NOTICE OF VACANCY – Emergency Response Division Chief – Requisition #191870 – closes 2/5/2019

The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) has an opening for a Full-time Unclassified Emergency Response Division Chief.  This position is in Topeka.  Some travel, including overnight is required.

Duties will include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Plans, organizes and directs all activities of the Emergency Response Division including, but not limited to, negotiating contracts for services provided by fire departments and others at a regional level.
  • Works with the Staff Development Specialist II’s to create and deliver quality hazmat and search and rescue training programs statewide.
  • Develops and maintains a strong communication network between all federal, state and local agencies involved in hazmat and search and rescue.
  • Evaluates and/r suggests revisions to the regulations, policies, procedures and guidelines necessary for the operation of the emergency response program.
  • Develops the division strategic plan.
  • Represents the State Fire Marshal at numerous fire service functions.
  • Serves on committees, advisory boards and work teams to promote hazmat and search and rescue awareness and educate people about the capabilities of the emergency response program.
  • Acts as consultant to the State Fire Marshal and Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal on issues of hazmat and search and rescue.
  • Develops position requirements for response team members and ensures contacting entities have adequately trained and equipped personnel to meet their contractual obligations.
  • Ensures all valid requests for assistance are responded to within designated time frames and in accordance with applicable federal and state laws that govern the activity.

Pay Rate:  $55,000 annually; can vary depending on experience and qualifications.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Two years’ experience in planning, organizing and directing the work of a department, program or agency.
  • Extensive knowledge of chemicals, their flammable or harmful properties, interactions and criteria for their transport.
  • Ability to supervise; coordinate program activities with other agencies and jurisdictions; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; use tack and diplomacy in dealing with people; keep records; prepare reports and formulate division budget.
  • Possess three years of experience in managing, administering and/or supervising human, financial, physical or informational resources and five years’ experience working in some facet of hazmat and search and rescue program administration or response.
  • Must be familiar with all federal and state laws and regulations applicable to hazardous materials and search and rescue responses.
  • Education may be substituted for experience as determined relevant by the agency.

Licenses, Certifications & Registration:  Must have a current, valid Kansas driver’s license.

Performance Standards:  To be successful, the expectation is that a candidate will be able to competently perform the routine tasks of the position with limited supervision within six (6) months of hire date.

HOW TO APPLY:  The application process has 3 STEPS.

STEP 1:  Register by completing the online Personal Data Form (Skip this step if you already have an Applicant ID or Employee ID number.)

STEP 2:  Complete the official State of Kansas application form (please indicate all relevant prior experiences and training on your application) and submit to the Fire Marshal.

STEP 3:  Email the additional required documents to  Include the job requisition number and your last name in the subject line.

Include your name and job requisition number on all correspondence when submitting documents.

Required Documents:

  • Online State of Kansas Application form sent to Fire Marshal
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • College Transcripts
  • valid Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate

send to Brenda Schuette,

Your application will be considered incomplete and you will be found ineligible if you fail to submit the required application and documentation by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

NOTE:  If you lack any of the required experience and want us to consider relevant education, you must provide copies of your college transcripts/certificates before the closing date.


Each applicant applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a valid Kansas Certificate of Tax Clearance by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue’s website.  Your application will be considered incomplete if not submitted by the closing date of the vacancy.

A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual’s account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws.  A Tax Clearance expires every 90 days.  Applicants, including current State employees, are responsible for submitting a valid and up to date certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency.  This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03.  If you need assistance with the tax clearance, please contact 785-296-3199.

Contact Information:

Name:  Brenda L. Schuette

Phone: 785-296-0654


Process for Selection:  Upon receipt of your complete application packet, an evaluation of your qualifications will be conducted, and your status based on the established minimum requirements, necessary special requirements, if applicable, and preferred selection criteria for the specific vacancy will be determined.  Based on your ranking in comparison with other applicants, you may/may not be referred for further consideration and/or possible interview.  If you are not selected for the vacancy, you will be notified within 30 days of the position being filled.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:  The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ensures you the right to reasonable accommodations.  A request for an accommodation will not affect your opportunities for employment with the State of Kansas.  Arrangements will be made if you have a disability that requires an accommodation for completing an application form, interviewing or any other part of the employment process.  It is your responsibility to make your needs known to the OSFM Recruitment Office at 785-296-0654.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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