Position Detail:

Norfolk Fire Department
100 City Hall Building
Norfolk, VA 23501

Norfolk County


Hiring Information:

Position: Chief of Medical and Fire Services
Last Filing Date:  November 22, 2019

Special Instructions:  



Situated on the Chesapeake Bay, the City of Norfolk is home to Naval Station Norfolk and has a rich maritime history. The City of Norfolk has a rich history of high quality and innovative approach to emergency response. The City operates one of the country`s premier integrated emergency medical and fire services. Over 100 years of fire service response and over 30 years of pre-hospital emergency medical services (EMS) response have resulted in superior delivery standards for the members of Norfolk Fire-Rescue (NFR). Over the years, calls for service have changed and NFR`s operational response has changed to meet the challenges.

Today`s emergency responses involve much more than fire calls and medical emergencies. Innovative approaches to technically challenging calls such as hazardous material responses, technical rescue responses and water rescue emergencies are answered by firefighters who are properly trained and prepared to respond on these calls.

Under the general direction of the Public Safety Deputy City Manager, the Chief of Medical and Fire Services directs all activities and operations of the Norfolk Fire-Rescue (NFR) department, consisting of approximately 500 employees. NFR provides an all-hazards response in the following areas: Fire suppression, technical rescue, HAZMAT, paramedic/EMS response, ambulance transport, water rescue, emergency management, arson and explosive device investigation, environmental crimes, and public fire and injury prevention.

The mission of Norfolk Fire-Rescue is to protect life, property, and the environment by providing public education, preventing and suppressing fires, mitigating hazards, and caring for the sick and injured. The City is looking for a new Chief of Medical and Fire Services that will up hold the core values of accountability, integrity, respect, professionalism, safety, and innovation.

This position will require City of Norfolk residency within 6 months of hire.
Position is Unclassified and serves at the will of the City Manager
Essential Functions
Essential functions include but are not limited to:
Serve as key member of the City`s leadership team and will require highly developed technical skills, polished communication and presentation skills, the ability to perform well under pressure, the capacity to meet deadlines, and the ability to develop and maintain credibility and trust with the Department and City staff, the public, cooperating agencies at the local, state, and federal levels.
Manage personnel, budget, programs and activities with an eye for continuous improvement to meet the needs of an urban/semi-rural community.
Strong and visionary style of leadership, both engaging and personable, emphasizing the needs of NFR`s internal and external customers.
Lead change while maximizing the department`s human and equipment resources, and providing best possible services to the residents and businesses the Department protects.
Collaborate with staff while remaining responsible and accountable for the final decision.
Mentor, train, develop and involve staff, while valuing employee input into decisions and develop the leadership for tomorrow`s Department.
Provide an active commitment and appropriate level of involvement in professional networking and training to keep NFR fully abreast of applicable equipment, training methods, procedures and technology that will enable the Department to respond to future as well as current service demands.
Demonstrate a record of outstanding professional accomplishment, and the ability to maintain productive professional relationships with elected officials, peers and career staff.
Demonstrate outstanding communication, negotiation and management skills.
Demonstrate professional resolve, strength of character and resilience in the face of criticism or challenges.
Minimum of ten years of fire service management experience at a command staff level of a complex, combination fire department is required.

A Bachelor`s degree in fire science, public administration, or a related discipline is also required.

Candidates should demonstrate knowledge of fire department operations and management, public administration of local governments, and knowledge of best practices in the management of fire and emergency medical services, and the principles and practice of emergency preparedness and disaster response. The successful candidates will have completed ICS/NIMS training and advanced training such as the National Academy EFO program is preferred. National Certification as a Fire Officer II and at least EMT-B certification are required, or the candidate must qualify within one year. These and other specific certifications may be required within statutory or agreed upon timeframes as a condition of employment.

Additional Information & Requirements
Applications are not accepted by the City of Norfolk. To apply for this position, please visit: Springsted-Waters and submit the required documents.

The position will remain open until filled.

A summary of the finalists from this process, including reference checks, background checks conducted after receiving candidates` permission, will be presented to the City for further review and selection to be invited to the interview process.

For more information, please contact Steve Miner at 804-726-9748 or richmond@springsted.com.

Compensation begins at $102,209 and is negotiable based on the candidate`s qualifications and experience. Norfolk has a competitive benefits program including participation in the Norfolk Employees Retirement System (NERS), competitive health benefits, life insurance, and paid vacation and sick leave.

Starting Salary:  $102,209.00 - $172,706.00 Annually
Top Salary:   N/A
Contact:   City of Norfolk
100 Union Street

Norfolk, VA 23510
Steve Miner at 804-726-9748

Additional Department Details:

Annual Budget: $23,000,000.00
Population Served: N/A
Number of Firefighters: N/A

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