Spring Lake Park/Blaine/Mounds View Fire District (SBMFD), MN (pop. 90,000).  The SBMFD  established in its current form in 1944 is seeking highly qualified candidates for the position of CEO/Fire Chief.  Today, SBMFD provides all hazard fire service response, along with fire prevention and public fire education to the cities of Spring Lake Park, Blaine, and Mounds View along with administrative and fire management oversite to the Centennial FD. These communities encompass a permanent population of over 90,000 residents spread over 40 square miles. Overall, the department protects the 4th largest (and growing) population service area in the State.

The CEO/Fire Chief is responsible for the overall management and leadership of a dynamic high performing organization. With 78 years of service to the area and region, the combination department operates from five (5) fire stations with 15 full time SBMFD personnel, 12 full time City of Blaine personnel, and over 55 volunteers responding from their homes in the evenings.  These dedicated personnel responded to 2024 emergency responses in 2021. SBMFD is supported by an annual budget of over $3 million. The CEO/Fire Chief works under the SBMFD Board and in collaboration with an Administrative Panel, CFD Operations Committee, CFD Steering Committee, and (3) City Councils.
In seeking to fill this position, the Board is emphasizing a candidate that embraces a prevention approach, the volunteer/combination model, and able to manage the day-to-day operations including the non-profit component. The successful candidate will be a highly motivated individual who motivates others by example and is able to create a work environment in which individuals are able to achieve or exceed their potential and takes a collaborative approach with every facet of the operation. 
The following list provides the required qualifications and attributes a candidate must have in order to be successful in working for the SBMFD:                                                                                                                        
Minimum ten years of progressively responsible and varied professional experience in the provision of fire and other emergency services, plus;
(a.) Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Service Administration, Fire Science, Public or Business Administration (or closely related field) with at least five of the ten years in a fire service-related supervisory, executive management, or administrative position
(b.) Associate’s Degree with at least seven of the ten years in a fire service-related supervisory, executive management, or administrative position.
(c.) At least nine of the ten years in a fire service-related supervisory, executive management, or administrative position
Master’s Degree in Fire Service Administration, Fire Science, Public or Business Administration (or closely related field), Chief Fire Officer (CFO) from CPSE, Executive Fire Officer (EFO) from the National Fire Academy.
Minnesota State Statute requires all career fire professionals to be certified by the IFSAC Accredited Minnesota Fire Service Certification Board to NFPA 1001 Firefighter I & II level. Fire Officer II, IFSAC or Pro-Board. NIMS 300. Emergency Medical Responder.
The successful candidate must relocate their permanent residence to reside within 10 minutes or 6 miles (whichever is greater) of one of the SBM or Centennial Fire Stations within 12 months after the completion of the probationary period. 
  • The candidate must possess knowledge and abilities of contract administration, human resource management, accounting, legal, corporate governance, administration, management and supervision, training, and budget preparation and control. 
  • The candidate will be expected to use an inclusive style of management while simultaneously maintaining the chain of command. They must possess exceptional communication skills, both oral and written, and must be a tireless advocate for the professional development of every member, full time, and volunteer. 
  • The candidate will be expected to promote education and training, innovation, conduct evaluation of all aspects of the operation, engage in systematic reporting to all stakeholders, maintain modern fire protection methods, and have a strong understanding of fire codes and enforcement activities.
  • The candidate must be able to work cooperatively with neighboring departments and take significant leadership in the Anoka County Fire Protection Council.
  • The candidate must be a participative and engaging communication style that possesses the ability to bring fresh ideas to the organization, a high-level of energy, and a versatile approach to interacting with the community, city officials, staff and other stakeholders.
  • The candidate must possess an understanding of the use of data for problem solving, community risk reduction efforts, and effective community education and engagement.
  • The candidate must possess the ability and desire to coach and mentor staff in order to foster personal growth and leadership talent.
  • The position reports directly to the SBMFD Board of Directors.
The salary range for this position is $123,000 – $151,000 DOQ. A full benefit and retirement package is also offered by the district.

Candidates must apply online by September 9, 2022, with resume, cover letter and contact information for five work-related references at to the attention of John Storm, Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road #225, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel: (847)309-9403. The SBMFD, MN is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Deadline: September 9, 2022

Posted: 2022-09-07

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