Mitigation has been one of my passions ever since FEMA's Project Impact got me hooked on the concept of trying to do something to eliminate or reduce the damages from any number of hazards.
If you have a passion for mitigation and want to live in California the position of Chief Mitigation Officer may be what you are looking for. They are doing an executive level recruitment for the position. You can check out what the California Earthquake Authority is all about. Craig Travis, Vice President, Recruiting & Employment Services at Sequence Staffing is handling the recruitment.
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Luke Meyers, Bellevue Emergency Management Director has a job opening for an Emergency Management Coordinator
Bellevue has had a long reputation for having a quality emergency management program. They are part of the fire department for that city. Luke came to his current position from Pierce County's Emergency Management Department. There he was in charge of mitigation planning so you will know that he will want to have an emphasis on that aspect of planning.
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Clark County is on the southern border of Washington state just north of the City of Portland. It is participates in the Portland UASI and is a major player on that end of the state. See job announcement below. There is no web link.
Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency, Clark County, Washington announces a recruitment for:
Director, Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency
The recruitment opens Friday, March 4, 2011, and will remain open until sufficient
applications from qualified candidates are received. The first review will be conducted
for all application materials received by 5:00 pm on Friday, March 25, 2011.
Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) seeks an experienced Director to oversee and direct the Agency services, personnel and operations. This position directs a staff of 80 positions that provide services to outside customers. The Director represents or assigns a designee to represent Agency interests at local, state, & national 9-1-1, Emergency Management, EMS and technical organizations and association meetings. Work
involves overall direction for budgeting, contract negotiations, employee performance, system performance, and policy and procedural directives.
This critical position works under the policy direction of CRESA's Administrative Board. The Director performs the full range of administrative functions in budget preparation and justification, public presentations to special interest groups, determines short- and long-range planning for CRESA interest groups, and determines short- and longrange
planning for CRESA. The incumbent maintains strong working relationships with thirty-five law enforcement, fire, and emergency management agencies and ensures compliance and coordination with other agencies that influence operations (e.g., FEMA, FCC, etc.).
CANDIDATE PROFILE AND MINIMUM JOB QUALIFICATIONS
Requires a Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university and at least five years of progressively responsible and high-level management experience coordinating the operations of a multi-use public safety agency, or other related experience. A Master's degree in public safety, public administration, business management or a related field is highly desirable. Work history should include excellent leadership, interpersonal
communications and conflict resolution skills; strong decision-making skills; and strong written communication and public presentation skills. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated the ability to successfully supervise, motivate, correct, train, and evaluate staff.
The candidate must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation prior to employment.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Candidates must have the ability to perform the essential job functions with or without
reasonable accommodation (see attached job description). Knowledge of: principles and practices of public administration as applied to public safety functions within the
scope of responsibility as described above; effective research and record keeping methods and techniques; local, state and federal laws and regulations relevant to the program area; and principles and practices of human resources and financial management.
Ability to: effectively fulfill the key responsibilities of the position listed above; lead, motivate, and mentor staff;effectively facilitate multi-stakeholder and/or multi-jurisdiction meetings to reach consensus; apply critical thinking, problem solving, and collaborative approaches to balance competing interests and approaches; establish and
maintain positive and professional working relationships with all levels of staff, peers, elected officials, and other governmental jurisdictions; understand and execute complex oral and written instructions.
The salary range is $7,914 - $11,270 per month. Candidates may be appointed anywhere within this range, depending upon qualifications.
Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency provides a generous benefits package, which includes medical and dental insurance, sick leave, vacation time, and a 401K/457 retirement program. Employees do not contribute to Social Security and do not accrue social security credits for the time worked at CRESA. Employees do contribute to Medicare.
• All Candidates must submit a letter of interest and resume detailing their experience in the areas mentioned above. Candidate materials will be screened to ensure applicants meet minimum job qualifications. Allcandidates will receive written notice of their application status within 30 days of the initial review or 30 days after application submission, whichever is later.
• Candidates deemed most qualified will be invited to participate in the remainder of the selection process. The selection process will include but may not be limited to one or more oral interviews and assessments. Interviews will be job related and may include but not be limited to the qualifications outlined in the job announcement and description. The dates and times for these selection processes are to be determined.
• A background investigation, including at least verification of qualifying credentials, criminal history review, and employment and/or personal references, will be conducted for the final candidates. The background investigation may include a visit to the candidate's current and/or former places of employment.
SUBMIT APPLICATION MATERIALS TO:
Letters of interest and resumes may be submitted in the following manner:
• Mail or in person - 710 W 13th Street, Vancouver, WA 98660-2810
• FAX - (360) 694-1954
• DO NOT EMAIL APPLICATIONS
The recruitment will remain open until sufficient applications from qualified candidates are received. An initial review will be conducted for all applications received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 25, 2011.
CRESA is located in the City of Vancouver within Clark County, Washington (population approximately 435,600). Located just minutes north of Portland, Oregon and with easy access to the Columbia Gorge, Cascade Mountains,and Washington and Oregon coasts, the region offers abundant cultural and recreational opportunities. Washington has no state income tax.
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See another job opening for a GS-9/11 Mitigation Planning Specialist at FEMA.
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It looks to me that the Portland Metro area is funding the creation of an emergency management leadership position to work on regional coalition building and planning in support of cross jurisdictional and cross discipline planning. See Regional Preparedness Administrator (Limited Term)
Note closely the words "transition to, a new organizational structure for regional disaster preparedness coordination" which is much easier said than done. Just remember the phrase attributed to the fire service, "100 years of tradition unmarked by progress."
In my world the regional activities come on top of everything else that your organization expects you to be working on. Having a dedicated staff charged with regional issues is the way to go. The challenge will be twofold:
- Making enough progress in two years that people value the work being done and will continue to fund the position and the effort.
- That Federal funding doesn't dry up and the financial plug is pulled on the program. No matter what success you've achieved--if there is no money, you are out of luck and a job.
For those who are not fainthearted and want a challenge, can prove that they have what it takes to pull disparate organizations and personalities together to make a difference--go for it! This job is not for the neophyte!
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Pima County, Arizona has two positions that were just advertised. One is for an Exercise & Training Coordinator and the other is for a general Program Coordinator.
See the job listing at the link provided here and page down to find the two positions. Interestingly the Program Coordinator position had "Experience in emergency medical services" listed as a desirable qualification--but not on the other position. Hmm.
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Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval is finally getting around to recruiting for a State Emergency Management Director. The position is a Division Administrator in the Department of Public Safety. See the job announcement and list of qualifications they are looking for.
I understand that this is "just a Division Administrator" job and recruiting for it was not a priority--until maybe New Zealand and Japan nudged them along in the process--do you think? By the time they get someone on board it will be June if the person is in-state and perhaps July 1st if they are coming from out of state.
Remember how long it took the Obama Administration to fill the FEMA Administrator's position?
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