The City of Virginia Beach, VA (population 450,000) is a AAA rated, independent City established in 1963 by the merger of Princess Anne County and the City of Virginia Beach. It has consistently been ranked as one of the safest metropolitan cities in the country when compared to cities over 300,000 in population. The city is the home of Naval Air Station Oceana Naval Jet Base, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek/Fort Story (joint army/navy) and Camp Pendleton (state military base for National Guard training).
In early 2000, in partnership with the Fire Department, the Emergency Response System (ERS) was formed. This initiative is aimed at fully utilizing all of the combined resources of advanced life support providers in both the fire and EMS departments to provide increased services. In 2004, to further strengthen response capabilities in the face of the steady rise in the demand for services, career paramedics were added to augment the volunteer rescue squad effortsThe Emergency Response System (ERS) EMS Chief provides leadership and strategic direction in the operations and enhancement of emergency management servicesAdditionally, the position requires skilled oversight and leadership in community EMS initiatives, labor relations management, training and staff development, and support servicesThe EMS Chief works closely with the Council of Virginia Beach Rescue Squads, VB Rescue Squad Foundation, the Fire Department and 11 individual volunteer rescue squads including the Marine Rescue Team in the delivery of comprehensive EMS/Rescue services to the citizens and visitors of Virginia Beach.  Collectively this group is referred to as VB Rescue.
  • The chief is responsible for the prioritization and championing volunteer engagement, retention, recruitment, and professional development to sustain and grow Virginia Beach Rescue and its availability to support City Council’s priorities and vision
  • The department serves a population of 440,000+ residents and millions of visitors that travel to Virginia Beach each year.
  • The career and volunteer members continue to contribute their time, responding to over 52,000+ calls per year (2021).
  • Virginia Beach EMS does not charge patients for services and the customer satisfaction rating is around 97%
  • The staff consists of over 397 Active Certified Volunteers, augmented by over 120 career paramedics and supervisors. The supervisors consist of two (2) Deputy Chiefs, seven (7) Division Officers supported by thirty-two (32) staff officers and support staffThe department is staffed with a part-time Medical Director.
  • VB Rescue remains the largest volunteer-based EMS system in the countryThe Volunteer Rescue Service owns thirty-seven (37) ambulances and three (3) stations with over $10 million in volunteer hours worked in 2021
  • The department also staffs a Marine and Special Operations DivisionThis EMS Special Operations Team consists of highly trained volunteer EMS providers who respond to any emergency water rescue, including boats in distress, drownings, vehicles in the water, flood water rescues, and ice water rescues. The team utilizes several all-weather rescue boats, jet skis, John Boats, and response trucks to carry out its mission.
  • The department was one of twelve agencies in Virginia to receive the Mission Lifeline Gold designation in EMS services from the American Heart Association for excellence in STEMI care.
  • Focusing on Behavioral Health responses by first responders, in partnership with the Virginia Beach Police Department thirty-five (35) providers became CIT Certified in 2021 along with certifying eleven (11) personnel as CIT Trainers.
  • The EMS Department had an annual budget of $13.9 million in 2021.
  • Appointed by the City Manager, this position serves at the pleasure of the City Manager and is not considered part of the merit service as defined in City Code, section 2-75.
  • The most desirable candidate will provide a demonstrated, extensive background and experience in the EMS fields as well as strong leadershipteam building capacityoperational and administrative experience
  • Knowledge of city, state and federal codes and statutes relevant to emergency medical services.
  • Extensive knowledge of regional EMS and health care systems.
  • Knowledge of management techniques specific for leading volunteers within a combination career-volunteer organization.
  • Knowledge of emergency management and disaster planning techniques.
  • Knowledge of municipal budget processes.
  • Knowledge of basic research techniques and statistical methods.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of municipal government, the Council/Manager form of government.
  • Skill in developing and maintaining effective working relationships with employees, volunteers, supervisors, managers, city officials, the media, supporting agencies and the general public.
  • Ability to communicate effectively through a host of different modalities.
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively.
  • Ability to establish a common direction for the department.
  • Thorough knowledge of local government organization and operations.
  • A Master’s degree in Hospital Administration, Public Administration, Business Administration, or similar program and six (6) years senior leadership/executive experience, or higher-level education and experience equivalent to twelve (12) years in fields utilizing the knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Must have a current and valid driver’s license.
  • Current Virginia or National Registry Paramedic certification.
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment physical and remain classified as fit for employment as a Paramedic by the Occupational Health Office.
  • Must refrain from using all tobacco products on and off the job.
  • Individuals must successfully complete a Paramedic orientation program within one hundred twenty (120) days of hire date. 
The annual salary range for this position is $122,737 – $190,242 DOQAdditionally, the City offers a generous benefit package

Candidates must apply online with resume, cover letter, and contact information for five (5) work-related referencesPosition is open until filled. Questions may be directed to T.E. Sashko, Vice President via phone at (847)380-3240 x123
The City of Virginia Beach is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Posted: 2023-01-03

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