• Full Time
  • Lawrence, KS
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The City of Lawrence, Kansas established in 1854 is seeking highly qualified candidates for the position of Fire Chief.  With an estimated 2022 population of 101,211, Lawrence is the 6th largest City in Kansas; and was named by Livability as the 84th Best Place to Live in America. Lawrence was also ranked 7th in best college towns as well as ranking 6th in the nation for bachelor’s degree attainment by the U.S. Census Bureau. Lawrence’s close proximity to the Kansas City and Topeka metropolitan regions provides easy access to world class cultural and entertainment opportunities.

The Fire Chief of the Lawrence Douglas County Fire Medical Department (LDCFM) is responsible to plan, direct and review the activities and operations of the Fire Medical Department including emergency medical and ambulance services, fire suppression, prevention, technical services, and administration; to coordinate assigned activities with other city departments and outside agencies; and to provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager. LDCFM is a CPSE Accredited and ISO 1 Fire/EMS agency that provides service to the 134,917 residents of the city and surrounding Douglas County response area under a city/county shared governance model. The department operates from five (5) Fire/EMS and two (2) EMS only stations with over 156 operational and civilian personnel providing over 12,659 emergency responses annually (2020 annual report) and supported by an annual budget of $30.7 million. The Fire Medical Chief reports to the Assistant City Manager but maintains direct contact with the City Manager, and in collaboration with other city department directors, city, and regional partners.

In seeking to fill this position, the City is emphasizing an extensive background and experience in the EMS and fire fields as well as strong leadership and team building capacity.  The following list provides the required attributes a candidate must have to be successful in working for the City of Lawrence:

  • A bachelor’s degree in fire science, emergency medical services or a related field.  A master’s degree or possessing the designation of Executive Fire Officer (NFA), Chief Fire Officer (CPSE) or similar certifications are preferred.
  • A thorough understanding of and demonstrated experience in NIMS and ICS type incidents and activations is preferred.
  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience and demonstrated leadership in an EMS/fire service command position in a department of equal or greater size and responsibility. 
  • Thorough knowledge of operational characteristics, services and activities of comprehensive fire suppression, fire prevention, technical services and administrative programs, and emergency medical and ambulance services including high-angle or aerial rescue, water rescue, extrication, confined space rescue, trench and building collapse rescues, and hazardous materials response.
  • The successful candidate will also have experience with the technical and administrative aspects of emergency medical and ambulance services, fire suppression, fire prevention, technical services, and administration.
  • An innovative, collaborative, and experienced fire medical professional with demonstrated public safety leadership experience and successes who also excels in the areas of strategic planning, management, interpersonal communication, emergency management, community risk reduction, and customer service.
  • Demonstrated success in the areas of team building and working within a similar department structure.
  • Demonstrated ability to be transparent, objective, adaptable, flexible, and visible along with being relationship oriented and can build trust with both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Participative and engaging communicator that has the ability to bring fresh ideas and vision to the organization, has a high-level of energy, with a versatile approach to interacting with the community, city officials, staff and other stakeholders.
  • A person that understands the need for, and how to use, data for problem solving, community risk reduction efforts, and effective community education and engagement.
  • The ability and desire to coach and mentor staff in order to foster personal growth and leadership talent.

The salary range for this position is $141,529 – $209,227 with an expected hiring range of ($141,529 – $156,035) DOQ. A generous benefit and retirement package is also offered by the city, details which are available at lawrenceks.org/hr/employee_benefits.

Candidates must apply by May 6, 2022, with resume, cover letter and contact information for five work-related references to www.GovHRjobs.com to the attention of Charlene Stevens, Senior Vice President, or John Storm, Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, #225, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel: (847) 380-3240, ext. 124 or ext. 143.  The City of Lawrence, KS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Posted:May 5, 2022


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