City of Petaluma

Emergency Manager

Salary: $114,504 – $139,172 DOE/DOQ

The City of Petaluma seeks an organized and visionary Emergency Manager (Manager) to lead the City’s Emergency Management Program. The Manager will be a strong communicator and eager to build relationships with City staff, community members, and partner agencies/jurisdictions. The ideal candidate should bring several years of experience in emergency management, ideally in a municipal government setting, and be excited at the opportunity to create a robust Emergency Management Program that is viewed as the leader in the region. This candidate will have knowledge of emergency, environmental, flood, and fire hazard prevention, along with strategies to mitigate such hazards. Being an exemplary project manager is important for this role, as is being flexible in the face of change. This is an exciting new position within the City that allows candidates to shape the functions and goals of this role. The Manager will serve as a Citywide resource and help City staff, community partners, and community members become well equipped for potential threats and high-stakes situations. If you are a strong relationship builder, have forward-thinking ideas, and want to help create a prepared community, apply today!

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The Emergency Manager will lead the Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management Program of the Fire Department and train Emergency Operations Center (EOC) staff, City employees, and community members on how to respond to and prepare for emergencies through disaster tabletop exercises and drills. The Manager receives guidance from the Fire Command Staff and frequently collaborates with the City Manager’s Office, Police Department, Public Works, the County, and other external partners. They will have a deep understanding of EOC management, community preparedness, and flood and wildfire mitigation. The Manager will serve as a project manager while developing an emergency management budget, program goals and objectives, and managing the local hazard mitigation plan. They will harbor the expertise to champion community resiliency and help others overcome potential threats that can impact Petaluma.


The ideal candidate will be a professional, dedicated, and enthusiastic leader. They will see challenges as opportunities for improvement, especially when reviewing emergency response strategies and policies. They have a solid understanding of emergency management concepts and best practices and will operate with autonomy and initiative to foster relationships with City staff, community members, and outside agencies, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES). The successful candidate will have advanced public speaking and presentation skills that they will use when providing training to staff and Citizens Organized to Prevent Emergencies (COPE). They will be a self-starter and visionary and put in the hard work and dedication to make this position their own.


Any combination equivalent to the education and experience likely to provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to gain such knowledge and abilities is described below:

·         A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in emergency management, fire management, public or business administration, communication, or a related field

·         Three years of technical-level experience in an organization performing emergency management, disaster planning and/or response, preferably in a municipal government setting

·         Possession of a valid California Class C driver’s license

·         Possession of, or ability to obtain, certification as an Emergency Management Program Specialist from the State of California, Certified Emergency Manager designation from the International Association of Emergency Managers, or an equivalent certification


·         Master’s degree

·         Training in emergency response communications and compliance with the standardized Incident Command System (ICS) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requirements for disaster and emergency planning


·         May be required to work on-call, evenings, and weekends to respond to the City’s Emergency Operations Center in the event of an activation.


A salary of $114,504 – $139,172 DOE/DOQ and an attractive benefits package.


For first consideration, apply by May 16, 2022, by completing an application and attaching your cover letter and resume at

Save the Dates:

●        Interviews will take place on June 6 & 7. Selected candidates must be available for these dates.

Please contact your recruiter, Sam Sackman, with any questions:


·         541-630-0657 (direct) 866-929-9227 (Toll Free)

Please Note: In order to ensure the City fulfills its primary function of protecting the health and safety of our community and employees, the City of Petaluma has adopted a COVID-19 vaccination and testing policy to help mitigate transmission of COVID-19.  All City of Petaluma employees are required to comply with the provisions of the COVID-19 vaccination and testing policy.  Therefore, any candidate selected to move forward in the selection process, as a condition of employment, will be required to either: (1) provide proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 (proof of vaccination means being fully vaccinated according to the latest criteria established by federal and local public health agencies); or (2) submit to weekly COVID-19 testing.

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