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Director of Emergency Management

Office of Emergency Management – Fire Department

County of Marin, California

Salary: $167,440 – $184,621 DOE/DOQ

As a testament to significant investment in emergency preparedness, the County of Marin seeks a Director of Emergency Management (Director) to lead the Office of Emergency Management (Office).  While this role is new to the County, the services this Office provides are being transitioned from the Marin County Sheriff’s Office to the Marin County Fire Department. The Director will have direct oversight of six staff and an approximate $1.9M budget. The Director will be a strong communicator and eager to build relationships with County staff, community members, and partner agencies/jurisdictions. The ideal candidate will bring several years of experience in emergency management, ideally in a municipal government setting, and be excited at the opportunity to create a newly engaged and robust Emergency Management Program that is viewed as the leader in the region. The successful candidate will have knowledge of emergency, environmental, flood, and fire hazard prevention, along with strategies to mitigate these hazards. Being an exemplary project manager is important for this role, as is being flexible in the face of change. This is a challenging yet exciting opportunity to shape the functions and goals of this role while also building a team. The Director will serve as a Countywide resource and lead County staff, community partners, and community members to become well-equipped to handle potential threats and high-stakes situations. If you are a strong relationship builder, have forward-thinking ideas, and want to help create a well-prepared community, apply today!

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The Director leads all the County’s emergency preparedness programs and emergency operational plans. One critical goal of this new position is to is to build and develop a strong team that is able to take on Emergency Operation Center (EOC) services during emergency situations. This will require the incumbent to have a deep understanding of EOC management, community preparedness, and flood and wildfire mitigation. The Director will serve as a project manager while developing an emergency management budget, program goals and objectives, and managing the County’s emergency operations plans. They will harbor the expertise to champion community resiliency and help others overcome potential threats that can impact the area.


The ideal candidate is a relationship builder who is eager to build and strengthen key partnerships and champion collaboration with both internal and external stakeholders. They will be a leader who values their team’s ideas and opinions and is open to communication and feedback from other internal and external stakeholders. They will see challenges as opportunities for improvement, especially when reviewing emergency response strategies and policies. The successful candidate will be flexible and solutions-oriented, showing they are prepared for sudden challenges or situations that arise. They will be able to navigate politics and policies with ease and have strong conflict-resolution skills. The Director will be a self-starter and visionary and put in the hard work and commitment to make this position their own. Someone who has experience helping a department undergo significant change is highly desirable, as the Director has the exciting opportunity to build their team, including the hiring of coordination and planning positions, and developing this restructured organization!


·         Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university with major coursework in emergency management, public safety, business, law, public administration, or a field closely related to the work

·         Five years of experience managing and coordinating a government system program for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. One year of experience must have been in a lead or supervisory capacity.

·         Possession of a valid California driver’s license


·         Experience serving within or in close coordination with a city or county emergency operations center, managing community-based programs or services, and managing state and federal grant programs

The salary for this position is $167,440 – $184,621 DOE/DOQ and is supplemented by a generous benefits program


For first consideration, apply by December 6, 2022, by completing an application and attaching your cover letter and resume at


Day 1 virtual interviews will take place on December 15th and Day 2 virtual interviews are tentatively scheduled for December 19th. (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)

The County of Marin is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The County is committed to diversity and invites all qualified people to apply, including persons of color, women, and individuals with disabilities.

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