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Emergency Management Director

Newton County

Listing Summary

Purpose of Classification:

The purpose of this classification is to plan, direct, and oversee the mitigation against, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from major emergencies and natural or manmade disasters in the County.

Essential Functions:

The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Develops, coordinates, and implements comprehensive plans, procedures, and systems to ensure an efficient and effective response to natural and manmade emergencies and disasters of critical significance throughout the County: conducts vulnerability analysis and risk assessments; and coordinates incident command, damage assessment, search and rescue, debris removal, operation of emergency shelters, and restoration of critical services and utilities.

Coordinates emergency training programs for the County: directs and evaluates in-service training; develops and provides testing for emergency procedures and contingency plans; and assesses community and organizational needs to determine public safety training and exercise programs.       

Promotes the importance of emergency preparedness in the community: assists business, industry, school and community groups with coordinating, preparing, development, training and testing of emergency plans and procedures; prepares and conducts presentations and develops written materials regarding a variety of emergency preparedness information; answers questions; and communicates and interacts with elected officials, municipal and County government appointed officials, business and industry leaders and community groups.       

Coordinates mutual aid support with surrounding cities, counties and the state: reviews and updates mutual aid procedures and agreements; develops, plans and conducts internal and multi-agency emergency exercises to evaluate planning and preparedness; and cooperates with federal, state, and local law enforcement, emergency management, and/or other agencies as necessary.               

Coordinates, interprets and ensures compliance with local, state and federal rules, regulations and standards concerning emergency management and hazardous materials incidents; collects, maintains, analyzes and interprets data; provides recommendations and guidance to County administrators, elected officials and command level decision makers; directs the notification of operational emergency response organizations; and activates public notification systems.

Administers department financial resources: develops, defends, and implements departmental budget, including establishing priorities for capital and material requirements; monitors expenditures to ensure compliance with approved budget; solicits, applies for and manages granted funds; and prepares and processes all financial documentation and reports.          

Responds to major/critical incidents and/or disasters: implements emergency response and disaster recovery plans; requests and directs additional emergency personnel, other divisions, departments, outside agencies, or others as needed; assesses and evaluates incident scenes, determines necessary manpower allocation, and ensures utilization of proper methods to ensure the safety of the public and emergency personnel; and facilitates communication of employees, citizens, volunteers, local government agencies, etc..

Processes a variety of documentation associated with department/division operations, within designated timeframes and per established procedures: prepares, completes, receives, reviews, processes, forwards or retains, as appropriate, various  forms, reports, correspondence, emergency operations plans, hazard mitigation plans, budget documentation, grant applications and reports, and other documentation; compiles data for further processing or for use in preparation of department reports; and maintains computerized and/or hardcopy records.

Operates a personal computer to enter, retrieve, review or modify data, utilizing word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, Internet, e-mail, or other software; and operates general office or other equipment as necessary to complete essential functions.

Communicates with County administrators and elected officials, supervisor, other County employees, outside agencies, the public, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems.

Additional Functions:

Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in Public Safety, Emergency Management, or a related field required; supplemented by five years of experience in emergency management or response, public safety, or related field, to include lead or supervisory experience; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.

Specific License or Certification Required: Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license. Must possess and maintain the required training set forth by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency for the position of EMA Director or ability to obtain within two years of hire with Initial Training within 6 months of hire. Must possess or ability to obtain National Incident Management System (NIMS) certifications and Hazardous Materials certification.

Specific Knowledge, Skills, or Abilities: Must be able to demonstrate proficiency in performance of the essential functions and learn, comprehend, and apply all County or departmental policies, practices, and procedures necessary to function effectively in the position.

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