Assistant Fire Chief Job at San Jose, Santa Clara County, California

Assistant Fire Chief

City of San Jose , California

Job Information 



Executive Level


$153,324.00 - $237,150.00 Annually

Application Deadline 


12/04/2020 11:59 PM PST

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


Responding to around 91,000 service calls each year (from 33 fire stations), the San José Fire Department (SJFD) is a high-volume, high-performance, and full-service fire department that serves a diverse city with more than one million residents. SJFD is the emergency service provider for a number of high-hazard occupancies including an international airport, a municipal airport, seven major hospitals (including 3 trauma centers and 7 emergency departments), the SAP Center (a 17,562-seat arena), San José State University, three super-regional malls, 108 high-rise structures, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

SJFD has 711 sworn personnel and a FY 2020-21 operating budget is $263 million and in-progress capital projects including replacement of 3 aging fire stations, 3 new fire stations, and a new fire training facility.

The Assistant Fire Chief is second in command in the Fire Department and assumes full command in the absence of the Fire Chief. To successfully discharge their duties, the Assistant Fire Chief must have in-depth knowledge of the modern principles, practices, and techniques of Fire Department administration, organization, and operation. They must also be keenly familiar with the methods, techniques, and equipment of modern firefighting, medical emergency services and fire inspection and prevention. In addition, they must have hands-on experience with the principles and practices of public administration, including planning, budgetary control, and human resources.

The ideal candidate is a person who is dedicated to helping the City of San José maintain the highest level of public safety while minimizing fire injuries, death and property damage. They will set a positive example and provide thoughtful, effective leadership to the members of the Fire Department. They will be an excellent administrator with the ability to think strategically, establish priorities, and develop clear work plans in a large, dynamic organization that is experiencing rapid change. To meet the challenging demands of this position, the incumbent will have experience with strategic planning, organizational management, budget development, cost control, policy development, succession planning, and discipline. The ideal candidate will also have a demonstrated history of increasing executive level leadership and administrative responsibilities.

The successful candidate will be a collaborative leader who possesses the ability to acclimate quickly to the position and the agility to manage multiple projects and programs simultaneously. They will report to duty ready to roll up their sleeves and help the department successfully complete construction of a new training center, development of a new airport fire station, the addition of three new community fire stations, and improvements at two existing fire stations. They will have the political acumen and composure to represent the department with the highest degree of professionalism in multiple forums including City Council meetings and community hearings. Lastly, they will maintain a positive relationship between labor and management.

Qualifying Education & Experience:

To be considered, candidates must be currently employed as a Fire Captain or a in a chief fire officer rank such as Battalion Chief, Division Chief, or Deputy Fire Chief. A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in business administration, management sciences or related field is highly desirable. Advanced coursework or training in leadership, management and/or organizational development is preferred. The best qualified candidates will have experience working in a fire department in the state of California.

Salary: $153,324 - $237,150, DOQ, plus an attractive benefits package.

Apply on-line at by December 4, 2020. For questions and inquiries, please contact Cindy Krebs at or Sherrill Uyeda at Main office phone is (562) 901-0769.


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