Director of Fire Services (Fire Chief) – Coronado, CA

Client: City of Coronado, California
Position: Director of Fire Services (Fire Chief)
Closing Date: Appointment Made

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The City of Coronado is seeking qualified applicants to serve as Director of Fire Services (Fire Chief) for this beautiful and historic beachside community in San Diego County. Rich in history, natural beauty, and a charming ocean village atmosphere, Coronado is most deserving of its royal “nickname” – the Crown City.

The Fire Services Department operates in a team environment to provide fire protection, emergency medical, disaster preparedness, and beach lifeguard services to the public. The Department has an operating budget of $10 million. The Department has 2 fire stations: one located in the Coronado “Village” and the other in the Coronado Cays. The Department has 41.5 full-time employees and employs seasonal/temporary beach lifeguards and lifeguard assistants.

The Director of Fire Services (Fire Chief) is an at-will position appointed by and working under the general direction of the City Manager. Serving as a member of the Executive Team, the Director will plan, direct, manage, and oversee the activities and operations of the Fire Department. This includes, but is not limited to, fire suppression and prevention, disaster preparedness, emergency medical and hazardous materials response, beach lifeguard services and training. The Director will provide highly responsible and complex fire services related support to the City Manager. The City of Coronado is seeking a well-rounded, skilled leader to serve as its Director of Fire Services. The candidate should be a self-motivated, dedicated, strategic manager who is committed to organizational effectiveness and dedicated to serving the community. The Director will be expected to actively participate in the City’s executive team and in matters of broad organizational concern.

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in the fire sciences, public administration, business administration or a related field. A Master’s degree is desirable. At least ten years of increasingly responsible fire suppression, emergency medical service, emergency preparedness, and fire prevention functional experience including four years of demonstrated management and administrative responsibility. Possession of a California State Chief Officer certification or an Executive Fire Officer certification from the National Fire Academy. Possession of a valid Class C California Driver’s License with a safe driving record is required.

The City of Coronado offers a competitive compensation package. Salary is open depending on qualifications and experience. The current Fire Chief’s salary range is $15,463.30 – $18,391.96  monthly, with excellent benefits package including CalPERS retirement.