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Job Opportunity. Emergency Management Director. Arlington, Virginia

Arlington County, VA - Arlington, VA
$222,560 a year
Arlington County is looking for a proven, experienced leader to direct its Public Safety Communications and Emergency Management (PSCEM) department. The Director will manage the coordination of Emergency Management services for the County including the Emergency Communications Center and the Emergency Management function. The department has over 70 employees including Emergency Communications staff and Emergency Management specialists. The Director will oversee the public safety communications functions through the ECC Administrator and manage emergency management planning and response in coordination with internal Public Safety and other County departments, regional associations, non-profit organizations and an extensive citizen/volunteer network in the County. This Department Director is appointed by the County Manager and serves on the executive leadership team with other executive staff.

Responsibilities include:
  • Leading the department, providing strategic direction and managing over 70 employees within Emergency Management and the Emergency Communications Center including 911 dispatchers, operators, watch officers, emergency management specialists and senior managers to ensure optimum performance;
  • Working closely with local, regional, state and federal Emergency Management Agencies including the board appointed Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council and Local Emergency Planning Committee, to prepare and coordinate all aspects of the County Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) and Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP);
  • Developing leadership capability within the department at all levels;
  • Representing the County and interacting proactively with the media in ensuring the dissemination of the appropriate message during emergency events;
  • Providing advice and guidance to the County Manager regarding emergency management-related efforts the County should undertake; and
  • Investing in and implementing technology innovations within the Communications Center.

The Public Safety Communications and Emergency Management (PSCEM) department's mission is to "coordinate emergency preparedness and response capabilities, resources, and outreach for the Arlington Community". The department is committed to preparing for, responding to, recovering from and mitigating against new and challenging threats, natural disasters, and major emergencies. In providing the highest and most comprehensive level of emergency preparedness to the citizens of Arlington County. PSCEM provides services through extensive coordination and strong partnerships with other departments in the County, the local jurisdictions in the Washington DC Metropolitan area as well as with regional, state, federal and non-profit/private entities.

Major challenges facing the department include:
  • Planning for and implementing new state of the art technology changes within the Communications Center and coordinating with the County's public safety, technology, and other emergency response staff;
  • The continued provision of services through the large, involved, volunteer citizen's emergency response team (CERT) and ensuring community resilience;
  • Developing strategies to ensure that the County's emergency management plans address the needs of a culturally and economically diverse population are met in a rapidly changing, densely populated, urban environment;
  • Managing the needed resources and staff during emergencies while maintaining the public confidence in the County's ability to handle the situation including ensuring communications updates are provided to the County Manager, staff, media and the public.
  • Planning for the eventual decline of federal funding and the resultant impact on the County's ability to provide/coordinate emergency services; and
  • Successfully engaging with, influencing, and collaborating with other internal and external partners to ensure the optimal provision of services often without direct line authority.

Arlington, Virginia, is an attractive, well-planned community in which to live, visit or conduct business with a unique blend of excellent location, desirable living standard, and effective, pro-active government. An urban County of about 26 square miles located across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. Arlington is best known to visitors as the home of the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery. Arlington has won recognition as an innovative, progressive and dynamic organization that is well-known for its community-driven processes with significant and meaningful opportunity for public participation.

Over the years, Arlington has received national recognition for its forward-thinking policies and practices including Smart Growth, Intelligent Communities, Best Places to Live, and Family Friendly Workplace awards.

The County Board encourages a high level of citizen involvement in local government. Arlington has an estimated population of 220,400 and is among the most densely populated jurisdictions in the country. About 39% of residents are Hispanic, African-American, Asian or multi-racial. Arlington County public school children speak 104 languages and hail from 116 countries. More than 72% of adults have bachelor's degrees and 38% have graduate or professional degrees.

Public engagement is a strong value in this community. The County government continually creates effective venues for all citizens, with a special emphasis on those who are traditionally under-represented in civic processes, to become involved.

Selection Criteria:

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Emergency Management, or related area and significant experience in managing emergency programs in an urban environment with a strong record of achievement and innovation in:
  • Developing and implementing emergency management programs;
  • Assessing and implementing cutting edge communications technologies including 911 systems, CAD systems, radio, and portable intelligent devices;
  • Leading and motivating multiple levels of staff to prepare for and respond to a changing environment and new organizational culture;
  • Communicating effectively both orally and in writing during the normal course of business and in emergency situations as well as making public presentations;
  • Developing and maintaining proactive, effective relationships with a variety of stakeholders including other department directors and other County executive staff, regional representatives, community leaders and volunteers.
The successful candidate must be a Certified Emergency Manager by the International Association of Emergency Managers, or have the ability to obtain the certification.. A graduate degree related to Emergency Management is preferred.
The ideal candidate will have the following characteristics:
  • Broad understanding of County interests, programs, and initiatives and of the relationship with, and the impact of, complex interdepartmental issues on community planning and development issues
  • Demonstrated strong community engagement and visible leadership in addressing emergency functions/issues or similar challenges, and a record of effectively balancing competing community interests and resource demands;
  • An innovative and strategic thinker who is capable of seeing the broader picture while simultaneously managing complex community planning and development issues and projects;
  • Confident political astuteness with the ability to remain calm under pressure;
  • Ability to constructively engage with a community that is diverse, well-educated, knowledgeable and highly involved in all aspects of local government, and to build consensus on highly controversial issues;
  • Ability to respect, acknowledge, and manage current operations while looking for ways to improve and/or enhance efficiency and effectiveness of service to the public;
  • The capacity to effectively collaborate with other senior managers as part of the County Manager's Executive Leadership Team.

Special Requirements:

The successful candidate will be required to complete the Commonwealth of Virginia Statement of Economic Interest form upon acceptance of employment and annually thereafter

Additional Information:

The salary range is up to $222,560.00. Starting salary will depend upon the qualifications and experience of the candidate selected. This position is in Arlington's Executive Management Accountability Program (EMAP), in which Senior Executives are eligible for a negotiated salary/benefits package and are evaluated and compensated on the basis of a performance agreement linked to the County Management Plan and results achieved.

NOTE: Interested applicants are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed and qualified applicants will be referred on a continuous basis, with a preferred filling date of October 6, 2017. The application process will close when the position has been filled.

As an Employer of Choice, Arlington County offers a generous benefit package including:
  • Excellent health and dental plans, including retiree medical and dental coverage
  • Life and disability insurance
  • Retirement programs that includes a defined benefit plan, a 2% defined contribution plan, an optional 457 plan, and an optional deferred retirement option plan (DROP)
  • A generous leave package including paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
  • Car allowance
  • Alternative transportation programs, including subsidized mass transit and bike/walk benefits
For details about our benefits please follow the County Benefits link here .
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