Job Opportunities



The City of Spencer, Iowa, (Pop 11,233)  a full service community in North Central Iowa is accepting applications for an experienced Fire Chief. Under the general direction and supervision of the City Manager, the Fire Chief has management oversight of an annual budget of $573,000. The Department has five full time employees:  Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief, and 3 firefighter/engineers.  There are approximately 30 volunteers who serve the community, providing on-call service 24/7.  The department provides fire suppression and extraction services and is first responder service within City limits.  The personnel are also trained in high angle, confined space, trench and water rescue. 

The hiring salary range will be $65,883 to $79,428 based on qualifications and experience.

Education and experience requirements:

  • Experience in performing administrative and skilled firefighting duties

  • Broad knowledge of fire department administration, and modern

    firefighting and fire prevention methods

  • Experience in preparation of budgets recommendations for purchase of equipment

  • Extensive experience in firefighting

  • 5 years responsible supervisory experience in firefighting

  • High school graduate

  • 2-year Fire Science Degree or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Experience in a combined Fire Department (fulltime/paid on call) preferred


    Residency within 5 miles of the City of Spencer required.


    Send cover letter, resume and salary history by May 27, 2016 to:


    City of Spencer

    c/o Jack A. Lipovac


    5895 Hawthorn Court

    Johnston, IA 50131


Finance Assistant-Finance Department

The City of Spencer is now accepting applications for the position of Finance Assistant in the Finance Department.  Starting pay is $16.34 per hour.  This position performs a wide variety of financial tasks, including Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Payroll processing, month end reporting, working with the City's insurance providers, purchasing, assisting with citizen inquiries, as well as other office duties as assigned.  Employee must have the ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.  High school graduate or equivalent is required and 2 years' experience in finance related work.  Minimum 2-year degree in accounting or business is preferred or equivalent combination of experience and training.  Applications may be obtained at City Hall, 418 2nd Avenue West, Spencer IA. or at (under Publid Notices-Forms)   Application deadline is May 25, 2016.  Questions may be referred to Brian Weuve, Finance Director at 712-580-7200, extension 212.  Successful candidate will be required to pass pre-employment drug test.  EOE.