EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR HERNANDO COUNTY, FLORIDA
Hernando County, Florida is a rapidly growing local unit of government established in 1843. Ideally located north of Tampa, Hernando County is one of the fastest growing counties in the State of Florida. Known as Florida’s Adventure Coast, Hernando County provides the perfect balance of recreational opportunities and natural resources, with easy accessibility to metropolitan areas. Hernando County prides itself on being a place where both community and commerce thrives.
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR POSITION PROFILE The Emergency Management Director is responsible for the organization, administration, and operation of the county emergency management division of Hernando County Fire and Emergency Services. The director coordinates emergency management activities, services, and programs within the county and serves as liaison to the division and other local emergency management agencies and organizations. This position is a Board of County Commissioners or County Administrator designation in accordance with Florida regulations and applicable County ordinance. The Emergency Management Director reports directly to the County Administrator during declared local states of emergency. During emergency declarations, the EM Division Director will keep the Fire Chief, or his designee informed of all emergency management division activities. The position serves as Incident Commander of Emergency Operations Center (EOC) emergency operations and functions during emergency activations. The position must also maintain sound judgement, with a high level of discretion and initiative.
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND FUNCTIONS: • Serves as the full-time professional Emergency Management Program Administrator as designated by Chapter 252 and Rule 9G-19.002, Florida Administrative Code (FAC). • Provides primary coordination for emergencies/disasters affecting the county which include natural, civil, hazardous materials, technological, and ecological incidents. • Ensures the EOC is always functional and serves as the Emergency Operations Center Incident Commander during EOC operations and supervises the overall EOC response and recovery activities. • Prepares, maintains, and executes the Hernando County Emergency Management Plan. • Educates and coordinates other local governmental agencies, volunteer groups and health care facilities to formulate goals and objectives for mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery prior to, during and after an emergency/disaster. Supervises and makes command decisions or recommendations during crisis or disaster situations. Ensures that all county communications are conducted efficiently during any incident involving Emergency Management coordination. • Manages the development of required exercises addressing prevention, preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation strategies for natural and manmade disasters. Ensures and approved required reports are developed and submitted.• The EM Division Director is responsible for answering questions from staff and the public, referring only the most complex to the Fire Chief or his/her designee. Performs administrative and supervisory work related to the operation of the Emergency Management Section. Staff is supervised through direct observation and periodic review of reports. Performs other work and duties as requested. • Supervises department employees responsible for specific disaster relief and preparedness activities such as evacuations, sheltering, public awareness, disaster assessment, communication, and coordination with volunteer groups. • Advises the Fire Chief or their designee of statute changes affecting Emergency Management. • Available and prepared to respond (24 hours/365 days) as necessary to any county emergency/disaster or other event that may threaten the safety, lives, or property of Hernando County citizens.
REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: The successful candidate will have the following education, experience, and credentials: • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management, Public Administration, Business Administration, Public Safety, or another related field. • Certification from the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association as a Florida Professional Emergency Manager (FPEM) and/or certification from the International Association of Emergency Management as a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) required. Completion of the FEMA Professional Development Series courses highly preferred. • Five (5) years’ experience in city or county emergency management with at least five (5) years of supervisory experience in Emergency Management Disaster Preparedness or related field preferred. A combination of additional education and experience may be substituted for the above requirements.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS Hernando County offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. The anticipated hiring range for the position is between $76,273 to $99,964 (annually), depending on experience, education, and qualifications. Hernando County offers a comprehensive benefits package including: • Medical coverage and dependent coverage. • Dental coverage • Vision coverage • Life Insurance • Florida Retirement System • Voluntary 457(b) Retirement Plan • Paid Time Off (PTO) • Paid Holidays (12)
INTERESTED CANDIDATES Please apply on-line at: https://www.hernandocounty.us/home/showpublisheddocument/6965 Qualified candidates should also submit a letter of interest, resume, and credentials as part of the application process. Initial review of application materials begins May 17, 2021; however, the position remains open until filled. For additional information regarding Hernando County, the complete job description and this opportunity please visit: https://www.hernandocounty.us/home