Deputy Fire Chief
Mountain View, CA

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Comprehensive benefits package including generous paid leave, health, & CalPERS retirement (3% at 50 formula for classic members; 2.7% at 57 for new members). Employees contribute 15.366% to CalPERS with no Social Security deduction.*

Are you a driven leader looking to exemplify the model of a Deputy Fire Chief in a thriving, innovative environment? We are recruiting an exceptional Command Officer to contribute to the organization, working under the direction of the Fire Chief, to fill this essential role and provide direction for duties and activities associated with operations and support services. This new position, established in 2012 is a unique opportunity for a rising leader to impact and support the Mountain View Fire Department. The Deputy Fire Chief will play an integral role planning, organizing and directing a wide variety of general and special staff assignments; serve as a key member of the Fire Department's senior management team; supervise of Battalion Chiefs assigned to operations; and act on behalf of the Fire Chief in his absence.

Ideal Candidate

Our model candidate will match the Fire Chief’s strong philosophy of continuous growth, succession planning and positive labor management relations. The Deputy Chief must be a professional who can demonstrate the ability to think strategically to anticipate and approach issues consistent with the Fire Department’s mission. This individual will be adept at supervising and directing a large staff and effectively managing emergency scene resources. Interaction with a variety of City staff, from subordinates to executives, as well as community groups requires a candidate with excellent communication skills. Candidates should possess a minimum of 5 years of broad and increasingly responsible experience in fire suppression, fire prevention, hazardous materials and emergency medical care work, with at least 2 years supervisory experience at a Battalion Chief level. Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in fire administration or fire technology, business administration, public administration or a closely related field and must possess, or obtain, a valid California driver’s license within 30 days of appointment. In addition, a State Board of Fire Services (or equivalent) certification as a Fire Officer is highly desirable.

Our City and Department

We provide a full range of services to a diverse community of approximately 74,000 residents. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, we pride ourselves on having attractive and well-built residential communities that are well served with neighborhood parks and playgrounds, recreational facilities, quality education, and convenient shopping. We are home to a solid small-business base as well as many of the world’s most pioneering organizations. With an operating budget just shy of $100 million, our dedicated employees work together to achieve one mission: provide quality services and facilities that meet the needs of a caring and diverse community in a financially responsible manner.

The City of Mountain View Fire Department mission is to save lives and property, protect the environment and minimize the risk of fire and natural disaster by translating service requests into action and investing in education, training and prevention. Our department has been providing services to the community since it was founded on April 1, 1874 as a volunteer fire brigade. Today, the Mountain View Fire Department provides services to our 74,000 residents in a 12 square mile area and responds to over 4,800 calls each year. The Department operates out of five stations with five engine companies; one rescue unit, one ladder truck, and one cross staffed HAZ MAT unit with 86 full-time personnel, including Suppression Division, Fire & Environmental Protection Division, and Administrative Division employees. We encourage a collaborative, team-based approach for interpersonal relations, projects and challenges in the workplace; and promote a culture of sustainability, wellness, continuous learning, professional growth and career advancement.

Application and Selection Process

Applicants must submit a City application and a résumé outlining qualifications to the Human Resources Division, City of Mountain View, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View, California, 94041, (650) 903-6309, or can apply online at . Applications and résumés must be received in the Human Resources Division by 5:00 p.m., Friday, December 6, 2013 . (Postmarks, faxes, emails and interoffice mail will not be accepted if not received by the filing deadline.) Application and resume screening will be part of the examination process. Based on the application screening, those candidates with the most relevant qualifications will be invited to an oral interview (weighted 100 percent), tentatively scheduled for the week of January 13, 2014. Additional interviews may be required. Depending on the number of applications, the above process may be altered.

Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully complete a medical exam and an extensive preemployment background process, including employment verification and a fingerprint check. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose a conviction will result in disqualification or termination.

Candidates with a disability which may require special assistance in any phase of the application or testing process should advise the Human Resources Division upon submittal of the application. Documentation of the need for accommodation must accompany the request. The City of Mountain View is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

*Incentive pay beyond posted salary range may be awarded for meritorious performance.