Thursday, May 30, 2024

Job Opportunity: Dep Director Emergency Management. Frederick County's Division of Emergency Management (DEM),

Deputy Director - Emergency Management


Exempt; full-time; 40 hours per week; Monday - Friday; 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; full benefits

This professional, administrative and leadership position is responsible for assisting the Division Director with coordination of all administrative and operational activities for Frederick County's Division of Emergency Management (DEM). Supervision and direction are given to County Emergency Preparedness and Emergency Communications staff and contractors.  Supervision is received from the Division Director, Division of Emergency Management.

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1.        Define, revise and monitor workflow for the Department of Emergency Communications and the Department of Emergency Preparedness
2.       Develop policies and other management strategies to enhance the safety of Frederick County residents and visitors during special events, emergencies or disasters, including terrorist attacks, for review by the Division Director
3.       Assist the Division Director with development and administration of the County operating budget for the Division; analyze needs and develop budget requests for operating budget and multi-year Capital Improvements Program
4.       Work with the Division Director in establishing and revising emergency management goals and reporting on progress to the County Executive, Chief Administrative Officer, and Deputy Chief Administrative Officers
5.       Foster a coordinated and integrated public safety network with all municipal, county, state and federal public safety agencies operating in Frederick County
6.        Ensure that County-operated public safety information technology and communication systems are efficient, effective, reliable, secure, and sustainable 
7.        Ensure the Public Safety Answering Point for the County fulfills the communication needs of the partner agencies and other stakeholders
8.        Assess the homeland security and emergency management capabilities of the County continuously; develop emergency plans and make recommendations to enhance capabilities as appropriate through the Division Director
9.        Coordinate the development and maintenance of all-hazard mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery plans with municipal, county, State, Federal and private partners
10.   Coordinate County participation in regional, State, and Federal emergency management and homeland security initiatives to ensure integration of activities between Federal, regional, State, county, municipal, and private sector partners
11.  Work with partners to identify and mitigate the vulnerabilities to intentional attacks or other attempts to cause harm in the county
12.  Establish, review and enhance interoperable information sharing systems that respond to the demand for information and intelligence analysis and gathering
13.   Analyze past special event, emergency, and disaster experiences along with current hazards, threats and vulnerabilities to assess County risks and identify appropriate mitigation measures
14.   Ensure coordination with the development and revision of formal mutual-aid agreements to facilitate effective utilization of regional assets during training, exercises, planned events, large-scale emergencies or disasters
15.   Coordinate, direct and manage local operation and revisions to public warning systems
16.  Respond to emergency scenes or disaster incidents, when appropriate, coordinate and direct the activation of the Emergency Operations Center to provide technical assistance to responders and appointed or elected officials
17.  Obtain and oversee emergency management, state and federal grants in cooperation with other local, State and Federal agencies and/or private-sector partners
18.  Coordinate the development of GIS databases/layers to facilitate hazard identification, vulnerability analysis, response, mitigation and recovery planning
19.  Serve on boards and committees as directed and approved by the Division Director 
20.   Act in place of the Division Director in their absence
21.   Perform other related duties as required

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  Any single position may not be assigned all duties listed above, nor do the examples cover all duties that may be assigned.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

The qualifications/requirements, knowledge/skills/abilities and physical requirements or working conditions described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 
1.        Bachelor's degree in Fire Science, Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Business Management, Fire Science, Criminal Justice, Public Administration, or a related field
2.        Minimum 7 years of progressively responsible work experience in the administration of public safety, emergency management, or business continuity operations
3.        Minimum 3 years of supervisory work experience
4.        Possession of valid automobile operator’s license

1.        Ability to maintain County Authorized Driver privileges
2.        Ability to effectively and quickly respond to emergency, high-consequence, low-control situations and develop concise plans of action
3.        Ability to effectively access and utilize computerized fiscal, data management and word processing systems and equipment
4.        Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, elected officials, government agency personnel and the general public
5.        Extensive knowledge of local, state, and national laws and standards as they apply to the field of emergency management
6.        Extensive knowledge of current aspects of mission critical information technology systems as they apply to emergency management and emergency communications
7.        Ability to effectively administer budgets and other fiscal matters
8.        Ability to effectively supervise professional, administrative and technical staff, and administer personnel matters
9.        Ability to effectively manage contractors to deliver on schedule and on budget
10.   Strong and effective spoken and written (English) communication skills, including public speaking skills and the ability to effectively respond to questions and requests in a public forum without advance preparation

1.        Advanced degree in related field
2.        Work experience in emergency communications
3.        Work experience that provides knowledge of Frederick County geography and surrounding areas


1.        While working in this position, the employee is required to frequently sit and walk; occasionally climb, stoop, crawl and drive; and rarely perform repetitive motions

2.        While working in this position, the employee is required to frequently work indoors; occasionally work outdoors, work in hot temperatures above 100 degrees; and cold temperatures below 32 degrees; work in confined spaces, work at heights, work below ground level, work in a noisy environment, work near machinery, chemicals and fumes, and is required to wear protective equipment; and rarely works in dirty/dusty environments, and has potential exposure to infectious diseases

3.        This position requires traversing on uneven terrain and lifting up to 50 lbs in emergency response situations

1.        Available for evening and weekend hours as needed for meetings, presentations, etc.
2.        Available on-call for emergency situations
3.        This position is considered "essential" personnel in the event of an emergency
4.        The probationary period for this position is 6 months
5.        This position is designated as security-sensitive and requires a satisfactory background investigation, conducted by the Frederick County Sheriff's Office, in accordance with established Frederick County policy

1.        An evaluation of training and experience
2.        One or more interviews
3.        A pre-employment Security-Sensitive background investigation conducted by the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office
4.        A pre-employment physical examination


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