City of Ann Arbor
  • Fire
  • Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • $52.66
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Assistant Fire Chief

Starting Hourly Rate: $52.66 ($109,532.80 Annually)

Application deadline: July 28th, 2017

Benefits offered with this position include:

  • Defined benefit pension plan
  • 401a with City match
  • Optional 457 Deferred Compensation plan
  • Reciprocal Pension Credit, available for pension-qualified applicants
  • Retiree health reimbursement account
  • Very generous medical/dental/vision/pharmacy plans
  • Paid vacation, personal time, floating holiday, plus sick days. Unused vacation and sick time rolls over
  • Short-term and long-term disability, life, and AD&D insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • You can earn up to $500 annually by participating in our Wellness Incentive Programs. These dollars will be deposited into a health reimbursement account (HRA), which can be used toward eligible health care expenses
  • Tuition reimbursement $2500, must be employed 1 year to be eligible
  • Employee assistance program
  • Voluntary benefits like accident coverage, critical illness, LegalShield, and Identify Theft

The Department

Home to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor has a resident population of nearly 120,000, but a daily population of over 250,000 for the better part of each year, while the students are in school. The City of Ann Arbor Fire Department currently serves that population within a service area of approximately 26 square miles. The department has 88 full time members, most operating out of 5 stations, including 4 Engine Companies, 1 Quint, a Tower and a Battalion Chief.   The department provides services through two divisions: The Administration Division, which provides coordination and supervision to the Fire Prevention Bureau, Fleet Services, Facilities, and Administrative Services. The Operations Division, manages Emergency Fire Suppression, Rescue, EMS and Haz/Mat line services to the public. The Office of Emergency Management reports through the Fire Chief and Fire Department and is responsible for disaster planning and emergency management functions for the City.

Role Summary

To perform responsible management duties in the fire department.  Manages and oversees the activities of one or more the fire service divisions responsible for operations, administrative personnel, support and/or other services.  Develops division goals and objectives and coordinates activities with other fire department personnel, city officials, other city service area personnel, and outside organizations.  Helps assure department compliance with, and enforcement of, applicable Federal, State and local laws, ordinances, codes, and department policies.


Depending upon assignment, duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

Essential Duties:

  • Supervises, assigns, directs and evaluates subordinate personnel.
  • In the absence of the Fire Chief, assumes all duties and responsibilities of that position.
  • Assures department compliance with and enforcement of applicable Federal, State and local laws, ordinances codes, and department policies.
  • Coordinates assigned activities with other fire department personnel, other city departments, and city officials, other city service area personnel, and outside organizations as appropriate.
  • Participates on committees, boards and community activities.
  • Attends meetings, conferences and workshops.
  • Monitors and approves budget expenditures within limits of authority.
  • Administers the department budget for assigned areas of responsibility and participates in budget development as assigned. Recommends and implements strategies to improve fiscal efficiency. Assists in the development and implementation of grant-funded programs.
  • Analyzes data to identify and project resource needs and submits proposals for needed resources; initiates capital improvement proposals. Prepares complex statistical and narrative reports, correspondence and other documents.
  • Monitors and assures equipment, fleet and facility readiness as assigned and researches/recommends new equipment, fleet purchases, and facility development as assigned based on nationally recognized standards within the fire service.
  • Monitors legal requirements, trends, and nationally recognized standards in the fire service in order to assure compliance with appropriate fire and emergency service related laws, standards, regulations, statutes and codes.
  • Attends committee, staff, and City Council meetings in the absence of the Chief.
  • Researches issues of importance to the department, evaluates and revises department policies as directed and interprets these to the public during community meetings and interprets issues to various boards, councils and commissions.
  • Analyzes specific department operations such as work units, internal cooperation, provision of services and service contracts, and recommends changes and improvements; drafts mutual aid agreements.
  • Performs administrative research and planning in determining policies and programs for the Fire Department.
  • Conducts management and organization studies and develops short and long-range plans.
  • Participates in labor negotiations as directed. Performs confidential and privileged research and analysis in the development of management proposals for collective bargaining.
  • Evaluates union collective bargaining proposals to determine operational and economic impact to the Fire Department along with recommending counter proposals.
  • Responds to multiple alarms and large emergency scenes and directs activities and/or certain phases of fire ground operations when needed.

Related Work

  • Perform associated fire and rescue work as assigned.

Knowledge of

  • Principles and practices of public administration, including planning, organizing, staffing, leading and managing.
  • Basic knowledge of accounting principles, practices, and fiscal controls.
  • Principles and practices of human resources management, supervision and training.
  • Public relations practices and techniques.
  • Current principles, practices, methods and techniques of fire safety, fire prevention, fire suppression, emergency medical response, emergency and organizational planning, hazardous materials response, technical rescue response, and other fire service related activities.
  • Currently recognized national standards, laws, regulations, and trends that impact fire service related activities.
  • Research methods, report writing techniques, statistical concepts and methods, principles and techniques of project management, and fire accreditation process.

Skills and Ability to

  • Assume all duties of the Fire Chief as assigned.
  • Manage one or more divisions within a City fire department.
  • Use modern office equipment, including computers, computer applications and software.
  • Ability to present in front of council and other community events.
  • Understand and ability to present department metrics.
  • Use modern communication devices including radios, pagers and cell phones.
  • Develop and implement fire and related service plans, policies and procedures.
  • Assist with the development, administration and control of budgets.
  • Read and interpret complex laws and regulations affecting fire service related activities.
  • Prepare complex narrative and statistical reports, correspondence and other documents.
  • Labor relations experience including direct responsibility for discipline.
  • Participate in committees as necessary.
  • Support and assist the City's Emergency Management as necessary.
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with employees, other city departments, city officials, citizens, and media.
  • Ability to communicate and defend complex fire and emergency management issues.
  • Ability to command difficult large scale, complex emergency situations on-scene involving local, regional, and/or federal assets.
  • Ability to manage a diverse staff while providing personnel management including the ability to coordinate, delegate, supervise, train, and develop staff.
  • Assess staff capabilities, manage personnel problems, and optimize staff skills and communication
  • Excellent writing skills, a highly articulate oral communicative style, and the ability to clearly explain complex issues to a wide variety of constituents.


Fire suppression equipment, medical equipment, hand tools, extrication equipment, personal protective equipment (PPE), specialized technical equipment, specialized hazmat equipment, portable radio, and standard office equipment

Training and Experience 


  • Bachelor's degree in Fire Science Technology, Fire-EMS Management, Public Administration, Public Safety, Emergency Management, Business Administration or related degree from an accredited college or university.
  • At least ten (10) years of fire service experience, including experience as a Company Officer, Battalion, Deputy or Assistant Chief Officer.
  • Michigan Firefighter I and II certification *
  • Company/Fire Officer I, II, and III*
  • NIMS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, and 800*
  • EMT Certification*

*or ability to obtain within 1 year through reciprocity or examination.


  • Master's degree in Fire Science, Emergency Management, Public Administration, Business Administration, or a related field
  • Fire Officers Staff and Command Program completion
  • Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Designation from the National Fire Academy
  • Chief Fire Officer (CFO) Designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence

Licensing Requirements

  • Must possess a valid Driver's License

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

Must be able to adhere to all physical requirements required to perform a firefighter position.

Essential and related duties may require maintaining good physical condition necessary for sitting, standing, walking, running, climbing ladders, bending, stooping, crouching and kneeling for prolonged periods of time; as well as the ability to lift, drag, hoist and carry different types of fire equipment and other objects.  Requires stamina and physical endurance needed to sustain prolonged, rigorous physical activity during emergencies.  Requires physical dexterity as needed to don equipment quickly, tie knots, etc. 

In addition, positions in this classification typically require driving,  grasping, reaching, handling and/or feeling, talking, hearing and seeing (including peripheral vision, night vision, focus, color perception and depth perception). 

Physical demands include the ability to lift, push/pull, hold and carry in excess of 50 pounds.  The ability to climb step stools, step ladders, extension and aerial ladders, as well as 3 or more flights of stairs.

The incumbent must be able to be medically cleared to wear a respirator, and participate in the city's hearing conservation program.

Very Heavy Work: Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally without assistance in emergency situations, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of forces constantly to move objects.

Operating office equipment requiring continuous or repetitive hand/arm movements. The ability to remain in a sitting position for extended periods of time.


We are proud of our diverse workforce and our commitment to equal opportunity.  We do not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived age, arrest record, color, disability, educational association, familial status, family responsibilities, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, height, HIV status, marital status, national origin, political beliefs, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, source of income, veteran status, victim of domestic violence or stalking, or weight in any aspect of our hiring or employment process. The City of Ann Arbor has earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Municipal Equality Index (MEI), which assesses lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality in more than 500 cities across the nation.

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