Apply For the Director of Emergency Management position
Posted January 16, 2019 | 2:32 PM

Featured Job: Director Emergency Management

We want you to join our team

Salary: $95,000 - $139,027.20/year
Department: Fire Rescue
Job Type: Unclassified
Employment Type: Full-Time


This recruitment will remain open until the vacancy has been filled. Applications will be reviewed when received and top candidates will be selected for interview.

Why Join Us

Hillsborough County Government provides employees with careers that are both professionally and personally rewarding. With a wide range of independent agencies to choose from, the opportunities within Hillsborough County Government are endless! You are not just an employee within the government, you are an ambassador and business partner making a huge impact within our community that helps shape our future.

Why We Exist

Our mission is to provide effective quality service at a reasonable cost with courtesy, integrity and accountability in a manner that protects and enhances the quality of life of our diverse population. 

Job Overview

Performs professional administrative, operational and supervisory duties in planning organizing, directing and reviewing the Emergency Management Program pursuant to Florida Statutes which includes being on call 24/7. Ensures all preparedness (prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery) activities associated with Hillsborough County Comprehensive Emergency Management Program are accomplished according to all local, state and federal guidelines. Oversees all aspects, and associated resources of OEM programs including the operations, planning, logistics, and finance/administration functions. Ensures County personnel are trained to perform assigned functions in the EOC during an activation as well as in the field in support of disaster operations. May also serve as the EOC Incident Commander during real world activations.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree from accredited college/university in Emergency Management, Planning, Communications, Emergency Services, Business or Public Administration or related field.
  • Completion of FEMA Professional Development Series and Advanced Professional Series certification course required.
  • Minimum of seven (7) years’ experience in a comprehensive emergency management program in comparable sized community and four (4) years supervisory experience. Minimum two (2) years of budget preparation experience.
  • Minimum three (3) years project management experience directly related to local level government emergency management operations or a related field.
  • Certification from Florida Emergency Preparedness Association as a Florida Professional Emergency Manager (FPEM). Must be obtained as quickly as possible following hire.

Ideal Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will meet all minimum qualifications in addition to the following:

  • Completion of the FEMA Professional Development Series (PDS) and Advanced Professional Series (APS) certification course of study.
  • Obtained Certified Emergency Management (CEM) designation from the International Association of Emergency Managers.
  • FL Class E Driver's License (required prior to hiring and must be maintained).
  • Florida Emergency Preparedness Association- Florida Professional Emergency Manager Certification.
  • Experience with supervising a jurisdictional emergency management program.
  • Experience working with non-profit, business, faith based and volunteer organizations.
  • Participated in 5-10 EOC activations (real world).
  • Completed Incident Command System (ICS) 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, and 800 courses.
  • Familiar with NIMS, EMAP, HSEEP, and CPG 101.
  • Comfortable with Microsoft Office Suite products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Possesses past project management experience.
  • Possess ICS position-specific certifications as Incident Commander or Section Chief.
  • Extensive experience in all hazards response to include significant weather related response experience.

Job Specific Competencies

  • This position requires a high level of critical thinking to ensure objective analysis and evaluation of fluid emergency situations with changing priorities and multiple stakeholders.
  • This position exercises a very high level of independent judgment in handling County-wide emergency management needs and during emergencies is a final decision maker.
  • This position requires a high level of communication skill both orally in and writing. Must be able to communicate clearly with multiple government entities/agencies and all levels to ensure proper response to emergency situations.
  • This position requires a high level of strategic planning skills directly related to the creation, implementation and management of a jurisdictional Emergency Management program.
  • This position requires skill in controlling situations and effectively commanding others, including high ranking officials, during emergency circumstances. Must be able to lead both employees and non-employees of all levels.
  • Must be able to manage both human and non-human assets during all phases of an emergency. Includes budgetary forecasting, development and management to include procurement practices and methods.
  • Must be able to visualize, articulate, conceptualize and/or solve both complex and uncomplicated problems, many times solving multiple problems simultaneously, with limited information.
  • Must be able to manage multiple extremely complex situations/problems simultaneously during emergency situations while maintaining a calm demeanor. Must be able to communicate complex ideas and proposals effectively.
  • Be able to build partnerships within the local community, and work collaboratively with stakeholders including other Federal/State/local government and county officials, law enforcement agencies, media, hospitals, community leaders, non-governmental/voluntary and citizens.  

Representative Duties

  • Unifying county prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery activities to include related funding and grant programs. Manages the development, implementation and maintenance of all emergency management plans, programs and operating procedures to meet county, state and federal compliance standards.
  • Prepares and implements the County Emergency Management Program Strategic Plan. Assigns and reviews staff's projects required by Florida State's Scope of Work items to ensure compliance for continued State Emergency Management Preparedness and Assistance (EMPA) Grant and federal grant funding.
  • Manages the maintenance of accreditation under the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) of required exercises addressing preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation strategies for natural and man-made disasters. Ensures and approves required reports are developed and submitted. Prepares the OEM Annual Report.
  • During emergencies acts as principle advisor to the County Administrator, Chairman of the County Commission, or other executives and assures coordination among the operating heads of government, non-government agencies, volunteer groups, and adjacent and higher governments.
  • Performs budget preparation and monitoring including budgetary impact considerations and revenue analysis; creates capital budget projects; orders equipment and oversees installation and acceptance, including related employee training and general successful deployment.
  • Initiates action to obtain appropriate federal assistance by requesting the community be declared a disaster area following large-scale natural disasters. Coordinates Federal Public Assistance and Individual Assistance disaster reimbursement processes for the county and municipalities within.
  • Provides support, advice and subject matter expertise to the Emergency Policy Group (EPG) and receives policy guidance.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on the nature of their assignments, individual employees may perform some or all of the duties described below.

  • Manage the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and administer related activities.
  • Direct emergency operation functions during exercises and emergency events.
  • Work with external partners and community members to ensure that the emergency management program and associated activates are coordinated with community organizations as required to implementation of the program.
  • Advise county leadership, departments, and elected officials on emergency management issues.
  • Participate in county, regional and state planning meetings and related activities.
  • Develop, edit, and conduct emergency management related programs and ensure they are in compliance with all applicable local, state, federal, and industry guidelines. Position will also ensure that activities address the vulnerabilities of the county to identified hazards as outlined in the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP).
  • Implement emergency management programs to include prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery.
  • Develop, edit, and conduct emergency management related exercise programs and ensure they are in compliance with all applicable local, state, federal, and industry guidelines. Position will also ensure that training activities address the vulnerabilities of the county to identified hazards as outlined in the comprehensive emergency management plan.
  • Serve as the Incident Commander during EOC activations, and carry out activities necessary to work with other departments and agencies to identify the sufficient number of personnel to be trained to staff the various units incorporated into the EOC structure over multiple operational periods.
  • Serve on numerous committees and groups to enhance the capabilities of internal and external departments, agencies, and organizations to prepare for, respond to, mitigate against, and recover from large scale emergencies or disasters as assigned.
  • Give preparedness presentations to community, business, and industry groups.
  • Participate in, and lead, professional groups.
  • Develop after Action Reports and Improvement Plans according to HSEEP guidelines.
  • Supervision of personnel assigned to leadership positions.


What's in it For You

We offer much more than the competitive pay you expect. We value our employees and Hillsborough County Government is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. And because we understand that no two people are exactly alike, you can choose what best suits the needs of you and your family.

  • Cafeteria Benefits Plan: The County provides a monthly benefit of $210 plus the equivalent of ¾ of one percent of your salary which may be used to offset the purchase of health, dental, life, or vision insurance coverage, invest in deferred compensation, or simply receive as additional income. Participate in wellness program to receive up to $825 in incentives & rebates.
  • Deferred Compensation: The County will contribute an amount equivalent to 1.5% of your salary into a deferred compensation account of your choice. Enrollment is required to receive this benefit.
  • Retirement Plan Choices: Employees may elect to participate in one of the following retirement plans: 1) Florida Retirement System (FRS) Pension Plan; vested in 8 years, guaranteed lifetime monthly benefit. 2) The FRS Investment Plan; vested in one year, employees manage their own retirement accounts with the State’s contracted provider. Employees contribute an amount equivalent to 3% of their wages to FRS.
  • Personal Leave Management Days: Varies with length of service and is calculated on a calendar year basis. The first year’s leave days is prorated based on date of hire or promotion into the Management level position: 1-4 yrs: 5 days 5-10 yrs: 3 days
  • Annual Leave: Varies with length of service (prorated based on date of hire or promotion): 1-4 yrs: 10 days 5-9 yrs: 12 days 10-14 yrs: 15 days 15 or more yrs: 20 days
  • Sick Leave: Employees are eligible to access paid sick leave which is prorated and accrues at the rate of eight days per year. This can also be used for family illnesses.
  • Short Term Disability: The County pays 100% of the cost of a Short Term Disability Insurance policy that will provide income replacement of 75% of an employee's base pay for 24 weeks after a 14-day waiting period, if disabled as the result of a non-work related illness or injury. Coverage is effective the first of the month following six months of employment.
  • Long Term Disability: The County pays 100% of the cost of a Long Term Disability Insurance policy that will provide income replacement of 66 2/3% of an employee's base pay after 180 days. Coverage is effective the first of the month following six months of employment.
  • Life Insurance: The County pays the full premium for group term life, accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) policy. The amount of the term life policy is $20,000 plus one times your annual salary. Employees have the option to purchase life insurance for their spouse and dependent children and supplemental life insurance for themselves. Employees can also purchase a County sponsored voluntary AD&D policy. AD&D coverage can also be purchased for dependents. Coverage is effective the first of the month following 30 days of employment.
  • Holidays: Employees receive up to 12 paid holidays per year (96 hours), including two calendar year floating holidays, based on the date of hire.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Hillsborough County Government provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

Hillsborough County is a drug free workplace. 

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted online.

Mailed, emailed, and faxed resumes and applications will not be accepted. Questions should be addressed to Ron Simon at


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