Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator

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Alexandria, VA
$59,674.68 - $98,088.64 Annually
Oct 06, 2021
Oct 19, 2021
Full Time
Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator

An Overview
The Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator plans, develops, implements, and manages the City’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Program, addressing all aspects of emergency preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery within the City. The individual leads, coordinates, and advises City departments and personnel in City-wide emergency management activities and serves as official liaison with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Virginia Office of Commonwealth Preparedness, the Federal Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The individual will serve as a regional preparedness specialist and may work on multiple projects including National Incident Management System resources, Incident Command System training, planning, exercise and training.

What You Should Bring
The ideal candidate will have a diverse emergency management background working with all stakeholders. The ideal candidate is expected to be comfortable working with senior leaders and elected officials to understand, guide, and deliver upon established objectives. The candidate is expected to work autonomously and carry out responsibilities independently and with awareness of departmental policy, City Administrative Regulations, command structure, and cultural and human resource issues and sensitivities. The candidate must be able to establish work priorities, and interpret policies and procedures, make independent decisions and judgments. Being detail oriented is a must. The candidate should have thorough knowledge of exercise design, exercise development, and exercise execution; experience coordinating and motivating exercise planning teams, communicate effectively, work well under stress during project deadlines and in the preparedness, response, and recovery to natural or man-made disasters; and have strong conflict and crisis management skills. The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to successfully handle multiple projects, produce professional written and verbal communication products, have strong interpersonal skills, and demonstrate a willingness to work a flexible schedule, work outside regular business hours, and work other duties as assigned.

The Opportunity
  • Assists with the coordination of the overall City response to disasters and emergencies.
  • Serves as the City’s official liaison with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Virginia Office of Commonwealth Preparedness, the Federal Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency;
  • Assesses and analyzes information and makes authoritative decisions regarding initiation of emergency notifications and response actions;
  • Initiates emergency notification to City officials, staff, and the public of impending or actual disasters or major emergency events;
  • Manages and maintains City alert and notification systems;
  • Monitors and utilizes various regional emergency communications systems, such as the Washington Area Warning System (WAWAS), Regional Information Communication and Coordination System (RICCS), Emergency Alert System (EAS), and WebEOC;
  • Manages, directs, and coordinates the activation and functions of the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC);
  • Represents the City in regional, State, and national emergency management and homeland security efforts;
  • Coordinates emergency response efforts with non-governmental entities including hospitals, Red Cross, utility companies, and others;
  • Serve in the capacity of the Coordinator of Emergency Management in his or her absence and in the absence of the Assistant Coordinator;
  • Develops, establishes and implements plans, policies and procedures for City-wide emergency management;
  • Oversees, coordinates, and facilitates the development, implementation, and evaluation of City plans for response to disasters and emergencies, as well as to local, regional, and national special events;
  • Administers the Federal SARA Title II Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, including coordinating the Local Emergency Planning Committee;
  • Manages and maintains EOC equipment, resources, and data systems, ensuring EOC capability and readiness in an emergency activation;
  • Designs, develops, and conducts emergency response training and exercises, in accordance with the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP), for City staff and allied partners for the purpose of practicing and validating emergency response plans;
  • Evaluates exercise performance, as well as emergency incident responses, develops improvement plans and revises response plans accordingly;
  • Manages and maintains EOC equipment, resources, and data systems, ensuring EOC capability and readiness in an emergency activation;
  • Manages millions of dollars in State and Federal grants, contracts, and projects supporting emergency management program activities;
  • Manages grant reimbursement efforts under the Federal Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act and other Federal and State funding sources to facilitate the City’s economic recovery following disasters and major emergencies;
  • Recruits, trains and manages volunteers to assist the City in emergency preparedness and response efforts;
  • Supervises volunteers in the EOC, as well as at incidents and special events, and in support of emergency preparedness public education activities;
  • Assists with the management of the Community Emergency Response Team program;
  • May serve as liaison to the City of Alexandria Citizen Corps Council;
  • Develops, plans, organizes, and conducts emergency preparedness presentations for citizen and neighborhood groups, businesses, and other members of the public;
  • Performs related work as required.

About the Department
"Dedicated to our Community, Our Profession and Each Other"
The Alexandria Fire Department provides fire, emergency medical services, and special operations such as technical rescue, hazardous materials and marine response operations with additional capabilities including fire prevention, inspections, protection and investigation to a 15 square mile city. The Alexandria Fire Department employs more than 290 personnel, which include firefighters, paramedics, fire prevention staff and administrative support. A network of ten stations protects 15 square miles. Among the department's specialized teams are the Northern Virginia Regional Hazardous Materials Team, Technical Rescue, Marine Operations and the Special Operations Team. The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is also a city-wide function within the Alexandria Fire Department.

Minimum & Additional Requirements

Four Year College Degree; The equivalent of a Bachelor's degree in Emergency Management, Business Administration, Public Administration, or a closely related field, plus three years of progressive experience in emergency services, public safety, or emergency management; certificate of completion of the FEMA Professional Development Series; completion of National Incident Management System (NIMS) IS-700 and IS-800 courses and Incident Command System (ICS) 100, 200, 300 & 400.

Additional Requirements for this position include experience in conducting, evaluating, developing, or participating in emergency management exercises. Possess a combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities in emergency management and public safety; as well as possess a valid driver's license issued by his/her state of residence.

Preferred Qualifications

Four Year College Degree in Public Administration, Emergency Management, or a closely related field; VA Professional Emergency Manager (VaPEM) certification by the Virginia Emergency Management Association; FEMA Advanced Professional Series, Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) certification by the International Association of Emergency Managers; completion of the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) training course. Completion of The National Emergency Management Basic Academy.