The City of Avondale, AZ, conveniently located southwest of Phoenix, prides itself on its fast-growing community, providing a wonderful place for people to live, work and play. The community has established itself as a manufacturing and healthcare hub, as well as a sports and entertainment destination. The City is seeking an accountable, collaborative leader and fire management professional to serve as its new Fire Chief. The ideal candidate must be innovative, confident, and capable of leading a learning, collaborative organization that develops and mentors their staff. A strong emphasis is also placed on the Chief serving the community. The ideal candidate will be a team player with all levels of City staff, inside and outside of public safety, and should have a history of communicating well with all levels of a Fire Department and city organization. A firm but fair leader who leads by example and fosters an open and collaborative working environment is sought. Qualified candidates will possess a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Fire Science, Business Administration, Emergency Management, or similar degree of study. A master’s degree and Executive Fire Officer (EFO) or the equivalent certifications and experience, is preferred. Candidates must have a minimum of five (5) years of experience as an executive level fire department leader in a similar or larger size jurisdiction and must obtain or have the ability to obtain a valid Arizona Operator’s Driver’s License.
The annual salary range for the Fire Chief position is $135,969.23 - $197,155.38; placement within this range is dependent on experience and qualifications. The City of Avondale also offers a competitive benefits package.