Emergency Management Director – Job Description

FLSA STATUS:         Non-Exempt                                                                

JOB SUMMARY: Under the general supervision of the Project Director, the Emergency Management Director performs responsible and highly professional work involving: directing Emergency Management and Disaster Emergency Operations, hiring and recommending termination within the established policies and guidelines and overseeing staff and all functional areas of Emergency Management and Emergency Operations. 


The following statements describe the principal functions of this job and its scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements.  Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including working in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the work load.

  • Direct the management and functions of Emergency Management and Emergency Operations
  • Must have the ability to be on call for after hour emergencies
  • Must be able to respond to all emergencies in a timely manner
  • Direct the development and implementation of disaster emergency and emergency medical service and fire rescue plans
  • Evaluate policy effectiveness and emergency response; provide recommendations and presentations to the Board of County Commissioners for modifications and or improvements where warranted
  • Direct the operational accounts, revenues and expenditures and coordinate these with the County Finance Department
  • Research, prepare and execute presentations to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) and other stakeholders regarding emergency management and response issues
  • Investigate accidents, property damage, injuries, complaints and or other related items; facilitate the resolution of problematic situations
  • Facilitate and or represent the Division or the County at various meetings, public events, training sessions and other functions relevant to emergency management or response
  • Identify emergency management and mitigation programs and initiatives warranting pursuit of financial support through grants, including Community Development Block Grants (CDBGs), and other external funding sources
  • Monitor inter-local agreements to ensure satisfaction of financial and term requirements
  • Act as liaison with outside organizations and intra-County and state agencies
  • Select, train, discipline, retain and evaluate personnel as indicated
  • Seek funding resources; manage procurement and monitoring of all department, state and federal grants
  • Manage command level positions in the National Incident Management System (NIMS)
  • Respond to and manage disaster operations at field sites and on scene
  • Lead the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in the event of a disaster
  • Respond to state and or federally-designated, mutual aid disaster sites
  • Travel between locations to effectively address the business needs of the department


  • Knowledge of NIMS and the Incident Command System (ICS)
  • Knowledge of emergency response planning
  • Knowledge of strategic planning, public administration and project management principles
  • Knowledge of equipment and supplies used in emergency situations
  • Knowledge of modern public administration policies and practices in mobilizing personnel, services, communications
    and other resources in emergencies and disasters and
  • Knowledge of evacuation planning and direction procedures.
  • Skill in administering and managing emergency management and operations
  • Skill in establishing and managing a command post during an emergency situation
  • Skill in monitoring and evaluating subordinates
  • Skill in using computers and relevant software applications
  • Skill in collecting, analyzing and evaluating various business data
  • Skill in conducting objective research
  • Skill in preparing and administering budgets
  • Skill in managing complex projects
  • Skill in conducting negotiations
  • Skill in planning and organizing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to prepare and analyze comprehensive reports
  • Ability to respond quickly and calmly to emergency situations
  • Ability to make verbal and written presentations
  • Ability to communicate effectively and maintain effective working relationships with employees, county officials, state and federal officials and the general public



  • Ten (10) or more years technical and or supervisory experience, or experience in Emergency Management, Public Safety or a related field.
  • Valid driver license from the state of legal residence


  • Bachelor degree from a regionally accredited college or university in Business, Public Administration, Hazardous Materials, Emergency Operations, Public Safety (for example, Law Enforcement), or Emergency Medical or Fire Services


The following physical activities are necessary to perform one or more essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.  This position may be required to report for work when a declaration of emergency has been declared in Holmes County. 

  • Must be physically able to operate a variety of machinery and equipment including typewriters, calculators, computers, etc.
  • Requires the ability to exert up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negotiable amount of force constantly to move objects.
  • Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for sedentary work.
  • Work usually requires walking or standing to a significant degree. However, if the use of arm and/or leg control requires exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time; the job is rated for light work.
  • Working environment consists of all inside and outside weather conditions throughout the State of Florida.
  • Temperature ranges could vary from extreme cold to extreme hot conditions.
  • Wear appropriate clothing and personal protective equipment conducive to the environment.