Website Village of Flossmoor

The Position

The Village is seeking an experienced and innovative fire service and EMS professional with proven leadership abilities to oversee the management and operations of the organization. The position requires strong communication and interpersonal skills as well as experience in employee relations, budgeting, and policy development.  The new Fire Chief must have a creative vision for the future along with the ability to navigate the challenges of day-to-day operations. A commitment to high professional standards is required and experience with a fire department of similar size is important. A management style that combines a focus towards change and results, along with an open, mentoring, inclusive and flexible approach, will be essential for success in this role.

The ideal candidate must have experience working in a combination fire department. The Fire Chief must treat citizens and co-workers with the highest level of respect and customer service; be approachable, responsive, accountable and friendly internally and externally.

The Fire Chief is responsible for the operational leadership of the department to include ensuring department employees are trained and deployed appropriately to protect the public, overseeing employee relations and preparing the department to respond to emerging trends and issues in the fire protection and emergency medical services industry. The Fire Chief supervises Building and Zoning Department activities with respect to fire protection, identifying and correcting on-site construction problems as well as representing the Building and Zoning Administrator in his absence.

The Fire Chief is a member of the Village’s leadership staff and represents the Village in interagency relationships including regional, state and federal functions. The Fire Chief is appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Board of Trustees and reports directly to the Village Manager.


Candidates must possess broad and extensive experience in firefighting, including at least ten (10) years of fire department related experience with a minimum of five (5) years at a command level in an organization of similar size and complexity to the Village of Flossmoor Fire Department or any applicable qualifications as referenced in the Illinois State Statute related to the hiring of a fire chief.


The education required for the position will consist of the following:

  • State of Illinois Fire Officer II or Advanced Fire Officer.
  • Associates degree in Fire Science OR
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in fire science, public or business administration or a related field.

Highly desirable education includes, but is not limited to:

  • A master’s degree in Public Administration, Organization Management and/or Business Administration.
  • State of Illinois Fire Officer III or Chief Fire Officer
  • Successful completion of the Executive Fire Officer (EFO) offered by the National Fire Academy.

Additional Qualifications

Experience in strategic planning, interpretation and enforcement of policies, rules, regulations, standards, strong awareness to the safety of the department’s personnel, ability to develop goals and objectives, and priorities for the organization. The fire chief must possess well-developed writing and public speaking abilities; the ability to mentor and foster leadership roles within the framework of a combination department with experience in succession planning. The fire chief must possess the necessary people skills to maintain a harmonious relationship with other municipal departments, outside agencies and the public.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary range is $113,471—$141,839. Placement within this range is dependent upon experience and qualifications of the selected individual. The Village also provides a generous benefit package.  Within one year of becoming chief, it is preferred that the successful candidate reside within the Village of Flossmoor.

The application closing date is December  23, 2020 5:00pm . Successful candidates will participate in an Assessment Center process tentatively scheduled for January 26, 2021. Interested and qualified candidates should apply at once, with a resume together with a letter summarizing your qualifications, education (please include copies of your advanced education degrees/chief-officer level certifications), professional accomplishments, and a description of the size of the department(s) including staffing, call volume, population, and square miles served where you have gained experience in confidence to the Department’s Executive Search Consultant.

All Candidates submitting materials for consideration are REQUIRED to complete an on-line application: Village of Flossmoor Employment Application



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