County of Alameda

Fire Emergency Preparedness Manager (#8134)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - Fire Mgmt (U34)
$54.42-$67.74 Hourly / $4,353.69-$5,419.38 BiWeekly /
$9,433.00-$11,742.00 Monthly / $113,196.00-$140,904.00 Yearly

Under the general direction of the assigned Deputy Fire Chief, plans, develops, coordinates, and directs the work of implementing and maintaining a comprehensive emergency management and disaster program, including budget development and monitoring; develops policies and procedures for emergency management programs; administers plan modification, outreach, training and reporting activities; coordinates public information distribution and public relations related to community emergency preparedness; and performs related duties as required.

This position is a shared position between the Alameda County Fire Department (ACFD) and contract agencies served by the ACFD. This position will assist contract jurisdictions with their Emergency Preparedness Programs as directed by the contracting entity in accordance with the established time allocation.

Fire Emergency Preparedness Manager is a single administrative management classification with both program and staff responsibilities. The incumbent provides direction and coordination of all emergency management and disaster preparedness and community outreach activities including coordination, communication, implementation and training activities.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed. The duties performed by this classification may vary based on the individual needs of each jurisdiction.

1. Manages, directs and supervises the functions and activities of all phases of the emergency preparedness program.
2. Develops and monitors policies, procedures and programs to ensure compliance with federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations.
3. Participates in and directs staff in the development and maintenance of emergency event procedures and resources for all County unincorporated areas and for individual cities on contract basis; develops and coordinates emergency response plans for contract jurisdictions.
4. Prepares, develops and monitors the budget for the program.
5. Acts as a liaison between federal, state and local agencies and provides technical assistance with emergency and disaster preparedness plans, mitigation, response and recovery.
6. Confers with various public and private agencies and officials to encourage active participation in disaster preparedness planning and the commitment of human and material resources for mobilization during an emergency.
7. Negotiates, prepares and administers contracts for professional service and grant funded programs.
8. Develops, directs and presents emergency preparedness training and educational programs including citizen and community preparedness training.
9. Directs and participates in public information projects for the emergency services programs; serves as the public information officer in disaster situations.
10. Prepares reports and correspondence.
11. Represents the department before state, federal and local regulatory, advisory and governing bodies with respect to emergency preparedness issues.
12. Keeps informed of new technology trends and techniques in the areas of emergency response and disaster relief.
13. Coordinates the release of public information by the ACFD with contracting agencies.
14. Assists in the coordination of Fire Department and contract agency emergency preparedness programs and policies based on each jurisdiction’s need.


Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.


The equivalent of two years full time professional level experience in coordinating, planning, budgeting, and procedure development with an emergency services or disaster preparedness program, including at least one year of providing lead direction or supervision. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis).


Possession of a valid California Class C driver’s license.

Certified training in the areas of local, state or federal Emergency Management and/or community preparedness is highly desirable.

Bilingual skills are highly desirable.

Special Requirement:

Essential duties require the mental and/or physical ability to: be on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; work under highly stressful conditions for extended periods of time and wear appropriate safety equipment during times of an emergency.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above minimum qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Principles, practices and procedures of emergency preparedness, response and recovery.
• Emergency services administration, program development and evaluation.
• Applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations to ensure legal compliance of emergency services plans.
• Municipal governments and organization including mutual aid agreements.
• Techniques of training and public speaking.
• Public relations and marketing strategies.
• Technology trends and techniques in the areas of emergency and disaster preparedness, response, relief and recovery.
• Principles of management, supervision, training and community education.
• Budget and contract development and administration.
• Principles of effective written communication.
• Information dissemination techniques and methods.

Ability to:

• Plan, organize, develop and implement a comprehensive emergency and disaster program.
• Understand and apply local, state and federal rules, regulations and directives governing disaster/emergency preparedness.
• Interpret and enforce administrative/operational policies, practices and procedures.
• Anticipate, analyze and evaluate potential disaster problems.
• Effectively manage, train, develop and motivate staff.
• Determine emergency service and disaster preparedness program objectives and priorities to achieve an integrated, focused approach.
• Use various computer systems and applications.
• Provide leadership and direction to assigned staff.
• Coordinate functions and activities between departments and outside agencies.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, managers, government, public, and private agencies.
• Prepare reports and plans involving detail and coordination.
• Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
• Make presentations to the public and governing bodies.

Newspec: 8134
CSC Date: 8/16/2006

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