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Posted October 26, 2018 | 2:32 PM

Featured Job: Director Emergency Management

We want you to join our team

Recruitment #1810-DIREMRUNM2-001

Date Opened
10/16/2018 12:01:00 PM
Filing Deadline
Until Filled
$86,902.40 - $139,027.20/year
Fire Rescue
Job Type
Employment Type


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 during the first week of November. 

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.

Ideal Candidtate 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. 

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) year’s experience in a comprehensive emergency management program 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).  May be obtained within six (6) months of employment. 

Core Competencies

  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service 
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve 
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations 
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals 

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.

Ensures EOC is functional at all times and serves as the EOC's Incident Commander during EOC operations and supervises the overall EOC response and recovery and functions as the lead County Duty Officer for emergency management support after hours, and is the daily state and federal emergency management liaison officer.

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.

Work Category

Medium work - Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. 

Physical Requirements

This job is performed in a professional office environment using standard office equipment such as computers, phone, photocopiers, and fax machines.  During emergencies may work extended hours with minimal sleep. 

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. 

Job Specifications

  • Skill in effectively managing personnel and maintaining a harmonious work environment. 
  • Skill in controlling situations and effectively commanding others, including high ranking officials, during emergency circumstances. 
  • Skill in developing and administering division budget and grants. 
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of homeland security and emergency management to include relevant Florida State Statues and federal requirements and guidelines. 
  • Knowledge of strategic planning and project management directly related to the creation, implementation, and management of a jurisdictional Emergency Management program. 
  • Knowledge of office equipment and machinery such as computer, copier, printer, etc.  
  • Working knowledge of computer software such as Microsoft Office Suite, WebEOC, Everbridge mass notification, ArcView, Kronos, Hurrevac, and EMNet. 
  • Knowledge of equipment, material, techniques and methods used in emergency management program design, development, conduct, and administration. 
  • Knowledge of department's objectives, policies and procedures. 
  • Knowledge of budgetary forecasting, development, and management to include procurement practices and methods. 
  • Knowledge of current local, state and federal disaster preparedness ordinances, regulations and policies. 
  • Knowledge of modern emergency management procedures and best practices. 
  • Knowledge of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS) and requirements for compliance. 
  • Knowledge of jurisdictional CERT program implementation and management. 
  • Knowledge of jurisdictional and regional sheltering operations. 
  • Knowledge of jurisdictional logistical operations and management supporting multiple departments, agencies, and warehouse operations. 
  • Knowledge of mass communications operations, process, and procedures. 
  • Ability to understand, interpret, and communicate applicable laws, rules, regulations, and policies. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others. 
  • Ability to effectively work under varying and possibly extreme environmental conditions, remain calm, and take appropriate decisive action during emergencies and other high-pressure situations. 
  • Ability to understand and effectively and tactfully communicate related policies, procedures, services and programs. 
  • Ability to implement, monitor and evaluate effectiveness of program and services. 
  • Ability to work in a highly complex and fast paced environment, requiring the ability to make clear, reasoned judgments and is able to identify situational strengths and weaknesses of alternative approaches or solutions to challenges presented.  
  • Ability to work varying schedules prior, during and following EOC activations, and assume on-call duties when requested, or when required. 
  • Ability to use independent judgment is required to recommend departmental or County objectives, evaluate new approaches to problem solving, and assess complex situations. Considers the relative costs and benefits of potential actions.  
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision. 
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas and proposals effectively. 
  • Excellent ability to listen and understand information and ideas presented verbally and in writing. Must be able to use tact and diplomacy to resolve issues in a confidential manner.     
  • Ability to create and implement After Action Reports and Improvement Plans.    
  • Ability to supervise personnel assigned to logistics and CERT program. 


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.

  • Health Plan: The County pays towards health insurance premiums for all employees. Employees can select from two health care plan options. Coverage is effective the first of the month following 30 days of employment. 
  • Dental Insurance: Employees are eligible to enroll in the dental coverage and choose from four options: High DMO, Low DMO, a network Open Access Plan, and a PPO. Coverage is effective the first of the month following 30 days of employment. 
  • Vision Care: Employees and their dependents are eligible to enroll in the vision coverage. Co-payment coverage includes exams, lens and frame, as well as an allowable contact lens expense. Coverage is effective the first of the month following 30 days of employment. 
  • Employee Assistance Program: This program provides all employees and family members with professional, confidential counseling sessions. All employees and dependents are afforded up to six (6) free visits per Plan year. Coverage begins on the first day of employment. 
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Employees may be reimbursed up to $1,000 (undergraduate), $2000 (graduate) per fiscal year for classes at an accredited college or university for courses that enhance your ability to perform your current job duties. 
  • Holidays: Employees receive up to 12 paid holidays per year. 
  • Visit our Employee Benefits page for more exciting details. 
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. In addition to federal law requirements, Hillsborough County Government complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Hillsborough County is a drug free workplace.

Response/Recovery Activities:

Employees are required to participate in response/recovery activities in response to an emergency or natural disaster affecting County operations and/or its citizens. In such situations, every effort will be made to maintain operations, but employees will be assigned to carry out response activities suited to their skills and capabilities. 

How to Apply

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Questions? Contact Ron Simon.


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