Placer Employment Opportunities

Emergency Services Program Manager

Recruitment #2020-19822-01


The Office of Emergency Services (OES) provides emergency management services countywide, in cooperation with local cities and special districts, such as fire and law enforcement agencies. During an incident, OES manages the Emergency Operations Center to support the response and recovery throughout the operational area. To learn more about OES, click here.

This position will be responsible for managing the operational readiness of the Emergency Operations Center; developing and updating plans, processes, and technology; coordinating and developing multi-agency trainings and exercises; and speaking and presenting to the public.


Placer County offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees. The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change.  Applicants should inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department.

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For more information regarding the benefits Placer County has to offer please visit Placer County’s Human Resources website.



To plan, organize and direct the activities of the Placer County Operational Area Office of Emergency Services in response to disasters and emergencies; to assist in planning, formulating, updating and maintaining the County Emergency Services Plan; to coordinate and manage emergency operations through the emergency operations center; and to assist the Assistant County Executive Officer/Assistant Director of Emergency Services in the performance of a variety of activities in the areas of mitigation, safety, accident prevention and loss control.


Receives direction from the Assistant County Executive Officer/Assistant Director of Emergency Services.

Exercises direct supervision over professional and clerical personnel.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Assist the Assistant County Executive Officer/Assistant Director of Emergency Services in managing and directing the Placer County Operational Area 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 plans, policies and procedures.
  • Plan, organize and direct County and Operational Area emergency planning, management and training, including activating the County Emergency Operations Center and County-wide hazardous materials response team.
  • Respond to actual emergency incidents and disasters in the field and participate in the management of those incidents with other jurisdictions.
  • Coordinate and manage emergency operations through the Emergency Operations Center; ensure that the Emergency Operations Center is organized for maximum effectiveness of staff participating in disaster exercises and actual disaster events.
  • Plan, implement, coordinate and direct area-wide emergency services programs including resource management, operational readiness, and response plans and capabilities.
  • Implement the Standardized Emergency Management System; coordinate mutual aid responses and requests; assist in the overall management of emergency response and recovery operations; work cooperatively with County departments, Placer Operational Area agencies, outside agencies and the general public in order to reduce the impact of any major incident within the County.
  • Organize and conduct training; organize operational area meetings; evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of disaster exercises and event responses.
  • Provide advice and technical assistance to County departments Operational Area agencies on the special conditions and operating requirements that would be imposed in the event of a catastrophic disaster.
  • Administer and coordinate emergency preparedness training, education and public information programs; conduct a public information program to encourage interest in emergency preparedness.
  • 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 Operational Area agencies, and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Represent the County to outside agencies and organizations relative to emergency services; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees; provide technical assistance as necessary.
  • Evaluate legislation affecting emergency preparedness activities; appear before the Board of Supervisors to present recommendations, plans and projects.
  • Research and prepare technical and administrative reports; prepare written correspondence.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


 It is the responsibility of applicants to identify in their application materials how they meet the minimum qualifications listed below.

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: Five years of increasingly responsible administrative, technical or operational experience in a governmental emergency services or disaster response agency, planning and executing emergency preparedness activities including two years of supervisory responsibility.
Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business or public administration or public safety/emergency management. 

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 current emergency planning, training, and management including the incident command system and First Responder Operations.
  • Principles and practices of emergency management to include the Emergency Services Act (Chapter 7 of Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
  • 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 software and equipment applications.

Ability to:

  • Organize, direct and implement a comprehensive countywide emergency services program.
  • On a continuous basis, analyze budget and technical reports; interpret and evaluate staff reports; know related federal, state and local laws, regulations and codes; observe performance and evaluate staff; problem solve Emergency Services related issues; remember and apply 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 telephones and two-way radios, 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.
  • Act quickly and calmly in emergency situations; be effective in a fast-paced emergency environment; and make appropriate and timely decisions.
  • Work unusual or prolonged hours during emergencies or disasters and during training programs or preparedness exercises.
  • 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.


Prior to the date of hire, applicants must undergo a fingerprint test by the Department of Justice, pass a medical examination (which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation), sign a constitutional oath, and submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S.  For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background investigation (which may include a voice stress analysis and/or a polygraph), and/or be bonded. Additionally, positions in law enforcement classifications and those supporting law enforcement functions will be required to complete a conviction history questionnaire prior to or during the interview process. Applicants for positions with access to Medi-Cal billing software or who are licensed providers must clear the Federal Exclusion List, credentialing, and social security verification. Failure to clear these requirements may result in an employment offer being withdrawn.


Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment, discrimination, and retaliation are prohibited and that all employees, applicants, agents, contractors, and interns/volunteers shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, transfer, and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, physical disability (Including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over), marital status, military and/or veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Please contact the Human Resources Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.

Selection Plan

To apply for this excellent career opportunity, please submit a resume and an application by 08/14/2020, at 5:00pm. Appointment to this position will be contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment background investigation, including fingerprint clearance, and a physical examination.

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