Disaster Preparedness Officer

City of Long Beach

The Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications has approximately 89 employees with a budget of $12.5 Million. The Disaster Preparedness operation is one of three bureaus in the Department with approximately 4 employees and an operating budget of over $1.5 Million.

The Disaster Preparedness Officer is an at-will management position and reports directly to the Director.  

Oversees the effective and efficient management of the emergency operations within the City of Long Beach;
Assists with  planning, organizing, and directing the disaster preparedness activities and operations focused on the development of the City's emergency management program and the coordination of operations across the City departments and outside agencies;
Works to mitigate, plan and prepare for emergencies; ensures the readiness of the City's Emergency Operations Center;
Educates the City management, employees, community partner organizations and the public about preparedness;
Coordinates emergency response and recovery efforts; manages awarded Homeland Security Grant funded training and equipment procurement projects;
Chairs the Los Angeles County Area F group;
Develops tools and identifies resources to support the overall preparedness of the residents of the City of Long Beach.    
The Disaster Preparedness Officer generally works during normal business hours, but may be required to work nights, weekends, and extended hours or be on call when necessary.


Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university in a field closely related to Emergency Management;
Three years of full-time paid experience in administrative analysis or operations planning, one year of which must have been in emergency operations programs for a government agency or large company developing and implementing an emergency plan for large scale disasters. 
Valid California Driver's License.

Desirable Qualifications:
Completion of the Federal Incident Command System (ICS) emergency management coursework is preferred.
Relevant supervisory experience is preferred. 

The successful candidate will possess the following:
Excellent organization, writing and oral presentation skills;
Ability to implement strategies designed to engage staff, develop their knowledge and skills and achieve high levels of performance;
Knowledge of the roles and purpose of federal, state and local agencies involved in emergency management planning and response;
Ability to modify and maintain plans for multi-hazard and disaster response;
Ability to coordinate functions within an Emergency Operations Center;
Ability to utilize systems related to emergency planning and communications, crisis management tools, mass notification systems, emergency alert systems and auxiliary communications services;
Ability to prepare and present emergency preparedness and response trainings and presentations to a wide variety of audiences, including public safety personnel, disaster service workers, volunteers, community members and local officials.     


The salary range for this position is $90,000 to $118,000. Salary is commensurate with qualifications. The City's compensation package also encompasses an attractive benefits package that includes:
Retirement – City offers CalPERS with a benefit of 2.5% @ 55 for Classic members or 2% at 62 for new members as defined by PEPRA, subject to the limitations set by PERS.  Employee pays the employee portion.  The City also participates in Social Security.
Vacation – Twelve (12) days after one year of service; 15 days after four years, six months of service; 20 days after 19.5 years of service.
Executive Leave – Forty (40) hours per year.
Sick Leave – One day earned per month; unlimited accumulation; conversion upon retirement to cash credit toward health and/or dental insurance premiums, or to pension credits.
Holidays – Nine designated holidays per year, plus four personal holidays to be used at the employee's discretion.
Transportation Allowance
Health Insurance – The City offers an HMO and PPO option for health and dental insurance coverage.  The City pays major portion of the premium for employee and dependents depending on the health/dental plan selected.
Dental Insurance – Two dental plans are available for employees and dependents.
Life Insurance – City-paid term life insurance policy equal to three times annual salary to a maximum of $500,000.
Disability – City-paid short-term and long-term disability insurance.
Management Physical – Annual City-paid physical examination.
Deferred Compensation – Optional for employee contribution to a supplementary retirement savings program available through ICMA Retirement Corporation.
Technology Allowance – Monthly stipend.


This recruitment will close at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 02, 2018. To be considered for this opportunity, applicants must submit an online application, including resume and cover letter that reflect the scope and level of their current/most recent positions and responsibilities, including salary history.  Candidates must also complete the online supplemental questionnaire.
Following the close of filing, applications will be reviewed and those candidates determined to be the best qualified will be invited to participate in the selection process, which will include an oral interview by a selection panel.  The selected candidate will be required to undergo a thorough background and reference check.  Incomplete applications or candidates who clearly do not meet the minimum requirements of the position will not be considered. 

This information is available in an alternative format by request to the Administration Bureau at (562) 570-9253. If you require an accommodation because of a disability in order to participate in any phase of the application process, please request an accommodation when submitting your application or call (562) 570-9253. 
The City of Long Beach is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of the organization. The City of  Long Beach intends to provide reasonable accommodations in accordance with the American with Disabilities Act of 1990. In support of the City's Language Access Policy, bilingual skills (Spanish, Khmer and/or Tagalog) are desirable for positions interacting with the public. 

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