Assistant Fire Chief

Arlington County, Virginia
Sep 29, 2017
Oct 28, 2017
Executive, Chief
Full Time
Assistant Fire Chief - (MWAA-17-12055) Job Requisition ID: MWAA-17-12055 Job Title: Assistant Fire Chief Job Type: F/T Permanent Location: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, VA Post Date: 09/28/2017 Job Description:

Assistant Fire Chief

 Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

Announcement No.: MWAA-17-12055


Note: The recruitment for this position is conducted by Ralph Andersen & Associates.  Interested candidates are encouraged to consider this career opportunity and submit immediately. Submittals should include a comprehensive resume, compelling letter of interest, salary history, and professional references via email to Electronic submittals are required. Confidential inquiries are encouraged to Mr. Robert Burg and at (916) 630-4900.

An Exciting Opportunity

This is truly an exciting opportunity to live and work in one of the most dynamic areas of the Metropolitan Washington Region. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) is conducting a national search for a highly-experienced fire service professional to lead and advance MWAA’s Fire & Rescue Department’s mission as the new Assistant Fire Chief. This inspiring leader will be able to make tough decisions and hold staff accountable to the highest standards of professionalism and integrity.

The Agency

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority ?(MWAA) is an independent public-sector entity established by the Commonwealth of Virginia and ?the District of Columbia with the consent of the ?U.S. Congress. In 1987, Washington Dulles International and Washington National (now Reagan National) ?Airports were transferred to the Airports Authority under a 50-year lease authorized by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Act of 1986. Prior to the transfer, the airports were owned and operated by the Federal Aviation Administration in the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The Airports Authority has a more than $800 million operating budget with over 1,635 employees in central administration, airports management and operations, and the police and fire departments. In addition to operating the airports, the Airports Authority is responsible for capital improvements. Major renovations include the opening of Terminal B/C at Reagan National, and the Dulles Development Program, which has provided a new airport traffic control tower, expanded airline gates, a fourth runway, and the Aero Train. MWAA has a 17-member Board of Directors that establishes policy and provides direction to management. Members of the Board are appointed by the Governors of Virginia and Maryland, the Mayor of the District of Columbia, and the President of the United States as follows:

·        The Governor of Virginia appoints seven Members, subject to confirmation by the Virginia Special Assembly;

·        The Governor of Maryland appoints three Members; ?

·        The Mayor of the District of Columbia appoints four Members, subject to confirmation by the D.C. Council; and ?

·        The President appoints three Members with the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate.

Members’ terms are for six years and can be reappointed once. The Board elects a Chairman, Vice Chairman, and Secretary annually. ?

The MWAA Fire & Rescue Department

The Airports Authority's Fire & Rescue Department (FRD) was formed from the Federal Aviation Administration's Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Branch when the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority was established in 1987 to operate Ronald Reagan Washington National and Washington Dulles International Airports. Today, the Department is a full-service department and a partner with other regional departments in protecting the National Capital Region. With an operations budget of roughly $27 million, the FRD has a total staff of approximately 189, of which approximately 137 are EMS trained personnel, including 27 personnel trained to the EMT-Paramedic level. Included in the staff are two Medical Directors that have approved a comprehensive set of EMS protocols that offer state of the art advanced and basic life support care for three advanced life support Medic Units staffed twenty-four hours a day.

The MWAA Fire & Rescue Department was awarded the Outstanding EMS Agency of the Year for 2015 by the Northern Virginia EMS Council. This award was a testament to the dedication, professionalism, and commitment to excellence demonstrated by MWAA FRD personnel.

The Position

The Assistant Fire Chief is an at-will position reporting directly to the Fire Chief. As a Senior Fire Officer, the Assistant Fire Chief manages one of the service areas (Emergency Services or Support Services) of the Airports Authority Fire & Rescue Department with full accountability for the functions, operations, and personnel of the Service. The Assistant Fire Chief supports the Fire Chief by ensuring that operations are effective and responsive to the air carriers, tenants and concessionaires (the resident service community) and airport users (the nonresident service community).

As one of two Assistant Fire Chiefs, duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

·        Provide strong leadership that will inspire achievement and earn the confidence of Fire & Rescue Department personnel, the Fire Chief, Vice President of Public Safety, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Executive Officer;

·        Manage and facilitate positive employee morale and strong organizational performance;

·        Effectively lead professional and technical staff, being mindful of their abilities, and able to listen and make informed decisions;

·        Articulate a vision and lead the development of strategic and master plans in support of that vision;

·        Ensure the development and enforcement of fire codes and ordinances within the scope of the Department; interpret and apply laws, regulations, ordinances, and codes for specific applicable situations; recommend Service- or Department-wide policies, procedures, practices, and other guidelines in coordination with other key staff within or outside the Department;

·        As assigned, lead or serve on the Department management team in negotiations with the bargaining unit(s);

·        Communicate and interact effectively with internal and external business contacts such as other public safety officials, emergency personnel, managers and key staff of air carriers, tenants and concessionaires, other Airports Authority offices, mutual aid jurisdictions and Federal and Virginia agencies, and the news media to pursue a goal of airports safety; and

·        Regularly visits and moves about field locations, including fire grounds, to monitor, inspect, and provide on-scene command and control, as required.

In summary, the Assistant Fire Chief will provide dynamic leadership and vision in order to manage people and constructive change while continuing to mentor, coach, and provide staff development.

Top Priorities

·        Delivering Fire & Rescue support services for all MWAA properties and assets;

·        Cultivating a highly responsive and customer-oriented department, with a continued focus on ensuring public confidence and trust in the integrity of the Fire & Rescue Department;

·        Ensuring a strong culture of the highest standards of transparency, integrity, and professionalism; and

·        Fostering a collaborative and innovative department that effectively engages other Federal, State, and local agencies stakeholders.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for consideration as the MWAA’s next Assistant Fire Chief will be an experienced fire services manager and administrator who possesses the “courage to lead" with outstanding interpersonal and organizational skills. This top executive will have exceptional communication skills and be able to work effectively as a leader of a team. The ideal candidate will be amiable, open, and honest and possess a reputation as a firm, competent, fair, and consistent manager. An unblemished record of ethical and professional conduct is essential. A sophisticated understanding of compliance with legal, regulatory, and other requirements including implementation of the Airports Authority, Office of Public Safety, and Department policies, procedures, practices, and other guidelines.

MWAA’s Fire & Rescue Department’s next Assistant Fire Chief will be well-versed in all operational and administrative aspects of comprehensive emergency service operations including fire suppression, fire prevention, hazardous materials response, emergency medical services, and associated services. The selected candidate will be a person of imagination and vision that will ensure continued progress for the service areas. The new Assistant Fire Chief must also be willing to take reasonable risks to guide the organization to new levels of achievement and share the credit for successes with others.

Highly qualified candidates must be able to formulate long-range plans that communicate future vision, direction, and leadership expectations. The Assistant Fire Chief will demonstrate effectiveness at being an innovator in developing a model department in areas such as professionalism, discipline, training, development, education, and the effective use of technology.

The Assistant Fire Chief will be expected to demonstrate and promote the highest standards of personal and professional conduct. The ideal candidate will be expected to practice an open style of management and to work collaboratively with members of the Department to foster a working environment that encourages individuals to excel in their areas of responsibility. The Assistant Fire Chief will establish positive relationships with employees throughout the organization and place a high value on the professional development of staff. The Assistant Fire Chief must have a reputation as an effective developer, motivator, and evaluator of subordinate personnel, with a reputation for providing training and education equitably for all personnel. The Assistant Fire Chief will be considered a progressive leader within the Fire & Rescue Department and be recognized for being an ongoing contributor to the advancement of the profession.

In summary, the Assistant Fire Chief will be a positive influence on day-to-day operations, have a “can-do” attitude, and will be comfortable with a hands-on approach to all aspects of fire and rescue operations.

Qualifying Experience and Education

Education - Bachelor’s degree in Fire Science or a related field with coursework in fire administration, fire suppression/prevention, emergency medical services, or fire prevention and life safety services is desired but not required.

Experience - Three years of progressively responsible experience as a Deputy Fire Chief, which includes substantive work in most of the duties in this job description; or

Five years of progressively responsible experience as a Battalion Fire Chief, which includes substantive work in most of the duties in this job description.

Any combination of the experience as a Deputy Fire Chief or Battalion Fire Chief that totals five years is required. 

Desired Certifications

·        Possession of Fire Officer II and Fire Service Instructor II certifications accredited by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) or the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board) or the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC);

·        Possession of certification of successful completion of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) accredited training in (a) Incident Safety Officer and (b) Incident Command System (ICS) 400, 700, and 800;

·        Possession of HAZMAT Operations (HMO) certification accredited by National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board), or the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC);

·        Possession of EMT Certification (or higher) from the Virginia Department of Health, National Registry (showing effective and expiration dates), or a state certification, which is recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

·        Experience in airport rescue and firefighting, particularly in leadership at a senior Fire Officer level; and

·        Virginia Department of Fire Programs Fire Officer III or equivalent certification. 

Compensation and Benefits

A competitive compensation package will be offered for this at-will executive position, with excellent benefits including medical insurance, life insurance, use of a vehicle, paid holidays, vacation, sick leave, management leave, a great public-sector retirement, and voluntary deferred compensation.

To Be Considered

This is a confidential process and will be handled accordingly throughout the various stages of the process. Candidates should be aware that references will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established. The first review of resumes will take place on November 13, 2017. This position is open until filled; however, candidates are encouraged to apply early in the process for optimal consideration. Resumes will be reviewed and evaluated throughout the recruitment process.

Interested candidates are encouraged to consider this career opportunity and submit immediately. Submittals should include a comprehensive resume, compelling letter of interest, salary history, and professional references via email to Electronic submittals are required. Confidential inquiries are encouraged to Mr. Robert Burg and at (916) 630-4900.

Ralph Andersen & Associates will determine the best overall match with the established criteria as outlined in this recruitment profile. A final decision will be made by the Vice President of Public Safety and it is anticipated that the newly selected Assistant Fire Chief will join the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority in January 2018 or at a mutually agreeable date.

The Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.