Shakopee, MNlocated in the thriving Minneapolis-St, Paul Metropolitan region, is seeking highly qualified candidates for the position of Fire Chief. With an area of 29.8 square miles and an estimated 2023 population of 47,000, Shakopee is the 23rd largest City in Minnesota; and in 2020, the city was named among the country’s top 50 Best Places to Live by Money Magazine. Shakopee is a regional recreation destination as home to the Valleyfair amusement park and Canterbury Park racetrack.

The Fire Chief is responsible for the overall management and leadership of the City of Shakopee Fire Department. Created in 1883, the department has a rich 140-year history of service to the city and region, the combination department operates from two (2) fire stations with 8 full-time and 46 paid on call firefighters who provide fire suppression, rescue and emergency medical assistance, and fire prevention and education services to the community. The Fire Chief works under the City Administrator and in collaboration with other city department directors and regional partners also serves as the City’s Emergency Manager.
Shakopee has recently assessed the department through Citygate Associates and is seeking an experienced chief who can help lead the department’s transition. 

The following list provides the required attributes a candidate must have to be successful in working for the City of Shakopee:              
  • A bachelor’s degree in fire science, public administration, or a related field from an accredited college, university, or vocational school; A master’s degree is preferred.
  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience with a minimum of 5 years of demonstrated leadership in a fire service command position in a department of equal or greater size and responsibility. 
  • Must possess personal, ethical, and moral standards of the highest level.
  • Demonstrated success in the areas of team building and working within a combination department structure. 
  • Demonstrated ability to be objective, adaptable, and flexible along with being relationship oriented and can build trust with both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Participative and engaging communicator that can bring fresh ideas 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, effective community education and engagement, and to develop a strategic plan for the future of the department.
  • The ability and desire to coach and mentor staff to foster personal growth and leadership talent.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain Minnesota State Firefighters License. 
  • Previous experience in Emergency Management would be a plus.
The salary range for this position is $132,434 to $165,568, the mid-point being the hiring range, DOQ. The city also provides a uniform and cell phone allowance, comprehensive benefits, including participation in the Minnesota State retirement system.

The position will remain open until filled with priority given to applicants that apply by March 4, 2024, with resume, cover letter and contact information for five work-related references to the attention of either Charlene Stevens, Executive Vice President, or John Storm, Vice President, GovHR USA. Tel: 847-380-3240 x 124 or x 143. The City of Shakopee, MN is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled


Posted: 2024-02-13

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