Director of Emergency Management, Salinas, California

Created 01/22/2023
Reference 598825
Job type Full Time
Country United States
State California
City Salinas
Salary $140,842.00 - $192,360.00 Annually
Position Description

Priority Screening: February 6, 2023

The County of Monterey is set in a picturesque coastal location and offers tourists and residents alike the comfort of a moderate, Mediterranean climate, miles of beautiful beaches, spectacular mountain ranges, groves of redwoods, low-rolling foothills, and scenic valleys. Boasting such world-renowned attractions as the spectacular Big Sur Coast, Laguna Seca Raceway, 17-Mile Drive, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, the Steinbeck Center, the Monterey Jazz and Blues Festivals and Pebble Beach - possibly the world's most famous golf course, it's easy to see why over 432,000 residents choose to live here and an estimated 4 million visitors a year make Monterey County their destination of choice. Monterey County is known for its natural resources, pristine environmental sites, long military history, and as a location for top educational institutions. The County encompasses a total land area of 3,324 square miles. There has been steady growth over the past decade and with County residents residing in 12 cities and unincorporated areas. The County is known as the "Salad Bowl of the World" and is one of the nation's top agricultural producers. Agriculture is the County's largest sector in terms of economic output and employment, touching nearly every facet of life in Monterey County. Most agricultural companies continue to be family-owned and operated. Core to the success of agriculture and the community in Monterey County is the access and management of water resources.

The County of Monterey is the Single Operational Area and Operational Area Authority responsible for coordinating inter-jurisdictional emergency management activities during disasters. The Department of Emergency Management supports twelve (12) incorporated cities and over 30 unincorporated towns and communities of which include Big Sur, Carmel Valley, East Garrison, Moss Landing, Santa Rita, Pajaro, San Ardo, Chualar, and Spreckels to name a few.

The Department of Emergency Management strives to prevent, protect, mitigate against, prepare for, respond, adapt to, and recover from the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to the County of Monterey residents, businesses, and visitors. This includes natural disasters such as earthquakes, fires, floods, landslides, tsunamis, dam failures, public health emergencies as well as man-made incidents involving large-scale/extended power outages and/or civil unrest.

Additionally, the Department prepares and implements numerous countywide Emergency Plans and oversees the release of emergency preparedness education and information to county residents, employees and community stakeholders.

The County of Monterey Seeks a highly qualified professional to be the Director of Emergency Management who will be responsible for the management and coordination of countywide resources and activities to address disasters, local emergencies, and special events.

The Department of Emergency Management is seeking a collaborative, approachable, and enthusiastic professional to serve as its next Director of Emergency Management. The ideal candidate is a seasoned leader who fully embodies and effectively fosters a culture of inclusivity and mutual respect, and in doing so, leads by example in the way that inspires members of the organization at every level. The incumbent is an expert in emergency management and well-versed in countywide Emergency Plans. The Director of Emergency Management will balance the role of being an experienced mentor with a responsibility to share knowledge and wisdom; an equally analytical and solution-oriented commander who is responsive in the face of navigating challenging decisions; and a reliable team player who is trustworthy and represents the organization, both internally and externally with the community it serves. The ability to build strong relationships is important, and the most competitive candidates are prepared to meet the Department's goals while negotiating with significant stakeholders.

To view the full recruitment brochure please click: Director of Emergency Management
Examples of Duties
Paramount Duties
  • Plan, organize, direct and review all functions and activities of the Department of Emergency Management and the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), including developing, implementing and updating emergency preparedness plans, operations and programs; the study and analysis of the vulnerability to disaster and response capabilities; develop and implement comprehensive, long-term disaster mitigation plans and programs; coordinate with other departments, agencies and regional efforts
  • Consult and cooperate with County and other department executives on all aspects of emergency preparedness activities; discuss problems, develop alternative strategies for dealing with those problems; assist in implementation of solutions, as necessary
  • Serve as chief staff advisor during disaster response
  • Appoint and evaluate the performance of department employees; oversees management development and staff training programs within the Department
  • Oversees the release of emergency preparedness education and information to county residents, employees and community stakeholders; ensures the dissemination of information to affected parties in a timely manner during emergencies
  • Assure collaboration and coordination of work intra-departmentally and inter-departmentally
  • Monitor state and federal policy and budget developments related to department matters, evaluate their impact on County goals and operations, and implement programs, policies and procedures to ensure compliance with applicable funding programs and regulations
  • Direct the preparation, monitoring and administration of the annual budget for the department including overall fiscal management of expenditures and cost control systems, review and evaluate current programs, and anticipates future needs; direct the preparation of reports and agendas related to the work of the Department of Emergency Management
  • Reviews, analyzes, approves and coordinates legislative proposals, bills, budget requests, and claims for reimbursement related to emergency preparedness
Through knowledge of:
  • Federal and State codes, laws, regulations and ordinances related to local and regional disaster management and hazardous materials incident preparedness, response and recovery
  • Principles of public administration, organizational design and management including goal setting and implementation
  • Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building and conflict resolution
  • Principles and practices of personnel management such as supervision, selection, training, performance evaluation and discipline
  • Principles and practices necessary to plan, organize, direct, implement, evaluate and coordinate complex and varied programs
  • Functions and operations of related government agencies and community organizations
  • Technology, trends and techniques in the areas of emergency and disaster preparedness, response, relief and recovery
  • The use of facilities and systems required during emergency operations
  • Public relations practices required to maintain effective relations with agency staff and officials, State and Federal agencies, and the general public
Skill and Ability to:
  • Plan, organize, manage and evaluate staff and operations of an emergency preparedness, recovery and response operation
  • Direct and coordinate all levels of personnel and aspects of emergency services administration in an actual emergency or disaster situation
  • Determine emergency service and disaster preparedness program objectives, priorities and approaches
  • Develop and implement policies, plans and procedures for monitoring and evaluating responses in time of emergency or disaster
  • Interpret, apply and explain County policies and State and Federal legislation related to emergency services
  • Analyze and evaluate statistical data and reports related to emergency services
  • Ability to achieve the professional confidence of others and to elicit cooperation from others, utilize strong mediation and conflict resolution skills
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, the public, representatives from other agencies, the community, industry, media, and other organizations
  • Select, motivate and evaluate staff and provide for their training and professional development
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing, prepare comprehensive administrative, fiscal and technical reports and correspondence
  • Ability to make sound decisions in a manner consistent with the essential job responsibilities, including answering questions, releasing information, analyzing and projecting consequences of decisions and/or recommendations
  • Work effectively in a high stress environment

Examples of Experience/Education/Training

The knowledges and abilities listed above may be acquired through various types of experience, education or training. Typical ways to acquire the required knowledges and abilities are listed below:
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in law, business, public administration, emergency management or related field.

Five (5) years of broad increasingly responsible experience performing duties related to emergency/disaster management or public safety in a large complex public agency including two (2) years' experience in the public sector at the supervisory and/or management level.

Additional Information


The County of Monterey offers an excellent benefits package. Please visit our website to view the: Y Unit Benefit Summary Sheet . This information is not legally binding, nor does it serve as a contract. The benefits listed in the Monterey County Personnel Policies and Practices Resolution, or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) prevail over this listing.

On July 30, 2021, the County of Monterey Board of Supervisors took action to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for all employees to include new hires. The vaccination requirement is in accordance with Section 25 of the County of Monterey Emergency Response Manual and COVID-19 Prevention Program Link . Applicants who accept employment with the County of Monterey, will be required to be fully vaccinated. However, individuals may request medical or religious exemptions and will be required to complete the appropriate request and certification forms for review and approval no later than their start date. Medical / Religion .


As a condition of employment, prospective employees may be required to submit to a background review which may include a review of information concerning present and/or prior employment, driving record, and record of any criminal convictions. Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity and authorization for employment in the U.S.; a list of acceptable documents is available on the USCIS Form I-9. If you are hired into this classification in a temporary position, your rate of pay will be hourly, and you will not be eligible for the benefits listed in the summary.

Application and Selection Procedures

To apply for this exciting opportunity, submit a complete resume and cover letter

Priority Screening: February 6, 2023, 11:59 PM (PST)

County of Monterey

Attn: Kim Moore, Assistant Director of Human Resources

168 W. Alisal Street, 3rd Floor Human Resources,

Salinas, CA 93901

Email: or (831) 755-5353

The competitive examination process includes submittal of required application materials. A complete application package will include:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
All required application materials will be competitively evaluated. Those applicants that are determined to be the most appropriately qualified will be invited to participate further in the selection process.


Monterey County is a drug-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer. The County seeks candidates who can make contributions in an environment of cultural and ethnic diversity. Monterey County is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, contact Channelle Ceralde, Senior Personnel Analyst at (831) 755-5162, or ceraldec .

Closing Date/Time: Continuous
Employer Monterey County Human Resources

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