;

Manage a large scale multi-agency emergency response effort and/or team;

Conduct media interviews;

Manage a multi-million dollar budget;

Develops and implements systems that allow command officers to maintain constant situational awareness regarding the needs of the community, and the status and capability of the emergency services system.

Maintain and enhance a strong Labor-Management relationship;

Promote the department’s Mission, Vision, and Guiding principles through collaboration and relationship building;

Work collaboratively with other Fire and EMS agencies to consolidate, where feasible, services to create better efficiencies and effectiveness and reduce cost;

Ability to provide excellent customer service in accordance with Department Mission and Vision;

Ability to work in a team environment as a team player;

Integrity, in the performance of assigned tasks;

Must display an attitude of cooperation and the ability to work well with others;

Shows respect to fellow employees and customers;

Highly motivated, relationship building leader;

Licensing and Certification:

Possess and maintain a valid Idaho Class D driver’s license;

Maintain active membership in the Idaho Fire Chiefs Association (IFCA);

Maintain active membership in the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC);

Possess or have the ability to obtain a current State of Idaho EMT or Paramedic license (within 6 months of hire);

ICS 100,200,300,400,700, and 800 certificates;

Fire Officer I and II certifications, Fire Officer III and IV certifications preferred;

Fire Service Instructor I certifications, Fire Service Instructor II certifications preferred;

Incident Safety Officer certification;

National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer (EFO) program graduate preferred;

Type 3 All Hazards Incident Management Team certificate of completion preferred.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job the employee is occasionally lifting/carrying up to 50 lbs. Also the employee is occasionally pushing/pulling up to 35 lbs.

The noise level is occasionally loud. Work includes sensory ability to talk, hear, smell, touch and feel.

Work in this position also includes close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision and depth perception.

Employee will sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach and grasp. Position requires hand/finger dexterity.

The work environment will include inside conditions, outdoor weather conditions and extreme temperatures.

Employee will work in/at heights, confined spaces and are exposed to mechanical, electrical hazards.

Employee will drive a department vehicle as part of this position.

Travel Requirements

Local travel is regularly required;

Some regional or national travel may be required for training or meetings;

Has assigned vehicle, and drives to meetings and incident sites during on or off duty hours.

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