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EMA Director/Emergency and Operations - Position #1224

  • Type:Full Time
  • Salary/Pay Rate:$65,915 Annually, Vehicle & Cell Allowance
  • Posted Date:12/29/2019

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POSITION SUMMARY
This position is responsible for administration and management Emergency and Operations.    
Operations include management responsibilities for the Emergency Management Agency (EMA), the contractual agreement with Gold Cross EMS, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), the Mobile Operations Center and Team (MOC), the Points of Dispensing (POD) Team and the Columbia County Amateur Radio Operators.  The incumbent is selected by local governing authority and is appointed by the Director of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA). 

The position directly coordinates emergency activities with local and state government officials and department heads, develops and updates numerous emergency plans and standard operating procedures, conducts disaster training exercises for all public and private departments/agencies, provides emergency public information, coordinates citizen volunteer programs, develops and conducts public awareness and education programs, coordinates community warning systems, schedules and conducts training, maintains an emergency operations center in a state of readiness, provides grant management, conducts budget preparation for the department, actively participates on community Boards of Directors and Committees, and coordinates the activities of the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Advisory Board.

Work is performed standing, stooping, sitting, bending, walking, crouching, lifting and often moving objects weighing more than 50 pounds. Work is typically performed in an office setting and occasionally outdoors, however, the incumbent may be periodically exposed to inclement weather, dirt, noise, grease, and machinery with moving parts. 

Bachelor degree from an accredited four year college or university and a minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in management of emergency operations or public safety is required, or an equivalent combination of the required education and experience.  A Masters’ degree may substitute for two years’ experience.

State of Georgia Emergency Management Agency Manager Certification is required. Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license.

NATURE AND SCOPE
The incumbent is responsible for the management and administration of Emergency and Operations and serves as the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director. The position reports directly to County Administration; indirectly coordinates with local governing authorities, elected officials, local and state agencies, and advisory boards.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES
Serves as the Emergency Management Agency Director and oversees the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for the county, including performing all activities related to disaster mitigation, planning, preparing, response and recovery.   

Coordinates with state and federal agencies to assure that state and federal approved programs and guidance are adhered to.

Coordinates disaster and emergency planning with all community and regional public, private and social service agencies.

Manages day-to-day operations of the Emergency Management Agency.

Designs, develops and maintains policies and procedures for the agency.

Evaluates department for emergency effectiveness, efficiency and implements changes to correct any deficiencies.

Develops short and long-range plans and program objectives, annual budget, and capital improvement budgets for the department.

Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with elected officials, department heads, local governing authorities, agencies and citizens.

Coordinates with public and private sector schools, day care centers, nursing homes, businesses, churches and others for emergency planning and coordination of training exercises.

Provides a safe and secure environment for employees and promotes safety and job related training programs.

Fosters, promotes and maintains a professional image of the County.

Actively participates in meetings, workshops, and conferences related to all division departmental functions.

Assists in developing applications and management for grants for all division departments.

Performs other duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of county, state and federal ordinances, policies, rules, regulations and laws.

Knowledge of county government operations and organization, demographic and economic profiles and industrial base.

Knowledge of budget practices and the ability to make budget recommendations.

Knowledge of plans development procedures.

Knowledge and experience in emergency management operations, Georgia Emergency Management Agency certified Manager and certified in Public Management.

Knowledge of grant application and grant management process.

Knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration.

Skill in oral and written communication, computer applications, and public speaking.

Skill in preparing news releases and information dissemination.

Skill in effectively utilizing social media, mass email, telephone notification system and publications for disseminating public information, both during day-to-day operations and emergencies.

Ability to work independently, to remain flexible, and to exercise judgment and initiative.

Ability to work under difficult and stressful situations.

Ability to react effectively in disasters or emergencies and to effectively utilize available resources.

Ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with all departments and volunteers involved in community emergency preparedness and response activities.

DESIRABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelor degree from an accredited four year college or university and a minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in management of emergency operations or public safety is required, or an equivalent combination of the required education and experience.  A Masters degree may substitute for two years experience.

State of Georgia Emergency Management Agency Manager Certification is required. Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license.

Email:   mbartles@columbiacountyga.gov

Fax:     (706) 868-3301













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