Director of Emergency Management

  • Municipal Water District of Orange County
  • Fountain Valley, California
  • Aug 29, 2019
Full Time Emergency Management Fire and EMS Municipal or County Clerk Public Safety Water and Wastewater Treatment Management
  • Salary: $136,242 Annually
  • Salary Top: $183,908
  • Apply By: Sep 30, 2019


About The WEROC Program

The Water Emergency Response Organization of Orange County (WEROC) focuses on the resiliency of water utilities as a critical infrastructure through preparedness, protection, response, recovery and mitigation. WEROC is a program of the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) with responsibility for emergency planning and coordination with 37 water and wastewater utilities, the County Operational Area, cities, and other response partners.

WEROC is a unique program that provides the successful applicant with the opportunity to learn a niche area of emergency management, while still working on broad based programs that apply to all sectors of emergency management. WEROC is a leader in emergency management and the water sector for its innovative planning, grant initiatives, and partnerships throughout California.

Assist and coordinate with Member Agency and contracting agency emergency personnel on trainings and opportunities for shared services. 

About The Position

Under general direction, plans and directs all programs related to the Water Emergency Response Organization of Orange County (WEROC), the Municipal Water District of Orange County’s (MWDOC) Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP), and other emergency management programs as may be identified. Demonstrate leadership qualities in highly stressful situations; make decisions quickly and decisively often with limited information.  Provides preparedness training and prepares emergency plans and procedures for all programs and activities related to hazard mitigation, emergency preparedness, response and recovery for all water and wastewater utilities in Orange County in coordination with the Orange County Operational Area, State Water Resource Control Board, State Office of Emergency Services and other response partners prior to and during disasters. The Director of Emergency Management provides technical expertise and oversees implementation of emergency response programs, policy, plans, and training activities as it pertains to water emergency management.  The Director of Emergency Management oversees the development and implementation of emergency training, planning and preparedness.   This position serves as the State and National advocate for WEROC, MWDOC’s Member Agencies, contracting agencies, building relationships and developing and influencing policy as well as identifying new funding and grant opportunities for cost sharing opportunities.  Directs and oversees the assignments, projects and activities of Emergency Management staff. This position is required to be available to respond in the event of an emergency.

Job Description

Program Administration:

  • Oversee and participate in the development and administration of the WEROC annual program budget. Present budget to funding agencies for review and approval.
  • Prepare, attend and present memos, letters, agendas, articles, presentations, trainings and reports as needed for various elected boards, committees, outside agencies and management.
  • Research, identify and secure grant funding opportunities to supplement program funds for emergency facility renovations, program enhancements and mutual aid resources.


Emergency Operations Center (EOC):

  • Oversee department staff and provide guidance in the maintenance of two Emergency Operations Centers and the WEROC office (as an alternate EOC); including but not limited to maintaining plans, resource lists, equipment & overall operational status.

WEROC Plans and Training:

  • Oversee the maintenance and update of the WEROC Operations Plan and all supporting response plans to be in compliance with local, state and federal requirements to accomplish program goals.
  • Oversee recruitment of volunteer emergency staff and ensure all new staff are provided with ID cards, basic training and ensure staff involvement.


  • Attend meetings, conferences and workshops related to emergency management to learn new information and to develop working relationships with other emergency management specialists.
  • Participate in and represent MWDOC, WEROC, and Member Agencies and contracting agencies on various county, state and national associations and organizations. Build the partnerships needed to support the exchange of information and materials in preparation for and during disaster response and recovery.

Disaster Response:

  • Support Member Agencies with the response and recovery process as the water sector liaison during an emergency by responding to pre-identified locations during an automatic activation or when requested. Be ready and available 24-7, unless prior arrangements have been made.
  • Oversee and assist in the preparation of After-Action/Corrective Action reports, as needed. Work with the appropriate coordinating partners to enhance response systems for future disasters.

Job Requirements

Other Requirements:

  • Possess and maintain a valid California driver’s license and automobile insurance under the terms of the District’s Vehicle Insurance Policy.
  • Must be able to travel to various locations within and outside the County to meet the program needs and fulfill the job responsibilities.
  • Must be able to attend evening and weekend meetings, and be able to be on–call for response to emergencies on an around-the clock basis, seven days a week.
  • Must be certified in SEMS, IS 100, 700, and 800.
  • Certification in Emergency Management (CEM) by the International Association of Emergency Management preferred.

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Additional Information

Education, Experience and Qualifications:

A degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in emergency management, public policy, planning, public or business administration or a closely related field; and ten (10+) years of professional experience in emergency management, emergency preparedness, disaster response, emergency response and/or public safety or disaster recovery programs is desirable, with at least five (5+) of those in a managerial position. The qualification guidelines generally describe the knowledge and abilities required to enter the job in order to successfully perform the assigned duties. Any combination of education, experience and training that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities will be considered.  Public sector experience is preferred.