Job Title: Deputy Fire Chief of Operations 42M00000421
Closing Date/Time: Sun. 06/07/09 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Salary: $81,789.00 - $127,345.00 annually
Job Type: Full-Time Permanent
Location: 201 E. Franklin Street, Richmond, Virginia

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The purpose of the class is to administer a suppression, prevention, or administration division within the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. The class plans, organizes, and implements programs impacting organizational readiness and advises the Chief of Fire in all aspects of the departmental mission.

• Exercised: Classification typically supervises.
• Received: Incumbent reporting relationships are based on department.
• Note: Other reporting relationships may apply

Example of Duties:
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services in the City of Richmond, Virginia seeks a dynamic and experienced fire professional to assume the duties of a Deputy Fire Chief. The selected candidate will be assigned a work program based on the Chief of Fire’s assessment of the need; however, the current vacancy requires a Deputy Chief to lead Operations. Besides providing the Chief of Fire with executive level support and advice on implementing and managing operational and/or administrative work programs, the new Deputy Chief will be expected to help maintain current initiatives and assist in moving the department to the next level of excellence. Additional duties may include enhancing a variety of customer service initiatives; expanding the existing collaborative relationships with local and regional partners committed to collective emergency preparedness; assisting in the preparation of the capital improvement and service improvement budgets; and liaison with various citizen and civic groups and organizations. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential, as are strong people skills and a demonstrated commitment to customer service. The successful candidate must be highly energetic, innovative, results oriented, creative, and responsive. Individuals with relevant experience and strong documented records of success are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate must be highly energetic, innovative, results oriented, creative, and responsive. The department has 428 personnel, 23 companies at 20 fire stations with an annual budget of over 40M. Starting salary is negotiable within a range of $81,789-$127,345 and includes a competitive benefits package. For more information, call Deputy Chief Taylor at 804-646-2127. By law, the selected applicant must establish City of Richmond residency within 12 months of employment.

Qualifications, Special Certifications and Licenses:
Requires high school diploma or GED and ninety-three education points (as determined by the approved departmental process) plus achievement of the rank of Fire Captain in a paid fire department. The most successful applicants will have at least five years of increasingly responsible fire executive experience in large, diverse, urban, municipal fire or fire/EMS organizations with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Fire Sciences or related field. Educational equivalency will be considered. Must also have an overall performance rating of at least satisfactory on the latest annual performance evaluation; no disciplinary action resulting in a suspension, reduction in rank, or reduction in pay in the past 42 months; no more than 1 written reprimand in the last 42 months; and no arrests for a criminal offense in the past 42 months unless found "not guilty" in a court of law.
This position falls under the provisions of the City's residency requirements ordinance.

Valid Virginia driver's license.
PHYSICAL AND DEXTERITY REQUIREMENTS:Physical and dexterity refers to the requirement for physical exertion and coordination of limb and body movement.

Requires sedentary work that involves walking or standing some of the time and involves exerting up to 10 pounds of force on a regular and recurring basis and routine keyboard operations.

ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS: Environmental hazards refer to the job conditions that may lead to injury or health hazards even though precautions have been taken.

The job may risk exposure to bright/dim light, dusts and pollen, extreme heat and/or cold, wet or humid conditions, extreme noise levels, fumes and/or noxious odors, traffic, moving machinery, electrical shock, or toxic/caustic chemicals.

SENSORY REQUIREMENTS: Sensory ability refers to hearing, sight, touch, taste, and smell required by the job.

The job requires normal visual acuity, field of vision, hearing, speaking, color perception, and depth perception.


The City of Richmond, Virginia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ADA requires the City to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are invited to discuss accommodations.