Job Posting: Asst. Deputy Dir. of Community Wildfire Prep & Mitigation, Fire Engineering & Investigation Div

Department of Forestry & Fire Protection

Asst. Deputy Dir. of Community Wildfire Prep & Mitigation, Fire Engineering & Investigation Div
C. E. A.

$14,077.00 - $14,077.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 12/9/2022

Job Description and Duties

Under the general direction of the Deputy Director of Community Wildfire Preparedness and Mitigation, the Assistant Deputy Director is responsible for the Statewide policy direction, mandates, procedures, activities, planning, management, and administration, for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) and Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) by directly supervising the Staff Chiefs of Community Wildfire Preparedness & Mitigation Division, and the Division Chief of Fire Engineering and Investigation to coordinate those programs.

Responsible for the implementation of various fire prevention related programs including Defensible Space, Home Hardening, Land Use Planning, Utility Wildfire Mitigation, Fire Prevention Grants, CAL FIRE & Fire Service Incident Reporting (CalFIRS), Wildfire Protection Building Construction Codes, Fire Safe Minimum Regulations, Hazard Mapping, Fuel Reduction Reporting, Fire Engineering, Fire Protection Licensing and Certifications, Fireworks Disposal, and Arson & Bomb Investigations. Regularly respond to emergencies and wildfires of all types and sizes. Spend a considerable amount of time in the field at all-hazard emergency incidents providing critical leadership, oversight, and direction. Expected to function in the capacity of an active duty firefighter and first responder. 

Represent OSFM on all issues related to Community Wildfire Preparedness and Mitigation and Fire Engineering and Investigations programs; implement and enforce the Department's laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures; implement, monitor, and evaluate policies to ensure compliance; make independent judgments to enlarge or narrow policy applications beyond standard operational procedures to assure mission attainment; secure, train, and evaluate the performance of staff and take or recommend appropriate action; conduct meetings and training sessions; serve as chair or staff for various advisory committees, work groups, or task forces; prepare material for, and testify before, administrative, judicial, and legislative hearings; initiate, prepare, and/or analyze legislative or regulatory proposals for Department and program impact; prepare budget change proposals; assist in the preparation of administrative and civil actions; coordinate administrative investigations into alleged wrongdoing by those certified or licensed by OSFM programs; work closely with the Department's Chief Legal Counsel and Law Enforcement Program staff to develop standards and protocols for these investigations; provide statistical information and report regarding investigations; prepare and/or review technical articles for publication; prepare workload and related personnel, fiscal, management, and systems analyses; develop annual divisional goals and objectives; communicate regularly with executive staff; coordinate and collaborate with other OSFM divisions, the Department, federal, state, and local agencies, law enforcement authorities, tribal governments, industry representatives, and other stakeholders to prepare people, homes, and communities in California against the potentially devastating impacts of fire.

This position may qualify for a recruitment and retention bonus of $1550 per month.

Minimum Requirements

This position does not have a Classification Specification. Requirements and qualifications for this position can be found in this announcement. For additional questions, please contact the hiring department listed below.

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    Position Details

    Job Code #:
    Position #(s):
    Working Title:
    Asst. Deputy Dir. of Community Wildfire Prep & Mitigation, Fire Engineering & Investigation Div
    C. E. A.
    $14,077.00 - $14,077.00 A
    # of Positions:
    Work Location:
    United States
    Job Type:
    Career Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time

    Department Information

    The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is California’s fire department and resource management agency. The organization is comprised of nearly 10,300 permanent and seasonal employees. The mission of the Department is to serve and safeguard the people and protect the property and resources of California.


    When you join CAL FIRE, you join a family of employees who function as a team. You will build trust and friendship with your co-workers, as together you respond to emergencies and challenging situations. CAL FIRE provides employees with a variety of career choices and opportunities. CAL FIRE offers well-paying careers and opportunities for advancement. We hope that you will consider a rewarding and challenging career with CAL FIRE!

    Application Instructions

    Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

    Final Filing Date: 12/9/2022

    Who May Apply

    Individuals who are eligible to be appointed to this Career Executive Assignment (CEA) by the State of California.

    How To Apply

    Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

    Address for Mailing Application Packages

    You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

    Department of Forestry & Fire Protection
    Attn: Examination Unit - Ashley Stewart
    710 Riverpoint Court, Suite 250
    West Sacramento, CA 95605

    Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

    You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

    Department of Forestry & Fire Protection
    Examination Unit - Ashley Stewart
    710 Riverpoint Court, Suite 250
    West Sacramento, CA 95605
    08:00 AM - 04:30 PM

    Required Application Package Documents

    The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

    • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
    • Resume is required and must be included.
    • Statement of Qualifications - Note - Resumes do NOT take the place of the Statement of Qualifications (SOQ). If you do not submit an SOQ, you will be disqualified. 
    Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

    Examination Qualification Requirements

    All applicants must possess the knowledge and abilities, and any other requirements, described in this announcement.

    Note: Eligibility to take a CEA examination does not require current permanent status in the civil service.

    General Qualifications

    State civil service employees must possess essential general qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment, and ability to work cooperatively with others.

    Knowledge and Abilities

    Applicants must demonstrate the ability to perform high administrative and policy – influencing functions effectively. Such overall ability requires possession of most of the following more specific knowledge and abilities:

    • Knowledge of the organization and functions of California State Government including the organization and practices of the Legislature and the Executive Branch; principles, practices, and trends of public administration, organization, and management; techniques of organizing and motivating groups; program development and evaluation; methods of administrative problem solving; principles and practices of policy formulation and development; and personnel management techniques; the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity Program objectives; and a manager’s role in the Equal Employment Opportunity Program.
    • Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of multidisciplinary professional and administrative staff; analyze administrative policies, organization, procedures and practices; integrate the activities of a diverse program to attain common goals; gain the confidence and support of top level administrators and advise them on a wide range of administrative matters; develop cooperative working relationships with representatives of all levels of government, the public, and the Legislature and Executive branches; analyze complex problems and recommend effective courses of action; and prepare and review reports; and effectively contribute to the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity objectives.

    These knowledge and abilities are expected to be obtained from the following kinds of experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation and/or evaluation of program policies (experience may have been paid or volunteer; in State service, other government settings, or in a private organization):

    CEA Level A - Responsible for broad administrative and program activities, including the execution and/or evaluation of program policies.

    CEA Level B - Responsible for extensive managerial and program administration or broad program manager experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation, and/or evaluation of program policies.

    CEA Level C - Responsible for extensive highly professional influence and contributes to program, policy, and the methods to provide professional services needed to set policies, to meet the mission of the State department and often exercising technical and or professional skills that are required at this level.

    Desirable Qualifications

    In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

    *Demonstrated experience of the State legislative process and substantial participation in the analysis of proposed laws that may have an effect on the Department’s Fire Engineering & Investigations and Community Wildfire Preparedness & Mitigation Divisions.

    *Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and direct the work of multidisciplinary professional and administrative staff.

    *Demonstrated experience of the State budget process and rules for special fund and general funded programs including the Department’s Fire Engineering and Investigations and Community Wildfire Preparedness and Mitigation Divisions.

    *Demonstrated knowledge of wildfire prevention, preparedness, and mitigation.

    *Demonstrated knowledge of promulgating regulatory packages through the various rulemaking processes.

    *Demonstrated excellent interpersonal communication skills and the ability to represent the State Fire Marshal before the Legislature and Governor, as well as develop cooperative working relationships with various other agencies such as local government partners and other stakeholders.  

    Examination Information

    The examination process will consist of an application, resume, and Statement of Qualifications evaluation conducted by a screening committee. All interested applicants must file an "Examination and/or Employment Application (Std. 678), a resume, and a Statement of Qualifications. Applicants who do not complete the Statement of Qualifications (details below) and submit it with their application and resume will be eliminated from the examination process. The screening committee will compare each applicant's qualifications for the position against specific job-related evaluation criteria developed from the knowledge, skills, and abilities and the Desirable Qualifications contained in this examination bulletin. Based on the competitiveness of the group, the most qualified candidates may be scheduled for an interview as part of the examination process, if it is deemed necessary in order to make a selection.

    Your signature on your application signifies that the information provided in your application, resume, and Statement of Qualifications is true and factual, and that any false, incomplete, or inaccurate statements may result in disqualification from the examination process.


    If you meet the requirements stated in this announcement, you may take this competitive examination. Possession of the Examination Qualifications requirements does not assure a place on the eligible list. Your performance in the examination will be compared with the performance of others who take this examination, and all successful candidates will be ranked according to their scores.

    A minimum rating of 70% must be attained in the Examination to obtain list eligibility for this position. All candidates will receive written notification of their examination results.

    The results of this examination will only be used to fill this position. Applications will be retained for twelve months.

    Hiring interviews for the Job may be conducted with the most qualified candidates.

    The examining Department reserves the right to revise the examination plan to better meet the needs of the service, if the circumstances under which this examination was planned change. Such revision will be in accordance with civil service law and rules and all competitors will be notified.

    Special Testing Arrangements

    If you have a disability and need special testing arrangements, answer the Reasonable Accommodations question appropriately on your Application (STD 678). You will be contacted to make specific arrangements. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this announcement.


    Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

    Contact Information

    The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

    Human Resources Contact:
    Ashley Stewart
    (916) 894-9912

    Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

    EEO Contact:
    Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator
    (916) 894-9584
    California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

    Filing Instructions

    The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do NOT submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

    An Examination and/or Employment Application (Std. 678) that clearly addresses your experience and job titles, names and addresses of employers, and periods of employment relevant to the Minimum Qualifications identified in this bulletin. Applications are available online at:

    A Resume is required and must be included.

    A Statement of Qualifications is also required and must be included.

    Statement of Qualifications Guidelines

    When preparing your Statement of Qualifications, please follow these guidelines:

    The Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is a narrative discussion that describes a candidate’s experience, education, training, knowledge, skills and abilities as they relate to the desirable qualifications section in this bulletin. The SOQ serves as a documentation of each candidate’s ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing and is your written presentation to the examination panel.

    In your SOQ, please address how you possess each desirable qualification using specific examples of your education, training and experience. The specific examples you provide may be the only tool used for determining your final score and rank for this examination.

    Answer each item separately and number the SOQ in the same order as the desirable qualifications.

    The SOQ must be no more than six (6) pages, typed in no smaller than Arial 12-point font. Resumes do not take the place of the SOQ. Applicants who fail to submit a SOQ will be eliminated from the examination.

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

    It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

    Application Methods:
    Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
    By Mail