Director of Emergency Management

County of Sonoma

Salary Information:     $145,137-174,858/Annual


As the head of this newly established department, the Director of Emergency Management will provide leadership; and plan, coordinate, and manage the County’s emergency management program. Reporting to the County Administrator, this position is responsible for ensuring emergency systems, processes, and protocols are in place for the full range of emergencies and disasters that could impact Sonoma County, as well as promoting public awareness and preparedness for emergencies and disasters. The Director will provide oversight to County departments in the development of their continuity of operations programs and serves as the area coordinator in coordinating emergency management activities with local agencies and districts, State and Federal organizations, and community and non-profit entities.

Key Challenges, Objectives, and Priorities

  • Recruit and build a team of emergency management professionals
  • Oversee the development and implementation of a robust Community Alert and Warning Program and a Community Preparedness Program
  • Develop and oversee a new mandatory training program to prepare the County's employees in their roles as disaster service workers
  • Conduct a thorough review of the County’s Emergency Operations Plan
  • Ensure the Emergency Operations Center and related systems, training, communications, and protocols are in place and tested
  • Provide oversight to County departments in developing and updating their Continuity of Operations Plans
  • Continue efforts to seek additional funding sources and evaluate current allocations of funds


The ideal candidate will be an influential leader and strategic thinker who can spearhead a regional approach to emergency management. The Director will be a highly visible position guiding numerous emergency-related programs and initiatives, working closely with a wide variety of other public and private entities. The new Director will be an exceptional leader who creates strong relationships and exerts a high level of influence through his or her expertise, credibility, vision, and interpersonal strengths. Creativity, innovation, and resourcefulness are critical attributes in resolving the challenges associated with emergency management. Excellent communication skills are necessary, and a collaborative, team-oriented style will ensure an effective working relationship with the CAO and senior staff of the County and elected officials. The new Director must stay focused on the emergency service needs of the community.

The expected qualifications for this position include at least five years of experience managing and coordinating a governmental civil defense, disaster, and/or emergency management program, and education sufficient to effectively plan and manage a department and operations of this nature.


Accepting applications through October 8, 2018. For more detailed information and instructions on how to apply, go to: or click here.  The County of Sonoma is an equal opportunity employer.