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Director of Emergency Services and Law Enforcement

The Presidio Trust is seeking a Director of Emergency Services and Law Enforcement to lead and direct our fire, occupational safety and law enforcement programs. An unusual federal agency, the Presidio Trust runs the only national park site that is required by Congress to earn our own revenue. Each year we earn in excess of $100 million by leasing over 700 former military buildings as homes, hotels and commercial workspaces. We then must care for and protect these resources and the people who work and live here.


Our ideal candidate has demonstrated knowledge in three area: Law Enforcement, Fire Safety Management, and Occupational Safety. You have a drive for excellence, strong interpersonal and problem solving skills, able to perform in pressure situations, and an approachable manner. You're well organized and comfortable with both strategic planning and leading/developing teams, and you will report directly to the Chief Land and Building Stewardship Officer on the Executive Team.


Applications received by September 30th, 2020 will receive first consideration. We are planning to hold the first round of interviews the week of October 12th, 2020, the second round of interviews the week of October 19th, and set a work start date in November or December, 2020.


Responsibilities - [program management (60%), fire code enforcement and administration (20%), law enforcement (10%), physical security (5%), physical asset inspection services (5%).


  • Responsible for the overall management of the Trust's comprehensive emergency services program that includes contract oversight for law enforcement services provided by the United States Park Police, Fire Service provided by the San Francisco Fire Department, Inspections services for the entire Presidio Physical Plant and the lock, alarm and video observations systems protecting the Park.
  • Contract oversight for fire suppression, rescue and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provided by the San Francisco Fire Department.
  • Oversight and management of the Fire Protection Program consisting of fire code administration and enforcement, fire & life safety inspections, fire prevention education, pre-fire plan preparation and management, and fire incident investigation.
  • Oversight and management of the Trust's Emergency Management and Continuity of Operations program consisting of emergency planning, emergency management, and agreements with other agencies.
  • Oversight of the Trust's Employee Safety & Occupational Health program, Hazardous Materials (HazMat) Program, and Unexploded Ordinance (UXO) Program.
  • Oversight of the physical lock systems and alarms
  • Oversight of the physical plant inspection program
  • Other related administrative duties.
  • Directly supervises at least 3 management employees. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.

Required Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or equivalent, supplemented by college level course work in fire science, law enforcement, park management, and law.
  • Five (5) years in a supervisory position in any or all of the above-mentioned disciplines
  • Two (2) years in of work experience involving interpretation and enforcement of various codes as applied to fire science, law enforcement, park management, and law.
  • Two (2) years in emergency planning or emergency management.
  • Knowledge of the principles, methods, and practices of modern fire prevention and inspection.
  • Knowledge of codes and their interpretation in the areas of fire science, law enforcement, park management, and law.
  • Knowledge of fire cause, recognition and arson investigation.
  • Knowledge of fire detection and suppression systems, and related electrical systems.
  • Knowledge of emergency management concepts and systems.
  • Skill in written and oral communication.
  • Ability to interpret data, information and documents.
  • Skill to analyze and solve problems.
  • Skill in math and mathematical reasoning.
  • Ability to observe and interpret situations and learn and apply new information or new skills.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, and work under conditions requiring stringent deadlines.
  • Skill in interacting with Presidio staff and other organizations; and on occasion the ability to skillfully deal with dissatisfied or difficult individuals.
  • A valid California driver's license.
  • Solid computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.


Desired Qualifications

  • Possession of a certification in the area of fire science, law enforcement, park management, and law practice.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain a California State Emergency Management Specialist or equivalent certification within 12 months of appointment to position
  • Experience working with subject matter experts with expertise in historic structures within the requirements of the fire and life safety codes, and familiarity of NFPA 914, Code for Fire Protection of Historic Structures and the California State Historic Building Code.


About the Presidio Trust Land and Building Stewardship Team

Our mission is to make the Presidio thrive by keeping the land, buildings and infrastructure of this beautiful park in excellent shape and by providing outstanding customer service to everyone we meet.   We are proud of our role in making the Presidio successful and look forward to welcoming you, our next leader, to help us continue to excel.


Background Investigation

The Presidio Trust has identified this position as subject to a standard employment background investigation which shall consist of a review of applicable county, state and Federal criminal and civil records, state bankruptcy indexes, driver's license, and a credit report. An individual's granting of a background investigation and resulting report is voluntary, however, employment is contingent upon the successful completion of the investigation. The Trust may refuse to hire an individual, rescind an offer of employment, or review and terminate the employment of a current employee who does not successfully complete a background investigation.

Financial Disclosure

This position requires the completion of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) Form 278, Public Financial Disclosure Report, both as a New Entrant into the position and annually thereafter. The purpose of the financial disclosure system is to assist employees and their agencies in avoiding conflicts between official duties and private financial interests or affiliations.