Hillsboro Community

Nestled in the beautiful Tualatin Valley between Portland, the mountains, and the Pacific Ocean, Hillsboro is the fifth largest city in the State of Oregon with a population of 99,340. Hillsboro enjoys award-winning urban planning, an affordable cost of living, a strong economic base, and one of the state’s most diverse populations. Hillsboro offers the state’s fourth largest school district, two higher-education campuses, various annual community events, 28 parks, and over 1,500 acres of designated green spaces including the Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve. Hillsboro is also home to the Portland metro area’s only professional baseball team—the Hillsboro Hops (Go Hops!). 

Hillsboro is helping to grow Oregon’s future with its hometown values and agrarian roots. Hillsboro’s people, businesses, nonprofits, and government take great pride in their town as they work side by side giving as much attention to community and livability as to development and industrial growth. With a healthy patchwork of history, business opportunities, neighborhoods, education, recreation, and culture, great things are growing in Hillsboro.

Position

The Fire Chief plans, organizes, and directs the administration and operation of the City Fire Department, providing oversight and operational direction to achieve departmental goals, objectives, and strategic vision. The Chief develops, administers, and oversees the department budget including monitoring and approving expenditures and ensuring compliance. In addition, the Fire Chief evaluates operational effectiveness and implements process improvements where appropriate. An at-will management position, the Chief reports to the Assistant City Manager and actively collaborates with other City departments and the City Manager’s Office. 

The Chief prioritizes projects and initiatives in alignment with organizational objectives, provides updates, and properly communicates on department projects, initiatives, and activities. Specifically, the Fire Chief develops short and long term goals, provides strategic planning, and coordinates, administers, and evaluates programs, projects, processes, procedures, systems, standards, and services. The Chief also manages records and information in accordance with applicable statutes, regulations, and City policy and records retention schedules. 

The Fire Chief commands emergency operations including responding to major fire alarms and other emergencies, directing fire suppression and investigation activities, assessing operations for appropriateness, and providing technical advice and consultation to fire personnel. The Chief responds to conflagrations throughout the County and State and may serve as the Chief of County Fire Defense Board. 

The Fire Chief supervises staff, establishes appropriate staffing levels, and allocates proper resources. The Chief develops positive union relationships and participates in contract negotiations. The Fire Chief maintains a safe and healthy working environment and promotes a culture of teamwork and communication by working in collaboration, treating everyone with respect and dignity, and maintaining an open mind to diverse voices and ideas.

Qualifications

At least 15 years’ experience as a fire Battalion Chief, Operations Chief or equivalent management position including 3 years’ leadership experience. Knowledge of trends and advances in firefighting and fire prevention skills required. Current knowledge of fire suppression, fire prevention, and firefighting techniques, including all related equipment is essential. A Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Fire Administration, or a closely related field, and/or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.