Emergency Management Specialist

$73,963.14 - $123,272.24 Annually
Dec 10, 2018
Dec 31, 2018
Full Time

This position is responsible for the management and oversight of personnel, and projects related to the development and implementation of a comprehensive emergency management planning program for the county. This includes conducting hazard and threat assessments, coordinating emergency and disaster response plans, business/operations continuity plans, recovery plans, hazard mitigation plans and the like. Coordinates partner agencies and stakeholders in countywide and regional emergency planning, including participation in the National Capital Region Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Planning Committee and Northern Virginia Planning Subcommittee. Coordinates county Emergency Support Function working groups and ensures the inclusion of federal and state emergency management doctrine into county planning efforts. Ensures all planning initiatives comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Chapter 7 requirements and address the needs of the whole community to include vulnerable populations and the multi-lingual communities of Fairfax County. Supervises Planning and Program Analysis staff by establishing work priorities, conducting employee evaluations, and providing policy, budget, technical and procedural guidance. Manages multiple planning, capability and capacity projects. The position will be required to have experience managing contractor support, budgets using both local and grant funding or other sources. Other requirements include experience in managing federal grants, writing project plans and monthly reports. Serves in various roles in the EOC to include the section chief level or higher and provides subject matter expertise to the development of EOC products and processes. Performs 24/7 on-call duty officer functions on a rotating weekly basis with other OEM staff.

Illustrative Duties
  • Serves as program lead for the County's strategic homeland security planning initiatives;
  • Develops, reviews and revises short- and long- range plans, guidelines, standards, policies and procedures, assesses and identifies potential risks to County locations and assists agency management in developing appropriate measures to mitigate the exposure, to meet the goals and objectives of the County;
  • Meets with County departments on a regular basis to review their current and future issues and needs and establishes emergency planning guidelines, and ensures compliance with federal, state and county emergency management standards;
  • Identifies, recommends and uses technology to enhance emergency planning and response efforts;
  • Represents the department and participates on County-wide taskforces or assigned project teams within related risk and/or emergency management areas;
  • Attends meetings of County staff and regional and county committees and prepares oral and written reports summarizing the meetings and describing existing emergency management procedures, along with recommendations for improvement;
  • Conducts research, prepares, develops and maintains identified emergency management and procedures as necessary to assure the timely, efficient and effective response to and recovery from identified emergencies;
  • Analyzes County disaster preparedness and operational response procedures in coordination with appropriate public safety and non-public safety agencies, and recommends improvements in existing emergency management procedures;
  • Liaisons with various internal and external groups including County agencies, public safety officials, neighboring jurisdictions, federal and state agencies business partners and professional associations;
  • Serves as emergency management staff duty officer on a rotational basis and responds to major fire scenes, weather emergencies, emergency medical scenes, hazardous materials events and other significant events to provide coordination and liaison between local, state, federal and private sector agencies;
  • Plans and manages multiple agency response initiatives during an emergency;
  • Participates in emergency management outreach programs.
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities
  • Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of emergency preparedness and management;
  • Knowledge of County, state, and federal laws/regulations regarding emergency management services and the ability to interpret and apply them correctly;
  • Knowledge of state and municipal government operations;
  • Ability to establish good working relationships with department/agency management, other organizations, County officials, public and private sector organizations, customers and the general public;
  • Ability to develop business continuity and emergency preparedness plans;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to the following: graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelors degree in business administration, law enforcement, emergency management or related field; plus six years of experience in emergency management and/or emergency services/public safety, to include project and program management.

  • Driver's license (Required upon hire);
  • FEMA Incident Command System (ICS) certifications (ICS 100, ICS 200, ICS 700, ICS 800) (Required upon hire);
  • FEMA Incident Command System (ICS) certifications (ICS 300 and ICS 400) (Required within 12 months);
  • The appointee will be required to complete the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Professional Development Series (PDS) certification program within the first 12 months of employment.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a credit check, and a driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

  • Master's degree in emergency management, homeland security, or related public safety field.
  • At least two of six years of experience must have been at a management supervisory level leading and developing staff.
  • Experience in leading, developing and implementing plans including, but not limited to, local emergency operations plan, mitigation plans, Recovery plans and COOP plans.
Advanced knowledge, understanding and proficiency of the following:
  • The principles and practices of emergency management and knowledge areas including National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS), National Response Framework (NRF), Hazard Mitigation, and others.
  • Natural and man-made hazards and how those hazards affect both rural and urban environments.
  • Leading and managing the development and maintenance of complex multi-year, multi-disciplinary, multi-jurisdictional plans that meet federal, state and local requirements.
  • Ability to manage projects/programs; and analyze information from policies and regulations. Ability to effectively communicate, interact and collaborate with a wide variety of groups and individuals.
  • Skill in oral and written communication and collaboration.
  • Experience in emergency management in a large organization requiring coordination and planning between multiple local, state, and Federal emergency management and law enforcement/fire-rescue entities.
  • Proficiency in the use of information technology tools applicable to the field of emergency management and modern office productivity software for communicating (email), planning, scheduling, spreadsheets, and word processing.
  • Experience reviewing federal and state emergency management statutes, rules and policies and assuring local planning products and initiatives align.
Individual able to lift up to 25 pounds, speak articulately in person and on the telephone, work long periods at a desk, walk over rough terrain on occasion, and fully participate as required as a civilian member of a public safety agency. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview; may include exercise.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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