The Vancouver Way

The City of Vancouver inspires and motivates its employees, partners and community members to pursue a shared vision for Vancouver. To this extent, the Management Leadership Team is committed to The Vancouver Way.  

The way the City practices leadership in this pursuit is reflected through six principles:

  • Adaptability
  • Openness
  • Personal Well-Being
  • Innovation
  • Mutual Commitment and Respect 
  • Expect the Best from Ourselves and Others

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Organizational Priorities

  • Spend the necessary time and effort to form and maintain good working relationships with Fire Department stakeholders, City leadership, and staff. Seek to understand the current organization, operations, service delivery, budget, and culture.
  • Evaluate opportunities as well as obstacles and partner with the Fire Chief, City leadership, and Council to implement changes that enhance efficiency within the budgetary constraints.  
  • Develop relationships and engage with regional partners. Maintain a broad focus, provide objective and valuable insight, and effectively collaborate to develop innovative solutions that address the needs of the community. 
  • As the Fire Department formally adopted standards of performance, continue to review current service delivery and staffing models. Bring forward creative ideas, industry best practices, and alternative models for consideration in order to increase efficiency and mitigate risk. 
  • Maintain positive relationships with Union leaders and participate in productive, collaborative labor management meetings and contract negotiations, and establish realistic expectations as service delivery and staffing models change and evolve. 
  • Promote the health and wellness of the Fire Department. Contribute to the new identity and motivate staff by increasing internal communication, providing transparency, and empowering others to make decisions and provide proactive solutions. 
  • Understand and appreciate diversity, equity, and inclusion. Be proactive and aggressive in developing programs that recruit and retain diverse staff.


Broad experience in municipal firefighting, including at least 4-6 years in an administrative and leadership capacity in an organization of similar size and complexity. With a background in suppression, candidates must enjoy a challenge and be energized by analyzing and defining new ways of doing business. Strong labor relations and prior collective bargaining experience in an IAFF environment are essential. Knowledge of RCW 41.56 desired. Experience with Incident Command System (ICS) is preferred. An Executive Fire Officer graduate or a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in fire science, public, or business administration or a related field is required.