Professional Development Division Chief


Professional Development Division Chief is a non-represented, exempt position. The division chief is responsible for the district’s professional development (formerly training and recruitment) division; serves as a Command Duty Officer and responds to incidents; represents the Fire Department in the absence of the fire chief and deputy chief; and provides highly responsible and complex administrative and management support.

Opportunities & Challenges

Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue’s focus on continuous improvement provides both opportunity and
challenges. Specific opportunities and challenges facing the professional development division chief include:

  • Making a difference in the quality of service provided to the community.
  • Working with a diverse team of full-time, part-time, and volunteer members each with a different set of
    experiences and work schedules.
  • Balancing the need to maintain a high-level focus on the district’s mission and vision while still providing
    didactic and hands-on skills training to develop and maintain member proficiency.
  • Improving member proficiency in low-frequency high risk tactical operations.
  • Developing and maintaining a comprehensive training and professional development program with a
    dynamic schedule impacted by diverse needs and constraints.
  • Developing a collaborative partnership with other fire and emergency medical services agencies in
    ongoing professional development across agencies and district boundaries.

Ideal Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate is an experienced and progressive fire officer with a clear understanding of the dynamics of continuously improving the quality of service delivered with a combination full-time, part-time, and volunteer workforce. The successful candidate easily develops positive relationships with our members and community partners.

The division chief balances an exceptional level of technical knowledge and skill with the ability to develop the same in others and have a willingness to do what is needed to meet the mission regardless of rank or role.

The Ideal candidate is committed to CWIFR’s mission to partner with our community to proactively reduce risk from fire, illness, injury and other hazards. The division chief walks the walk and demonstrates ongoing commitment to our values of professionalism, integrity, compassion, and excellence.

The division chief has the ability to think critically and is committed to continuous improvement and demonstrates a focused ability to get things done. The ideal candidate is politically astute and diplomatic, enjoys engaging in regional issues, and exploring alternatives to the status quo.The ideal candidate will integrate well with the fire chief, deputy chief, and finance officer as a member of the district’s executive staff. The division chief is a transparent leader with a high level of consistency with the district’s organizational values who holds others accountable and who is willing to be held to the same standard.


The division chief must have a minimum of eight years of progressively responsible experience in a fire and rescue
agency with at least three years as a company officer and must have a Baccalaureate degree from a regionally
accredited college or university. The division chief must have a valid driver’s license and meet the following
additional requirements:

  • EMT-Basic (Washington or the ability to obtain reciprocity)
  • IFSAC Fire Officer II (or equivalent)
  • IFSAC Hazmat Operations (or equivalent)
  • Blue Card Type V & IV Incident Commander (or ability to obtain this qualification)
  • NIMS ICS 700, 100, 200, & 300 (or equivalent)
  • IFSAC Instructor II (or equivalent)

Desirable qualifications include:

  • Blue Card Instructor
  • Washington Department of Health Senior Emergency Medical Services Instructor (SEI)
  • International Fire Code Inspector certification
  • IFSAC Safety Officer Certification (or equivalent)
  • IFSAC Fire Officer III Certification (or equivalent)
  • NWCG Wildland Firefighter Type I, Engine Boss, Task Force/Strike Team Leader
  • Master’s Degree
  • Completion of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP)
  • Designation as a Fire Officer (FOD) or Chief Fire Officer (CFOD) by the Center for Public Safety Excellence
  • Member Grade in the Institution of Fire Engineers (MIFireE)

Compensation and Benefits

Base salary for the division chief is $110,000, in addition the division chief receives a competitive benefits package including medical and dental insurance, life insurance, deferred compensation of 9%, flexible paid time off (PTO), long term sick leave and participation in the Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters (LEOFF) II retirement system.

To Apply

To apply submit a letter of interest and resume along with a District application and supplemental questionnaire no later than 4:00 pm, April 22, 2022 to:

Administrative Assistant/Fiscal Specialist Sonja Lindenstein
1164 Race Road
Coupeville, WA 98239

Following review of applications, selected candidates will be asked to complete a pre-assessment written assignment and will participate in an assessment center including panel interviews, tactical simulation, professional development role play, and performance management role play. The assessment center is tentatively scheduled to be held on May 17-18, 2022.