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

Directs and supervises the County’s Office of Emergency Managements and Homeland Security along with the St. Clair County Hazardous Operations Team and administers the Community Emergency Management Program and the Homeland Security Program for the county and communities; does related work as required.  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.

  • Plans and formulates operating policies for the Emergency Management and Homeland Security programs and establishes program priorities.
  • Responsible for cross border planning, warning, and information sharing.
  • Responsible for integrating County initiatives into Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI)
  • Writes and administers a minimum of 5 grants annually
  • Oversees the effectiveness of the Comprehensive Emergency Management Program.
  • Evaluates current programs and directs implementation of changes and/or new programs.
  • Analyzes current risk and vulnerability to the county and make necessary recommendations.
  • Keeps communities, emergency response agencies and others informed of new laws, policies, and other critical information.
  • Establishes long and short term goals through a Strategic Planning process.
  • Compiles and maintains a roster of countywide/statewide resources
  • Prepares two budgets and approves all requests for purchasing.
  • Writes and administers Homeland Security reports.
  • Works with local officials to establish community policy and procedures regarding emergency services and Homeland Security issues.
  • Ability to analyze problems, identify and implement solutions.
  • Ability to identify and respond to community issues, concerns and needs.
  • Addresses community groups, public officials, public agencies, industry, media, and others on the topics of emergency management and Homeland Security.
  • Directs the exercising of the Comprehensive Emergency Management Program, community and business plans.
  • Participates in various committees including intelligence, safety, planning of other agencies both inside and outside the county.
  • Provides direction in establishing internal safety plans for county facilities.
  • Directs and has authorization to implement county warning/evacuation program.
  • May perform other related functions as requested by the County Administrator.
  • Responsible for Emergency Management in every community within St. Clair County.
  • Administers several volunteer programs including Hazardous Operations Team, weather spotters, digital volunteers.
  • Develops and administers community education programs
  • Maintains a functional Emergency Operations Center.
  • Responsible for developing and maintaining various response procedures for both 911 Communications Centers
  • Administers training programs for various response disciplines.
  • Prepares After Action Reports for large scale incidents.
  • Conducts county wide communication tests with key critical infrastructure, schools, hospitals and government coordination centers.
  • Responsible for maintaining the County Disaster Mitigation Plan and program.
  • Responsible for maintaining the County SARA Title III program.
  • Responsible for maintaining the HSEM Advisory Council.
  • Responsible for the County wide responder identification program.
  • Other duties as assigned.

The position is accountable to the County Administrator and by Public Act, reports to the County Board Chairperson.


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

  • Master Degree in Public Administration or related emergency field preferred.
  • Baccalaureate Degree in same fields required.
  • Certification as a Michigan Professional Emergency Manager is required..
  • Minimum of five years in the direction and supervision of emergency response personnel required.

·         Certification in the National Incident Management System including IS-100, IS 200, IS 300, IS 400, IS 700 and IS 800.

  • Ability to obtain a security clearance.
  • Thorough knowledge of the underlying principles Federal, State, and county laws and regulations, criteria and standards dealing with emergency response, Homeland Security and general safety issues.
  • Skill in planning, coordination and administrating emergency response and planning programs.
  • Ability to handle classified information without jeopardizing content.

·         Emergency vehicle operation training.

·         Manage and direct departmental operations, including budgeting, strategic planning. Knowledge of and interpret applicable federal, state and local regulations. Develop, apply and explain department and County procedure 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.                     

·         Complex accounts receivable/payable practices, banking procedures, third party billing and private pay processes.  Proficient in accounting software, i.e. Bi-Tech or One Solution. Ability to reconcile financial reports or records; process department payroll; prepare and reconciled journal entries; purchasing procedures. Knowledge of accounting principles, audit standards, budgeting; annual financial reporting; and IRS practices for Federal, State and Local. Knowledge of liability coverage and claims procedures.         

·         Writing, reading, mathematical principles; proficient computer skills-Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook; 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 clients; 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.