Shift Commander: North Chicago Illinois Deadline November 6, 2015

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Shift Commander

Deadline: November 6, 2015

Salary: $86,657.00 – $103,534.00 Annually

Job Description:

This is a full time, shift assigned management position working a 24-hours on / 48-hours off schedule, normally consisting of a 56 hour workweek.  Under the direction of the Fire Chief this position is responsible for planning, organizing, supervising, and directing activities of employees on an assigned shift, often through a subordinate supervisor (Lieutenant). These activities include fire suppression; training; maintaining equipment, supplies, and fire stations; pre-planning for fires; implementing departmental and City personnel policies; educating the public, and conducting fire inspections. Incumbent is responsible for the welfare of personnel in his/her command and civilians during incidents, is responsible for the passing of pertinent emergency scene information prior to proper release of command to a superior officer, responsible for purchasing as the need arises, and to limit such purchasing as established by department procedures. The position requires a broad knowledge of fire department administration, modern firefighting, and fire prevention methods and techniques in making proper determinations on varied work problems encountered.  Work is reviewed through submission of reports and through discussions and conferences with the Fire Chief.

Essential Functions:

Provides employees with a positive role model; supervises, directs, and evaluates personnel; handles employee concerns and problems; investigates complaints, and counsels employees.

1  Assists the Fire Chief in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and priorities of operations.

2  Assumes Incident Command or otherwise functions in a leadership role for fires or other significant incidents or emergencies.

3  Confers, coordinates, and works with other Shift Commanders, other city departments and personnel, and, as necessary, coordinates with other fire agencies.

4  Plans, administers, coordinates, executes, supervises, and delegates activities of fire suppression and rescue, training, medical emergencies, and fire inspections and investigations.

5  Makes strategic decisions concerning fire suppression and medical response including directing, coordinating and supervising companies during emergency operations.

6  Performs routine inspections of fire stations, fire apparatus, and personnel for appearance, cleanliness, safety, and maintenance requirements.

7  Assigns and supervises the work of Firefighters engaged in the maintenance of equipment and grounds at the fire stations during shifts.

8  Responds to major fire/rescue disasters and hazardous material emergencies to act as the Incident Commander unless or until relieved by the Fire Chief.

9  Monitors and analyzes station response times, fire incident reports, and tactics used on fire scenes.

10 Makes personnel decisions, including assignments, schedules and recommendations for discipline, in coordination with the Fire Chief.

11 Supports and coordinates training needs.

12 Coordinates personnel and station activities through the supervision of the Fire Chief.

13 Writes, reviews, and creates accurate records including daily, monthly, and yearly reports.

14 Supervises tests performed on fire hydrants, fire apparatus, and fire hose.

15 Supervises and assigns pre-fire planning.

16 Enforces and trains employees on City and departmental policies.

17 Responsible for the conduct, efficiency, and discipline of personnel assigned to shift.

18 Responsible for evaluation and critique of major incidents.

19 Monitors shift personnel’s sick leave, duty exchanges, and vacation time in cooperation with the Management Analyst.

20 Record all departmental activities that occurred during the shift.

21 Investigate any complaints received during the shift.

22 Facilitates problem solving and develops strategies for cost efficiencies, performs other department related activities, and program oversight as assigned by the Fire Chief.

23 Responsible for coordination and continuity between shifts while maintaining a positive work environment and demonstrating knowledge of sound people skills in carrying out the mission of the department.

24 Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

The incumbent must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities in order to successfully perform the essential functions:

1   Be a citizen of the United States.

2  Minimum of ten (10) years of employment with the City as a full-time Firefighter/Paramedic. Station management and incident command experience is a plus.

3  The equivalent of two years of full-time experience as a Fire Lieutenant in the North Chicago Fire Department.

4  A combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this position is required.

5  Possess a High School Diploma, some college or an Associate’s degree (Bachelor’s degree preferred).

6  Possess a valid and current Illinois Class B Non-CDL Driver’s License.

7  Must be physically able to exert up to 150 pounds of force occasionally and/ or up to 50 pounds frequently, and/or 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

8  Considerable knowledge of and ability to use computer systems and networks, Internet search engines, word processing software, incident reporting software, email, and Windows operating systems.

9  Ability to apply principles of rational systems to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. To interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrammatic, or schedule form.

10           Ability to read, understand and apply manuals, Codes, Ordinances, Standards, Statutes, professional journals, Standard Operating Procedures – including General Orders, and a variety of reports.

11           Ability to prepare work assignments, summaries, reports, and memos, using prescribed formats and conforming to all rules and punctuation, grammar, diction, and style.

12           General understanding of principles underlying the laws and regulations of the municipality.

13           Requires knowledge of geographical layout of municipality;

14           Excellent organizational skills.

15           Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills in dealing with individuals and groups at all levels.

16           Self motivated, disciplined, organized, and reliable.

Innovative, creative, resourceful and independent thinking.

Special Licenses & Requirements:

1  Illinois OSFM Certified Firefighter II / Basic Operations Firefighter

2  Illinois OSFM Certified Firefighter III/Advanced Firefighter (Obtained with-in one year of appointment)

3  Illinois Department of Public Health Paramedic Licensure

4  Illinois OSFM Hazardous Materials Awareness – Operations Illinois OSFM Hazardous Materials Awareness – Operations (Technician Preferred)

5  Illinois OSFM Technical Rescue Awareness

6  Illinois OSFM Fire Officer I Certification

7  Illinois OSFM Fire Officer II Certification

8  OSFM Chief Fire Officer, attendance one year from appointment

9  Successful completion of NIMS/ICS 300 and 400

Any requirement(s), qualification(s) or condition(s) may be modified or waived at the discretion of the Mayor and/or Council.

 How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.

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