Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Job Opportunity. Director of Emergency Management. Philadelphia, PA

Director of Emergency Management

·        Philadelphia, PA
·        Full-time

Company Description

With a workforce of over 30,000 people, and opportunities in more than 1,000 different job categories, the City of Philadelphia is the fifth largest city in the United States and one of the largest employers in Southeastern Pennsylvania. As an employer, the City of Philadelphia operates through the guiding principles of service, integrity, respect, accountability, collaboration, diversity and inclusion. Through these principles, we strive to effectively deliver services, to resolve the challenges facing our city, and to make Philadelphia a place where all of our residents have the opportunity to reach their potential. 
The Managing Director manages and oversees the operations of the City. Working with five Cabinet-level Deputies, operational oversight is divided into specific departmental clusters: Health and Human Services, Community and Culture, Community Services, Public Safety and Criminal Justice, and Transportation and Infrastructure.  

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is a vital part of the Public Safety and Criminal Justice cluster.

Job Description

OEM works to mitigate, plan, and prepare for emergencies; educate the public about preparedness; coordinate emergency response and recovery efforts; and develop tools and identify resources to support the overall preparedness of the City of Philadelphia. The Director of Emergency Management at OEM reports directly to the First Deputy Managing Director. This positions directs the development of City’s emergency management program and serves as the key leader in planning and coordination of operations across agencies.
  • Serve as senior advisor to the Mayor and Cabinet members regarding emergency management activities.
  • Serves as the focal point through for central coordination and decision-making for OEM 
  • Establish organizational policy and resolve personnel management matters, while overseeing and monitoring the formulation and execution of budget, grants, and contracts.
  • Oversee development, prioritization, implementation, and integration of emergency management policies, plans, and procedures based on after actions reports, risk assessments, and best practices.
  • Develop executive policy and strategy, including a multi-year strategic plan.
  • Oversee emergency response and Emergency Operations Centers operations and activities.
  • Serve a member of Executive Board for Southeast Pennsylvania Regional Task Force and oversee the management and executive administration of the Homeland Security Grant Program for the Philadelphia Urban Area Security Initiative.
  • Serve as central liaison with federal, state and local emergency management agencies and officials.
  • Participate in meetings with high-level Agency officials and provide continuing advisory services.
  • Serves on committees with City departments, agencies, commissions and other emergency management groups
  • Promotes and maintains effective relations with a variety of community organizations and partner agencies.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the First Deputy Managing Director.
  • Deep awareness and understanding of emergency management practice
  • Strong leadership and negotiation skill
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to coordinate diverse groups toward a common goal
  • Ability to interpret federal and state emergency management requirements and regulations
  • Strong organizational manager that sets clear expectations and reviews progress.
  • Strong coordination skills with the ability to work across multiple departments, stakeholder organizations, and the public to implement a policy or objective.
  • Values and encourages diversity of thought, background, and perspective
  • Experience and fluency in MS Office software programs, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. 


  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant combined education and/or experience
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in emergency management or other public safety organization, particularly in a leadership position
  • Minimum of 3 years managerial, supervisory, or executive experience
  • Significant experience coordinating across governmental or non-governmental agencies to implement programs and policies
  • Expert in emergency management
  • Familiarity with federal emergency management and homeland security programming, including grants, planning requirements, and statutes. 
  • Proven ability to develop and implement long-term strategic plans 
  • Familiarity with the City of Philadelphia is preferred.
Additional Requirements
  • OEM personnel are required to serve in an on-call capacity and are required to work during non-business hours for extended periods of time in a field environment and during activations of Philadelphia’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC). 
  • Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator’s license issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania within six months of hire.
  • Ability to physically perform the duties and work in the environmental conditions is required of this position

Additional Information

When applying, please include:
  • Resume and a cover letter
 Successful candidate must be a city of Philadelphia resident within six months of hire.

The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670 or send an email to pchr@ phila.gov. For more information, go to: Human Relations Website: http://www.phila.gov/humanrelations/Pages/default.aspx

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