Fire Chief

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Miscellaneous

Oakland, the eighth largest city in California, is a dynamic city with an estimated population of 429,082. The City has over 4,500 employees and a budget of approximately $1.3 billion and is looking for a Fire Chief who is a proven urban fire services executive with exceptional leadership and management expertise.The Chief will report to the City Administrator and will lead a Department with 652 positions; a budget of $179,030,779; and 25 Fire Stations.Oakland seeks a Chief who is community centered, responsive and laser focused on service excellence. Competitive candidates will have demonstrated experience in organizational development; all aspects of urban fire service management; solid people and financial management skills; commitment to civic engagement; and passion for public service.In addition to a Bachelor's degree (Master's preferred) in Public or Business Administration or a closely related field, a minimum of fifteen to twenty years of progressively responsible professional experience, including at least six years of command level (Battalion Chief) experience, two to four years as a Division Chief or an executive leadership (Chief, Deputy Chief or Assistant Chief) position is required.The Fire Chief recruitment is being conducted by The Hawkins Company (search consultants). Interested individuals are invited to submit a resume and cover letter, outlining career highlights, significant and relevant accomplishments, electronically to by December 18, 2020. The most highly qualified candidates will be invited to participate in a video interview with the City. Complete brochure is available

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