Senior Emergency Planner (#RP0604)
$35.17-$42.75 Hourly / $6,095.54-$7,409.17 Monthly / $73,146.54-$88,910.08 Yearly


Under general direction, assists in the planning, development, and implementation of plans and operations for local emergency services activities; coordinates emergency services with local agencies; and does related or other work in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


An employee in this class is responsible for assisting department directors and other department managers in the organization and coordination of emergency services personnel and resources, and for planning and operation of emergency management services and facilities.


  • Develops, writes and maintains emergency response plans, manuals and standard operating procedures by utilizing local, state and federal regulatory guidelines and requirements to ensure plans are integrated with emergency response plans of other agencies.
  • Coordinates plans and conducts emergency preparedness and response training, periodic disaster drills and exercises for applicable county departments, other government agencies, community agencies involved in emergency preparedness and response, as well as the general public.
  • Supervises, trains, and evaluates Emergency Planners and other staff; assesses workloads and establishes priorities; schedules, assigns and reviews the work of lower level department employees; assures timely completion of the work.
  • Coordinates staffing, equipment, and supplies for the Emergency Operations Center and mobile command units, and other pre-designated emergency facilities.
  • Identifies training needs of local government jurisdictions and county personnel in emergency procedures. Develops, coordinates, maintains records, and conducts training on emergency plans and procedures, Emergency Operations Center, Incident Command, and state or federal response training.
  • Updates and maintains contact information and resource listings for individuals, equipment, and supplies needed for emergency operations in San Joaquin County.
  • Assists in the development and writing of grant proposals; performs ongoing management of assigned grants; monitors grants for compliance with grant language and applicable local, state, and federal guidelines.
  • Prepares a variety of reports including event reports, damage assessment, and reimbursement claims for state and federal agencies.
  • May act in the absence of management for matters within the scope of public emergency preparedness plans, including representing the department before local, state and federal regulatory, advisory and governing bodies.


Education: Graduation from an accredited four- year college or university with a major in public or business administration, public health or health-related field, the social sciences or related field.

Experience: Two years of experience performing emergency preparedness planning activities or emergency response, including writing of plans, procedures, protocols, guidelines and exercise-related training.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis, up to two years.

License: Possession of a valid California driver’s license.


Principles of emergency response programs and planning; principles and practices of government operations, including organizational planning and analysis; principles and practices of government operations, including organizational planning and analysis; principles of community organization; organization and function of state and federal emergency response agencies; principles of effective oral and written communication; basic principles of supervision and training techniques; personal computer systems and general office computer software.


Lead, direct, and train staff; apply principles, methods and techniques of public administration, management analysis, and statistics to the gathering, organizing, and analysis of data; coordinate emergency preparedness plans with other government and community agencies; interpret laws and regulations; make decisions under pressure; interpret laws and regulations; conduct risk assessments; work accurately and effectively under pressure; meet physical requirements; express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; prepare comprehensive reports; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; work with computers.


Mobility – frequent computer operation; sitting for long periods, walking, and driving; occasional standing for long periods of time, climbing stairs, crawling, pushing/pulling, and bending or squatting; Lifting—frequently 5 pounds or less; occasionally 5 to 30 pounds; Visual Requirements – constant overall vision, depth and color perception, ability to read and do close-up work, and frequent hand/eye coordination, field of vision and peripheral vision; Dexterity – constant holding, reaching, and grasping; frequent repetitive motion and writing; Hearing/Talking – constant hearing normal speech; frequent hearing on the telephone/radio, hearing faint sounds, talking in person, and talking on the telephone/radio; Emotional/Psychological – occasional exposure to emergency situations, trauma, grief or death; working alone and travel, working from heights; frequent public contact, and decision-making and problem solving; Special Requirements - may occasionally work weekends/nights; Environmental Conditions – occasionally exposed to noise, dirt, dust, smoke, fumes and poor ventilation, indoor heat and cold; frequently exposed to various weather conditions.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RP0604; EST: 5/8/2013;