Job Opportunity. Director of Emergency Management. Philadelphia, PA
of Emergency Management
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.
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
senior advisor to the Mayor and Cabinet members regarding emergency
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.
responsibilities as assigned by the First Deputy Managing Director.
COMPETENCIES, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
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
and fluency in MS Office software programs, including Word, Excel, and
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
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
Proven ability to develop and implement long-term strategic
with the City of Philadelphia is preferred.
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
Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator’s
license issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania within six months of
physically perform the duties and work in the environmental conditions is
required of this position
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
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