• Full Time
  • Ventura County, CA
  • Salary: $141,562.47 - $198,206.90 Annually

VCFD Ventura County Fire Department



The County of Ventura offers an attractive compensation and benefits package.  Aside from our salary of up to approximately $198,206 an employee within this position will also be eligible for the following:

General Salary Increase (GSI) –  GSI of 2.00% effective December 26, 2021.
Educational Incentive – An educational incentive of 2.5% for completion of an associate’s degree, 5.0% for completion of a bachelor’s degree, OR 7.5 % for completion of a graduate’s degree.
Executive Administrative Leave – The candidate selected for this position will earn 248 hours per year, increasing to 288 hours after 5 years of service, to 328 hours after 10 years of service, and to 368 hours after 15 years of service or other public service.
Annual Leave Redemption – The ability to “cash in” or redeem up to 160 hours of Annual Leave per year after using 80 hours.
Textbook and Tuition – May be reimbursed up to a maximum of $2,000 per fiscal year for tuition and books for educational endeavors.
Uniform Allowance – $1,000 annually.
Deferred Compensation – Eligible to participate in the County’s 401(k) Shared Savings Plan and/or the Section 457 Plan. This position is eligible for up to a 3% match on your 401(k) contributions.
Health Plans – You are afforded a flexible credit allowance of up to $16,692 annually for purchasing medical, dental, and/or vision insurance from a group of authorized plans.
Flexible Spending Accounts – Employees may also participate in the Flexible Spending Accounts which increase their spending power by reimbursing them with pre-tax dollars for IRS approved dependent care and health care expenses.
Professional Memberships – Up to a maximum of $200 for membership fees to a job related professional organization.
Pension Plan – Both the County and you contribute to the County’s Retirement Plan and to Social Security.  If you are eligible, you may establish reciprocity with other public retirement systems such as PERS.
Holidays – 11 paid days per year which includes a scheduled floating holiday.


Ventura County is located on California’s “Gold Coast,” approximately 35 miles northwest of Los Angeles and 20 miles southeast of Santa Barbara.  Residents enjoy rolling hills and sweeping ocean views in a perfect Mediterranean climate with an average annual temperature of 74 degrees. The beauty and weather combined with a wonderful quality of life are among the many reasons our residents call Ventura “home.”


Ventura County is a “general law” county, governed by a five-member, elected—by-district Board of Supervisors. The Supervisors appoint a County Executive Office (CEO) to oversee the County Budget, day-to day operations, and to advise, assist and act as an agent for the Board of Supervisors in all matters under the Board’s jurisdiction. The County strives to actively promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in providing services to the community.


Under the direction of the Deputy Fire Chief, directs activities and manages a bureau which may consist of one or more divisions, battalions and units, or a combination of those.

The successful candidate will possess a strong management background demonstrating the ability to be agile in a very fluid environment with multiple priorities which can change quickly and require immediate attention.  Some knowledge of large scale incidents; the ability to establish positive working relationships with elected officials and the County Executive Office; analyze and prioritize operational, managerial, and program decisions; make difficult choices and recommendations; be able to communicate and support those recommendations clearly and succinctly.

This class differs from the higher class of Deputy Fire Chief in that the latter directs and coordinates the overall activities of the department. It differs from the lower class of Fire Division Chief in that the latter directs and coordinates the activities of a division consisting of one or more battalions.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE will exhibit the following:

Experience leading and managing bureaus consisting of one or more divisions.
Comprehensive knowledge of practices and principles of organization, public administration, and budget processes.
Experience with large scale incident management.
Experience analyzing and prioritizing operational, managerial and program decisions.
Impressive interpersonal and communication skills to collaborate with a wide variety of professionals and agencies, including the skill to make effective presentations to the Board of Supervisors and other stakeholders.
Exemplary leadership skills required to develop, coach, empower, motivate and manage staff.
A strong and enduring commitment to continuous improvement through playing a vital role in both the community and the workplace.
Ability to lead by example and exhibit solid supervisory and and administrative skills.
The Assistant Fire Chief is an at-will classification and exempt from the provisions of the Civil Service Ordinance.


Advises and assists the Fire Chief and Deputy Fire Chief in the formulation and administration of overall policy, procedure and regulations.
Attends fires and emergencies as deemed necessary, or as assigned by the Fire Chief; directs personnel and fire fighting equipment for most effective fire fighting until relieved by the Fire Chief or Deputy Chief.
Supervises Division Chiefs, Battalion Chiefs, or civilian manager classifications in their management of a group of stations forming a battalion, or in their management of various multiple support units.
Maintains a high level of morale, motivation and discipline among subordinates and enforces all rules, regulations and special orders.
Serves as a community liaison officer answering requests for information, serving as public, speaker or in other capacities to the general public in matters relating to the fire service.
Assesses and analyzes the condition of the manpower complement, apparatus and equipment in relationship to potential fire problems and makes assignments and shift personnel accordingly within departmental policy.
Prepares reports and budgets and instructs Division and Battalion Chiefs on methods of report and budget preparation.
Makes formal presentations to the Board of Supervisors, advisory boards and commissions and the general public, as necessary.
Performs other related duties as assigned.


Thorough knowledge of: fire fighting tactics and strategy; the ordinances, policies, rules and regulations governing the operation of the department.

Ability to: coordinate, plan, direct and manage two or more battalions or bureaus.  Organize and direct all kinds of emergency activities including structural and watershed fires, petroleum fires and rescue operations.

Five (5) years of full-time experience in fire fighting, including at least one (1) year as a Fire Battalion Chief.

Supplemental training in fire sciences, public administration, a bachelor degree in a related field and experience in fire prevention, training and administrative assignments are highly desirable.

Possession of, and the ability to maintain, a valid California Driver License is required.

First review of applications is June 2, 2021.

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