This position serves as the Service Authority’s emergency management and response subject matter expert (SME) for emergency preparedness and response for the Service Authority. Position is responsible and accountable for analyzing, designing, testing and deploying utility industry emergency management and response solutions that enable the Service Authority to prepare for, mitigate the effects of, respond to, and recover from all-hazard emergencies. Position is responsible for responding to and leading the coordination of response activities during emergencies, disasters, and significant events. Overall goals are set and the worker determines the specific tasks and assignments to be performed independently, handling new unusual problems and deviations encountered in the work.
Position Responsibilities/ Essential Job Functions:
Leads emergency management, physical security, and resilience across all Divisions of the Service Authority (SA).
Coordinates comprehensive and integrated planning efforts through staff collaboration, committees and systems to serve the common mission of the SA’s emergency preparedness concerns.
Coordinates the preparation and review, of the SA's emergency response plans, procedures, and guidelines, according to state and federal requirements for biological, chemical, radiological, environmental, cyber and/or other types of natural or man-made hazards; updates plans as necessary.
Develops and maintains strong partnerships with local, regional and national organizations to strengthen the SA’s ability to prevent, respond to, and recover from all forms of emergencies and natural or man-made disasters.
Plans, coordinates, and executes the testing of SA response plans through seminars, workshops, drills, table-top, functional, and full-scale exercises.
Develops and leads planning exercises to test and evaluate the SAs emergency preparedness and continuity of operations plans for the full range of hazards, such as natural disasters, pandemics, terrorist incidents, and technological disasters.
Conducts Service Authority-wide vulnerability assessments incorporating continuous local area threat assessments.
Maintains leadership role for the SA in matters regarding regional disaster preparedness and response, physical security, information security, and/or administrative actions.
Represents the SA in information sharing, planning, and coordination efforts with other agencies, including, serving on local, state, and national boards and committees.
Serves on the County’s EEOC as needed.
Responsible for management of Emergency Response and updating the SA’s Response Plan.
Oversees the development and maintenance of SA plans to protect the SA’s critical infrastructure and/or key resources.
Oversees the development and maintenance of SA plans to address reducing the morbidity and mortality associated with emergencies and disasters; implements programs geared toward preventing or reducing consequences associated with emergencies and disasters.
Plans, develops, coordinates, implements, and monitors policies and programs related to emergency management, disaster preparedness, disaster mitigation, response and recovery, physical security; develops education and training materials, standard operating procedures, and targeted education and training activities related to emergency preparedness.
Audits plans and plan requirements to ensure they are up to date.
Develops Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and performance measures, monitors and reports.
Works directly with key representatives from all participating agencies, including governmental and nongovernmental organization stakeholders, to ensure they are fully engaged and knowledgeable of SA plans and procedures.
Advises Service Authority administration on critical issues affecting emergency preparedness, physical and cyber security and initiates appropriate actions.
Responds to and leads the coordination of response activities during emergencies, disasters, and significant events.
Supervises assigned staff to include conducting performance evaluations, approving leave, and recommending disciplinary action.
Manages security operations and staff, which include completing performance evaluations, approving/denying leave requests, and recommending disciplinary actions.
Plans, develops, and implements standards, policies, procedures, and systems to ensure security of physical assets and loss prevention and to safeguard against potential theft; ensures compliance with these standards, policies, procedures, and systems.
Inspects security operations and recommends corrective measures as appropriate.
Advises senior management on security matters; makes recommendations on the adoption and application of security plans, SOPs, policies and procedures.
Develops a performance measurement/monitoring system to track results of loss control methods and security procedures.
Leads or investigates situations involving security breaches and makes recommendations to management on such findings.
Coordinates implementation and operational management of various security and surveillance related systems and equipment.
Provides estimates for security costs and other resources; assists in budgetary planning and long-term security planning.
Researches developments in security to maintain awareness and consider improvements to current standards, policies, procedures, or systems.
May be deemed essential at any time.
Performs other duties as assigned or required.
Essential Skills and Experience:
Knowledge of the theories, principles and concepts of 24-hour operations as applied to industries such as wastewater collection and treatment or drinking water distribution, emergency management, physical security, effective techniques of supervision and leadership, administrative practices including budgeting, personnel management and purchasing, computer equipment and software related to assignment, English usage, spelling and grammar.
Knowledge of the concepts of comprehensive emergency management, such as mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery; thorough knowledge of incident and consequence management; knowledge of NIMS protocol; knowledge of key issues affecting emergency preparedness; knowledge of the practices of local emergency management.
Knowledge of FEMA and Homeland Security of the principles and practices of public administration and government organization; knowledge of federal and state funding regulations related to emergency preparedness; general knowledge of supervisory principles and modern management practices; general knowledge of community organizations and services as they relate to public administration.
Skill in public speaking; skill in handling intense and chaotic emergency situations; ability to develop, manage, and evaluate comprehensive emergency management programs; ability to supervise subordinates.
Ability to work cooperatively with external agency representatives, County officials, federal and state government officials, and the general public; represent the Service Authority effectively to other public agencies; operated computer equipment and software related to assignment.
Ability to plan, organize, and direct emergency preparedness and physical security operations; provide leadership in the planning, maintenance and operation of physical security at facilities; implement effective compliance measures in response to regulatory requirements; evaluate staff and program effectiveness.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others encountered in the work.
Experience supporting or leading emergency management and physical security for geographically distributed facilities in a lifeline critical infrastructure sector.
At least five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in program management and development related to emergency management, critical infrastructure protection, disaster recovery and resilience, and supervision of others.
Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management, Public Safety, or related field.
Experience and/or familiarity with the National Response Framework (NRF).
Or combination of education and experience as described above.
Preferred Skills and Experience:
Seven (7) or more years of progressively responsible experience in the fields of Emergency Management Public Safety, or related field.
Experience providing emergency management and security in the water/wastewater industry.
Master’s degree in Emergency Management, Public Safety, and/or related field.
Registration as a Certified Emergency Manager.
Project Management Professional.
Master Exercise Practitioner.
Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license consistent with Service Authority policy requirements.
The Service Authority is responsible for providing a comprehensive county-wide water and sewer system currently serving approximately 90,000 accounts in Prince William County. Prince William County, located 35 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., with a population of over 398,000, is one of the fastest growing counties in the country. We successfully blend meaningful public service with advanced ...business practices. We combine the best of public and private sector principles to create a dynamic yet financially stable work environment that recognizes individual and team contributions throughout the organization. We emphasize employee and leadership development and proactive succession planning. We provide the necessary tools, education, coaching, technology and equipment for our workers to excel in a performance-driven culture. Our employees are empowered and challenged with a variety of career opportunities within our high performing, learning organization as we deliver on our promise to provide the public an essential service in a consistently safe and reliable way and in accost-effective manner.