State of Massachusetts Director, MA Firefighting Academy in Stow, Massachusetts
The Department of Fire Services seeks a Director who is a seasoned manager in an environment of similar complexity who can provide effective leadership, communication, and management to a specialized training organization steeped in tradition. This is not a learning position.
The next Director needs to be:
• Able to demonstrate unquestioned integrity in interactions with staff, state and local officials and students.
• Able to communicate effectively and build consensus among all elements of the Academy, DFS and fire services; a diplomatic approach to communication is required.
• Able to work cooperatively within the department on the establishment of annual goals and objectives for the Academy and its departments, update the Fire Marshal and staff on progress and actively participate in the annual review of results and operations.
• Able and willing to play a highly visible role in the fire services community. The ideal candidate must participate broadly across the leadership structure of the services and be a champion of the Academy.
• Comfortable engaging directly with fire service professionals, Academy management and staff, other division managers of DFS, the Massachusetts Fire Training Council and when called upon, Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, state legislature, and other state and national agencies, organizations and media. The Director must have sufficient direct engagement with the fire service community so that he/she can gain thorough understanding of the fire services culture.
• Able and willing to work openly with Academy program coordinators and instructors. A direct, collegial, facilitative style that fosters joint problem solving is needed. The Director can have no agenda beyond being professional and ensuring that service delivery meets the Academy's goals for delivering a comprehensive statewide training system.
• Able to be a vocal and positive spokesperson for the Academy at public forums, state agencies and with the media. The successful candidate must be able to use the status inherent in the Director's position to advance the Academy's goals.
• Able to assume a strong organizational management role. He/she needs to delegate, while maintaining strict accountability. The successful candidate must be direct, facilitative, and clear.
• Able to create and sustain a goal-oriented environment by establishing, maintaining and promoting effective policies and initiatives. The Director will be a genuinely inclusive leader who is capable of exerting influence and direction in a manner that shares successes with elected officials, superiors, subordinates, and the professional community.
The Director must be:
• Able to lead a training organization, recognizing that the staff and instructors are the subject matter experts, working with them to develop and support training programs.
• A person who can be a visionary for the Academy and the Fire Service, be innovative and open, while anticipating future needs.
• Able to analyze fire and emergency first responder skill development needs and, working with the other divisions within DFS, develop and deliver the training component. This includes anticipating future training needs, developing appropriate curriculum in a timely manner, and delivering courses with highly competent instructors.
• Capable of formulating plans and strategies for the development, expansion, and construction of the agency's Bridgewater facility through interaction with the Commonwealth's Division of Capital Asset Management and work with fire departments with training facilities to provide more localized training.
• Able to provide direction for statewide training of fire service personnel as a member of the Massachusetts Fire Training Council.
• Able to develop and monitor budgets, make decisions about resources, revenue and expenditures. Identify potential grant sources, develop applications in accordance with grant standards, obtain funding, and oversee the dispersal of funds received.
• Willing to work closely with the Superintendent of the National Fire Academy, National Association of Fire Training Directors and other regional, state and national training organizations to identify trends and respond to them through the development and delivery of state of the art training. Provide leadership within the educational community for the standardization of fire science curriculum and granting of credits for fire and emergency training.
• Able to share in the development of DFS-wide policies and procedures, risk management, goals and objectives and participate in the DFS overall program planning activities as a member of DFS senior management.
• In possession of a Bachelor's degree in Education, Business, Fire Science, Engineering Science or a related field or its equivalency in a combination of training education and experience, and five years of experience in an educational or training environment of which at least one year in a managerial capacity. A Master's degree is preferred.
The Academy is a division of the Department of Fire Services, the sole agency in state government responsible for the overall policy, leadership and coordination of state fire safety, training, enforcement and response services. By statute, the State Fire Mashal is the head of the department, which in addition to the Academy, included four other divisions: Division of Fire Safety; Hazardous Materials Response Division; Special Operations Division and Administrative Services Division.
The Academy employs 16 full-time personnel with responsibilities supporting the Academy including administration, registration, scheduling, certification and training programs. Additionally, the Academy employs over 400 part-time instructors, primarily active or retired members of fire services who conduct the training programs serving approximately 14,000 firefighters and fire officers each year.
MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) five years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, supervisory or managerial experience in business administration, business management, or public administration and (B) of which at least one year must have been in a managerial capacity.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Job: *Public Safety
Organization: *Department of Fire Services
Title: Director, MA Firefighting Academy
Location: Massachusetts-Stow-State Road
Requisition ID: 2000089W