Emergency Preparedness Chief of Operations

JOB CODE: 1978


SALARY RANGE: $49,974 - $84,534

Mayor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

Under the direction of the Director of Mayor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, develops and coordinates emergency management activities for the City-Parish government. Work involves responsibility for pre-disaster and/or emergency activities. Work also includes preparation for various hazards by the development of plans and procedures. Work involves the coordination of public and private responders and the coordination of training for local responders through FEMA, the State of Louisiana, and other available training options. Provides oversight and coordination of emergency response activities in the Emergency Operations Center during an emergency/disaster. Responsible for the coordination of local, state, and federal resources. Responsible for the coordination and supervision of personnel and the daily operations of the Mayor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Work involves the use of independent judgment with oversight and guidance provided by the Director of Mayor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

Develops and coordinates disaster and emergency plans and procedures. Coordinates the plan with federal, state, and local law enforcement, fire departments, and affiliated agencies in both the public and private sector. Develops and conducts response exercises to test, revise, and update the plan. Trains personnel in emergency center operations; conducts training programs to develop a reservoir of trained personnel to be activated during emergencies. Advises local officials as to the methods and techniques for organizing and carrying out emergency operations and planning to meet pre and post disaster situations. Provides oversight, coordination, and direction of activities in the Emergency Operations Center during activation. Conducts continuous briefings to the Director of Mayor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, Mayor, and Department heads during emergencies. Coordinates activities between the policy group and the operations group. Coordinates local, state, and federal resources during emergencies. Represents the Director at various seminars, meetings, and workshops; keeps abreast of current developments, trends, procedures, and equipment needed to maintain a high level of service to the public and response agencies. Represents the Director on various committees and task forces and assists in fulfilling speaking engagements.

Knowledge of objectives, principals, and practices of emergency planning. Knowledge of the methods, practices, and techniques of organization and management. Knowledge of program funding guidelines and procedures used in obtaining funding from various sources. Knowledge of local, state, and federal agencies involved in disaster operations. Knowledge of plans development procedures. Skill in the use of emergency response materials and equipment. Skill in oral and written communication and public speaking. Ability to delegate, supervise, and review the work of subordinates and to provide instruction and training. Ability to be flexible, remain calm, and react effectively in a disaster or emergency. Ability to apply concepts, principals, and procedures of emergency management, to identify problems, and take actions necessary to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other local government officials, staff members, colleagues, and the general public. Ability to apply good work habits such as punctuality, reliability, preciseness, and dependability in order to effectively complete assigned tasks and contribute to the smooth operation of the department and division.


Bachelor's degree and three years of experience in program planning and development, emergency response, and coordination.

Any equivalent combination of education and experience.

(Unless otherwise specified below, must possess at the time of appointment and must be maintained current throughout employment in this classification.) Completion of multiple phases of the Professional Development Series (PDS) and Certification by FEMA in Hazardous Materials and Radiological Emergency.


The work examples described in this specification are intended only as an illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from job performance requirements if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the job.