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.
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.
Emergency Operations Center (EOC):
WEROC Plans and Training:
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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.