Salt Lake City


    Requisition ID
    Minimum Salary
    USD $30.27/Hr.
    Maximum Salary
    USD $41.34/Hr.
    Post End Date
    US-UT-Salt Lake City
  • Overview

    Em Director


    Wanted:  Dynamic leader to provide systematic management preparedness for emergency situations within Salt Lake City.  As the Emergency Management Manager, you will identify key areas of potential danger to mitigate risks, prevent or control emergency situations that occur.  Whether natural or human-caused, no location is exempt from potential disaster. With quality planning and effective communications, the impact can be minimized. The successful candidate will have a proven record of commitment and passion for emergency management and desire to make a difference through public service.  Known as the ‘gateway to the west’, Salt Lake City is the Capital City and the social, economic and cultural hub of Utah.


    Announcement:   This position is open until filled.  It is subject to closing at any time.  First application review will occur on Monday, Nov. 26, at Noon, 12 p.m.  Only applications received prior to this time will be included in the review.  


    Position Description: Under the general administrative direction of the mayor, incumbent is responsible for the design, development, and administration of the city’s Emergency Management Plan.  Coordinates with other city departments, first-responders, other governmental agencies, and volunteer groups to implement emergency preparedness, education and exercises. Coordinates and assists in directing emergency plan operations during an actual event.  Interacts with all aspects of the recovery phase with city units/entities as well as other local cities. Seeks out county, state and national resources that can be utilized to speed the recovery and restoration of services for the city and its residents.


    Also, serves as the director responsible for managing the city’s Radio Communication Services enterprise operation, including numerous two-way and microwave radio systems.  Leads all aspects of design, construction, operation, and maintenance of this highly complex communication system.


    This is an appointed, at-will position without tenure and exempt from the career service.


    • Leads the City’s effort to ensure smooth, unbroken operations, even under the most dynamic of situations. Analyzes, develops and coordinates city-wide emergency preparedness program: liaisons with city departments, other governmental, private agencies.  Examples include, but are not limited to, FEMA, Utah Department of Homeland Security, Salt Lake County Emergency Management, Salt Lake City School District, Utah Transit Authority, Local Emergency Planning Committee, Associated General Contractors, Emergency amateur radio (ARIES).
    • Designs and initiates plan for citywide EOC and coordinates implementation.  Advises City leaders on staffing, location and relocation alternatives and is integrally involved in the community preparedness programs.  Ensures plans provide for the establishment of a first-response and on-going Emergency Operations Center (EOC), its staffing, function and possible relocation to an alternative survivable building as circumstances may dictate.
    • Ensures the city has a multi-department, trained crisis communications team/capability or Joint Information System (JIS) that can be activated during significant city events or disasters. When appropriate, manages activation and use of Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) and other alert and warning system and is responsible to craft and deliver timely, accurate information as directed by City administration.
    • Research, design, publish, educate, tests and periodically update a plan that will recall and relocate critical City staff that will be needed during a major incident. Ensure that both a primary and secondary EOC are identified and outfitted with enough “cached” equipment and supplies allowing for immediate operations if used.  Ensure that each City Department creates a similar plan for their individual unit and their personnel that meshes with the city wide plan and follows the same format.
    • Develops a multi-agency approach and coordination of planning and training, and in the provision of emergency services. Negotiates inter-local disaster assistance agreements with other governments. Catalogs availability of materials, technical support and emergency services. Works with FEMA, the American Red Cross, and community service organizations for post-disaster support and assistance.
    • Coordinates area-wide evacuation plans with fire, police and other public safety agencies. May respond to emergencies as an observer, emergency management coordinator and communications coordinator. May serve as media contact upon approval of the Mayor’s chief of staff (COS) or Mayor.      
    • Prepares reports, makes public presentations, and keeps current on disaster management and recovery methods.
    • Ensures successful development and implementation of emergency management by advising city managers and employees about individual’s roles and responsibilities. Coordinates periodic drills of emergency plans including mock disasters, systems failures, toxic chemical releases, evacuations, and communication interruptions.  Ensures all critical staff is familiar with the ICS model most often used during major events, both natural and man-made.  Ensures all critical staff is familiar with the ICS model.  Advises the City’s senior leadership on multi-discipline, multi-jurisdictional command post operations to facilitate the transition from routine operations to emergency operations.
    • Oversees the design, planning and management of the City’s integrated radio communications infrastructure and systems, including long-range plans, estimates, budgets, and purchases. Develops and implements City-wide radio communications procedures and operations.
    • Manage maintenance, operation, and repair of all City radio communication sites.
    • Manage administrative operations of the Salt Lake City radio enterprise, including budget development, reserve fund strategies, future operational and capital financial planning, training planning, and other related functions. 
    • Oversees the City’s policy and practices as it relates to radio communication issues including: infrastructure, wireless communication facilities, legislative and regulatory changes, and convergence of data networking, telephony and cable industries. Ability to develop and implements changes, across the spectrum that will positively affect city operations during both routine and emergency operations.



    • Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in emergency management, disaster mitigation, or a related field and four years' professional paid experience in disaster or emergency management.
    • Strong leadership and teambuilding abilities. Ability to advise key staff and maintain effective organizational change programs.
    • Knowledge of current practices, principles and trends in emergency management including but not limited to NIMS; local, state, and federal emergency management policies and programs.
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, department heads, and officials of other jurisdictions.
    • Ability to analyze emergency operations, make appropriate recommendations, develop plans, training programs, periodic drills, and appropriate training systems.
    • Possession of a valid driver's license or Utah driving privilege card, or the ability to visit different sites with reasonable accommodations.
    • Ability to prepare reports, develop and prepare public presentations and complete technical research.               
    • Leadership being the most important characteristic, applicants must possess actual experience in dealing with communications during both routine and emergency operations, within a government unit having a public safety or continuing government operations mission, on any level. Recognizing that there will be existing experts within every department, on the needs and requirements of their particular communications mission, the Director will need to be able to build consensus and lead the overall effort to achieve maximum interoperability while maintaining effectiveness. 




    • Possession of a valid CEM certification issued by the National Coordinating Council on Emergency Management or paid government agency emergency management experience.
    • Experience in using the ICS system.
    • Hands-on, verifiable experience in emergency or crisis situations, at any level. Examples could include: natural disaster, law enforcement (kidnapping or protracted hostage standoff), weather, etc.
    • Verifiable ability to design and effect a City wide relocation plan that would be used during a time of emergency. Experience can be wide ranging across the government spectrum and include incidents at any level that show the ability to ensure the continuity of government operations at the time of crisis or during a major special event.
    • The verifiable ability to set goals, achieve results and similarly set related goals/objectives for subordinate units to ensure maximum effectiveness in minimum time.
    • Knowledge or experience with Motorola SmartZone trunked radio system technologies, digital and analog microwave radio systems, data networking technologies, simulcast technologies, conventional repeater and simplex radio systems.


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