Goverment Jobs
February 6, 2019
Leander, Texas
Job Type



The City of Leander has an opening for a Fire Chief. The Leander Fire Chief plans, directs, organizes, and reviews the activities of ?re suppression, prevention, and emergency medical services. The Fire Chief also coordinates assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies and provides highly responsible and technical staff assistance to the City Manager.
The Fire Chief reports directly to the City Manager and has regular contact with City department heads, City Council members, volunteer ?re?ghters, other City departments, the general public, civic groups, and outside agencies and departments concerned with ?re suppression and prevention.

Essential Duties & Required Qualifications

  • Develop, plan, and implement goals and objectives and recommend and administer policies and procedures.
  • Plan, organize, and direct the departmental operations of ?re suppression, prevention, and emergency medical activities.
  • Coordinate and direct the provision of departmental support services, including station, hydrant, and equipment maintenance, in-service training and ?re inspection, and departmental ef?ciency and effectiveness.
  • Supervise and participate in the development and administration of the Fire Department budget, which includes directing the forecast of additional funds needed for staf?ng, equipment, materials, and supplies, monitoring and approving expenditures, and implementing mid-year adjustments.
  • Serve as a member of the City's management team by providing information and recommendations regarding operations and assisting in making decisions related to all facets of municipal government.
  • Respond to major ?re alarms and personally direct ?re suppression activities as necessary.
  • Develop long-range programs and plans for the increased effectiveness of the department, including ?re prevention and suppression programs.
  • Direct, coordinate, and schedule ?re inspection activities and manage the enforcement of ?re prevention and suppression programs.
  • Prepare a variety of technical and departmental activities reports and records.
  • Select, train, motivate, and evaluate personnel; establish and monitor employee performance objectives; prepare and present employee performance reviews; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct de?ciencies; and implement discipline and termination procedures.
  • Direct the City's emergency services program.
  • Respond to the most dif?cult complaints and requests for information.
  • Represent the City in relationships with the public, community groups, professional organizations, other City departments and divisions, and outside agencies, including other ?re departments involved in mutual response agreements.
  • Attend and participate in professional meetings, conferences, and workshops.
  • Review and check building plans and speci?cations to ensure compliance with fi?re regulations and requirements.
  • Exercise direct and indirect supervision over sworn, technical, and clerical staff and coordinate and oversee the City's contract with the Leander Volunteer Fire Department.
  • Create and deliver the department's annual report to the governing body.
Core Competencies & Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

The City of Leander seeks an experienced, collaborative leader with a dedication to public service to serve as its new Fire Chief. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a desire to be highly involved with and visible in the community and will be a strong promoter of the Fire Department at the local, regional, and state levels. An ability to improve processes and take the department to the next performance level is essential.

The chosencandidate will be politically savvy, but never political, and exercise tact and diplomacy when confronting potentially contentious issues. Strong communication skills and a willingness to be transparent are essential. A candidate with strong interpersonal skills who can effectively communicate with Fire Department staff and citizens will be successful. A well-respected, customer-focused individual, the next Fire Chief must be able to work with area communities and fire departments where there are considerable automatic aid and mutual aid agreements.

The new Fire Chief will be a relationship builder who can establish a strong rapport with the Council, staff, and the community, promote the fire department, and serve as an advocate for staff. The City seeks a leader with a values-based management style who will abide by the City's mission and vision and unite the department with a shared sense of purpose. The ideal candidate will be able to manage and lead a diverse workforce and promote equality throughout the organization.

The new Fire Chief will have an in-depth understanding of fire service codes and trends at the state and national levels. The selected individual will have strong incident command skills and the ability and willingness to take command at incidents. A Fire Chief who will focus on wellness and cancer prevention is strongly desired.

Physical Demands & Additional Information

This position is profiled through Strategic Government Resources search agency. Please apply online at:

Your well-being - and that of your family - matters to you, and so it's important to us too. To support you and your loved ones through life's many challenges, we offer our full time employees access to a wide array of benefits including health, dental, vision, life, disability, accident, cancer, flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts, employee assistance, paid holidays, paid sick leave, paid emergency leave, longevity pay, golf course discounts as well as generous retirement and deferred compensation programs and social security participation.

We offer two types of medical plans (a traditional EPO plan and a high deductible health plan) so that you can choose the one that best fits your needs. The premium you pay is based on which plan you select and who you cover. Covering just yourself? The City currently pays the entire employee-only premium for either plan. Covering qualified dependents in your family? Currently, we'll pay your employee premium and split the remainder of the spouse/child/family premium with you - we pay 50%; you pay 50%. That generous cost share reflects our philosophy that our employees and their families should have the best health care we can afford to provide.

Dental plans include a DHMO option (no cost for employee-only coverage) and two more traditional plans whose premiums are also affordable. You can choose to cover yourself or any qualified dependents and choose which plan best suits your dental needs. Currently, for the DHMO option, we pay the employee premium and split the remainder of the spouse/child/family premiums with you ? we pay 50%; you pay 50%. Under the more traditional plans, although we don't pay the entire employee-only premium, we still split the incremental dependent premiums with you 50/50.

Access to $10 eye exam co-pays and up to $150 frame and contact lens allowances make vision insurance a popular benefit among employees. Cover yourself for just a few bucks a pay period or all of your qualified dependents for not much more.

Your basic employee $15,000 term life insurance policy is paid for by the city. Accidental Death & Dismemberment under the plan would pay an additional $15,000 to your beneficiary if you die in an accident. More life insurance coverage is paid for by the City and provided through our Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) program. If that's still not enough coverage, you can purchase more life/AD&D coverage for yourself and your qualified dependents. Over the age of 65? These coverages are subject to an age reduction schedule.

Both short and long term disability plans which provide up to 60% income replacement are available to purchase at competitive rates.

Accident & Cancer
Need extra coverage for off-the-job medical injuries or a cancer diagnosis? Supplemental plans that pay cash for some of life's most unexpected events are available for purchase.

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
Want to set aside some pre-tax dollars for health care expenses or dependent care expenses? If you select the traditional EPO medical coverage, you can set aside pre-tax money for medical expenses through the City's Section 125 medical FSA plan, which is managed by an outside carrier. You can do the same for dependent day care expenses, regardless of which medical plan you select.

Health Savings Accounts (HSA)
The high deductible health care plan has its own provisions for pre-tax health savings (HSA) so you can set aside money for your qualified health care expenses. The City will add $1000 to your health savings account to get you started each plan year.

Employee Assistance
We know that sometimes your needs are much different than a doctor visit or a prescription, so the City pays for a generous employee assistance program through Alliance to help you or any household member with counseling, legal referrals or simply a safe ride home.

The City has eleven designated holidays each year.

Vacation Leave
Most full time, regular employees (excluding firefighters on a 24 hour shift schedule and department heads) accrue 3.69 hours of vacation time each pay period and are eligible to use that time after just six months of employment. The longer you work for the city, the more vacation time you receive, with those accrual rates going up at 4, 9 and 14+ years of service. Never use your vacation time? Don't worry; you can bank up to two times your annual accrued hours before you stop accruing.

Sick Leave
As a full time regular employee (excluding firefighters on a 24 hour shift), you also accrue 3.69 hours of sick leave each pay period, which you are eligible to use after your first pay period with the city. Don't need them? You can sell them back to the city ? up to 24 hours (less sick time taken) each calendar year after your first full year of employment. You can also continue to build your sick leave balance up to 480 hours for those unexpected emergencies.

Emergency Leave
The City allows up to five days of paid leave (or two 24 hour shifts for 24/48 hour fire department) for regular employees in the event of the death of an immediate family member (as defined in city personnel policy).

Longevity Pay
Regular full-time employees after they've been employed for one year or more are eligible for an annual payout of $5 for every month of City service. So, while that first year $60 check might not seem like a ton of money, that $1500 check (minus taxes of course) for your 25 years of service which is paid around Thanksgiving will likely help you feel very thankful for a little extra cash for Christmas shopping.

All regular full-time employees participate in our Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS). Your 7% investment each payroll period is matched 2 to 1 by the City and is vested at 5 years. You can retire at age 60 with 5 or more years of service or younger if you have at least 20 years of service. You can also receive service credit for certain types of military service. The City's TMRS plan is one of the most generous retirement plans around.

Deferred Compensation
If saving 7% with a 2 to 1 match through TMRS isn't enough to meet your financial goals, you can stash even more on a pre-tax basis through the City's 457 plan. Start or stop saving at any time ? up to $18,000 annually if you're under 50, and up to $24,000 if you're older.

Social Security
City of Leander employees also participate in the social security system under FICA regulations.

Golf Course
We have a gorgeous golf course. Want to learn how to play? As a City employee you can play for 50% off. Just want a cheap lunch? You can eat for 50% at the golf grill also. That makes lunch at a cool spot less than McDonald's. Check it out!

See Benefits at a Glance for even more information on our many perks.

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