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Emergency Services Planner, Supervising

Salary: $26.27-$32.07 hourly / $4,569-$5,578 monthly / Range: 5886

DEFINITION: Under general direction of the Emergency Services Manager, supervises personnel assigned to the Operational Area Programs Division; supervises the development of emergency plans in the incorporated and unincorporated areas of the Operational Area; coordinates the administration and program activities of the Office of Emergency Services; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a supervisory class in which the incumbent is responsible for administration and direction of a staff of Emergency Services Planners and clerical staff. Emergency Services Planner, Supervising is distinguished from Emergency Services Manager by the latter's overall administrative and program responsibility of the Office of Emergency Services.


1. Plans, assigns, reviews, and evaluates the work of subordinate staff involved in all risk, hazardous materials, oil and gas, and public education planning; conducts the recruitment of volunteer personnel for the division; provides Office of Emergency Services personnel in support of emergency response activities.
2. Directs and supervises activities of the Operational Area Programs Division within the Office of Emergency Services in the coordination, planning, and preparation of emergency response plans for the unincorporated area of the County and the corresponding plans of member cities.
3. Manages and administers the development of special "All Risk" Operational Area programs including those specifically associated with Nuclear Power Plant and Federal Emergency Management Association Planning.
4. Ensures that an appropriate level of planning and coordination exists between the divisions in order to ensure continuity of programs and planning.
5. Serves as public information officer and news media contact for the Office of Emergency Services.
6. Serves as the Operational Area liaison to incorporated cities during emergencies; coordinates emergency planning activities with major industrial facilities in the County, including the oil and gas facilities.
7. Has primary responsibility for the planning, development and implementation of the Operational Area Incident Management System (ICS) including the conduct of Operational Area exercises and training.
8. Assists in preparing and monitoring the Office of Emergency Services budget and other fiscal matters; writes and monitors grant applications for Office of Emergency Services; coordinates with fiscal staff of outside agencies in order to coordinate disaster recovery efforts.
9. Reviews, analyzes, interprets, and makes recommendations regarding the implementation of State and Federal emergency management legislation.


1. Three years of experience in an emergency services field which includes one year of experience directly related to the administration of an emergency services program; or,
2. three years of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Emergency Services Planner with Santa Barbara County; or
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

A bachelor's degree in chemical or petroleum engineering, geology or related sciences, fire science, public/business administration, urban planning, natural resource management, communications, or other related fields may be substituted for up to one year of experience in the emergency services field.

Additional Requirements: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License; must be available for "on-call" duty as required.

Knowledge of: principles and practices of emergency management including: types of hazards associated with the Operational Area and their potential for impact on the community; local and state government's responsibilities and their goals and objectives as they relate to emergency management; local and state emergency services organizations, their roles and functions under the State of California Master Mutual Aid Agreement; public administration policies and procedures at the county and city level; program planning and administration under the operational area concept.

Ability to: analyze the potential for disasters and supervise the development of corresponding plans to mitigate the effect of disasters occurring within the operational area; maintain a cooperative working relationship with federal, state, and local officials; coordinate planning and response activities among multiple public agencies and other involved groups; interact effectively with the news media and make public presentations as required; manage, direct, supervise, and train subordinate personnel assigned to the Operational Area Programs Division; read, interpret, prepare, and explain policies and procedures; make sound discretionary decisions; represent the department with tact and diplomacy; perform effectively under emergency or stressful conditions; be available for on-call emergency response as required; act for the Emergency Services/Operational Area Manager in his/her absence; learn principles of budget administration.

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