Fire Chief
City of Urbana - Urbana, IL

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The vibrant micro-urban community of Urbana, Illinois (pop. 41,518), seeks a proven innovative fire professional to serve as the new Fire Chief. This vacancy exists due to the retirement of Michael Dilley, a second-generation Urbana Firefighter who has led the Urbana Fire Department since 2007. The Fire Chief is an appointed, at-will position that serves at the pleasure of the Mayor.

The City of Urbana is a thriving, diverse city that is home to the flagship campus of the University of Illinois (UIUC). The Urbana Fire Department (UFD) is a professional career organization that is responsible for providing emergency fire, hazardous materials, EMT-I level medical services, prevention and public education programs, and various support services. The department boasts 59 full-time personnel, 4 fire stations and an operating budget of $7.7 million. The service area covers the City of Urbana and the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Job Summary:
The Fire Chief is the executive-level position responsible for the administration and management of the Urbana Fire Rescue Services; plans, directs, coordinates, and administers operational firefighting, fire prevention programs, rescue calls and training activities; responsible for ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The incumbent in this position is responsible for staffing, training, budgeting, and other administrative duties. The Chief is also responsible for representing the department to federal, state, county, and local public agencies and the public.

Qualifications include:
Knowledge typically acquired through completion of a bachelor's degree in Fire Science, Business Administration, Political Science, or Public Administration from an institution accredited by a DOE recognized accreditation body and five years of responsible management experience in a municipal Fire Command position, or equivalent experience in a municipal department of comparable size.

Knowledge of principles, practices, and procedures of modern fire administration. Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of progressive fire administration including organization, administration, budgetary preparation and controls, program planning, implementation and administration, and staff management training.

Knowledge of the Insurance Service Office (I.S.O.) rating system to develop Fire prevention and training programs, efficient equipment and stations, and pre-fire plans to maintain a favorable I.S.O. class rating for lower insurance premiums for the community.

Thorough understanding and working knowledge of the Incident Command System.

Knowledge of the Insurance Service Office (I.S.O.) rating system to develop fire prevention and training programs, efficient equipment and stations, and pre-fire plans to maintain a favorable I.S.O. class rating for lower insurance premiums for the community.

Thorough understanding and working knowledge of the Incident Command System.

Ability to maintain harmonious relationships with elected officials, municipal officials and the general public.

Ability to make quick, safe, and efficient decisions with sound judgment and effective results.

Ability to provide leadership and make sound decisions in directing the operations of staff and equipment under emergency conditions

Preferred Qualifications:
Graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy.

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Working Conditions:
Work is performed in a combination of environments, including: office, vehicle, emergency and non-emergency field conditions. Field command will be necessary in suppression assignments. All positions may on occasion be called upon to perform strenuous activity associated with an emergency field response. May work unusual and prolonged schedule during emergencies, seasonally-caused circumstances or special projects; may be exposed to varying climates or hot and cold temperature conditions while in the field. The Fire Chief is expected to be available and/or reachable twenty-four hours per day, 365 days per year, with the exception of scheduled leaves of absence and/or scheduled vacation time.

Residency Requirement:
As a condition of continued employment, all department heads must establish and maintain residency in the City of Urbana within six months of appointment.

Salary and Benefits:
The salary for this position has been established at $94,785.60 to $100,464 with a generous benefits package. Additional benefit information can be found in the Vacancy Announcement.

About the Urbana Fire Department:
For more information on the City of Urbana Fire Department, visit the Department's webpage at:

About Urbana:
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Application Procedure:
Applications are accepted electronically at

until Friday, July 12, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. CST. Applications must be submitted online. Hard copy application packets will not be accepted in lieu of applying through the online process. However, persons who believe they are qualified under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) may request a reasonable accommodation to participate in the recruitment process. The request must be received by Human Resources with sufficient time prior to the final filing deadline, to allow for the request to be considered through the interactive process.

Required Application Materials:
1) Application for the position completed in its entirety.

2) A cover letter which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. The cover letter limit is 2 pages with at least 11-point font and 1/2 inch margins. Your cover letter should address your interest in and qualifications for this job. Please be specific and detailed in describing experience, abilities, and accomplishments as they relate to this position's requirements and major duties as described in the announcement.

3) A current CV/resume. The resume limit is 2 pages with at least 11 point font and 1/2 inch margins.

4) The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references.

Selection Process:
Only complete applications submitted by the closing date for this announcement will be given consideration. Immediately after you submit your application you should receive an e-mail that confirms that you have successfully submitted an application for this position. If you do not, try submitting again until you receive the confirmation e-mail. Depending on your browsers security settings, be sure to check your junk mail folder for e-mail communications from the City of Urbana.

Applications will be pre-screened for minimum qualifications to determine eligibility to participate. Those applicants invited to interview will be notified electronically at the e-mail address provided by each candidate through application process. Therefore, it is the applicant's responsibility to provide an accurate e-mail address and to allow their inbox to receive e-mails in regard to this recruitment. In-person interviews are tentatively slated for early to mid-August.

Urbana Welcomes Diversity!

We foster an environment that values and encourages mutual respect, inclusion of all people, and utilizing differences and similarities as an organizational asset.


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