JOB DESCRIPTION                                                        

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential job functions satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary job functions herein described.  Since every duty associated with this position may not be described herein, employees may be required to perform duties not specifically spelled out in the job description, but which may be reasonably considered to be incidental in the performing of their duties just as though they were actually written out in this job description.

Department:           Emergency Management

Pay Grade:               117 ($63,508.79$97,802.30)


The Emergency Management Director performs specialized administrative work in directing and promoting a County-wide program for Emergency Management, and for organizing emergency plans for various stages of the program. Work is performed under the direction of the Public Safety Director, and is reviewed by observation of results achieved, periodic conferences and reports.


  • Develops, maintains, and periodically tests plans that will minimize the effects of manmade or natural disasters within the County.
  •  Oversees Emergency Management staff and responsible for a wide array of Emergency Management planning, training, and exercise activities.
  • Develops and improves plans to affect recovery in the post-disaster period and programs to render support to state and federal government in their survival and recovery efforts. 
  • Establishes and provides for the continuity of County government in a disaster situation. 
  • Prepares and implements natural disaster plan and survival plan. 
  • Maintains liaison and conducts conferences with other emergency management organizations and State and Federal agencies in the clarification and coordination of emergency procedures and operating policies. 
  • Develops operations procedures and assures that needed personnel and equipment are obtained and effectively used within the budget appropriation.
  • Acts as support staff to Fire Rescue incident command in mitigating fuel spills, hazardous material incidents and large-scale incidents.
  • Makes periodic and special reports of activities and accomplishments.
  • Performs other related job duties as assigned.

These essential job functions are not to be construed as a complete statement of all duties performed.

Employees will be required to perform other job-related marginal duties as required.


Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree preferred, but not required, in a course of study related to the occupational field; and two (2) years of experience in a position of comparable responsibility to that of the director (FS 252.35); or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job. Experience of operating and managing operations in an emergency management situation such as Hurricane relief, Tornado Relief.

Special Qualifications:

  • The appointee will agree to participate in specialized Emergency Management training programs prescribed by the Division of Emergency Management of the State of Florida.

Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations:

  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Florida for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.
  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain a certification as a Florida Professional Emergency Manager (Florida Emergency Preparedness Association) or a Certified Emergency Manager (International Association of Emergency Managers).

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the geography of Hardee County and local area, and of resources available for disaster and other emergencies. 
  • Knowledge of local, federal, and state laws and regulations relative to organizing and maintaining an Emergency Management Program. 
  • Knowledge of organizational techniques.
  • Ability to establish and maintain professional and effective working relationships with employees, associates, officials, civic groups and the public.
  • Ability to conduct professional and effective public relations in relation to the Emergency Management effort.
  • Ability to prepare comprehensive reports, budgets, departmental materials, correspondence, and programs.
  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment on fuel spills and large-scale incidents.


The work is sedentary work which requires exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift and move objects. Additionally, the following physical abilities are required: balancing, climbing, crawling, crouching, feeling, grasping, handling, hearing, kneeling, lifting, pushing, reaching, repetitive motion, speaking, standing, stooping, talking, and walking. Mental acuity is required for making rational decisions through sound logic and deductive processes. Visual ability is required to operate heavy equipment and perform activities specific to the job, such as viewing a computer terminal, observation of facilities or structures, and/or inspection involving small parts or operations of machines.


Work is primarily performed in an office setting with a temperature-controlled environment and no exposure to external environmental conditions.

Hardee County has the right to revise this job description at any time. This

 description does not represent in any way a contract of employment.

*** This position is considered emergency essential***

All Applications with Resume are accepted in the Human Resources Department located at 412 W. Orange St.

Ste. 204, Wauchula, FL. 33873 or via email: or through the online portal on

county website

Position is open until filled.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Hardee County provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.