Help Wanted: City of New Bedford hiring Director of Emergency Management


Job Title: Director of Emergency Management
Pay Grade: M-9
Pay Range: $57,066 – $69,609
Department: Police / Emergency Management Division


Oversees the Emergency Management Division of the Police Department and is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the emergency management programs for the City; provides a variety of technical, administrative and supervisory work in directing and implementing emergency preparedness; works to prevent or minimize the loss of life and property from various natural and man-made disasters; coordinates activities of the Emergency Management Division with other local, State, Federal, non-profit and private sector agencies and organizations.


The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job.

 Coordinates the development, maintenance and periodic review of the City’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan and its various supporting function and hazard-specific plans and procedures; Hazard Mitigation Plan and related plan documents; establishes planning committees and teams, as appropriate.

 Oversees acquisition, management, and maintenance of Emergency Management Division resources and ensures a state of readiness; allocates resources including, but not limited to, Emergency Management volunteers, Division vehicles, Mobile Emergency Command Center, lighting and power equipment, mass care shelter equipment cache trailers, and two-way radio communication equipment.

 Coordinates and conducts community disaster education activities to inform the public how to prepare and respond to various emergencies and disasters.

 Provides guidance and assistance to non-profit and private sector organizations in the City to develop and revise emergency operations plans for their respective facilities.

 Advises the Mayor of courses of action available to prepare for, respond to, and recover from major emergencies or disasters, and of mitigation strategies to lessen the impact of future occurrences.

 During actual emergencies and disasters, works with the Mayor coordinating local government response and recovery operations; conducts post-disaster damage assessment activities; and, if there is a disaster declaration, coordinates FEMA Public Assistance Program’s financial reimbursement process.

 Resolves conflict, maintains Division discipline, and the conduct and general behavior of volunteers and assigned personnel.

 Activate and maintain the City’s Emergency Operations Center, in consultation with the Mayor, when needed.

 Serves as the City's Liaison, and works closely with both State and Federal emergency management agencies (MEMA / FEMA).

 Works with public safety and other departments to conduct periodic drills and exercises of the City’s emergency management and operating plans.

 Utilizes various weather service products and computer models to stay abreast of current weather conditions, and advises Mayor and appropriate City officials of any actions that may be needed.

 Performs related work as required and assigned.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. 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.


Education and Experience

 High school degree or GED equivalent, with specialized training in emergency management administration. Associate’s degree preferred.

 At least four years of relevant experience in emergency/disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery, disaster relief and assistance, including supervisory duties.

 Any equivalent combination of education and experience.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

 Familiarity with the City of New Bedford and greater New Bedford area.

 Excellent interpersonal and team building skills; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with volunteers, supervisors, departments, officials and the public; ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Extensive computer experience including Excel and Word.

 Ability to prioritize competing demands and possession of good organizational skills.


Criminal Offender Record Investigation (CORI) background check mandatory.

Possession of a valid Massachusetts driver’s license with good driving record.

Must have, or obtain during employment, appropriate levels of National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) training up to and including ICS-400 level (Advanced ICS for Command and General Staff).

Operates department motor vehicles on a regular basis.


Exercises supervision over Emergency Management Division volunteers, as well as any support staff that may be assigned.

This position works under the general supervision and direction of the Deputy Chief of Police.


General office equipment such as personal computers, calculator, copy and fax machines, printers, scanners, multi-line phone system, laminators and binding machines; motor vehicles; mobile and portable two-way radios; generators and portable light towers.


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. The work environment and exposures described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The position involves frequent and extended periods of outside work, subject to all weather conditions and extremes; this position involves frequent periods of walking, standing and climbing; the position has occasional periods of strenuous physical exertion, requiring the ability to lift, carry, and position heavy objects (with up to 50lb of force) utilizing proper body mechanics and techniques; the position deals with loud noise levels.


The City of New Bedford, MA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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