Disaster Management Director

$121,141 - $163,541 yearly
  • Clackamas County
  • 1710 Red Soils Ct, Oregon City, OR, USA
  • May 05, 2022
Full time Administration/Management Emergency Management

Job Description

Clackamas County seeks an experienced, highly skilled emergency management professional with excellent leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills to lead our Disaster Management Department.

The mission of Disaster Management is to foster resilience through disaster planning, preparedness, response, and recovery coordination, so communities can equitably access resources, survive a disaster, and recover as timely and deliberately as possible. Disaster Management coordinates with other jurisdictions and agencies for county disaster preparedness and homeland security.  The Medical Examiner also resides in this department and coordinates their work across the County.

Reporting directly to the County Administrator, the Disaster Management Director directs the county's all-hazards preparedness, mitigation, response, recovery, and prevention programs. The director will develop, coordinate, and test comprehensive disaster and homeland security response and recovery plans for interdepartmental, intergovernmental and interagency response and recovery. During a disaster or homeland security incident, the director deploys disaster operations.

One of the director's key roles is establishing and maintaining positive working relationships with other government agencies and community stakeholders. The position directs and coordinates activities to plan for, practice, and respond to emergencies, disasters, and homeland security incidents in Clackamas County. Responsibilities include obtaining and administering grants and planning and coordinating with regional partners. 

The Disaster Management Director also provides administrative and technical support services to all county departments, other public jurisdictions, and non-profit and private organizations throughout Clackamas County.

The Disaster Management Director serves as a member of the county's Executive Management Team and is responsible for implementing policy direction by the Board of County Commissioners under the operational leadership of the County Administrator. The director also is responsible for leading the work of the department's 15+ FTE including budget, strategic planning, Board of County Commissioners interaction, and building community relationships for the program.


The Disaster Management Director needs a broad knowledge of Federal, state, and local laws and regulations affecting disaster response and terrorism prevention and response, particularly the Federal Homeland Security Advisory System.

The successful candidate will be in a high-profile position with the county. Our next director will need solid communication skills, sound judgment, and the ability to work collaboratively in a team-oriented environment. In addition, the director will need to be able to analyze complex problems, recommend solutions, and foster and maintain intergovernmental partnerships.

The county is seeking a director who can develop, implement, and monitor a comprehensive disaster management program, including the ability to respond to hazards threatening the county quickly. Additionally, they must effectively coordinate activities and responsibilities with county departments, local cities and special districts, private agencies, volunteers, and regional, state, and federal governments.

The successful candidate will demonstrate political astuteness while remaining apolitical. They will have extensive knowledge of public policy and decision-making processes. The candidate should also be well-versed in disaster/emergency management and the Incident Command System (ICS) principles and practices.

This position demands a strong knowledge of public administration. In addition to executive management skills, successful candidates should have experience with collective bargaining and union environments, budget and contract administration. They must also have demonstrated expertise in promoting an inclusive and diverse work environment.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are at the core of everything we do. Clackamas County is committed to building a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply in that spirit.

This position will remain open until filled.  The first application review will be Tuesday, May 31, 2022.  We reserve the right to close this recruitment at any time on or after that date.

For detailed information and to apply online please visit our website.