Title: Deputy Director
Department: Emergency Management Updated: 01/2018
Division: Emergency Management/Homeland Security FLSA Status: Exempt
Bargaining Unit: CANUE Wage Range: Not Available

Responds, recommends, directs and supervises the County's Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security program in the absence and/or support of the Director during potential or occurring emergency and non-emergency situations. This is a professional position involving responsibility for insuring compliance with Federal, State and local laws pertaining to a wide variety of areas in the field of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.


·         Develops and administers emergency preparedness and response policies and procedures.

·         Analyzes current risk and vulnerability to the county and make necessary recommendations.

·         Collects and analyzes data to identify industrial, agricultural, commercial, educational, medical and other facilities throughout the county that comprise potential sources of chemical and other hazardous materials releases.

·         Works with local officials to establish community policy and procedures regarding incident    management and Homeland Security issues pertaining to ongoing threats or incidents.

·         Ensures appropriate emergency notifications are made.

·         Collaborates with County Information Technology, voice and data communications providers and broadband and wireless service providers to develop emergency communications protocols and disaster recovery plans.

·         Designs, develops, implements, updates and tests the operational validity of standard operating procedures for the county Emergency Operations Center.

·         Coordinates the design, development and establishment of, and oversees the maintenance and operations of the Emergency Operations Center for all county entities.

·         Coordinates exercises to evaluate the emergency response capability of participating agencies and entities, developing the emergency exercise, coordinating the mock event and evaluating response performance.

·         Responds to support Incident/Unified Commanders as appropriate.

·         Be proficient Emergency Management/Homeland Security grant funding requirements.

·         Develops and delivers training and informational presentations for emergency responders, community groups, and businesses, educational, commercial and agricultural organizations.

·         Prioritizes funding needs to close resource gaps in order to efficiently allocate funds available to increase response capabilities.

·         Collaborates with participating public and private entities to identify essential services and personnel and to develop protocols for the continued delivery of essential services.

·        Other duties as assigned.



Work is performed under the general supervision of the Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.


Responsible for assigning, directing, and supervising office staff, command staff of the Hazardous Operations Team, and numerous volunteer leaders of support functions when authorized by the Director.


·        Bachelor’s Degree required with certifications directly related to Emergency Management/Homeland Security encouraged.

·         Emergency vehicle operation training highly recommended.

·         Minimum of 3-5 years Supervisory experience in Emergency Management/Homeland Security.

·         Thorough knowledge of the underlying principles Federal, State, and County laws and regulations, criteria and standards dealing with emergency management, Homeland Security and general safety issues.

·         Thorough knowledge of Federal and state grant writing, grant budget development, and financial management principals and practices.

·         Skill in planning, coordination and administrating emergency management and planning programs.

·         Management and direct departmental oversight in operations, including budgeting, strategic planning. Knowledge of and capability to interpret applicable federal, state and local regulations. Develop, apply and explain department and County procedures and policies. Plan and coordinate work staff activities, prioritize, instruct, set deadlines, objectives, measure success, and make recommendations and resolve issues. Methods of research, planning, conducting and implementing major studies or projects. Design and recommend new forms, reports or procedures. Ability to understand and work in complex data processing system, analyze data and exercise sound financial judgment. Analyze administrative problems, evaluate alternatives and implement sound solutions. Prepare and present reports, speeches or training programs to groups. Provide training and guidance in handling difficult or complex problems or resolving escalated complaints or disputes. Work independently with limited direct supervision. Coordinate activities with other departments.

·         Writing, reading, mathematical principles; proficient computer skills-Microsoft Office Suite; exercise sound judgment and decision making in accordance with policies and procedures; ability to research and problem solve independently; knowledge of County operations and functions; ability to prioritize and time manage; handle stressful situations, provide effective and friendly customer service; support the County's mission and values; ability to think critically where necessary.             

·         Knowledge or understanding of basic administrative tasks: operate standard office equipment; document management; prepare and maintain records, various correspondences and reports; answer general inquiries and refer as necessary; answer telephone calls, process mail, order supplies/equipment; prepare meeting agendas, attend meetings, record/transcribe/distribute minutes; entering, transcribing, recording, storing or maintaining information in written or electronic form with speed and accuracy; maintain calendars, arrange meetings, schedule rooms and equipment as necessary. 

·         ·         Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently with management, co-workers and the public; obtain and communicate accurate information; apply common sense understanding to complex instructions and respond accordingly;  communicate complex ideas through graphs, charts, presentations, reports or other professional correspondence.                       



·         Ability to demonstrate predictable, reliable, and timely attendance.              

·         Ability to read, write & communicate in English; follow written and verbal instruction and understand basic mathematics and figure checking.                

·         Ability to interpret and apply procedures, rules, technical information, instructions, manuals to complete tasks accurately and on schedule.                                     

·         Ability to learn from directions, observations, and mistakes; and apply procedures using good judgment.                                                                        

·         Ability to use discretion and maintain sensitive and confidential information.  

·         Ability to work independently or part of a team; ability to interact appropriately with others such as County officials, employees, vendors and the general public.

·         Ability to work under supervision, receiving instructions/feedback, coaching/counseling and/or action/discipline.                                             

·         Adaptability to change in the work environment, managing competing demands and ability to deal with frequent changes, delays or unexpected events.

·         Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services including customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction

·         Proficient skills using Microsoft Office programs including, but not limited to: Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook required.  Proficiency may be tested.                  


  • Prior to starting employment, the candidate must complete a satisfactory background check.  The background check is understood to encompass all forms of pre-employment screening, including but not limited to: drug screen, physical, criminal background, driving record, sex offender registry, education, training and licensing verification, employment history, credit check, and professional and personal references.
  • Must possess a valid State of Michigan operator license and maintain this license throughout employment in this position.
  • Must be available for off hour response and meetings.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job with or without accommodations.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:

·         Speak to others to convey information effectively.

·         Read, interpret and understand procedures, rules, technical information, instructions and manuals.

·         Hear and understand information presented through spoken words and sentences.

·         Specific vision requirement includes close vision, distance vision, color and depth perception.

·         Use hands to operate a computer, handle materials and operate equipment.

·         Push or pull carts, reach with hands and arms forward, above and below shoulder level.

·         Lift, move or carry objects, equipment and supplies weighing up to 25 pounds.

·         Sit, bend, stoop, crouch, crawl and kneel in an ergonomically correct manner.

·         Stand and walk, climb stairs.

·         Normal office hours are from 8:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.

·         Due to the nature of the work hours may include overtime, evenings or weekends.

·         Generally works in a normal office environment. 

·         The noise level in the work environment is moderate with many interruptions.



Disclaimer: The statements contained in this job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job requirements or duties performed.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.




It is the policy of St. Clair County not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability that does not prevent performing essential job functions or because he or she is a protected veteran.