Assistant Director, Emergency Management

  • Alachua County Board of County Commissioners
  • 12 Southeast 1st Street, Gainesville, FL, USA
Full Time Business Development Communications Consultant Government Legal

Job Description


SALARY: $57,116.80 Annually

Master's degree in urban planning, public administration, emergency management, business administration, fire science or related field, and two years of professional  experience in emergency management or related field; or any equivalent combination of related training and experience.
Acceptable education/experience:  Master's degree and two years' related professional field experience = (8 years); or Bachelor's degree and four years' related professional field experience = (8 years); or Associate's degree and six years' related professional field experience =(8 years);  or High School diploma or equivalent and eight years' related  professional field experience.
 A valid Florida Driver License  is required  and a Motor  Vehicle  Record that  meets  the requirements of Alachua County policy # 6-7; Motor Vehicle Records will be reviewed prior to employment.   If in the past 24-month period, the record shows more than 3 moving traffic violations, and/or a conviction/pending charge for driving under the influence, the minimum qualifications are not met for the position.Successful completion of a criminal history background investigation is required prior to employment. Applicants within six months of meeting the education/experience requirement may be considered for trainee status.

Must obtain the National or Florida Professional Emergency Manager Certification. (IAEM CEM and/or FEPA FPEM) within 12 months of hire date.

The employee must be able to report to the EOC within 60 minutes of notification in order to open and activate the EOC in the event of a declared emergency.

 Position Summary: This is highly responsible professional and technical work in assisting in the conceptualization, formulation, and implementation the County's overall comprehensive emergency management program.

This is an emergency essential classification. Upon declaration of a disaster and/or emergency, all employees in this classification are required to work.

An employee assigned to this classification plans, organizes, directs, and controls the various activities and operations of the Emergency Management Division of the Alachua County Fire Rescue Department including preparedness, recovery, and mitigation planning. Work is performed under the general direction of a higher level supervisor and is reviewed through conferences, reports, and the observation of results obtained.

 Examples of Duties: Exudes a positive customer service focus.
Advocates building organizational culture through aligning decisions with department mission and core values including:  integrity, honesty, respect, diversity, innovation, accountability and communication.
Coordinates and conducts planning efforts involving local agencies, jurisdictions and organizations; maintains and updates emergency plans; works to integrate County emergency planning with outside jurisdictions and organizations; ensures emergency planning efforts are in accordance with federal and state plans and guidelines; and ensures emergency planning efforts are in compliance with the current EMAP Standard.

Coordinates the activities of County staff assigned as personnel in the Emergency Operations Center. This would include determining work procedures and schedules; issuing instructions and assigning duties; reviewing work; and conducting departmental training and orientation.

Performs difficult and complex research, analysis, and report preparation for emergency planning.

Identifies potential hazards present in the jurisdiction in order to develop effective emergency plans.

Serves as principal planner for major program areas such as the Local Mitigation Strategy, the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, and the Recovery Plan.

Assists the higher level supervisor with short and long-range planning for the division.

Assists the higher level supervisor with budget preparation for the division.

Responds to the County's Emergency Operations Center when required to coordinate multi-agency operations.

Reviews emergency plans from outside agencies, businesses and other governmental jurisdictions, providing recommended revisions and additions to those plans.

Reviews all continuity plans prepared by County departments/offices; proposes revisions and additions to those plans.

Develops and/or assists in the development, implementation and maintenance of related computer programs such as: CAMEO for data on all county facilities; MARPLOT and Visual Risk for mapping; and ALOHA for real time event plotting.

Conducts the hazards analysis of chemicals in Alachua County in compliance with relevant state contract(s) and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.

Conducts annual county-wide Critical Facilities Inventory in accordance with State Division of Emergency Management requirements.

Develops policies and procedures for the program's operation in conjunction with department director or immediate supervisor.

Confers with the public on matters concerning emergency planning, both in individual and group settings, including making formal presentation to groups of citizens.

Responds to inquiries and/or complaints regarding the operation of the program.

Prepares grant applications for local program funding and coordinates state and Federal grant programs as assigned.

Attends trainings and/or meetings at offsite locations, some of which may include overnight travel as required.

Performs the duties listed, as well as those assigned, with professionalism and a sense of urgency.

NOTE: These examples are intended only as illustrations of the various kinds of work performed in positions allocated to this class. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
 Thorough knowledge of principles, practices and methods of local emergency management program. This may include contemporary principles, practices, and methods in as many of the following areas as possible; EOC operations, mitigation strategies, alert and warning, National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), continuity of operation/continuity of government, threat assessments, emergency planning, damage assessment, mass care planning and recovery planning.
Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.

Knowledge of emergency response and recovery operations to include Incident Command System (ICS) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
Knowledge of federal, state and local emergency response and recovery plans

Knowledge of recovery guidance and practices for declared and non-declared disasters.

Knowledge of natural and human-made hazards as applied to emergency planning.

Knowledge of the traditional organization and operations of local and state government agencies.
Knowledge of the laws and regulations relating to the practice of emergency management and planning; knowledge of state and/or Federal emergency grants and budgetary management.

Knowledge of the use of planning and presentation software; knowledge of and ability to use computer techniques in public planning and management applications.

Skill in the operation of motor vehicles.
Ability to effectively supervise and coordinate the activities of subordinate employees.
 Ability to carry out complex emergency planning studies and to spearhead the preparation and maintenance of emergency plans and working plans.
Ability to analyze information and to formulate substantive policy recommendations based upon such studies.

Ability to conduct hazards identification, risk assessments, and consequence analyses.

Ability to express ideas and findings clearly and concisely, utilizing oral, written, and graphic techniques.

Ability to train emergency management personnel, stakeholders, and other staff on emergency management practices, procedures, and plans.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, other employees, outside agencies, and the general public.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach and occasionally required to be mobile.

The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus associated with the constant use of computer monitors.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions, and risk of electrical shock.
 The employee may perform field work in inclement weather and harsh conditions such as wet areas and dense brush with biting insects, venomous animals or irritating plants.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Business Analysis, Business Development, Business Unit Management, City Planning, Corporate Training, Customer Training, Executive Assistant, General Business, General Science, Law Enforcement, Logistics and Transportation, Managerial Consulting, Security Intelligence & Analysis, Strategic Planning, Statistical Research, Surveying

Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, M.B.A., J.D., Ph.D, Other Doctorate Degree


$57,116.80 Annually