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Assistant Fire Chief - McKinney, TX

Assistant Fire Chief
Fire/EMS Executives
Seniority Level:
Employment Type:
Full Time
Date Posted:
January 18, 2019
McKinney, TX
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Working for the City of McKinney is more than a job. It is an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others. It is also an opportunity to have a hand in the development of one of the fastest growing communities in the nation. In 2014, our community was named “The #1 Best Place to Live in America.” Although proud of that honor, everyone on our team is committed to making McKinney an even better place to live, work and raise a family. That’s why we exist.


City of McKinney employees work hard and at a very fast pace. However, we also look after and support one another. All of us are guided by four employee-inspired values – Respect, Integrity, Service, and Excellence (RISE). We are also supported by servant-based leaders who foster and support a healthy, family-oriented culture. All new employees are expected to embrace and live by our core values and commit to helping us sustain our exceptional work environment as a high performance organization.


As a key member of the Fire Department Management team, the Assistant Fire Chief will report to the Fire Chief and assume a strategic role in the overall leadership of the department. The Assistant Fire Chief is responsible for providing support to the Fire Chief in leading, planning, implementing, and managing assigned activities of the Fire Department. Position is responsible for providing supervision to the assigned divisions of the Fire Department: shift captains, both operational and managerial in nature, and Fire and EMS operations and training.


In order for us to continue to achieve our primary function of making McKinney a better place to live, work, and raise a family, we hold these expectations for all employees.

  • Learn and demonstrate an understanding of how team, department, and City goals are interconnected.
  • Contribute to a positive work culture.
  • Ability to assess his/her work performance or the work performance of the team.
  • Contribute to the development of others and/or the working unit or overall organization.
  • Ability and willingness to work as part of a team, to demonstrate team skills, and to perform a fair share of team responsibilities.
  • Ability to continuously learn and develop through a mix of internal and external training opportunities, and if applicable, encourage subordinates to do the same.


  • Responsible for leading, planning, implementing, and managing all activities of the assigned divisions of the Fire Department.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of departmental goals, objectives, policies and priorities for each assigned service and/or operational area; oversee the development and implementation of policies and plans related to departmental services and operations.
  • Develop realistic and attainable goals for subordinates through a team process and ensure success through assigned accountability.
  • Respond to emergency and non-emergency incidents both during regular work hours and after hours as appropriate. Command, assist and or operate at incidents as appropriate. Take decisive action in emergency situations and react with calm, quick efficiency in making technical decisions in those situations.
  • Provide assistance to the Fire Chief developing, within City policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of methods and procedures; allocate resources accordingly.
  • Ensure tools, personal protective equipment, supplies to provide all levels of Fire and EMS service are available, purchased and kept in working order.
  • Assist in preparing annual department budget projections and maintaining the budget in a fiscally responsible manner.
  • Represent and support the values and vision of the Fire Chief and the City of McKinney.
  • Develop, oversee, and implement new and innovative programs and services that emphasize creative problem solving; solicit employee participation to continuously improve the department.
  • Manage the implementation of both new and promotional recruiting and examination processes; includes developing written tactical exercises, validation of physical ability testing and interviewing of candidates.
  • Elicit respect and trust through actions and leads by example.
  • Develop and maintain a knowledgeable, service-oriented, productive work group.
  • Responsible to provide timely, accurate and thorough performance evaluations for supervised employees.
  • Attend City Council meetings and other functions as necessary.
  • Comply with all written City policies and procedures.
  • Adhere to assigned work schedule as outlined in City and department attendance policies and procedures.


  • Perform other duties as assigned or directed.


  • Ability to embrace and embody the City’s core values of Respect, Integrity, Service, and Excellence (R.I.S.E.).
  • Ability to communicate effectively with peers, supervisors, subordinates, and people to whom service is provided.
  • Ability to produce desired work outcomes, including quality, quantity, and timeliness.
  • Ability to plan and organize work, time, and resources, and if applicable, that of subordinates.
  • Ability to lead a team; contribute as a team member and treat co-workers, subordinates and others with respect.
  • Ability to provide leadership, counsel, motivation and constructive performance reviews to staff.
  • Ability to build professional relationships with internal staff and internal and external customers.
  • Knowledge of budget projection, development, management and justification practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of city policies and procedures.
  • Skill in responding to and managing emergencies and incidents.
  • Skill in planning, developing and implementing department procedures and objectives.
  • Skill in effectively supervising and delegating duties to assigned staff.
  • Skill in resolving customer complaints and concerns.
  • Skill in speaking and dealing tactfully and effectively in high pressure situations.
  • Demonstrate high level of integrity and dependability with a strong sense of urgency and results-orientation.
  • Offer flexibility and adaptability, especially during times of change.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.


  • Bachelor’s degree supplemented by ten (10) years minimum operational experience in a career only Fire Department, and at least five (5) years at the battalion chief level or above in a career only Fire Department. Experience in Fire Administration as a regular assignment.
  • Texas State Master Firefighter Certification; Intermediate certificate may be acceptable if all minimum qualifications are met.
  • Experience as Fire Instructor.
  • EMT Basic acceptable with recent experience as Texas EMT Paramedic (at the discretion of the Fire Chief).

Any work related experience resulting in acceptable proficiency levels in the above Minimum Qualifications is an acceptable substitute for the above specified education and experience requirements.


  • Master’s Degree in any field.
  • Current Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic Certificate.


  • Must pass a drug screen and background check.
  • Must have Class C Texas Driver’s License


Tasks involve regular and, at times, sustained performance of moderately physically demanding work, typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling, and that may involve the lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of moderately heavy objects and materials (20-50 pounds). Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or work station. Some tasks require visual and sound perception and discrimination and oral communications ability.


Tasks may risk exposure to extreme heat/cold or extreme weather conditions, strong odors and/or smoke, strong and/or toxic chemicals, and dust or pollen.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed as of the date of preparation and approval. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of the position. Employees holding this position will be required to perform any other job-related duties as requested by management. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and all requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.

The City of McKinney is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) committed to an alcohol / drug free workplace and to providing equal opportunities regardless of age, race, color, gender, religion, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

Job Post Expiration Date April 29, 2019

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