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Job: City of Santa Cruz, Emergency Operations Manager

Looks like a great position.

I’ve been thinking about how organizations of all types are finding it difficult to fill positions. 911 centers, for example, are deferring calls to their nonemergency numbers because they don’t have enough staff.

When will this shortage of “qualified” candidates start impacting emergency management — in the future?

For the time being, there is this job announcement:

$8,741.00 – $11,267.00 Monthly $104,892.00 – $135,204.00 Annually The City of Santa Cruz is seeking a Principal Management Analyst to serve as Emergency Operations Manager reporting to the Fire Chief. By joining this diverse and talented team in our uniquely beautiful city, you’ll be assigned to collaborate closely with the Fire Chief of the Santa Cruz Fire Department to fortify and optimize emergency and disaster response strategies. This pivotal role involves coordinating resources, devising comprehensive plans, cooperating with our local, state and federal partners, and implementing protocols to ensure swift and effective response during crises. From evaluating and enhancing existing plans and procedures to fostering interdepartmental collaboration, your leadership will bolster the city’s preparedness, resilience, and capacity to safeguard its community in the face of emergencies and disasters. This position requires a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in business, accounting, public administration, or Emergency Management or a related field, three years of professional experience in public or business administration, public affairs, or a related field with some experience developing plans, procedures, and training programs for a local, state, or federal government agency in emergency management subjects; two years of supervisory experience, and a valid driver’s license. For the full job description please refer to the City of Santa Cruz Jobs page within the link below. The City of Santa Cruz offers excellent benefits including CalPERS retirement, medical, dental, vision, basic life insurance, long-term disability, an Employee Assistance Program, vacation time, sick time, and up to 11 paid holidays per year. Deadline to apply is Thursday, January 11, 2024 by 5:00 p.m. For a complete list of job requirements and to apply go to and click on Jobs. City of Santa Cruz Human Resources Department 809 Center St., Room 6, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (831) 420-5040
Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.