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Employer: Butler County
Division: Emergency Management
Job Title: Deputy Director of Emergency Management
Salary: $0 Annually

Job Description:


Position Summary: Under the supervision of the Director of Emergency Management/Homeland Security the employee is involved in the planning, directing and coordination of the activities falling within the responsibilities and duties of the department. The work involves clerical, communications, supervision of subordinate and volunteer personnel as well as assuming a leadership role in emergency operations during crisis and disaster response. The Deputy assumes the responsibilities of the director in his/her absence. Work is performed under general supervision of the director, but is free to develop own work sequences within established policies and procedures.


Examples of Work (Essential Functions):

  • Coordinates the ongoing update and maintenance of the county’s Emergency Operations Plan (EOP), in partnership with stakeholders and in compliance with state planning standards.
  • Coordinates with stakeholders and the State of Kansas to develop and/or maintain other plans, such as Continuity of Operations plans and Hazard Mitigation plans.
  • Maintains proficiency in state planning standards and federal guidance, including such things as vulnerable and functional needs planning; works to safeguard the county’s eligibility for certain funding opportunities through compliance with these standards and guidelines.
  • Maintains the department’s situational awareness of personnel, resources and partners that can and will support the county during an emergency or disaster; ensuring that information is available and accessible during EOC activations. Includes maintaining the department’s Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs), as needed.
  • Consults with local jurisdictions and other agencies/entities on their planning activities, providing subject matter expertise.
  • Assists with the coordination of the EOC when activated;
  • Assists in the administration of the department’s volunteer program, ensuring members’ records and credentials are maintained and the teams are adequately equipped and supervised.
  • Provides support to the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) as Secretary and Information Coordinator, assisting the LEPC Chairperson in managing the functions of the committee.
  • Maintains proficiency in hazardous materials regulations and response topics, including the provisions of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA).
  • Manages the issuance of identification badges for personnel and equipment under the state’s accountability system (CRMCS).
  • Assists with coordination of severe weather activities, storm spotters, NWS reporting, weather radar data interpretation;
  • Responds to and assists with emergency management/homeland security functions in time of emergency or disaster;
  • Assumes duties of the director in his/her absence;
  • Performs other duties as deemed necessary or assigned.

Examples of Work (Marginal Functions):

  • None.


Certificate, License: Certification as a Kansas Certified Emergency Manager (KCEM) within twenty-four months. Valid driver's license. Hazardous Materials Operations certification within one year.


Required Education and/or Experience:  Four  years related experience, High School Diploma or G.E.D.; or Bachelor’s degree; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Employee is expected to have acquired the necessary information and skills to perform the job reasonably well after one year in the position. Experience in emergency management, emergency services, and emergency planning. If not a county resident, must live within approximately a 30-mile radius of the county EOC.


Preferred Education and/or Experience: Five years related experience, High School Diploma or G.E.D.; or a Bachelor’s degree from a college or university and 1 year of experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in more than one area of emergency management. Kansas Certified Emergency Manager preferred, NIMS IS-700, ICS 100, 200, 300 and 400.


Abilities, Knowledge, Skills:

  • Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry;
  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume;
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions;
  • Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors;
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables;
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents;
  • Ability to reliably and predictably carry out duties;
  • Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community;
  • Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format;
  • Ability to think clearly, make critical judgments and sound decisions in crisis situations and communicate the same to leaders and subordinates is required;
  • Knowledge of and ability to wear, basic protective clothing for work in hazardous environments is required;
  • Knowledge of advanced office skills and managerial practices are required;
  • Knowledge of personal computers and server based operation with special emphasis on PowerPoint, Word and Excel required;
  • Knowledge of the emergency response systems, disaster management principles and practices, FEMA regulation and policy are preferred;
  • Skill in verbal and written communication


Problem Solving: Problem solving exists in this position relative to management level issues, crisis management and interpersonal relations. The employee will respond to and be prepared to deal with a wide variety of situations with relatively little if any supervision.


Decision Making: Decision-making exists in this position. Decisions include but are not limited to: programs, resources and equipment, personnel management, emergency response, hazard mitigation, and plan  development.


Accountability. The employee participates in the overall budget management and preparation of the departmental budget, as well as the EMPG grant program preparation and administration. The employee is responsible for purchases of supplies and equipment per county policy and must utilize proper judgment in such cases.


Supervision: Limited supervision is provided, and job-related decisions are reviewed by the director. Employee will have supervisory responsibility over volunteers and, in the absence of the Director, some limited supervisory responsibility over part-time staff. In crisis or disaster situations the employee may act utilizing the authority set forth in the Butler County Emergency Operations Plan.


Personal Relationships: Continual and frequent contact with governmental agencies, volunteer organizations both public and private, the general public and the news media.


Working Conditions: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this position, the employee is exposed less than one third of the time to conditions such moving mechanical parts; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud. This position may be called out in an emergency.


Physical Requirements: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to sit; use  hands to finger, grasp, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Lifting, moving, pushing or pulling up to 10 pounds does not generally occur. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, distance vision and ability to adjust focus. Use of hands, wrists, and fingers are primary for computer and writing skills.


Butler County is Proud to Be an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)

We value diversity in the workplace.  Candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, disability, political affiliation, national origin, age, or any other protected class. Interested individuals, who meet the basic requirements, are invited to apply for consideration.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

It is the policy of Butler County not to discriminate in its programs or services provided to the general public, including employment and all other activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other similarly protected status. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application, interview, or pre-employment testing process should notify Melissa Riley, Director of Human Resources, at 316-322-4324.

Vacancy Number: BU0130118001

Open Date: 1/18/2019 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: