Safety and Emergency Preparedness Manager

Recruitment #22-4265-001


Plans, develops, implements, and manages safety and emergency management and preparedness plans and services designed to ensure protection from, preparedness for, response to, recovery from and/or mitigation of hazards, threats, incidents, and other vulnerabilities at colleges and locations throughout the District.

Typical Duties

Plans, develops, and implements comprehensive safety and emergency management programs and services for the District in accordance with national, state, and local safety and emergency preparedness requirements and standards.

Serves as primary safety and emergency management liaison with local, state, and national agencies, including but not limited to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Homeland Security, Los Angeles County and City Offices of Emergency Management, local law enforcement and first responders, Emergency Survival Program, and other community agencies responsible for emergency planning and response; represents the District on internal and external task forces, committees, and agencies regarding emergency preparedness.

Conducts District-wide and college assessments to include identification of vulnerabilities, evaluation of the nature of the threat, or hazard, rating of the identified vulnerability, and identification of appropriate mitigation strategies and measures.

Coordinates with the District’s colleges on the development, implementation, and facilitation of best practices and initiatives in safety and emergency preparedness.

Develops and implements standard operating procedures and reporting and disseminates program information for safety and emergency management and preparedness functions.

Develops and implements effective communication systems, tools, protocols, and alert messages for communicating with staff, students, and the public.

Analyzes and evaluates the logistical needs and actions required to support specific safety and emergency plans and activities including requirements for money, manpower, material, facilities, and services.

Develops and implements comprehensive safety and emergency management training programs; plans, develops, implements, and evaluates drills and exercises to ensure the preparedness and engagement of all stakeholders.

Assists in monitoring District-wide Clery Act compliance and reporting.

Responds to individual site emergencies to provide technical support, ensure resources are available and mobilized, and provide leadership in collaboration with appropriate executive management of the college or location.

Performs damage assessment and recovery efforts including submittal of appropriate documents for reimbursement from federal, state, or other agencies.

Researches federal, state and local laws, regulations, and guidelines regarding the implementation of safety and emergency preparedness and homeland security programs, and ensures District-wide compliance with such regulations.

Prepares reports, correspondence, and presentations related to assigned functions.

Prepares and monitors assigned budget and expenditures.

Directs the work of assigned staff.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics

A Safety and Emergency Preparedness Manager plans, develops, implements, and manages assigned safety and emergency management programs and services for the District and its colleges.

A Director of Safety and Security Services plans, develops, implements, and directs safety and security services for the District designed to ensure protection for all students, District staff, and the public; provides oversight for the major programs, functions, and activities of the public safety contract for the campuses within the District; and provides oversight for the District’s emergency preparedness plan including the mitigation of hazards, threats, incidents, and other vulnerabilities at colleges and locations throughout the District.

An Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety Specialist applies a thorough knowledge of the principles and practices associated with environmental and occupational health and safety in developing and recommending policies, procedures, and standards and implementing and managing of occupational health, safety, hazardous materials management, and emergency services programs.


General direction is received from the Director of Safety and Security Services. General supervision is exercised over assigned professional, technical, and clerical personnel. Functional supervision is exercised over college personnel assigned to safety and emergency preparedness functions.

Class Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Principles, procedures, and standards of institutional safety and emergency management

National Incident Management System (NIMS) and similar emergency preparedness protocols

Federal, state, and local regulations and guidelines related to safety and emergency management and disaster medical assistance, including Clery Act

Federal, state, and local safety and emergency systems and agencies, to include law enforcement, fire prevention/protection, and emergency medical services

Principles of project management including logistics and operations planning

Communication systems, tools and resources for safety and emergency management

Current trends and developments related to safety and emergency management

Principles of research and data analysis

Principles and practices of supervision and training

Principles and practices of budget preparation and control

Capabilities of computer applications, systems, and hardware used in safety and emergency services management

Ability to:

Develop and manage a multifaceted and complex safety and emergency preparedness program through a combination of program specialists, consultants, and staff

Establish and implement a comprehensive program of reporting and communication

Develop and implement the operating policies required to achieve goals and objectives

Evaluate program operations and personnel

Anticipate conditions, plan ahead, and establish priorities; act independently and promptly to situations and events

Recognize the critical elements of problems, develop and evaluate data, and determine strategies, solutions, and procedures

Prepare and present effective oral and written communications, presentations, and reports

Integrate technology into business decisions and operation

Effectively communicate highly technical information concisely and in understandable terms

Successfully navigate and thrive in a multi‐institution context through persuasion, consensus, and effective communication

Foster trust and confidence; earn support from internal and external constituencies

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with industry representatives, officials of public and private organizations, administrators, staff, and the public

Travel to offsite meetings

Entrance Qualifications


A bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university preferably with a major in emergency management, business administration, public administration, or related field. Four years of additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the degree requirement.


Four years of recent, full-time, paid, professional-level experience in the planning, development, and implementation of safety and emergency preparedness plans for a public organization, military organization, or large business entity.


A Certificate in Emergency Management, or its equivalent, issued by the Emergency Management Institute, International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), or a comparable recognized association is desirable.

A valid Class “C” California driver’s license must be obtained within 10 days of establishing residency in the State of California

Travel to locations throughout the District is required.


  • Medical and dental insurance and vision care plans are provided for employees and their dependents.
  • A $50,000 life insurance policy is provided free of charge for each employee.
  • New employees receive 12 full-pay days and 88 half-pay days of illness leave.
  • At least 15 paid holidays per year.
  • Vacation days accrue annually beginning at 10 days and increasing incrementally to 24 days depending on years of service with the District. Vacation days for management and confidential positions begin at 15, 20, or 24 days.
  • Other paid time off includes: bereavement leave, personal necessity leave, court subpoena, and jury duty.
  • Employees become members of the Public Employees Retirement System. Employees are also covered by Social Security.
  • Employee Assistance Program

Selection Process

The examination process may consist of one or more parts which may include a training and experience evaluation, written test, performance test and/or oral interview.

Reasonable Accommodations

Our class specification generally describes the duties, responsibilities, and requirements characteristic of the position(s) within this job class. The duties, responsibilities, and requirements of a particular position within this class may vary from the duties of other positions within the class.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Los Angeles Community College District provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with covered disabilities on a case-by-case basis throughout the application, examination, and hiring processes and throughout employment. If an individual is in doubt about his or her ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of a position or possession of any other requirement noted in a class specification or job announcement, he or she should always apply for a position and request reasonable accommodation at the appropriate time.


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