Response, Recovery and Resiliency (OR3) Director

Company: County of Santa CruzCounty of Santa Cruz Logo

Location: Santa Cruz, CA

Date Posted: April 7, 2021

Application Deadline: April 23, 2021

Employment Type: Full Time

Salary: $135,429 to 181,542 Annually

Response, Recovery and Resiliency (OR3) Director

About the Position

Paid holidays, excellent benefits and CalPERS retirement!

The County of Santa Cruz offers a generous benefits package which includes annual leave, paid holidays, medical, dental, vision and retirement benefits!

The Position:  The Response, Recovery and Resiliency (OR3) Director will lead a newly formed division within the County Administrative Office bringing together emergency management functions with a strategic focus on long term resilience and climate change. In the wake of the COVID 19 pandemic, public health emergency and the catastrophic CZU lightening complex wildfires, the Director will be working closely with the Board of Supervisors, and County Administrative Office leadership to stand up this new organization to ensure strong emergency preparedness and response capabilities and guide recovery efforts.

The Director will manage and support a staff of three positions:

  • Emergency Operations Analyst
  • Recovery and Resiliency Analyst and 
  • Administrative Aide.

This position will primarily be responsible for maximizing the County’s emergency response capabilities, coordinating activities of the Response, Recovery and Resiliency Division with other County departments and other jurisdictions. 

Ideal Candidate Profile

  • Passionate and committed to public service and our beautiful community
  • Able to work both independently and develop strong partnerships and collaborations
  • Innovative and committed to continuous process improvement
  • Ability to act courageously to respond in difficult, high pressure situations
  • Ability to respond to multiple stakeholders while quickly building strong relationship

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Any combination of education and experience which would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management, Public Policy, Public Administration, or related field.
  • Five years of management experience, which includes delivery of emergency management, preparedness, response, and recovery services in a local, state, or federal agency, or related experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the classification. Experience must include at least one year of supervision.
  • A master’s degree or higher degree may substitute for one year of experience except for the required one year of supervision.
  • Certified Emergency Manager from the International Association of Emergency Managers is highly desirable.

How to Apply

Apply online at or mail/bring an application and supplemental questionnaire to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 510, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. For more information, please call Jennifer Espino-Smith, Personnel Analyst at (831) 454-2085. Hearing Impaired TDD/TTY: 711. Applications will meet the final filing date if received: 1) in the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) submitted online before midnight of the final filing date.