Job Announcement: Director of the Office of Emergency Management

DHSEM is seeking a Director of the Office of Emergency Management. Position closes on Sept. 1, 2017.

Link to the full job announcement and application process: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/colorado/jobs/1822614-0/director-of-the-office-of-emergency-management

Description of work unit

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is responsible for the State's comprehensive emergency management program which supports local and State agencies. Activities and services cover all phases of preparedness and emergency management: Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery for hazards that occur in the State. These hazards include natural, technological, and human-caused. OEM activities are primarily funneled through local emergency managers. This takes the form of technical assistance in such areas as developing pre-disaster mitigation plans, developing emergency operation plans, and providing liaison staff to local disasters in an effort to identify potential areas where State assistance can be requested. During a State declared disaster or emergency, OEM coordinates the State response and recovery program in support of local governments. OEM also maintains the State's Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) where representatives from a number of State agencies and external partners come together to support local government and ensure coordination across all levels of government (federal, tribal, state, and local) and the private sector (non-governmental, voluntary, and for profit agencies) during disasters and other critical incidents.

Position duties

Responsible for the management, direction and supervision of the Office of Emergency Management. Duties include the establishment of goals and measurable objectives for the Office, development and administration of the Office budget, supervision of staff, development of program policies and legislative initiatives. This position has signature authority for the Division. As senior member of the Department's overall leadership, this position is responsible for meeting the Department mission, vision and values under the direction of the Division Director. 
 
The position directly reports to and supports the Division Director in all matters; provides oversight and guidance to projects of high importance, leading individual projects as required; demonstrates expertise in the Office's critical functions, practices, and procedures; relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals; leads and directs the work of others; enable and fosters a culture of high organizational performance through internal and cross-group initiatives; leads to optimize organizational performance and morale; clearly defines and communicates clear outcomes and timelines, ensuring alignment across the Office; tracks progress against organizational priorities; collects input from staff members on major decisions; perform analysis and strategic consultation on major issues impacting the Office; monitors the workflow, efficiency and productivity of the Office; reviews complex and comprehensive analytical products for submission to leadership; and, provides policy information and guidance to agency executives on a variety of emergency management programs and legislation.

This position is responsible for the State's comprehensive emergency management program, which supports local and State agencies. Activities and services cover all phases of preparedness and emergency management: Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery for hazards that occur in the State.  This position ensures that state and local emergency management operations are effective and efficient.  During a State declared disaster or emergency or other significant event, this position ensures appropriate state response activities and coordination across all levels of government (federal, tribal, state, and local) and the private sector (non-governmental, voluntary, and for profit agencies). This position serves as a member of the Governor's Expert Epidemiological Emergency Response Committee and the Colorado Emergency Response Commission. This position is the State Liaison to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and will serve as the Governor's Authorized Representative (GAR) or designated Alternate GAR and State Coordinating Officer (SCO) or designated Deputy SCO for disposition of federal disaster assistance.
 

  • This position ensures operational readiness of the State Emergency Operations Center and Field Services Staff.  This includes ensuring appropriate training and exercising of Division personnel, and personnel in other state agencies, units of government and private sector partners.
  • This position actively works with all levels of government to mitigate known and future hazards. 
  • This position manages organizational structures that expand during crisis and rapidly changing situations.
  • This position is responsible for large and highly complex recovery operations involving large sums of taxpayer funds (currently over $500 million).  This position ensures that recovery operations are adequately staffed and are meeting immediate and long-term recovery goals.  Recovery operations involve a variety of very complex federal program with different program rules.  This position ensures compliance with federal regulation and state laws and guidelines concerning recovery operations.
  • This position advocates for robust emergency management activities within the state, including risk mitigation, and emergency preparedness actions.
  • This position is responsible to provide a resource management system as provided by the Colorado Revised Statutes.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.