PURPOSE OF CLASSIFICATION
The Fire Chief is responsible for the administration, the organization and direction of technical and professional operations associated with fire suppression, community risk reduction, and the delivery of emergency medical services (EMS) to meet the needs of the Town of Jupiter. The Fire Chief ensures the fire department’s compliance with federal, state and town laws, ordinances, regulations, policies, and procedures. The Fire Chief reports directly to the Town Manager.
The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.
Manages and supervises departmental administrative functions and assigned operations to achieve goals within available resources; plans and organizes workloads and staff assignments; trains and educates, motivates and evaluates assigned staff; reviews progress and directs changes as needed.
Provides leadership and direction in the development of short- and long-range plans; gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendations; coordinates department activities with other departments and agencies as needed.
Ensures that inspections of public places for fire hazards and conformance with fire prevention ordinances are made in accordance with prescribed fire inspection schedule.
Develops and monitors fire codes and ordinances.
Prepares annual budget; assures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities and time.
Develops and administers budget for all areas under the Fire department.
Oversees the maintenance and repairs of fire rescue department buildings, apparatus, and equipment to maintain operational readiness.
Determines work procedures, prepares work schedules, and expedites workflow; studies and standardizes procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness of operations.
Directs, supervises, and ensures that assigned areas of responsibility are performed within budget; performs cost control activities; monitors revenues and expenditures in assigned area to assure sound fiscal control; prepares annual budget requests; assures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities, and time; approves purchases in accordance with town policies and procedures.
Develops and implements policies, procedures and standard operating guidelines for efficient and effective operation and maintenance of department operations; assures compliance with established policies and procedures.
Supervises, directs, and evaluates fire department staff, addressing employee concerns and problems, counseling, and managing employee performance, provides overall supervision and leadership of fire department personnel; oversees hiring and orientation of firefighter candidates and the implementation of the department’s promotional process; supervises development and management of the departmental health and safety and training programs.
Prepares a variety of studies, reports and related information for decision making purposes.
Manages the development and implementation of departmental goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for all department services.
Determines and directs the deployment of units at incidents to efficiently utilize department resources to meet staffing requirements, response time benchmarks, contractual and or mutual and automatic aid agreements, and other local, state, and federal regulations.
Monitors and evaluates the service delivery systems to improve efficiency and ensure effectiveness.
Coordinates and supports intra-agency collaboration and coordination of fire, EMS, emergency management and other public safety activities; ensures compliance with town, county, state, and federal mandates, and guidelines.
Prepares a variety of reports and maintains necessary operating records; retains all plans and information for future reference as well as maintains a library for fire, community risk reduction, and EMS research.
Provides staff assistance to the Town Manager; participates on a variety of boards, and/or committees; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
Maintains comprehensive, current knowledge of applicable laws/standards/regulations; maintains awareness of new procedures, technologies, trends, and advances in the profession; maintains professional affiliations; attends workshops and training sessions as appropriate.
Ensures a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive department workforce.
Endures department maintains collaborative working relationships with regional and state fire and EMS agencies.
Serves as a member of the management team during collective bargaining sessions.
Works collaboratively with the collective bargaining unit.
Ensures effective working relationships with news media.
Establishes rapport with community groups and other civic organization through meetings, speeches and presentations.
Answers letters of inquiry and talks with visitors; addressees public and civic organizations which will inform the public of policies and procedures.
Performs any other related work as required or assigned.
Serves as a member of various Town of Jupiter employee committees, as assigned.
Represents the Town of Jupiter at meetings, when requested.
Performs other related duties as required.
Bachelor’s degree in Fire Administration, Public Administration, or closely related field
A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience as a Fire Officer
A minimum of five (5) or more years at a senior Fire-Rescue Department level
Must possess and maintain a valid State of Florida Firefighter Certification (Firefighter Minimum Standards/Firefighter Certificate of Compliance); State of Florida Fire Officer II Certification; State of Florida Paramedic Certification; NIMS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 800
Must demonstrate five (5) or more years at a level of Chief Officer or Deputy Chief in a similar sized or larger department
A comparable amount of training, education or experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications at the Town’s discretion
A valid Florida driver’s license is required. For application purposes, a valid driver’s license from any state (equivalent to a State of Florida Class E) may be utilized, and the ability to obtain the State of Florida license within thirty (30) days from the date of employment is required
PREFERRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Master's Degree in Public Administration or a closely related field
A graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program
Achieved Chief Fire Officer designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence
Possess State of Florida Fire Inspector I Certification.
Data Utilization: Requires the ability to calculate and/or tabulate data. Includes performing subsequent actions in relation to these computational operations.
Human Interaction: Requires the ability to provide guidance, assistance, and/or interpretation to others regarding the application of procedures and standards to specific situations.
Equipment, Machinery, Tools, and Materials Utilization: Requires the ability to operate, maneuver and/or control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials used in performing essential functions.
Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize a wide variety of reference and descriptive data and information.
Mathematical Aptitude: Requires the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
Functional Reasoning: Requires the ability to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagrammatic form. Involves semi-routine standardized work with some latitude for independent judgment concerning choices of action.
Situational Reasoning: Requires the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving a variety of generally pre-defined duties, which are often characterized by frequent change.