Emergency Management Agency – Deputy Director Wanted


Emergency Management Agency – Deputy Director

Knox County Emergency Management Agency



The Knox County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (EMA) is hiring! Please see the posting information below for more details. Interested and qualified applicants should apply by submitting a resume, cover letter and application to Dana Bushong with Knox County Human Resources at danabushong@co.knox.oh.us. Thank you!

Title: Deputy Director

Department: Knox County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (EMA)

Position Type(s):  Full-time, Exempt, Non-Bargaining Unit

Typical Work Schedule:8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

*On call as necessary.

Pay Range: $43,300 – $48,700 annually (Based on Experience)


The Deputy Director is responsible for assisting the Director in developing and implementing an integrated countywide emergency management program.  This includes coordinating preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation programs.  This position also provides administrative and clerical support as needed. The Deputy Director will assume the role of Director in their absence.

Minimum Qualifications:  

Associates Degree in a field related to emergency management plus a minimum of four (4) years related work experience demonstrating competence in emergency management; or an equivalent in education and/or work experience of seven (7) years. Bachelor’s Degree is preferred with five (5 years) experience.

Individual completed (or ability to attain within one year) the EMA Professional Development Series (or ability to attain within one year), Advanced Professional Series (or ability to attain within two years), ICS-100, 200, 300, 400 and IS 800. Designation as Ohio Certified Emergency Manager (OCEM) is preferred.  

All required licenses and certificates must be maintained as a condition of continued employment. Applicant must have a valid Ohio Driver’s License and successfully pass a background investigation. Must possess a valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record. Must meet and maintain all required licenses and certifications as a continued condition of employment.

Essential Job Functions:  

  • Assists in directing and coordinating the preparation and implementation of the county-wide emergency operations plan;
  • Assists in maintaining the agency Emergency Operations Center (EOC);
  • Coordinates activities with federal and state emergency management agencies;
  • Assists in securing and maintaining information regarding resources and facilities for use in the event of a disaster;
  • Interprets and implements Federal and State regulations;
  • Maintains Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) requirements (provided by the LEPCs resolution) as required by Federal and State regulations;
  • Coordinates EMA volunteer/intern program;
  • Works with media;
  • Assists in application, administration, and management of grants;
  • Assists in planning and conducting local tests and exercises;
  • Recommends, administers and enforces, in a consistent manner, office policies and procedures;
  • Establishes and maintains working relationships with all emergency response entities;
  • Consistently demonstrates the ability to apply progressive management principles to plan and implement department goals and objectives;
  • Supports EMA and other programs by working with local agencies to include recommending and monitoring contracts, attending meetings, conferences, workshops, training sessions, and performing a variety of public relations duties;
  • Devises correspondence, completing forms and developing reports associated with EMA and other programs;
  • Demonstrates regular and predictable attendance; 
  • Hold as confidential, all aspects of the job;
  • Attends and conducts various training sessions, video conferences, and workshops;
  • Performs typing, word processing, and related computer operations; 
  • Works additional hours to complete job responsibilities outside of typical work schedule/business hours as required; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

*See position descriptions for more details. 


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