The position of Fire Chief is an at-will appointment and serves at the pleasure of the City Administrator. The newly selected Fire Chief will assume command of a department with a commitment to providing excellent service. In addition to providing oversight and leadership for the day-to-day operational and administrative activities of the Department, he/she will serve as the top technical advisor to the City on disaster management, and EMS issues. The Chief is also responsible for establishing and maintaining a positive employee and labor relations climate, and for the proper and efficient use of both human and financial resources.
The Ideal Candidate
The selected candidate as the next Fire Chief will:
?Be an experienced fire service leader who possesses outstanding interpersonal, organizational, and leadership skills.
?Be open and honest and possess a reputation as a competent, fair, and consistent leader.
? Have a sound record of ethical and professional conduct. ? Be politically astute, yet apolitical and able to thrive in
a complex regional environment.
?Demonstrate and promote the highest standards of personal and professional conduct.
?Establish positive relationships with employees throughout the organization and place a high value on the professional development of staff.
? Be considered an innovative leader within the fire service and be recognized for being an ongoing contributor to the advancement of the profession.
?Have extensive experience with sound and effective labor relations.
? Have the ability to make organizational changes that improve the operational and administrative effectiveness of the Department.
? Have a reputation for establishing and maintaining a high level of trust between management and rank and file.
? Be able to formulate long-range plans that communicate future vision, direction, and leadership expectations.
?Have an understanding of policy decision-making, including working with elected officials and local, State, and Federal agencies.
? Have an ability to manage and recruit a diverse staff while providing personnel management including the ability to coordinate and delegate, supervise, train, and develop staff, assess staff capabilities, handle/ prevent personnel problems, and optimize staff skills and communication.
? Be comfortable working with a variety of individuals at any level in the organization.
? Possess excellent writing skills, a highly articulate oral communicative style, and the ability to clearly explain complex issues to a wide variety of constituents.
In summary, qualified candidates will excel in providing executive leadership and guidance to the community.
Opportunities and Challenges
The new Fire Chief will need to address a number of opportunities and challenges that will require inspired leadership, diplomacy, collaboration, and creative problem- solving including:
? Studying the feasibility of a regional fire dispatch center;
?Identifying and incorporating state of art technology tools to manage the Department in a more effective and efficient manner;
? Enhancing relationships with partner agencies on the regional, state, and national level;
?Developing and implementing succession planning throughout the organization and implementing improved programs to recruit, train, and retain qualified women and minorities;
? Instilling strong leadership characteristics at all command levels and developing future leaders;
?Conducting an operations and resources allocation analysis to update deployment goals and objectives where appropriate, consistent with modern firefighting and emergency response systems;
? Ensuring utmost safety and well-being for all members of Santa Barbara Fire;
? Serving as a valued member of the Executive Management Team and working effectively with other departments throughout the City; and
? Ensuring adherence to the mission of enhancing public safety and meeting the evolving needs of the community served.
Experience and Education
Education: A Bachelor?s degree with major coursework in public administration, business administration, or a related field is required. However, a combination of education and experience will be considered at the sole discretion of the City. An advanced degree is a plus combined with a track record of success.
Experience: This position requires significant and progressively responsible executive fire command experience in a comparable or larger fire department.
With a passion for public service and a proven track record of success, top candidates will have achieved an outstanding career in fire service and a progressively responsible senior level career path with demonstrated accomplishments, including major incident command and emergency management planning.
Review and Evaluation of
Working with Ralph Andersen & Associates, the City of Santa Barbara will give serious consideration to all qualified candidates who apply and demonstrate executive level experience in an organization of similar relative complexities. An understanding of key issues faced in such urban environments will be of significant importance to the City. The review and evaluation of qualifications will be at the discretion of the City, based on the most appropriate combination of experience and education that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities required by the position and that fits the needs of Santa Barbara.
The successful candidate will be offered a very competitive salary with an outstanding benefits package. The current range is $176,459 ? $214,488. Benefits include:
? Retirement ? CalPERS: ?Classic? members 3%@ 50, employee contributes 9%. ?New? members 2.7% @ 57, employee contributes 12.75%.
? Health Insurance ? Insurance includes medical, dental, and vision benefits available under a Cafeteria 125 Plan. The employee receives an annual allotment of $20,616 ($1,718 monthly). If the allotted amount is not fully utilized for benefits coverage, the employee will receive the remaining balance in ?cash back.?
? Vacation ? Accrued at the rate of 160 hours per year, credit for prior public service will be considered.
? Sick Leave ? Accrued at the rate of 96 hours per year, credit for prior public service will be considered.
? Management Leave ? 40 hours per year each July 1st (pro-rated the first year).
? Personal Leave ? 32 hours per year each July 1st (pro- rated the first year).
? Holidays ? 10 paid holidays (80 hours) per calendar year.
Deferred Compensation ? 457 Savings Plans are available.
? Life Insurance ? Provided equal to one-year salary. ?Car Allowance ? Monthly allowance of $589 is provided.
The starting salary extended to the top candidate will reflect the candidate?s work experience and track record of career success. Moving and relocation expenses are negotiable. Questions regarding more specific details of the compensation package may be directed to Ralph Andersen & Associates.
The Selection Process
To be considered, candidates must submit a compelling cover letter, resume, and six professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply early in the process for optimal consideration. The closing date for this position is Monday, September 17, 2018.
Ralph Andersen & Associates will conduct the initial evaluation of submitted materials to determine the best overall match with the established criteria as outlined in this recruitment profile. The selection process may also involve a supplemental questionnaire. Only a select group of highly qualified candidates will be invited to interview. It is anticipated that the new Fire Chief will join the City in late-November or early-December, or at a mutually agreeable date.
Should you have any questions regarding this position or the recruitment process, please call Mr. Lamont Ewell at (916) 630-4900. Confidential inquiries are welcomed.