Placer County

Assistant Director of Emergency Services (#19815)

$57.47-$71.76 Hourly / $9,961.47-$12,438.40 Monthly / $119,537.60-$149,260.80 Yearly



To assist the County Executive Officer in managing and directing the activities of the County Office of Emergency Services; to plan, organize, and direct the activities of the County Office of Emergency Services; and to provide highly complex staff assistance to the County Executive Officer.


Receives administrative direction from the County Executive Officer.

Exercises direct supervision over professional, technical, and clerical personnel.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assist the County Executive Officer in managing and directing the County Office of Emergency Services.
  • Assist in developing the goals and objectives of the County Office of Emergency Services; assist in the development of and implementation of policies and procedures.
  • Plan, organize, and direct County emergency planning, management, and training, including activating the County Emergency Operations Center and County-wide hazardous materials response team.
  • Serve as County Fire Coordinator; act as liaison between County Board of Supervisors and representatives of fire districts within the County.
  • Perform those duties relating to fires or to fire protection and prevention required by the Board of Supervisors.
  • Develop and implement the work plan of the County Office of Emergency Services; assign work activities, projects, and programs; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods, and procedures.
  • Prepare the budget for the Office of Emergency Services; assist in budget implementation; participate in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; administer the approved budget.
  • Recommend the appointment of personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; implement discipline procedures as requested; maintain discipline and high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the Officer of Emergency Services.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees, and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Represent the County to outside agencies and organizations relative to fire and emergency services; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees; provide technical assistance as necessary.
  • Research and prepare technical and administrative reports; prepare written correspondence.
  • Ensure adequate staff coverage/availability after hours and on weekends in the event of emergency situations.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Work is typically performed in indoor and outdoor environments with variable temperature conditions. Requires travel to and from other offsite and/or remote locations in a variety of outdoor weather conditions, including adverse environmental conditions associated with emergencies and disasters.


Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Six years of increasingly responsible experience in emergency planning, response and management, including two years of management responsibility. Experience as a Chief Fire Officer, Fire Warden, or Fire Protection Specialist is highly desirable.

Training: Equivalent to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business or public administration, public safety/emergency management, or a related field.   

Required License or Certificate:

  • Possession of, or ability to obtain within one year of employment, certification of completion of Federal Emergency Management Agency Professional Development course series.
  • May need to possess a valid driver’s license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.



Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of emergency planning, training, and management.
  • Principles and practices of fire management.
  • Principles and practices of policy development and implementation.
  • Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building, and conflict resolution.
  • Principles and practices of business correspondence and report writing.
  • Pertinent local, State, and Federal laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Budgeting procedures and techniques.
  • Principles and practices of organizational analysis and management.
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training, and personnel management.
  • Modern office procedures and computer equipment.

Ability to:

  • Organize, direct, and implement a comprehensive Emergency Services program with an emphasis on fire management services.
  • On a continuous basis, analyze budget and technical reports; interpret and evaluate staff reports; know laws, regulations, and codes; observe performance and evaluate staff; problem solve Emergency Services related issues; remember various personnel rules; and explain and interpret policy.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk and in meetings for long periods of time.  Intermittently, walk, stand, bend, squat, climb, kneel, or twist to observe emergency conditions or conduct training; intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation, use telephone and use a keyboard to communicate through written means; and lift light weight.
  • Prepare and administer a budget.
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate personnel.
  • Interpret and explain Department policies and procedures.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Analyze and evaluate new and existing service delivery methods and standard operating procedures.
  • Act quickly and calmly in emergency situations.
  • Work unusual or prolonged hours during emergencies or disasters and during training programs or preparedness exercises.
  • Work on-call during weekend and/or after hours. 
  • Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.


Length of Probation:

This classification serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority and has no specific term and no right to continuous employment.

Bargaining Unit:

Unclassified management

CLASS: 19815; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 5/3/2021;