Chief of Emergency Services

  • Sacramento County, CA
  • Sacramento, California
  • Sep 16, 2020
Emergency Management
  • Salary: $134,634.24 - $148,435.92 Annually USD

Job Description

The Position

There is an additional 3.35% Management Differential which is added to the posted salary for this class.

This is a limited continuous filing exam. Next filing cut-offs are at 5:00 pm on:

10/7/20 and 10/28/20 (final)

Under the executive policy direction from the County Executive and Assistant County Executive Officer, the Chief of Emergency Services is responsible for the overall management of emergency services and operations within the County. The incumbent ensures the protection of persons and property in response to emergencies and disasters by developing and managing the emergency programs, and coordinating the emergency functions of the County with other political subdivisions, emergency services agencies both public and private, corporations, organizations and affected persons. The incumbent may coordinate similar tasks for other jurisdictions as authorized by the Board of Supervisors. Watch to explore your career with purpose

Examples of Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of
  • Emergency services administration, program development and evaluation
  • Principles and practices of management necessary to plan, organize, direct, manage, and evaluate the staff and functions of an emergency preparedness, recovery and response operation
  • All aspects of emergency services administration including current and appropriate methods, procedures, and technical expertise
  • Interrelationships, responsibilities, goals and functions of local, state and federal government related to emergency management; common forms of local government
  • Applicable, federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, and codes related to local and regional disaster preparedness, response, and recovery
  • Technology, trends, methods, and techniques in the areas of emergency and disaster preparedness, response, relief and recovery
  • Planning principles and response protocols for threats and hazards
  • Principles and practices of management and organizational theory, business finance and budgeting, contracts, grant writing, business development, program management and analysis, supervision, personnel management, employee relations, and modern information systems
  • The National Incident Management System (NIMS); State Emergency Management System (SEMS); California Incident Command System (ICS); Operational Area Satellite Information System (OASIS),Web EOC - the state system for managing information and resources during disasters or large scale incidents, and other relevant systems
  • California State Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (SHMP)
  • Techniques of preparing, producing and disseminating information to various target community groups
  • English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation
Ability to
  • Plan, organize, manage and evaluate the staff, functions, operations, and systems 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
  • Establish goals, policies and performance standards
  • Formulate and implement policies, plans and procedures for monitoring and reviewing responses in a time of disaster
  • Oversee and participate in activities associated with various disaster planning committees assuring the preparation, participation and coordination of emergency response training seminars, drills and simulation exercises
  • Develop and provide information for the purpose of updating the public on emergency planning, capabilities, and action
  • Interpret and summarize a variety of data and information
  • Analyze and evaluate statistical data and reports related to emergency services; prepare reports required by local, State and Federal agencies, and others
  • Develop, monitor and interpret budgets and other financial documents; assure eligibility requirements for federal, state, and local reimbursement programs are met and maintained; write and/or approve and coordinate budget requests and claims for reimbursement of funds
  • Interpret, explain, and apply applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, regulations, and legislation
  • Select, manage, train, develop, evaluate, and motivate staff; investigate and resolve disciplinary issues
  • Keep abreast of new technology, trends, and techniques in the areas of emergency response and disaster relief including computer programs associated with the maintenance and update of the emergency response plans
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with federal, state, and local agencies, private organizations, county departments, and agencies concerned with emergency services
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing
  • Influence and persuade others to accept a particular viewpoint or follow a particular course of action
  • Exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality of information

Employment Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

1a. A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college, university, or career school (such as military training or accredited vocational training) in emergency management, public safety, public or business administration, or related field;

1b. Four years of full-time paid management experience with responsibility for managing and coordinating a governmental program for emergency and disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.

Note: If the word "experience" is referenced in the minimum qualifications, it means full-time paid experience unless the minimum qualification states that volunteer experience is acceptable. Part-time paid experience may be accumulated and pro-rated to meet the total experience requirements.


Note: If the minimum qualifications include an educational or certificate/license requirement, applicants must submit proof of requirements with the application. Failure to submit proof of requirements may result in disqualification from the examination. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. For guidelines on submitting acceptable proof of educational requirements, please click here or speak to someone in our office before the cut-off date listed in this notice.

General Qualifications

Criminal History and Background Checks: The County may access criminal history information on candidates who have accepted a conditional offer of appointment for this class consistent with the provisions of Board of Supervisors Resolution No. 82-602, Personnel Policies and Procedures B-5, and applicable federal and state laws.

The County shall not consider for employment any candidate who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor that relates to or impacts the candidate's ability to perform the job duties of this class unless it is determined that mitigating circumstances exist. For purposes of accessing criminal history information, the candidate will be fingerprinted. A subsequent arrest notification may be obtained.

The County may also conduct a background check on the candidate prior to appointment to a position within this class. The background check may include personal and professional reference checks, credit history checks where authorized by Labor Code section 1024.5, Social Security Number verification, professional license/registration verification, military service information and driving history. Information obtained in the course of this background check will be considered by the appointing authority in the selection process. In obtaining such information, the County will comply with applicable consent and disclosure practices in the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act.

License Requirement: A valid California Driver License, Class C or higher, is be required at the time of appointment. Failure to obtain or maintain the appropriate California Driver License may constitute cause for personnel action in accordance with Civil Service Rules or applicable bargaining agreement.

Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Physical Requirements: The incumbent must be able to:
  • Walk for extended periods over difficult terrain
  • Lift and carry equipment and training materials weighing up to fifty (50) pounds.
  • Perform the full range of body movements including reaching, bending, grasping and climbing
Individuals who do not meet these requirement(s) due to disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Working Conditions: The incumbent must be able to:
  • Travel throughout Sacramento County on a regular basis
  • Work extended and unusual hours, including weekends, holidays, and/or off-hour shifts during emergencies or disaster situations and during training programs or preparedness exercises
  • Remain on-call in case of emergencies
  • Work in and around adverse conditions associated with natural, technological, and human caused emergencies and disasters, such as but not limited to environmental conditions, hazardous waste, gases, toxins, dust, dirt, and debris.
Individuals who do not meet these requirement(s) due to disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Probationary Period

The probationary period for this classification is twelve (12) months.

Application and Testing Information


Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. All applicants must complete and submit an online County of Sacramento employment application by 5:00 PM on the posted cut-off date. Click here to apply.

County of Sacramento
Department of Personnel Services
Employment Services Division
700 H Street, Room 4667
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone (916) 874-5593; 7-1-1 California Relay Service

Inter-Office Mail Code: 09-4667
  • Employment applications and all documentation requested in this announcement must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • Your application should highlight all relevant education, training, and experience, and clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for the position as of the cut-off date.
  • Application information must be current, concise and related to the requirements in this job announcement. You may only apply for this recruitment once. Duplicate and incomplete applications will be disqualified.
  • A resume may be included with your application, however it will not substitute for the information requested on the application.


Applicants are required to provide a full and complete response to each supplemental question. The Supplemental Questionnaire is located in the tab marked "Supplemental Questions". Please be descriptive in your response.

Note: Responses of "See Resume" or "See Application", or copy and paste of work experience are not qualifying responses and will not be considered.
  • Supplemental Questionnaires must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date. Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • The supplemental questions are designed to elicit specific information regarding a candidate's experience, education, and training. Responses should be consistent with the information on your application and are subject to verification.
  • Please provide place of employment, pertinent dates, and concise, descriptive and detailed information for each question.
  • If a job included responsibilities applicable to several questions, separate the different functions of the job to answer all the questions completely.
  • Resumes or referral to the application or other questionnaire responses will not be accepted in lieu of completing each question.
  • If you have no experience, write "no experience" for the appropriate question.
  • For many individuals, it is more efficient to develop responses to the supplemental questions in a word processing document and then paste them into the final document to be submitted. Changes or corrections to your Supplemental Questionnaire cannot be made once your application packet has been submitted.
  • If the Supplemental Questionnaire is used in the Formula Rate exam, failure to complete all of the questions or incomplete responses will result in a lower score. While scoring the Supplemental Questionnaire, the candidate's application and/or attachments will not be reviewed , therefore, a candidate's responses to the questions should be accurate, thorough, detailed, and complete.


All candidates meeting the minimum qualifications by the cut-off date will have their Supplemental Questionnaire scored in the Formula Rate Examination.

This examination will evaluate the relevance, level, recency, progression and quality of candidate's education, training and experience. The candidate's application or other materials will not be included in this examination. Therefore, the candidate's responses to the supplemental questionnaire should be thorough, detailed and complete. The score from the Formula Rate Examination will determine the ranking on the eligible/employment list for this job.

All candidates competing in the testing process will receive written notice of their examination results by email. Notices can also be accessed in their inbox. Applicants achieving a passing score will be placed on the eligible list in rank order. The rank is determined by the test score attained from the examination.


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www.saccountyjobs.netClosing Date/Time: 10/28/2020 5:00 PM Pacific

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