Menlo Park Fire Protection District

EXTENDED: Technology Innovation Sr. Management Analyst

San Francisco/Peninsula
1/27/2019 at 5pm
$108,261 Annually

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


170 Middlefield Road Menlo Park, CA, 94025


Application Period Extended - Now closing 1/27/19 @1700


The Menlo Park Fire Protection District invites you to apply for the position of Science and Technology Innovation Sr. Management Analyst.  This is a new position for the Fire District and Fire Service.  The District is seeking a highly motivated, creative, and collaborative individual who can grow and expand our initial efforts in the areas of science and technology.  This role will develop technology programs  that directly benefit: emergency first response, sustained field operations, mitigation techniques and factors, preventive measures and community recovery strategies.  This position will play a pivotal role for the modern and evolving fire and emergency services the District currently provides and will help guide future areas we can grow into.


  • This position reports to the Fire Chief and/or designated Chief Officers and/or Senior Staff.
  • Responsible for the coordination of the budget funds dedicated for district science and technology innovation programs.
  • Develop relationships with public and private, non-governmental organizations related to science and technological advancements. 
  • Build successful partnerships and formal public agreements.
  • Collaborate with other public safety, first-responders to coordinate efforts that advance fire response, operations, prevention, suppression, and effectiveness through related science and technology.
  • Remain informed regarding technological advances in: emergency medical response, fire prevention, suppression, and all emergency operations including search, rescue, and recovery.
  • Make presentations and seek feedback from the Fire Chief, management team, line staff, and other contractual partners on: technological gaps and adaptations in fire service, opportunities and advances, and improvements in fire prevention, suppression, emergency medical response.
  • Promote District and fire service science and technology innovative initiatives, projects and group efforts to the general public. 
  • Engage, promote, educate and train members of the general public.
  • May serve as the District’s Science and Technology spokesperson and presenter at various public events.
  • May be deployed or utilized to support emergency operations locally or abroad if needed.
  • Manage, improve and update the various Fire District’s social media platforms and web-sites.

Ideal Candidate


Is able to manage multiple tasks and will be proactive in the development of relationships with key stakeholders; have the ability to work creatively on a variety of tasks with changing priorities; is involved in science and technology, following innovation trends; will successfully perform work requiring analytical ability and be able to synthesize and summarize information; will use initiative and independent judgment; will be a team player who likes working with a variety of staff, the public, and representatives from industry; and communicates well with staff, other employees and the public.


 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:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong knowledge of fire suppression strategies and the ability to advance those technologies, including drones.
  • Well-developed communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to convincingly articulate the purpose and importance of technological advances in the fire service.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with all levels in the District and those contacted in the course of work.
  • Compose correspondence and reports independently or from brief instructions.
  • Establish and maintain a variety of filing, record-keeping, and tracking systems.
  • Organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.
  • Use tact, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy and legal guidelines in politically sensitive situations.
  • Solve and articulate complex problems and ideas.
  • Analyze, design, verify and validate critical data.
  • Understand Emergency Situational awareness.

Education and Experience

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:

Bachelor of science degree, with knowledge across one or more fields of study, including chemistry, biology, physics, health and safety, engineering, and natural or environmental science or a related field and five (5) years of responsible experience in a related field. 

Upon hire, the successful candidate will need to complete FEMA training courses

Experience in, or with, a fire suppression agency is highly desirable.  



 Position is unrepresented confidential, non-safety, non-exempt

  •  District provides $1650 monthly Café Plan allocation to be used towards purchase of health benefits;
  • Self-insured Dental Reimbursement Plan. Employer Paid. District contributes $122 monthly to plan ($1,464 annually);
  • Post-Employment Health Plan (PEHP) (Employer Paid) $250 per month;
  • 2.7@55 CalPERS Retirement for Classic Members, employee pays 8% PERS Contribution;
  • 2%@62 for New Members, employee pays 6.25% PERS Contribution;
  • 204 hours Annual Leave per year for the first three years and gradually increasing thereafter;
  • 457 Deferred Compensations Plans available through Lincoln, ING, Nationwide and ICMA. Employee participation is voluntary and employee makes all pre-tax contributions to the plan;
  • 12 Paid Holidays;
  • 2 Floating Holidays;
  • Medical and Flex Spending Accounts through pre-tax payroll deductions;
  • Commuter Benefits through pre-tax payroll deductions;
  • Employee Assistance Plan;
  • $100,000 life insurance plan;
  • A 4/10 work schedule (Monday - Thursday) with District offices closed on Friday.

Special Instructions


Apply online at, Member Organization: Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

Applicants with a disability, which may require special assistance in any phase of the application or selection process should advice the Human Resources Manager upon submittal of application.


All applications will be reviewed for neatness, accuracy, completion, relevant education, experience, training and other job-related qualifications. The most appropriately qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the testing process, which will consist of a skills assessment and oral board interview.  The specifics of the testing process will be communicated to those qualifying applicants.  The results of the oral board interview will determine the applicant’s standing on the eligibility list.

Prior to appointment, candidates will be require to pass a background check at no cost to the candidate.

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer!

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