Job Posting: Cal OES Assistant Director – Public Safety Communications

California Governor's Office of Emergency Services

Cal OES Assistant Director – Public Safety Communications

$13,450.00 - $14,986.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

Join the executive leadership team of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES)—the nation’s premier state-level emergency management and homeland security agency charged with protecting the people of California from all threats and hazards.

The Assistant Director works under the supervision of the Deputy Director of Logistics and oversees the State of California’s Public Safety Communications program as part of the Cal OES Logistics Directorate. 

Under the leadership of the Assistant Director, the Public Safety Communications (PSC) Branch is the State of California’s one-stop-shop for comprehensive emergency communications capabilities and services.  PSC oversees California’s 9-1-1 system in support of over 450 PSAPs across the state, including the 9-1-1 Advisory Board, the State Emergency Telephone Number Account (SETNA) fund, and the implementation of Next Generation 9-1-1.  PSC operates the state’s microwave infrastructure and network, the statewide interoperable radio communication network, and the State Network Operations Center (NOC).  PSC further serves the state government’s entire public safety community to ensure for continuity of government through the design, installation, maintenance, and repair of their public safety radio communications systems.

The Assistant Director represents the Director, Deputy Director, and Executive staff to chair numerous high-profile policy groups and forums, to include California’s 9-1-1 Advisory Board, California Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee, and more. The Assistant Director’s organization includes multiple job classifications including telecommunications technicians and engineers, with personnel, communications equipment, installation shops, and office space located in all areas of the state. 

PSC is also the lead entity for CA Emergency Support Function 2 which brings together all emergency communication expertise and providers--to include wireless, telecommunications, internet, satellite, and cable providers--to support communities and state agencies across the state plan for, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters. PSC also provides direct linkage to the federal government for all aspects of emergency communications and communications policy, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Communications Commission, and more.

In coordination with Executive Management and the Cal OES Deputy Director of Logistics, the Assistant Director has responsibility for establishing policy and procedures that are in concert with Cal OES’s mission and supporting legislation.

The Assistant Director represents Cal OES when in contact with the Governor; officials of federal, state, and local governments; legislators; members of the Governor’s staff; the news media; and the public.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

The Assistant Director may be required to perform the function of the Executive Duty Officer (EDO). The EDO serves as the operational lead on behalf of Cal OES Executive Management. Executive level management serves on a rotational basis throughout the year. Duties include:


  • Establishing and ensuring a communication link exists with the California State Warning Center.
  • Providing support 24 hours a day and acting as the point of contact for state and federal coordination including mission request tasking of resources and staff.
  • Notifying and briefing Executive Management of significant events.
  • Briefing/Updating Executive Management of proclamations received and/or any changes to existing proclamations.  

Please see attached Duty Statement.

Minimum Requirements

This position does not have a Classification Specification. Requirements and qualifications for this position can be found in this announcement. For additional questions, please contact the hiring department listed below.

    Position Details

    Job Code #:
    Position #(s):
    Working Title:
    Cal OES Assistant Director – Public Safety Communications
    $13,450.00 - $14,986.00

    This position may be eligible for a pay differential.

    # of Positions:
    Work Location:
    Sacramento County
    Job Type:
    Exempt Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time

    Department Information

    Cal OES employs over 1,500 dedicated professionals who achieve the office’s mission to plan and prepare, respond and recover, and reduce risk from disasters and emergencies to protect lives and property, build capabilities, and support California’s communities.

    Cal OES is an all-hazards emergency management, homeland security, victim services, public safety communications, and disaster response and recovery public safety agency and as a result, is a dynamic and exciting place to work in a team-oriented environment. Cal OES provides extensive training to enhance the understanding of emergency and incident management to all employees.


    The Logistics Directorate is comprised of the following programs: Disaster Logistics, Logistics Services, Facilities, Physical Security, in addition to Public Safety Communications, which includes 9-1-1 Emergency Communications, Radio Communications, and Technical Services.  

    More information regarding the specific directorate may be found here:

    Department Website:

    Special Requirements

    This is a Governor-appointed position. In addition to submitting your application through CalCareers, applicants will be required to complete additional application steps through the Governor’s Office.

    During response operations, the Assistant Director is expected to work beyond a normal schedule, with extensive hours exceeding 12 hours per day for extended periods of time with minimal time off. The Assistant Director is expected to work effectively and cooperatively under stressful conditions, and work weekends, holidays, extended, and rotating shifts (day/night). Statewide travel may also be required for extended periods of time and on short notice.  

    Application Instructions

    Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

    Final Filing Date: Until Filled

    Who May Apply

    This is a non-testing Classification, therefore, anyone meeting the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification may apply for this position. Individuals in specific programs, such as the Welfare to Work Program, are encouraged to apply and will be given priority according to the applicable Laws and Rules. Please note on your application your current participation in these programs. Individuals who are eligible to be appointed to this Exempt Position by the State of California.

    Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
    Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

    How To Apply

    Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

    Address for Mailing Application Packages

    You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

    California Governor's Office of Emergency Services
    Attn: Human Resources
    Human Resources Recruitment
    10370 Peter A McCuen Boulevard
    Mather, CA 95655

    Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

    You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

    California Governor's Office of Emergency Services
    Human Resources
    Human Resources Recruitment
    10370 Peter A McCuen Boulevard
    Mather, CA 95655
    Deliver to the HR window 2nd floor. Excludes Weekend & Holidays
    08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Required Application Package Documents

    The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

    • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
    • Resume is required and must be included.
    Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

    Desirable Qualifications

    In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
    • Experience in an executive capacity with responsibility for program administration, as well as public safety communications expertise from the public and/or private sectors.
    • Demonstrated leadership experience in policy development and management, as well as planning, organizing, and directing diverse teams in providing emergency response operations.
    • Demonstrated ability to establish productive working relationships with employees, executive leadership, and state, federal, and local governmental entities to achieve departmental goals and objectives.
    • Excellent interpersonal/communication skills, and management and leadership skills to ensure successful performance in an executive role.
    • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills.
    • Knowledge of applicable state and federal laws, policies, and processes governing the state civil service system (including employee/employer relations, employee training and development, and Equal Employment Opportunity); state purchasing and contracting; and emergency functions.


    Cal OES offers FREE PARKING and is conveniently located off of the Highway 50 Corridor and near many local eateries, financial institutions, and Mather Sports Facility Complex.


    To learn more about the comprehensive benefit package, please visit:

    Contact Information

    The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

    Department Website:
    Human Resources Contact:
    Human Resources
    (916) 845-8321

    Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

    EEO Contact:
    EEO Officer
    (916) 845-8527
    California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

    Application for Appointment/Filing Instructions

    Interested candidates MUST submit the online Governor’s Appointment Application directly from the Office of the Governor’s website at: to be considered for this position. Select the position title “Emergency Services, Assistant Director Public Safety Communications.” The Office of the Governor manages all recruitments for exempt positions.

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

    It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.