The City of San Marcos Fire Department, located in North County San Diego, is accepting applications for the position of Fire Division Chief through 5:30pm, March 30, 2018.



In San Marcos, we're looking for someone ready to step up, take initiative and get things done all while exemplifying the department's core values of integrity, competency, leadership, safety and customer service. Specifically as Fire Division Chief, you will maintain a standard of excellence bestowed upon you by San Marcos residents and Fire Chief. As a public servant, you will be on the frontlines--not only when emergencies demand it, but also as a mentor and advocate for community safety. You'll be relied on to collaborate frequently with other city departments, provide direct support to the Fire Chief, and effectively resolve sensitive and controversial issues on behalf of the City. And because you'll be serving a city that values innovation and vision, you'll be expected to stay on top of the industry's latest technology and trends, while having the opportunity to apply your knowledge to pioneer more effective business processes and service deployment. As a department leader, you will assume fiscal responsibility of city resources, while being entrusted with the development of staff and maintaining operational readiness. You will be held accountable to the highest standards of personal conduct, accountability and expertise. You will be expected to be a team player--pitching in whenever and wherever duty calls.

Under administrative direction, directs, manages, supervises, and coordinates the activities and operations of the assigned Division within the Fire Department including operations, training, facility/equipment maintenance, fire prevention, disaster preparedness, public education and related programs and services; responds to emergency incidents; coordinates assigned activities with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies; and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Fire Chief.


Recruitment and Exam Process:

-Completed applications and required submitted certifications and documents must be submitted by 5:30pm, March 30, 2018.

-Invited qualified candidates will be invited to the Examination phase on April 13, 2018. The exam process will include:

-Technical Panel Interview

-Command Simulation Assessment

-Management Panel Interview: During this portion of the exam phase, candidates should prepare and be prepared to discuss his / her 30-60-90 day professional work plan to successfully transition into this key position. Additionally, discussion may be based on specific responses included in the candidate's submitted supplemental question responses.

-Candidates who have successfully completed the exam phase will attend a Chief's Interview on April 17, 2018.

** In addition to the completed application, applicants are required to submit a resume, copies of required licenses and certifications and submit answers to the supplemental questionnaire as an attached PDF for consideration of this position.


The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.


-Assumes management responsibility for assigned programs, activities and operations of the Department including operations, facility/equipment maintenance, and related programs and services.

-Manages and participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned programs and services; recommends and administers policies and procedures.

-Monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; recommends, within departmental policy, appropriate service and staffing levels.

-Participates in the selection of, trains, motivates, and evaluates assigned personnel; works with employees on performance issues in coordination with Human Resources; responds to staff questions and concerns and termination procedures.

-Manages the purchasing, maintenance, and inventory of all fire related equipment, vehicles, and property including communication equipment, vehicles and related equipment, and safety equipment; establishes replacement schedules for equipment, vehicles and property; ensures budgets support replacement schedules.

-Coordinates Fire Prevention Bureau activities with other programs of the Fire Department and with other divisions/departments within the City.

-Reviews development and construction activities that affect the City's loss management program, including plan checks of building construction, fire alarm systems, fire sprinkler and other fire protection systems.

-Inspects or has subordinates inspect all places where fire hazards may exist including difficult and complicated occupancies; enforces state and local laws, ordinances and regulations pertaining to the prevention and control of fire, the protection of life and property from fire, explosion or panic.

-Oversees and participates in management of fire scene cause and origin investigations.

-Oversees the Department's Weed Abatement, engine company inspection, City Emergency Plan, CERT/Metronet and Trauma Support Programs.

-Oversees the Department's Fire and Disaster Education Program including Juvenile Fire Setter, Public Education and Public Information.

-Provides recommendations to the Fire Chief regarding the City's Loss Management Program and provides other technical assistance as needed.

-Instructs, supervises and assists in the work of fire inspection and the enforcement of all ordinances, and the transportation, storage and handling of explosives, flammable liquids, compressed gases, acids and other combustible and/or hazardous materials that create fire or health hazards.

-Plans, directs, coordinates, and reviews the work plan for assigned prevention staff; assigns work activities, projects, and programs; reviews and evaluates work products, methods, and procedures; meets with staff to identify and resolve problems.

-Oversees and participates in the development and administration of assigned Division's annual budget; participates in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitors and approves expenditures; implements adjustments.

-Participates in facilities planning for the Fire Department; coordinates construction of new facilities as necessary.

-Provides staff assistance to the Fire Chief.

-Serves as the liaison for assigned Division to other divisions, departments, and outside agencies; negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues.

-Serves as staff on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.

-Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of fire prevention, suppression, training, and management.

-Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.

-Responds to emergency incidents or the City's Emergency Operations Center as needed.

-Performs other related duties as required.



The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.


Knowledge of:
Fire ground tactics and strategy; emergency incident management, specifically the Incident Command System (ICS); principles of incident safety; automatic and mutual aid agreements; hazardous materials incident management; and confined space and technical rescue techniques; principles and practices of program development and administration; principles and practices of training program development and implementation; fire science theory, principles, and practices and their application to a wide variety of emergency service operations including fire suppression, fire prevention, and fire investigation; principles and practices of Disaster Preparedness, Emergency Management and Homeland Security program development and administration; operational characteristics of fire apparatus and equipment including Code 3 driving techniques; modern fire loss and fire prevention principles, methods and practices; geography and street layout of the City and surrounding area; laws and regulations pertaining to fire and emergency medical services operations; Personal Protective Equipment; office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases; departmental Policy and Procedures, Manual of Operations; principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration; principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation; pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations; algebraic and arithmetic computations; English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation.


Ability to:
Oversee and participate in the management of fire suppression, prevention, emergency medical services, training and disaster preparedness program services and activities; perform competently in dynamic, highly stressful situations; command fire department staff and operate vehicles and radios; work extended hours and days to meet operational needs; oversee, direct, and coordinate the work of lower level staff; select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff; effectively work with contractors and manage contract agreements; analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals; participate in the development and administration of division goals, objectives and procedures; prepare and administer large program budgets; prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports; meet and deal tactfully and effectively with the public in all types of situations; collect, analyze and evaluate data and be able to prepare and deliver clear and concise written and oral management reports; react quickly and calmly in all types of emergency situations; speak effectively before public gatherings; research, analyze and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques; operate modern office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications; interpret and apply federal, state and local policies, laws and regulations; demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity of the community; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; work cooperatively with other departments, City officials, and outside agencies; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.



Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in fire science, fire administration, public administration or other related field is highly desirable upon appointment. A bachelor's degree is required for continued employment as a Division Chief. Candidates who do not have this requirement at time of appointment are required to file an education plan, approved by the Fire Chief and are required to provide quarterly updates until the completion of the bachelor's degree. Successful completion of an accredited bachelor's degree program is required within two (2) years of the date of appointment, not to exceed four (4) years from the original San Marcos Battalion Chief appointment date, if applicable. 


Eight years of increasingly responsible experience in an agency providing a full range of urban fire protection services including two years of management and administrative responsibility at the level of Battalion Chief.

Highly desirable experience: Three years of command-leadership experience as a Division, Assistant or Deputy Chief with a blend of field operations and administrative skills and abilities.

License or Certificate

-Possession of Class C (Firefighter Endorsement)

-Valid driver's license with satisfactory driving record

-Possession of CPR Certificate

-Possession of Hazardous Materials First Responder Incident Command Certificate

-Possession of Strike Team Leader Certificate

-Possession of Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Fire Officer certifications issued by the State of California

-Chief Officer certificate issued by the State of California recommended.


Special Requirements
Any person hired as a Fire Division Chief after July 1, 1992, shall be required to remain a nonsmoker throughout their employment as a member of the San Marcos Fire Department. The Fire Division Chief shall have no Federal or State felony convictions and must live within the Department residency boundary.


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