Fire Chief

Argonne National Laboratory - Lemont, Illinois

Jul 21, 2022

Application Deadline:
Dec 30, 2022

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$To be discussed annual

Job Description

Argonne National Laboratory is seeking a Fire Chief who will be responsible for the effective supervision, management, and coordination of emergency operations for the Argonne Fire Department. In this role you will act as the Chief Fire Department Official responsible for maintaining the requirements for the fire protection program, fire department services and medical response at a Department of Energy (DOE) site.

Responsibilities include:

  • The Fire Chief is the Department Manager of the Argonne Fire Department, which is within the Environment, Safety, Health and Quality (ESHQ) division, reporting directly to the Emergency Services Manager.
  • Provide the Argonne Fire Department with guidance, direction, leadership, and support to ensure successful accomplishment of department goals and objectives.
  • Build collaborative and positive relationships with those he or she leads to include other Laboratory stakeholders and external partner organizations. Actively working to build and sustain high trust relationships is paramount.
  • Commitment to promoting an inclusive environment that welcomes and encourages ideas and feedback from the team.
  • Present best practices to Leadership and implement procedures to the Fire Department.
  • Focus on the people side of change management, including changes to business processes, systems and technology, job roles and organization structures.
  • Administration of training, fire prevention and dispatch functions, prioritizing and assigning work, performance management, employee relations, and other related activities for Argonne Fire Department.
  • Provide leadership, mentoring, and assistance to employees for professional development.
  • Capability of operating with limited supervision in hazardous situations and a variety of other assigned duties associated with fire and rescue.
  • Ensures prompt provision of emergency medical care to ill or injured persons.
  • Follow regulations and processes in Title 10, Code of Federal Regulations 851, Worker Safety and Health Program, DOE Order 420.1C, (Chg. 3) Facility Safety, and DOE Standard 1066, Fire Protection, 2016 Edition (DOE-STD-1066).
  • This role is required to be on-site in Lemont, Illinois five days per week.

This description documents the general nature of work but is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all activities, duties and responsibilities required of job incumbent. Performing Fire Chief duties may require off hours response as necessary to meet laboratory operational requirements. Consequently, job incumbent may be required to perform other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

++Required Knowledge, Skills & Experience:++

  • Ability to respond as part of the Laboratory’s coordinated emergency response team, which may include off hours.
  • Experience in management, i.e., budget and resource management, leading/managing a team of professionals, managing labor relations.
  • Knowledge of basic fiscal management principles and awareness of the cost of emergency response supplies and services.
  • Ability to effectively communicate (written and verbal) problems and solutions to employees and management.
  • Ability to prioritize, plan and communicate objectives in a time-sensitive environment, while maintaining the ability to remain flexible and adjust to changing situations.
  • Experience with public speaking and presenting to executive leadership.
  • Ability to work independently or collaborate with others to make sound judgments and decisions, and to maintain effective interpersonal relationships.
  • Ability to model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork.
  • Must be a Certified or Provisional Fire Officer II or Advanced Fire Officer as established by the Illinois State Fire Marshall’s Office at the time of application; and possess NIMS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700 and 800 certificates.
  • Must be able to meet the medical screening requirements established by the Department of Energy for the position.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain all HSPD-12 badging requirements
  • Ability to lead and execute the duties of a Fire Chief under the governance of the DOE.

++The preferred candidate will possess:++

  • Knowledge of hazardous materials and specialty emergency response, Incident Command System, training program development and management, fire protection and prevention, and medical emergencies.
  • Demonstrated progressive fire service responsibility.
  • Chief Fire Officer (CFO) designation is desired.

Job Requirements

  • Age: 18+
  • Education: High school
  • Experience: Fire Chief

Contact Information

Melissa Velazquez

Argonne National Laboratory
Lemont, Illinois 60439
phone: 630.252.2403

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