Fire Chief - 2018-2

City of Ceres - Ceres, CA4.0

$9,530 — $11,583 Monthly

(OPEN: October 1, 2018)

Until Filled - First Review of applicants on November 12, 2018

The City of Ceres is accepting application packets for the position of Fire Chief. The Fire Chief is a regular full-time, administrative, exempt and at-will position. Under general administrative direction, plans, directs, and manages the activities, staffing, resources and operations of the City’s Fire Department; provides and oversees fire suppression and prevention, emergency medical services, disaster responses, community problem-solving, general community support services, and related support services; coordinates assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies; acts as a member of the City Manager’s management team; and provides highly-responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager.


1. Assume full management responsibility for all Fire Department services and activities; manage the development and implementation of departmental goals, objectives, and priorities for each assigned service area; recommend and administer policies and procedures.

2. Establish, within City policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; allocate resources accordingly.

3. Assess and monitor work load, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvement; direct and implement changes .

4. Plan, direct, and coordinate, through subordinate level staff, the Fire Department’s work plan; assign
projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; review and evaluate work methods and procedures; ensure that staff work in a safe and efficient manner, following regulations and other legal requirements; and meet with staff to identify and resolve problems.

5. Select, train, and evaluate assigned personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; and work with employees to correct deficiencies; supervise staff, including the provision of timely performance evaluations, initiate
internal investigations when appropriate and provide corrective action or discipline as needed, up to and
including termination procedures.

6. Oversee and participate in the development and administration of the Department budget; direct the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; approve expenditures and implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.

7. Oversee the acquisition and maintenance of Department equipment and vehicles; and maintain safety
standards for personnel and equipment.

8. Provide staff assistance to the City Manager and City Council; research, prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence; attend City Council and other meetings as required.

9. Represent the Fire Department to other departments, elected officials, outside agencies, boards,
commissions, professional groups and committees; coordinate assigned activities; and ensure responsive,
appropriate service delivery.

10. Attend and participate in professional group meetings; maintain awareness of new trends and developments in the field of fire suppression, fire prevention, EMS and related support services; incorporate new developments as appropriate.

11. Respond to and command fire emergencies or community disasters, as needed; direct and coordinate emergency preparedness and disaster planning and response.

12. Perform related duties as required.

For a list of the knowledge and abilities required and the physical demands and working environment, please visit our web-site at: (Click: Human Resources, Job Descriptions)

Job PDF:
Job Announcement FIRE CHIEF Sept 2018.pdf
Ideal Candidate
Education and Experience Guidelines - 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:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in political science, fire science, behavioral science, business or public administration, or a related field.

Ten years of increasingly responsible fire service experience including five years of management and supervisory responsibility at Battalion Chief level or higher.

License or Certificate:
Possession of an appropriate, valid California driver’s license

Possession of Fire Officer certification (or the out-of-state equivalent for non-CA applicants)

Possession of valid CPR certificate

Desired qualifications:
Master’s degree and/or Executive Fire Officer certification as well as Fire Prevention knowledge

Knowledge of:
Modern principles, practices, operations, services, and activities of a comprehensive municipal fire program.

Advanced principles and practices of program development and administration.

Organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies, and operational needs.

Fire science theory, principles, and practices and their application to a wide variety of emergency service operations including fire suppression, fire prevention, fire investigation, and emergency medical response.

Principles and practices of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.

Use and maintenance of fire apparatus and equipment.

Methods and techniques of effective public relations.

Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.

Principles and practices of municipal organization, administration, personnel management, and labor relations.

Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.

Principles of supervision, training, performance evaluation, and progressive discipline.

Modern office procedures and methods, including computer equipment, word processing, spreadsheet, database, graphic presentations and other specialized software applications, internet, electronic communication usage and methods, and fire computer systems and protocols.

Ability to:
Effectively formulate, organize and administer sound departmental policy in the areas of fire administration, fire suppression, fire prevention, emergency medical services, disaster preparedness, code enforcement, and associated programs, services, and operations.

Develop and administer departmental goals, objectives, and procedures.

Analyze and assess programs, policies, and operational needs and make appropriate adjustments.

Identify and respond to sensitive community and organizational issues, concerns, and needs.

Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of staff.

Delegate authority and responsibility.

Select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff.

Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.

Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques.

Prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports.

Prepare and administer large and complex budgets.

Interpret, apply, and make decisions in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, regulations, and the collective bargaining MOU provisions.

Retain presence of mind and act quickly and calmly in emergency situations.

Effectively use specialized fire tools and equipment including safety equipment.

Effectively present information and respond to questions from staff, management, clients, customers, stakeholders and the general public.

Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.

Mediate and resolve conflicts.

Demonstrate tact and diplomacy.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Operate modern office equipment and computers including applicable software applications.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Meet the physical requirements necessary to safely and effectively perform the assigned duties.

Retirement/Pension: The City offers a generous defined benefit plan pension (membership required) in the Stanislaus County Employees’ Retirement Association (StanCERA), as governed by County Employees’ Retirement Law of 1937 and Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA). “Classic members” (currently or within the last six (6) months a member of StanCERA or subject to reciprocity with another eligible retirement plan, eg. CalPERS) are enrolled in the City’s 3% @ 50 plan; final compensation at retirement is based on the single highest year. Non-classic or “new members” are enrolled in the 2.5% @ 57 plan, and employees are required to pay 50% of the normal contribution rate as prescribed by PEPRA, on a pre-tax basis; final compensation at retirement is based on the average of the three highest salary years. (Reciprocity is not required and you may participate as a second vesting retirement system)

Health: The City contributes toward the combined monthly premiums for medical, dental and vision a maximum of $710, $1,470 or $2,090, dependent on level of medical coverage enrollment. Some of the monthly plan premium options are currently at NO COST to the employee and family! Any employee contributions to health premiums are taken as pre-tax deductions. Employees eligible to waive medical coverage receive $200 per month in additional taxable compensation. Carriers include: Blue Shield HMO, Blue Shield PPO, Kaiser HMO; Stanislaus Foundation Dental and Blue Shield MES Vision.

Base Leave: 12 days sick leave accrued each year with unlimited accrual cap; vacation accrual based on years of service with maximum accrual of 480 hours and 13 paid holidays (including one personal day) each year.

  • Other benefits and leave subject to negotiation
The City also participates in Social Security which requires a 7.65% contribution rate including Medicare.

Special Instructions

1. A cover letter expressing interest.

2. A resume of qualifications.

3. Three (3) letters of recommendation, dated within the past year.

The qualifications of each applicant, as set forth in the application, will be reviewed by a screening committee. A limited number of qualified applicants, possessing the most desirable qualifications may be invited to participate in the subsequent phases of the evaluation process which are oral interviews and/or an assessment exercise.

Note: Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee advancement in the selection process. A more detailed job description and information about the City is available on the City’s web-site at:

SELECTION PROCESS: Applications will be reviewed and candidates who possess the most desirable qualifications will be invited to interview for this position. Interviews are anticipated to be scheduled in late November, 2018. The testing method may consist of a dual oral board panel: (1) technical and (2) community.

HIRING PROCESS: FINGERPRINTING & BACKGROUND: Must pass City-paid, post-offer fingerprint scan which is required before hire. A background investigation, employment and reference check will be conducted.
MEDICAL EXAM: Must pass a post-offer employment fitness medical and/or physical assessment exam and drug screen. At the time of hire, City employees must meet the I9 documentation requirements of the USCIS.

ACCOMMODATIONS: The City of Ceres will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are applicants or employees. If you need an accommodation, you must notify the Human Resources Department in writing prior to the final filing date for this recruitment.

The City of Ceres is an Equal Opportunity Employer