Emergency Management Coordinator

County of Elbert

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Emergency Management Coordinator

Kiowa, CO


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Assist in the comprehensive emergency management program within Elbert County to reduce or eliminate the risk of injury, loss of life, or damage to property. This is a responsible position tasked with a wide range of administrative duties to address the programmatic mission areas of preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Coordinator reports directly to the OEM Director to support the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), the County Manager, and the County Sheriff in meeting local and State compliance and Office initiatives.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists in the development of emergency operations plans, assessments, reports, educational documents, and interagency agreements.
  • Provides all-hazard emergency coordination support to complex or extended incidents within Elbert County, including onsite coordination as a County liaison and/or the use of the      Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
  • Responds on-scene to emergencies as necessary to provide resource support, incident command organizational structure development, and technical advice during multi-agency incidents,  countywide impact incidents, mass casualty incidents, or other requested responses.
  • Supports situational awareness between the County and emergency responders through various forms of operational communications including radios, virtual EOC tools, and various cellular applications.
    Assists the Director in developing and implementing standard operating procedures and strategic planning for the Office.
  • Manages various aspects of Homeland Security including State and Federal grant processing and acquisition.
    Applies strong organizational skills to manage information using a variety of technological, physical, and process systems.
  • Coordinates and participates in exercises to test emergency response plans and capabilities of community organizations, hospitals, governments, and other agencies and transportation systems.
  • Assists Director in conducting emergency management training and education programs for community agencies and associations, staff, schools, and others as requested.
  • Networks with other agencies to disseminate information regarding County policies, services, and programs.
    Assists in organizing and coordinating recovery actions from a disaster or emergency and serves as a liaison with other government agencies.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for the emergency management program.
  • Coordinates the emergency management program with additional special assignments including issues pertaining to wildland fire, flooding, hazardous materials, and emergency medical services, and other all-hazards topics.
  • Assists in developing and maintaining public education programs that include citizen education related to all hazards.
  • Prepares and processes grant reports and related documentation in conjunction with the grant administrator.
  • Assists with the preparation of the annual budget as necessary.
  • Collects, analyzes, and tracks information regarding emergency or disaster situations and develops appropriate displays to represent the situation.
  • Provides documentation analysis and generates after-action reports for emergencies.
  • Collaborates with a variety of governmental departments, businesses, and organizations on preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation planning and coordination.
  • Additional duties as assigned.


Consequence of Error: The inability or failure to properly perform the duties of this position may result in the improper use of available emergency response resources and failure to be at the appropriate level of preparedness, potentially resulting the in the loss of life, damage to public and private property and natural resources.


Desired Education and/or Experience: High school graduate or GED and bachelor’s degree in emergency management, public administration, or closely related field or a combination of appropriate work experience and/or professional certification and three to five years of experience in emergency management or closely related field is required.


Special Requirements: 

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a valid Colorado driver’s license during employment at Elbert County.
  • Ability to complete necessary ICS, hazard-specific education, and emergency management academy curriculum.
  • Knowledge of the National Incident Management System.
  • Able to pass qualifying exams and background checks.
  • Willingness to coordinate efforts to work on-call as necessary throughout the year to provide services at irregular hours and off workdays.
  • Ability to travel regionally as necessary for local training, conferences, and multiagency meetings.


Essential Functions:

Department Policies and Procedures: Demonstrates a working knowledge of and compliance with all Douglas County Sheriff’s Office policies, procedures, and directives.

Mental/Emotional Abilities: Applies reason and logic rapidly in a legally correct manner when under physical, emotional, and intellectual stress. Comprehends and processes new information quickly and accurately, retain relevant information, remains calm, and effectively communicates under pressure and unusual circumstances.

Physical Skills: Possesses and maintains the ability to operate standard office machines, equipment, and utensils. Ability to perform under stress and perform physical demands, such as lifting 40 pounds from a standing position and walking up a steep grade at high elevations for 30 minutes.

Public Interaction: Able to communicate well with members of the community, law enforcement, fire service, and personnel from other agencies. Ability to speak and communicate effectively before large groups.

Geography Skills: Ability to read, locate areas and interpret geographical features on a map.

Decision-Making Skills: Ability to make quick and effective decisions during emergent circumstances. Utilizes analysis, and policies, and collaborates with subject matter experts on preparedness planning and protocols.

Computer Skills: Must have basic user-level competency with Windows PC operating systems and the capability to learn and apply various software in the preparation of plans, reports, and various public communications.

Vehicle Operation: Operates vehicles during routine and emergency operations under varying road and weather conditions. May be called upon to relocate small to medium supply trailers.



Work Environment: Work is generally performed in a typical office setting, however, during emergency situations, the environment could be one of a more serious nature such as being in proximity of smoke from fires, hazardous materials, natural disaster scenes, and inclement weather.  The successful applicant must be able to perform ALL the above job functions, unassisted, and at a pace and level of performance consistent with actual job requirements. These duties are intended to be illustrative only and are not intended to be all-inclusive.

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