Director of Emergency Management – Alachua County Fire Rescue

Other Posting
Date 01 Oct, 2020 - 10 Nov, 2020
Agency Alachua County Fire Rescue
Country United States
State District of Columbia


Master’s degree in public administration, public safety, emergency management, business administration, or a related field and five years progressively responsible professional and/or managerial experience of which two years must be at a supervisory level ; or any equivalent combination of related training and  experience.  A valid    Florida Driver License  is  required and  a   Motor Vehicle Record that  meets  the requirements of Alachua County  policy # 6-7;   Motor Vehicle Records will be reviewed prior to employment. If in the past 24-month period, the record shows more than 3 moving traffic violations, and/or a conviction/pending charge for driving under the influence, the minimum qualifications are not met for the position.  Must satisfactorily complete local, state and national criminal history and fingerprint checks. Applicants within six months of meeting the minimum education/experience requirement may be considered for trainee status. Current completion of Incident Command System (ICS) 100, 200, 300, 400, 700 and 800 courses at the time of application.

Upon Submission of application, proof of the Incident Command System (ICS) 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, and 800 courses must be attached to your application or via e-mail at, or fax to Human Resources @ 352-374-5233.

Position Summary:
This is highly responsible administrative work developing and implementing the County’s Emergency Management Program. Work involves responsibility for a variety of assigned projects and functional areas related to emergency planning and operations.

This is an emergency essential classification. Upon declaration of a disaster and/or emergency, all employees in this classification are required to work.

An employee assigned to this classification is responsible for the development, implementation and management of the County’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, related Standard Operating Guidelines, and programs and directs the functions performed by the Emergency Management staff.

Work is performed under the direction of a higher level supervisor and is reviewed through conferences, reports, and observation of results obtained.

Examples of Duties:
Exudes a positive customer service focus.

Advocates building organizational culture through aligning decisions with core values including:  integrity, honesty, respect, diversity, innovation, accountability and communication.

Develops, directs and implements the County’s Emergency Management Program to ensure plans and procedures are in compliance with guidelines established by the State of Florida.

Supervises and coordinates the activities of subordinate employees including determining work procedures and schedules; issuing instructions and assigning duties; reviewing work; recommending personnel actions; conducting performance reviews; and conducting departmental training and orientation.

Coordinates the development and implementation of emergency/disaster plans.

Recommends, implements and monitors Division policies and procedures for compliance with applicable state and local laws, rules and regulations.

Serves as “County Coordinating Officer” for the County during officially declared County emergencies; oversees the Emergency Operations Center from which key officials direct and control emergency operations.

Coordinates all activities with Federal, State and local agencies.

Meets with all municipalities and local Chambers of Commerce to create and maintain a dialog to promote and disseminate Emergency Management program information and foster partnering with these entities.

Participates in Local, State and Federal disaster drills and exercises; develops and implements tests and exercises of County’s emergency plans.

Prepares and submits annual program budget requests to the Fire Chief for inclusion in the departmental budget.

Reviews reports and records of program activity to ensure progress is accomplished toward specified program objectives.

Ensures efficient and effective daily operations of the Emergency Management program.

Assists in the preparation of departmental budget.

Responds to the County’s Emergency Operations Center when required to coordinate multi-agency operations.

Attends trainings and/or meetings at offsite locations, some of which may include overnight travel as required.

Performs the duties listed, as well as those assigned, with professionalism and a sense of urgency.

NOTE: The examples listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various kind of work performed in positions allocated to this class. 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.


Thorough knowledge of Emergency Management Trust Fund Grant, Emergency Management Performance Grant and the Hazardous Analysis Agreements and matching grant procedures.

Thorough knowledge of laws, rules and regulations relating to program areas.

Thorough knowledge of State guidelines and mandates.

Considerable knowledge of personal computer applications for emergency management planning, including internet applications.

Ability to understand and ensure compliance with the Employee Policy Manual, County Purchasing Policy and County Standard Operating Procedures.

Ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with subordinates, other professionals, and other members of the community.

Ability to supervise and organize the work of subordinates, select and develop a capable staff, enforce disciplinary procedures and effectively appraise an employee’s performance.

Ability to analyze emergency situations quickly, accurately and respond with an appropriate course of action.

Ability to develop objectives for program areas and assist the department director in long and short range planning.

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, including public speaking and presentations; prepare and organize written reports and memoranda.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, government agencies and the general public.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, and talk or hear.

The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.