Nederland Fire Protection District is seeking a Fire Chief. The Fire Chief is appointed by, and responsible to, the Nederland Fire Protection District Board for the effective, efficient, and legal conduct of the fire department and its employees. Responsibilities include planning, organizing, and directing all aspects of the fire department including supervision and evaluation of all paid and reserve personnel, including employee safety, training, and job performance. The Chief also develops and proposes to the Board the department’s annual budget and is responsible for development and implementation of a strategic vision.
In addition to being an experienced fire fighter, the Fire Chief must be a skilled administrator and proven leader. A variety of issues come across the desk of the Chief which include personnel and budget issues. The next Chief will need to demonstrate the ability to lead, motivate, and support the healing of a team that has been divided in the past.
Further, the Fire Chief will need to demonstrate sensitivity to the community. He or she must be open and thoughtful in addressing a variety of different perspectives and opinions from the public and the Town, with a focus on developing relationships and finding common ground.
Internally, the Chief will seek to actively bridge administrative and operational issues, with a focus on modernizing processes and procedures. He or she will value the perspective of employees and work collaboratively to ensure a safe, motivated, and professional workforce, including providing training opportunities and offering succession planning strategies. At the same time, the Chief will think strategically about the department’s needs and develop a long-term vision for the department.