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Emergency Management Specialist - Operations Section

SALARY: $53,534.00 - $85,441.62 Annually
OPENING DATE: 10/25/19
CLOSING DATE: 11/01/19 at 05:00 PM EST


The Broward County Board of County Commissioners is seeking qualified candidates for the position of EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST - OPERATIONS SECTION.

General Description

The purpose of this class within the organization is to perform complex professional and administrative work in the planning, coordination and administration of the countywide emergency management program.

This class works under general supervision, independently developing work methods and sequences.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:
Requires a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in in business, liberal arts, or any other degree related to Emergency Management. (Or any equivalent combination of relevant experience and training.)
Requires two (2) years in emergency management planning or closely related experience. 

Special Certifications and Licenses:

  • Possess and maintain a valid Florida Class E Driver's License based on area of assignment.
  • Ability to pass a Homeland Security background check (not classified).
  • Completion of incident command courses within six (6) months of hire: FEMA ICS-100, 200, 300, 400, 700 and 800.


  • Master's degree in Business, Liberal Arts or closely related to Emergency Management
  • Florida Professional Emergency Manager (FPEM) or Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) certificate
  • Experience with Web EOC
  • Experience with AHCA heath care plan coordination
  • Experience with special needs or other like registry coordination
  • Experience conducting trainings
  • Technical expertise in development of electronic supports for review system


The functions listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this class. Management may assign additional functions related to the type of work of the job as necessary.

  • This position has assigned responsibility for the mandated Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan reviews for healthcare facilities including the detailed Emergency Environmental Control (generator) plans for nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Work assignment involves detailed review, strong writing and reporting skills, data analysis, follow up on deficiencies and current status tracking. The position may be assigned to review, update, and/or develop other Emergency Management plans such as Standard Operating Procedures, checklists, guides and other hazard specific plans. The position also provides programmatic support for the Special Needs and Vulnerable Population registries as needed. Provides customer service support for assigned program areas. Conducts presentations, trainings and workshops for stakeholders. Assists with the enhancement and ongoing development of electronic support for the review system. Serve as the EMD Duty Officer on a rotating basis. Work on projects as assigned in the Operations Section including components for operational readiness. Subject to recall during disasters and other emergencies. Work on weekends, holidays and shift work may be required during emergency and/or disaster situations. Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills with demonstrated ability to effectively communicate to and with diverse range of stakeholders. Experience in managing a major aspect of emergency response in an Emergency Operations Center setting is highly beneficial.
  • Advises and assists the division director on all operational and technical matters related to the emergency management program section(s) or function(s) assigned.
  • Assists municipal, county, and state partners with planning, training, and operational outreach relating to the implementation of assigned emergency management programs.
  • Maintains operational readiness of the Division and the Emergency Operations Center; plans, coordinates, trains, and exercises groups and individuals that function within the assigned section(s) or function(s) of the emergency management program to ensure that the groups or individuals respond as planned; develops, maintains, trains and exercises the requisite standard operating procedures, checklists and job aids.
  • Prepares project applications for federal and state funds to provide expansion of facilities and services; researches the feasibility of expanded activities and submits reports to administrative superiors.
  • Assists in the emergency activation functions of the operations center to ensure the operational readiness and effective performance.
  • Functions as the duty officer, on a rotating basis, providing the 24-hour emergency point of contact for the Emergency Management Department; provides appropriate referral or information to inquirers and responds appropriately to those situations requiring further intervention.
  • Develops and delivers emergency management and disaster preparedness education to a variety of audiences.
  • Assumes project responsibility for administering the activities and operational scope of contracts and grant programs; devises project procedures and schedules; prepares project/progress reports and related data; coordinates preparation of grant proposals and writes grant applications, as needed.
  • Receives, stores, maintains, and utilizes written materials and equipment necessary for emergency planning, preparedness, response, and recovery to disaster situations.
  • Facilitates the accomplishment of work through providing, obtaining and coordinating a variety of services.
  • Conducts special studies/assessments in conjunction with a project; analyzes data and makes recommendations based upon findings.
  • Performs related work as assigned.


Physical Demands

Physical demands refer to the requirements for physical exertion and coordination of limb and body movement.

Performs sedentary work that involves walking or standing some of the time and involves exerting up to 10 pounds of force on a regular and recurring basis or sustained keyboard operations.

Unavoidable Hazards (Work Environment)

Unavoidable hazards refer to the job conditions that may lead to injury or health hazards even though precautions have been taken.



Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance:

Broward County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The ADA requires Broward County to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with management.

Emergency Management Responsibilities:

Note: During emergency conditions, all County employees are automatically considered emergency service workers. County employees are subject to being called to work in the event of a disaster, such as a hurricane, or other emergency situation and are expected to perform emergency service duties, as assigned.

County-wide Employee Responsibilities:

All Broward County employees must serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of Broward County's Employee Code of Ethics, gift, and conflict of interest policies.

All Broward County employees must establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, familial status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity and expression.