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Deputy Director of Emergency Management

Sonoma County
Salary Range: 
$9,578 - $11,642/Monthly

The County of Sonoma is pleased to accept applications for Deputy Director of Emergency Management.

Starting salary up to $139,711/year

In October 2017, the County had one of the most destructive fires in the history of California. This prompted the Board of Supervisors and County leadership to assess how the County could be better prepared for disasters and emergencies. The Board has fully committed to improving the preparedness and resiliency of the community and County government by recently establishing the Department of Emergency Management. The Department's purpose is to increase the County's capabilities to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from county-wide emergencies and disasters. In support of this mission, the Department of Emergency Management is responsible for developing and supporting emergency operation plans for the County, cities, and districts; developing and conducting training and educational outreach programs related to emergency preparedness to the community; and serving as the primary coordination point between County emergency management and Federal, State, and neighboring agencies. The Emergency Management Department also oversees the County's Emergency Operations Center. The Deputy Director of Emergency Management position has been established to support the successful implementation of the County's Emergency Management program goals and objectives. This position will provide leadership to a team of Emergency Management Coordinators, serve as the Director of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) when activated, and develop EOC trainings and operational plans. The Deputy Director will provide leadership for the County's Emergency Staff Development program; oversee the countywide evacuation planning project, develop an Emergency Operation Plan Annex annually, and oversee the department's logistical functions related to emergency preparedness. This position will provide leadership and representation on local and regional emergency-related boards and committees, and liaison with local cities, the County Fire Chiefs Association, and the EOC Logistics Section. The Deputy Director will serve as the Director of the Department in the Director's absence.

The ideal candidate will possess:

• A four-year degree in emergency management, public safety, business or public administration, or a closely related field

• Significant knowledge of and experience managing a disaster management program or an extended duration, complex emergency incident

• Experience leading staff engaged in emergency management programs and services

• The ability to lead and coordinate staffing and logistics for an EOC

• Experience in developing and delivering federal grant programs

• Political acumen and an ability to effectively collaborate with internal and external stakeholders including elected and appointed officials

• Exceptional interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills

Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:

• A cash allowance of approximately $600/month

• An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $1,500, and ongoing education/training opportunities

• Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year

• County paid premium contribution to several health plan options

• County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits

• May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment

• Retirement fully integrated with Social Security

• Eligibility for a salary increase after 1040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range *Salary is negotiable and benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice.

For more information & to apply online, visit or call 707-565-2331.


Apply by 2/28/19