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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 2333 - Emergency Management Specialist

Job Description

GRADE: 311

Under general supervision; performs work of moderate difficulty assisting in the operation of the DuPage County Emergency Management Program; performs related work as required.

An employee in this class is responsible for completing a variety of projects related to the County’s emergency management planning, exercising programs, and community preparedness programs. This class is distinguished from the Emergency Management Coordinator by the complexity in assignments, and Emergency Management Coordinator will be a lead worker to this class for guidance and mentoring. Work is performed under general direction of the Deputy Director of Emergency Management.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Conducts hazard analysis and mitigation planning
• Reviews and make recommendations to DuPage County’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) Maintenance
• Performs specialized planning programs (i.e. Continuity of Operations / Continuity of Government Planning, Mass Pharmaceutical Distribution Planning, Pandemic Planning, Citizen Evacuation & Shelter Planning, County Facility Evacuation & Shelter Planning, and Emergency Operations Center Planning) for use in an event of an emergency within the County.
• Aides DuPage Municipalities with Plan Development for their municipality.
• Coordinates various trainings, incident preparation exercises (e.g. DuPage County’s Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Implementation, National Incident Management System (NIMS) Training & Compliance, Employee Emergency Training, and DuPage County Exercises and Regional Exercise Coordination) to ensure County readiness in the event of an emergency which are deemed applicable.
• Tracks DuPage County Emergency Management Training Records
• Trains and exercise County & Municipal Plans
• Coordinates Citizen Preparedness Education, Emergency Public Information and Warning, Community & Spontaneous Volunteer Management
• Develops Business Resource Partnerships
• Serves as a Non-governmental Organization (NGO) Liaison
• Tracks donation management
• Serves as a DuPage Citizen Corp Coordinator
• Serves as Assistant Duty Officer on a rotating basis
• Participates in a 24 hour rotation on-call duty when the Emergency Operations Center is open
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

• Adjusts work assignment or schedule in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment, may require emergency management training, licensure or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Applicable Federal and State requirements regarding emergency preparedness programs and operations plans, as well as, professional standards for the emergency management industry
• The national incident command system (NIMS)
• Emergency preparedness and response practices and protocol
• Continuity of operations (COOP) and continuity of government (COG) planning
• Community resources and other first responder agencies
• Current office practices, procedures, and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Establishing and maintaining effective relationships and collaboration with internal and external partners in order to coordinate program objectives
• Analyzing needs, and researching recommendations and evaluating effectiveness
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases,
email, specialized emergency management programs, etc.

Ability to:
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations and statutory requirements
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality


Completion of a Bachelor's degree in Emergency Management or related field; one year of experience in the development and coordination of emergency management activities; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

When out in the field will be required to walk, reach with hands and/or arms, climb, crouch, or stoop. Will exert up to 40 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

The work environment characteristics 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 work will occur in an office and field environment. Emergency operations in both the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and in the field will often be conducted under very stressful conditions, and irregular hours. When performing the duties and responsibilities in the field, this position will work in extreme weather conditions and in cramped or confined spaces.

Must possess and maintain in good standing, a valid Illinois driver’s license.