Fire Chief, Gainesville, FL (pop. est. 133,997). The largest city in Alachua County, and home of the University of Florida. Gainesville proudly boasts a number of areas and buildings that are part of the National Register of Historic Places. The City is proud of its “New Urbanization Plan” to revitalize the area between the historic downtown district and the University of Florida campus. The City encompasses 62.4 square miles and has been designated “Tree City USA” every year since 1982.

The City is seeking a progressive, highly collaborative and passionate leader to serve as its next Fire Chief. The Fire Chief position is a very visible member of the senior leadership team of the City and requires well-developed leadership abilities and management skill sets that are based upon consensus building and problem-solving. The Fire Chief is appointed by and reports to the City Manager.

  • The department has 174 personnel on shift (Members of IAFF Local 2157), 188 total sworn personnel and 10 support personnel in the department operating from nine (9) strategically placed fire stations.
  • The department is Accredited through CFAI.
  • The department proudly has earned an ISO Class 2 PPC rating.
  • The department provides advanced life support emergency medical care.
  • The department encompasses the following program areas – Fire Prevention, Public Education, Investigative Services, Fire Suppression, Emergency Medical Services, Technical Rescue, Hazardous Materials, Airport Rescue Firefighting, Health and Safety/Physical Fitness, Communications, Community Resource Paramedicine.
  • The Fire Chief is supported by 11 Chief officers, a Logistics Officer, a Community Resource Paramedicine Program Coordinator, and 8 Administrative Support staff and 5 fire prevention and education personnel.
  • The department’s FY2019-20 budget was $18,500,000. In 2019, they responded to 19,460 EMS and fire and emergency service calls.

The City seeks:

  • Innovation: Bring fresh ideas to the organization and offer unique perspectives and experiences.
  • Experience: Specifically, in the areas of community health, master facilities planning, large scale events planning and operations, and emergency management.
  • Energy: Provide enthusiasm and focused energy to all projects and a passion for service to the community. Be one who is highly motivated and can develop and articulate a long-term plan for the fire department with the charisma to lead the team to an even higher level of excellence. Be a highly motivated, visionary, goal-oriented leader with a proven ability to gain cooperation and communicate clear direction.
  • Versatility: Play an important role in coordinating, facilitating, and managing projects that require involvement across multiple service areas with a strong desire to work in a collegial, team-oriented environment.
  • Leadership: Be dedicated to becoming an effective servant leader and building collaborative and positive relationships with other staff members and outside organizations in the region. Have an open, trustworthy, friendly personality and communication style and a calm demeanor; be one who can establish trust quickly with others along with a strong sense of humor. Have thorough knowledge of the principles of personnel management including recruiting, training, promoting, disciplining, and terminating employees within a fire service context and more.

Successful candidates should possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in fire science, fire administration, fire protection engineering or related subject, is required,
  • Master’s degree in fire science, fire administration, fire protection engineering or related subject is preferred supplemented by appropriate technical training in Incident Command, Hazardous Materials, Emergency Medical Services Management, Fire Code Administration, Fire Prevention, Arson Investigation, Personnel Management, Training Program Management and/or Human Resources
  • Fourteen (14) years of experience in a public fire protection department, which includes seven (7) years of progressively responsible management and supervisory experience at a command level of District/Battalion Chief or higher.

Certifications or Licenses required:

  • Must obtain a Certificate of Compliance as a State of Florida Firefighter or certification issued by the State of Florida to an administrative and command head of a fire/ rescue/ emergency services organization within twelve (12) months of appointment.
  • Executive Fire Officer (EFO) certification from the National Fire Academy (NFA), the United States Fire Administration (USFA) is preferred.
  • Chief Fire Officer (CFO) Designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence is preferred.

The annual salary for this position is dependent upon qualifications and not expected to exceed the mid-point for the salary range. The City of Gainesville, FL also offers an attractive and competitive benefits package. Residency is required within the city limits and within 6 months of appointment.  

Candidates should apply by August 31, 2020 with résumé, cover letter and contact information for five work-related references to to the attention of T.E. Sashko, Vice President, GovHRUSA, 650 Dundee Road, #270, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel: (847)380-3240.

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Posted:Aug 3, 2020