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Monday, February 10, 2014

Santa Barbara County Fire Department Accepting Applications For Deputy Fire Chief #CaFire #FireJobs

We are looking for a leader who places a high value on Commitment, Courage, Integrity, Innovation, Teamwork, and Service to join our leadership team and in support of our vision to be a model public safety agency, widely recognized for our effectiveness, regional strength, and community attentiveness.
 Examples of Duties:
The position:
  • This is an at-will executive leadership position which reports directly to the Fire Chief.
  • As second in command of our department, this position will directly manage 5 senior managers.
  • Responsible for acting as Fire Chief in his absence.
  • Interfaces with the County CEO and Board of Supervisors at a policy-making level.
  • Develops, implements, and evaluates departmental standards, policies, goals and outcomes.
  • Makes broad policy decisions for the department.
  • Prioritizes and allocates resources within the department; oversees the development of the department budget; balances fiscal priorities among division, projects, and programs.
  • Establishes department performance measurements and assumes accountability for achieving department results.
  • Exercises a high level of independent action and decision making over department operations.

Ideal Candidate Described Below:
  1. Master's Degree in Public Administration, Public Safety, or a related field, OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  2. Experience leading department-wide programs and experience interfacing with a County CEO and Board of Supervisors (or equivalent roles such as City Manager/Council) at a policy-making level.
  3. Experience working on County-wide or statewide committees, working groups, or task forces.
  4. Experience with County, or state contracts and agreements and budget preparation.
  5. Experience with report writing and adept using Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  6. Experience managing work schedules and implementing organizational policy.
  7. Ability to ensure that "big picture" goals and  time-sensitive tasks are achieved.
  8. Ability to inspire, coach, develop, and empower others.
  9. Ability to provide visionary ideas and new opportunities to reach organizational goals.
  10. Currently employed in the State of California for a fire agency of comparable size to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.
 Employment Standards:
  1. Associate's Degree, or equivalent, two years of experience in California as a Fire Battalion Chief or above, and Chief Officer Certification from the California State Fire Marshals Office; or,
  2. Bachelor's Degree, or equivalent, and two years of experience in California as a Battalion Chief or above; and,
  3. The core competencies listed below:
  • Strong Ethical framework upholding public trust, and striving to improve accountability, customer service, and efficiency (County ACE Values).
  • Commitment to public service and performance excellence.
  • Influence, affecting successful outcomes through the use of collaboration, inspiration, innovation, teamwork, and empowering leadership skills.
  • Interpersonal strengths and versatile communication styles to build a rapport and strong relationships with staff, agencies, state organization, public officials, and the community we serve.
  • Resiliency to lead with confidence and assurance, make sound decisions, and take appropriate action in the face of emergency and crisis situations.
  • Intense and passionate about achieving the organization's goals, objectives, mission, and vision.
  • A true Craftsman who creates and executes a vision aligned with organizational goals, takes pride in ownership, and seeks out opportunities to find solutions to organizational challenges.
      4.  A combination of education, training, and work experience that is equivalent to the employment standards listed above.

Note:  Possession of a valid California Driver's License, Class C or higher, with a Fire Fighter endorsement required and current EMT-1 or EMT-P certification.
 Supplemental Information:
Our Department:
Since 1926, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department has served and safeguarded the community from the impacts of fire, medical emergencies, environmental emergencies, and natural disasters through leadership, planning, education, prevention, code enforcement, and all-hazard emergency response.
The Santa Barbara County Fire Department has a rich tradition and commitment to service excellence; we are well equipped, well trained, and experienced.  We have excellent working relationships with other State fire agencies and maintain a reputation as leaders in the region.  Our Fire Chief serves as the Regional Response Coordinator for large scale incidents and the Department holds a permanent seat on California's FIRESCOPE Board of Directors.  We have 285 employees, an annual operating budget of $57 million, and a capital budget of $1.75 million.  Services are provided through 16 fire stations, air operations, heavy equipment, and three offices located throughout Santa Barbara County.  We serve the cities of Buellton, Goleta, and Solvang, private lands, and County unincorporated areas.

A Great Place to Work, Live, and Play:
The County of Santa Barbara occupies 2,774 square miles of land, on-third of which is the Los Padres National Forest, and houses approximately 415,000 residents.  The County has eight cities, substantial open space preserves, and four major urban areas - Santa Barbara Coast, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, and Lompoc Valley.  We have a strong economic base in technology, agriculture, and an expanding vineyard industry that produces some of the world's finest wines.  With its clean air, open space, and mild coastal climate, residents take advantage of limitless year-round recreation options such as golf, biking, boating, surfing, hiking, fishing, and much more.  The Community has a variety of colleges, universities and professional trade schools, and an excellent public school system.

Selection Process:
The selection process will include application/resume screening and supplemental questionnaire screening (if more than 10 qualified candidates).  Successful candidates will participate in selection interviews with the Department.

Applicants are encouraged to provide their e-mail address on their application to enable the Human Resources Department to communicate more quickly with them via e-mail regarding the status of their application and the recruitment process.

The County of Santa Barbara will not release any applicant’s e-mail address to a third party. Appointee may be subject to a post-offer medical evaluation or examination. The appointee must satisfactorily complete a probationary period.

BENEFITS: The County of Santa Barbara offers generous benefits, please visit our website:

The County of Santa Barbara respects and values a diverse workforce and strongly promotes strategies and activities to recruit, develop and retain qualified men and women of varied backgrounds, lifestyles, experiences and races.

*Resume is required as an attachment to the online application.

: Wednesday, February 12, 2014. Applications and job bulletins can be obtained 24 hours a day at In Santa Barbara, applications and job bulletins may be obtained at the Human Resources Department, 1226 Anacapa Street, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. In Santa Maria, applications and job bulletins can be obtained on-line only at the Workforce Resource Center located at 1410 S. Broadway, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Applicants may use county computers at the Workforce Resource Centers to complete online applications and assessments at the following locations:

Workforce Resource Center in Santa Barbara
130 East Ortega Blvd Santa Barbara, CA (805) 568-1296 Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Workforce Resource Center in Santa Maria
1410 South Broadway Santa Maria, CA (805) 614-1550 Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.
Job Title:Deputy Fire Chief
Closing Date/Time:Wed. 02/12/14 5:00 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$116,085.61 - $174,128.42 Annually 
Job Type:Full-time
Location:County of Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, California
Andrea Russell, HR Recruiter

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