Southborough, MA - Fire Chief
The Town of Southborough, MA (approx. pop. 10,000) is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of Fire Chief. The community is located 25 miles west of Boston and 15 miles east of Worcester with an area of approximately 16 square miles. The Town is primarily a suburban residential community with areas of commercial development consisting of mostly business offices and light manufacturing. There are 3 major highways that pass through the community.
The Southborough Fire Department is a full service fire/rescue and EMS combination department made up of a staff of 22 career fire/EMS personnel and 6 on-call fire/EMS personnel of which 26 are EMT’s. The department operates from one fully staffed station. The department provides EMS services at the paramedic level. There is also a full time Fire Prevention Officer. There are a total of approximately 1,300 fire and EMS calls per year. The current annual operating budget of the Fire Department is $2,104,110.
The Fire Chief is appointed by the Board of Selectmen but receives administrative direction and supervisory oversight by the Town Administrator. The Fire Chief is appointed under the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 48, Section 42. The Fire Chief also serves as the Emergency Management Director for the Town. Candidates must have strong leadership and managerial skills combined with excellent interpersonal and communications skills. A proven, successful record of experience in progressively responsible supervisory, administrative and command assignments is also required. The Fire Chief is required to reside in Southborough or in any community adjacent to a contiguous community to Southborough, within one year of appointment.
Minimum qualifications include: Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science, Public Administration or a related field from an accredited university or college, Master’s Degree highly preferred; 7-10 years of municipal fire/rescue experience including at least 7 years in a supervisory, command position as an officer in a fire department with significant administrative responsibilities. EMT with Massachusetts and/or National EMT certification. National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer and Massachusetts Chief Fire Officer credentialing preferred. The successful candidate must also pass a stringent background check. In addition, the successful candidate will be required to pass a comprehensive physical examination.
Candidates must have demonstrated experience and skill within the following critical areas: budgeting, establishing and maintaining harmonious and effective relationships with subordinates, the general public, and town officials, incident command, emergency management and management and leadership roles within a union environment. The Town of Southborough is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or age.
The annual salary for the current Fire Chief is $124,925.
A resume and cover letter formatted as a PDF file can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications will be accepted until close of business on November 20, 2018.