Director of Emergency Services

  • Ventura County Sheriff's Office
  • Ventura, California
  • Nov 22, 2019
Full Time Emergency Management Executive
  • Salary: $140,310.45 - $196,453.90 Annually
  • Phone: 805-477-1921


The County of Ventura is seeking a highly motivated and talented professional to manage the county's Office of Emergency Services (OES). The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in emergency management, program management, and excellent leadership and public relations skills.

The County of Ventura offers an attractive compensation and benefits package.  Aside from our salary of approximately $140,310.45 to $196,453.90 per year, an employee within this position will also be eligible for the following:

  • Educational Incentive - An educational incentive of 2.5% for completion of an associate's degree, 3.5% for completion of a bachelor's degree, OR 5% for completion of a graduate's degree.
  • Executive Administrative Leave - The candidate selected for this position will earn 248 hours per year, increasing to 288 hours after 5 years of service, to 328 hours after 10 years of service, and to 368 hours after 15 years of service or other public service. *Credit for prior public service may be considered. (Sec. 616A)
  • Annual Leave Redemption - The ability to "cash in" or redeem up to 100 hours of Annual Leave per year after using 80 hours.
  • Deferred Compensation - Eligible to participate in the County's 401(k) Shared Savings Plan and/or the Section 457 Plan. This position is eligible for up to a 3% match on your 401(k) contributions.
  • Health Plans – You are afforded a flexible credit allowance of up to $11,622 annually for purchasing medical, dental, and/or vision insurance from a group of authorized plans. 
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Employees may also participate in the Flexible Spending Accounts which increase their spending power by reimbursing them with pre-tax dollars for IRS approved dependent care and health care expenses.
  • Pension Plan - Both the County and you contribute to the County's Retirement Plan and to Social Security.  If you are eligible, you may establish reciprocity with other public retirement systems such as PERS.  
  • Holidays - 10 paid days per year which includes a scheduled floating holiday.


Ventura County is located on California's "Gold Coast," approximately 35 miles northwest of Los Angeles and 20 miles southeast of Santa Barbara.  Residents enjoy rolling hills and sweeping ocean views in a nearly perfect Mediterranean climate with an average annual temperature of 74.2 degrees.  The beauty and weather combined with a wonderful quality of life are among the many reasons our residents choose to call Ventura County "home."
Ventura County is a "general law" county, governed by a five-member, elected–by-district Board of Supervisors. The Supervisors appoint a County Executive Officer (CEO) to oversee the County budget, day-to-day operations, as well as to advise, assist and act as an agent for the Board of Supervisors in all matters under the Board's jurisdiction. 
County operations have an operating budget of approximately $2.3 billion with a staffing allocation of 8,900. The County has excellent financial standing with its AAA rating, the highest possible long-term bond rating, from Moody's and Standard & Poor's. The County excels in its financial and business operations which are based in continuous process improvement and was just ranked as the third best large County in the United States for its use of technology to improve services and boost efficiencies for the public.


To protect life, property and the environment by leading the development and implementation of a cooperative countywide plan for emergency preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery drawing from all local, state and federal resources.


Under direction, Director of Emergency Services is responsible for comprehensive countywide disaster response, planning, coordination, training and recovery. Works with all county agencies and departments, cities, public and private organizations, community and civic groups to enhance the ability of Ventura County to respond to and recover from disasters. On behalf of the Sheriff's Office, with frequent and substantive reporting and collaboration with the office of the CEO, serves as Director of the Office of Emergency Services (OES) program. Provides 24/7 coverage to ensure emergency management functions are maintained throughout the county and is responsible for coordination of the County Emergency Management Team in the event of a disaster. The position requires considerable coordination with federal, state, and local entities, private organizations, and the public.
The Director of Emergency Services is an "At-Will" classification that is exempt from the provisions of the Civil Service Ordinance. The position is eligible for benefits at the MB2 level.

OPENING DATE: October 22, 2019
CLOSING DATE: This is a continuous recruitment and may close at any time; therefore, the schedule for the remainder of the process will depend upon when a sufficient number of qualified applications are received to meet business needs.
FIRST REVIEW: Week of November 4, 2019.  Subsequent reviews may be conducted to establish a viable pool of candidates. Reviews will be on a weekly basis thereafter.

Job Description

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Plans, organizes, directs, and evaluates the work of the OES staff; 
  • Serves as duty officer on a rotational basis to ensure emergency management functions are maintained throughout the county;
  • Formulates internal policies and procedures for OES; advises staff on work methods, policy interpretation, and problem areas; 
  • Directs the preparation of reports and agendas related to the work of OES and the Emergency Planning Council (EPC);
  • Supports the EPC and committees in developing a comprehensive emergency management program; 
  • Develops, implements and updates emergency operation plans for a wide range of disasters; 
  • Serves as a liaison representing the OES; cultivates and maintains collaborative relationships with a wide variety of public, private, volunteer, and non-profit agencies at the local, state, and federal level on matters pertaining to emergency management, preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery; 
  • Manages the release of emergency preparedness education and information to county residents, employees and community stakeholders; ensures dissemination of information to affected parties in a timely manner during emergencies; 
  • Manages and oversees emergency alert and notification systems for operational area members and the unincorporated areas of the County; 
  • Manages and oversees the administration of various federal and state emergency preparedness grants on behalf of the Ventura County Operational Area; provides fiscal oversight and management of OES expenditures, revenues and grant funds; 
  • Provides management level review and analysis of legislative proposals and bills related to emergency preparedness; 
  • Develops and maintains critical information technology systems required for disaster and recovery management; 
  • Maintains and responds on a 24/7 basis to the County EOC, and other locations as appropriate, during emergencies; 
  • Serves as the director of the County EOC during activations;
  • Negotiates with vendors; manages professional services and equipment contracts;
  • Makes presentations to various groups in various settings including but not limited to: governing bodies, community forums, professional education, and the media; and
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Job Requirements

These are entrance requirements to the recruitment process and assure neither continuance in the process nor invitation to an interview.


Requires progressively responsible management experience in emergency services or disaster preparedness.
The required knowledge, skills and abilities can also be obtained by any combination of education, training and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in Emergency Management, Public Administration or a related field and five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience in emergency preparedness, emergency operation center functions, coordination of emergency services and/or related programs. Supervisory and project management experience is required. 

Must have completed some basic training in the National Incident Management System (NIMS), the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS), and the Incident Command System (ICS).


  • Graduate degree in Emergency Management, Public Safety, Public Administration, Public Policy, Business Administration or closely related field.
  • Experience with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of Homeland Security grant administration.
  • Experience with California Emergency Services Act, the Robert T. Stafford Emergency Assistance Act and relevant federal guidelines and directives related to emergency management and homeland security.
  • Experience with public relations and speaking.

Supplemental Information: 
Duties are performed primarily in an office environment.

Special Instructions


To APPLY for this exceptional career opportunity, please send a resume, cover letter and answers to the supplemental questions in one of the following ways:

  • Email:
  • Mail: VCSO/HR Attn: Gerald Chambers  800 So. Victoria Ave Ventura, CA 93009 or
  • Submit an on-line application and attachments (resume and cover letter) at

Resumes, cover letters and responses to the supplemental questions will be screened based on the criteria outlined in this job bulletin.

First review of resumes is anticipated to be during the week of November 4, 2019 to determine if the stated requirements are met. All relevant work experience, training and education needs to be included to determine eligibility.  This is a continuous recruitment and may close at any time. If interested, apply as soon as possible to be included in that review.  Subsequent reviews may be conducted to establish a viable pool of candidates. Reviews will be on a weekly basis thereafter.

Following an evaluation of the resumes, the most qualified candidates will be invited to a panel interview. The top candidates, as determined by the panel, will then be invited to a second/final interview. The interviews may be consolidated into one process or expanded into multiple interviews contingent upon the size and quality of the candidate pool.


For further information about this recruitment, please contact Gerald Chambers by email at or phone (805) 477-1921.