0922 Manager I - Security and Emergency Planning Manager

Recruitment #PEX-0922-090826



Announcement reissued to reflect update in Minimum Qualifications. 

Applicants who filed previously need not re-apply.



APPOINTMENT TYPE: Permanent Exempt (PEX), this position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer.



The Security and Emergency Planning Manager is a key member of the Port’s leadership team and responsible for the oversight of security management and emergency planning and response at the Port.   The Manager represents the Port at several levels of government agencies and acts as the Port’s liaison with law enforcement and state, military and federal agencies. The Manager leads staff in emergency planning and security exercises and maintains a budget for emergency preparedness training, planning and Port security projects. The essential functions of this position include:

Working with SF Police Department, US Coast Guard, security guard contractors and tenants to identify and rectify security vulnerabilities and criminal activity.

Assessing Port structures, properties, byways, traffic patterns and demographics to assist in coordinating, promoting and implementing emergency services programs, resource management, operational readiness, and response plans and capabilities.

Developing and preparing a variety of operational and contingency plans in response to identified natural and technological hazards. Formulating plans involving weapons of mass destruction safety, civil defenses, communications, emergency response and directed hazard mitigation.

Developing, maintaining and updating Port emergency and security plans; developing and presenting training programs on emergency operations, plans, and security programs to Port staff, members of other government agencies, Port tenants and the general public.

Developing conceptual design, project scopes and planning activities for Port security projects; developing, preparing and monitoring project budgets, control project cost and schedules, implement change orders; administering invoice payment.

Supervising and evaluating the activities of staff, leading working groups and/or coordinating work on specific projects or programs; providing guidance to security guard contractor and review incident reports

Working extensively with private contractors, consultants, state and federal agencies, City departments and Port divisions; representing the Port on the Area Maritime Security Committee and on multiple local and state committees for Homeland Security and Emergency Planning programs, projects and Emergency Operations Centers.

Serving as an alternative Facility Security Officer.

Maintaining emergency equipment caches.




Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience and Training
Five (5) years’ experience in any of the following or combination of public safety, military, security, emergency operations, emergency planning.

Successful completion of National Incident Management System (NIMS) training compliant Incident Command System (ICS) training course 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 800 or their recognized NIMS compliant equivalents within six months of employment.

Possession of a valid California driver’s license (to be presented at time of appointment). Employees must be insurable under the Port’s automobile liability insurance. Insurability must be maintained throughout employment.

May substitute up to two (2) years of education for Bachelor of Art degrees with additional years of relevant professional experience.

This position requires that the incumbent be qualified for unescorted access to the Port’s Maritime Transportation System (MTS). An application for a TWIC card may be submitted after employment has commenced. Employment in this position requires that the incumbent undergo a criminal history check, immigration check and terrorist threat assessment, including FBI fingerprints, in order to determine eligibility for security clearance.

The incumbent must submit an application for, successfully acquire and maintain a TWIC card. Per Civil Service Rule 110.9.1, every applicant must possess and maintain the qualifications required by law and by the announcement for this examination. Failure to acquire or maintain a TWIC card, a requirement for this position, may be basis for termination from employment with the Port Commission.

Note: TWIC requirements and procedures are located in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, 49 U.S.C. 114, 40113, and 49 U.S.C. 5103a.

How To Apply

Submit the following to indicate your interest and complete your application by Friday, March 22, 2019 to Suzette.Love@sfport.com  or by mail to Suzette Love, Port of San Francisco, Pier 1, San Francisco, CA 94111:

1. Cover letter describing how you meet the requirements of the Security and Emergency Planning Manager position.

2. Resume

3. Supplemental Questionnaire - please be brief in your responses to the following:

Question 1
The Security and Emergency Planning Manager is the primary point of contact on security, emergency and disaster-related incidents that may range from physical assaults on Port property to oil spills in the Bay.

Describe your experience communicating information to management in a moment of crisis or high tension. What techniques did you use to communicate clearly and effectively? Describe the protocols you used to ensure that the information you communicated was accurate. How did you identify and communicate the decisions that your manager needed to make?

Question 2
The Port is responsible for both landside and waterside security, coordinated by different Port divisions, City and federal agencies. Describe your experience working with diverse stakeholders to gather information, coordinate activities, and make strategic decisions.

Question 3
Describe your experience with emergency planning, and coordinating training and response to emergencies and/or natural disasters.



Selection Procedures

Your application materials will be screened for relevant qualifying experience. Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine your qualifications.

Only those applicants who most closely meet the requirements of this position will be invited to participate in the selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview.

Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.



Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures: Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20 or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents: Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work: All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Permanent-Exempt (PEX) Appointment:  This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive civil service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer. The project has a maximum duration of up to three (3) years.

Recruitment Type: PEX
Issued: 3/15/2019
Micki Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources

PRT/SL (415) 274-0569


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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