League City is located near the Texas Gulf Coast, approximately 20 miles southeast of Houston in northern Galveston County and the southernmost part of Harris County. The city is situated on the south shore of Clear Lake and encompasses an area of 53 square miles. Ranked as one of the fastest growing and most desired communities in which to live in both Texas and the U.S., more than 110,000 residents live in League City due to the nationally acclaimed school system, affordable master-planned communities, family-centric values, 100-year-old oak trees, recreational lifestyle, and love for the water. The City has a staff of approximately 647 FTEs, an operating budget of $145.14 million and a 5-year capital program approaching $500 million.
The Fire Chief is responsible for oversight and management of the volunteer fire department, career emergency medical services, and the Fire Marshal’s Office. Focus areas will include the delivery of fire suppression, rescue operations, hazardous material responses, inspections, reviewing of construction plans, investigations, emergency management planning and public education programs. Supervisory role includes assigned departmental staff as well as volunteers.
The Fire Directorate includes the Fire Department, EMS, and the Fire Marshal’s office. The Directorate comprises 48 full-time employees and 150 volunteer Firefighters, with a combined budget totaling $8.3 million. Leadership positions assisting with daily management and operations include an Assistant Fire Chief-Fire Marshal and an Assistant Fire Chief-EMS. There is also a stipend program for the volunteers to staff one station during day and night hours. The Department has 6 stations, along with a fire training facility, and a rating of ISO 1, representing the highest rating of fire protection status that an agency city can achieve.
The new Fire Chief shall be a proven fire professional and leader in the public sector, eager to build upon the successes of the City of League City’s Fire Department. The ideal candidate shall have a calm demeanor and steady hand and be a natural and effective communicator with every sector the Fire Department engages with, from the employees, the community, elected officials, and other community partners.
Bachelor’s degree in Fire Science, Public Administration, or a related field. A minimum of 10 years of continuous experience in a Fire or Fire/ EMS department including 5 years of command level experience in a Fire or Fire/EMS department. Previous experience as a Fire Chief and at least 5 years in a volunteer or combination department in a leadership role are preferred. Master’s degree in Fire Science, Public Administration, or a related field is preferred. Candidates will be required to have the necessary Licenses and/or Certifications as stated in the recruitment brochure.
Candidates are required to have the following Licenses and/or Certifications:
- Texas Commission on Fire Protection-Structural Firefighter – Master Certification
- Texas Commission on Fire Protection - Fire Officer III
- Texas Commission on Fire Protection Firefighter – Instructor Level II
- Must be certifiable as Head of a Suppression Fire Department per Texas Commission on Fire Protection Standards
- Texas Department of State Health Services EMT Basic
- NIMS/ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 800 Certifications.
- Valid Driver’s License is required