Deputy Director EMA

JOB TITLE: Deputy Director EMA
STATUS: Exempt
SALARY: $42,000 annually
DEPARTMENT: Public Safety


Serves as Operations Officer and shall be responsible for day to day operations and readiness of the County Emergency Operations Center and maintenance of its Emergency Readiness Status.

This position also performs various administrative functions related to the development and accountability for procedures, policies, and practices of routine Emergency Management Operations and the integration of such services with County Emergency Service providers during times of disaster activations.

Must be available for response to emergencies and problems that may arise after normal working hours. This includes evenings, weekends and holidays.


Receives supervision and direction from the Director of Public Safety.


includes the following but other duties may be assigned as needed.

  • Oversees the day to day operations, planning and integrity of the Emergency Operations Center.
  • Assists and advises the Director of Public Safety in the development, implementation and compliance of personal policies, practices and guides pertaining to the operation of the County’s Emergency Management programs.
  • In the absence of the Director of Public Safety, acts on his/her behalf regarding all matters pertaining to the operation of the
  • Department of Public Safety and Emergency Operations Center in accordance with established policies, procedures, practices and past experiences.
  • Provides for the training of subordinate employees and volunteers who work for, or in support of the functions assigned to the Lawrence County Department of Public Safety.
  • Assists with training local coordinators and newly appointed coordinators.
  • Provides liaison as well as emergency planning and operations assistance to other government agencies, political subdivisions and the general public.
  • Serves as a member and assists with the coordination of the activities of the County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).
  • Identify SARA planning facilities, meet with facilities, emergency response personnel and municipalities, develop new off-site emergency response plans and update existing plans annually.
  • Assist in preparation of annual Hazardous Material Preparedness and Emergency Response update for PEMA.

Deputy Director, EMA

  • Responsible for the management, maintenance and distribution of all county owned emergency response equipment as well as equipment provided by the Region 13 Task Force.
  • Assists in budget preparation.
  • Assists in grant writing to obtain funding necessary for the operations of the Emergency Management Office and related emergency service agencies and for the necessary training and equipment as required.
  • Conducts trainings and community outreach programs for the general public.
  • Performs related duties as instructed


  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with administrative, municipal, police, fire, emergency medical services, state, federal and other officials associated with the operations of the Department of Public Safety.
  • Ability to effectively communicate in both verbal and written form with executive level managers, senior government officials and the general public.
  • Ability to maintain composure and efficiency in emergency situations.
  • Knowledge and a working understanding of complex electronics, telecommunications and radio systems, as well as computer networks, database management and maintenance principals.
  • Ability to provide oversight and assistance to subordinate employees with minimal supervision.
  • Flexibility to travel, to work accommodating hours and respond as needed to emergency situations.
  • Thorough knowledge of the Incident Command System (ICS) under the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
  • Knowledge of hazardous materials response planning and hazardous materials emergency response practices.


  • Bachelor’s degree with major coursework in emergency management, public safety, planning, public or business administration or closely related field supplemented by minimum three (3) years’ previous experience
  • Or, any equivalent combination of acceptable training and experience of five (5) plus years
  • Advanced certification acquired from PEMA within three (3) years of hire.
  • Hazard Material Operations Level Certification.
  • Availability on a 24-hour basis to respond to emergencies.


  • Work is performed in an office environment or outside traveling to incident sites.
  • Moderate physical activity.
  • May occasionally be exposed to health hazards due to exposure to toxic substances and atmospheres as a result of emergency command responsibilities.

Deputy Director, EMA

  • May require physical effort including lifting up to twenty-five (25) pounds.
  • May be required to sit, stand, or walk for extended periods of time.
  • Exposure to computer screen.


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The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills of personnel so classified.