Director of Emergency Management – Upper Providence Township

Deadline: Thursday, October 14, 2021

TITLE: Director of Emergency Management
CLASSIFICATION: Full Time – Exempt
DEPARTMENT: Fire & Emergency Services


The Director of Emergency Management oversees the municipality’s comprehensive Emergency Management Program that currently includes the municipalities of Upper Providence Township and Trappe Borough. The incumbent oversees the development and implementation of emergency management goals, objectives, and priorities and assures that local emergency planning and emergency preparedness programs are coordinated so that they can be used at any time. This position provides highly responsible and complex administrative and operational support and decision-making with considerable autonomy to ensure that the needs of the Upper Providence Township community are met during times of crisis. Incumbent must have proven track record of developing and implementing community preparedness and mitigation programs. Must have ability to create partnerships with other municipalities to regionalize emergency management and have viable experience in managing EOC during crises and planned large scale drills and exercises, i.e. Limerick Nuclear Generating Station.


Reports to the Chief of Fire and Emergency Services


Oversight of the Emergency Management staff and Emergency Operations Center Manager when activated.


(Does not include all duties, nor do the listed examples include all of the tasks which may be required of this position.)

  • Ensures seamless coordination of all emergency management services within the Township.
  • Develops, updates, and maintains the municipal Emergency Operations Plans (EOP) in accordance with applicable local, county, state, and federal regulations.
  • Coordinates, develops, and conducts relevant emergency management training for municipal personnel as well as external stakeholders. This training may include complex scenarios such as tabletop exercises and large-scale exercises.
  • Manages complex emergency incidents by activating an Emergency Operations Center and coordinating the efforts of various responders and community officials.
  • Develops, recommends, and implements preparedness and mitigation programs to increase awareness and early notification of natural and man-made disasters and reduce the effects of such incidents in the community.
  • Ensures compliance with county, state and federal training, education, and facility requirements resulting from inclusion in the Limerick Nuclear Generating Station’s Emergency Planning Zone.
  • Administers emergency management training records for all emergency management personnel.
  • Collaborates with various departments and agencies to provide emergency management support to company personnel.
  • Develops and implement plans, procedures, and protocols to maintain institutional awareness regarding emergency preparedness.
  • Reviews incident action plans and provide input on emergency management goals and objectives.
  • Coordinates the logistics of disaster response or crisis management activities, including EOC operations, evacuations, and implements special needs programs and plans.
  • Develops and maintains a productive partnership with Montgomery County and other local municipalities. Establishes formal regional emergency management partnerships with neighboring municipalities.
  • Tracks expenses and submits reimbursement requests through applicable county, state and federal systems to ensure eligible spending during disasters is returned to Upper Providence Township.
  • Performs, tests, and evaluations currently implemented emergency management plans.
  • Coordinates special events within the Township. Conducts or supervises inspections of permitted events.
  • Inspects facilities and equipment used in emergency management operations to ensure that they are working correctly.
  • Seeks grant opportunities to enhance operational readiness, training programs, and equipment.
  • Assists the Chief of Fire and Emergency Services with the preparation of operating and capital budgets, forecasting future needs, and exploring alternate funding streams.
  • Serves on or acts as chairperson on committees and workgroups as directed by the Chief of Fire and Emergency Services.
  • Ability to demonstrate poise, tact, diplomacy, and an ability to maintain effective professional relationships with external and internal customers.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to present to small and large groups. Ability to convey technical information in layman’s terms that can be understood by diverse populations.
  • Must be analytical, detail-oriented, and able to multi-task without sacrificing accuracy or timeliness. Ability to analyze problems, identify causative factors, and apply actions to effectively resolve current and prevent recurrences of problem conditions.
  • Excellent organizational skills. Must be flexible, and able to prioritize in a multi-demand environment. Knowledge of methods of prioritizing, planning, organizing, and carrying out multiple technical projects which frequently are underway simultaneously.
  • Must be able to handle sensitive and confidential information and situations responsibly.
  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university. Relevant work experience may be substituted in place of education requirements on a year-for-year basis, with one (1) year experience equivalent to thirty (30) semester hours. A Master’s degree in Emergency Management, Public Administration or related field is preferred.
  • Professional Level Pennsylvania Emergency Management Certification required.
  • Certification in Emergency Management (CEM) or equivalent, issued by the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) or a comparable recognized management association is highly desirable.
  • Certification as Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) highly desired
  • FEMA Advanced Professional Series (APS) in emergency management certification (or equivalent) preferred.
  • FEMA Emergency Management Professional Program (EMPP) National Emergency Management Basic Academy certification preferred.
  • Appropriate certification to teach emergency management courses through an accredited organization is highly desired.
  • Demonstrated disaster response/recovery experience in real-world events in a leadership position, either with a local government entity or established volunteer organization is highly desirable.
  • Strong knowledge of the principles and practices found in NFPA 1600: Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Outlook) and ability to operate other web-based platforms for situational awareness, information management, and mass notification
  • Read, write, and speak the English language in a fluent, comprehensible, and concise manner. Communicate clearly and concisely in both written and oral form. Must be able to compose and submit reports in a clear, concise, and complete manner. Reports must be thorough and easily understood by both fire service professionals and the public.
  • This position must maintain the following at minimum throughout employment as well as additional education/training/certification/licensure as required by the Chief of Fire and Emergency Services.

Certification through IFSAC, Pro-board, or applicable agency in all of the following areas:

  • NIMS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 800\
    • Hazardous Materials Awareness
    • PEMA Professional level Emergency Manager
    • Valid Class C PA State Driver’s License

Work inside and outside, exposure to all extremes of the environment. Experience frequent transition from hot to cold and from humid to dry atmospheres. Work in wet, icy, or muddy areas. Work in or be exposed to areas containing toxic and non-toxic fumes, dusts, and gases. Perform a variety of tasks on slippery and/or hazardous surfaces such as rooftops or from ladders. Work in areas where sustaining traumatic or thermal injuries is possible. Exposed to all hazards of firefighting, hazardous material, and medical responses.

May be required to perform duties while faced with traumatic and gruesome situations in the course of duties. Employee may be required to respond to emergency incidents on a 24-hour basis.


Must be at least 21 years of age at time of appointment.

Must pass required background checks including but not limited to: PA Department of Human Services Child Abuse Clearance, PA State Police Criminal Background Check, and Federal Criminal History Record Information.


Position normally requires full use of sight, hearing, speech, arms, hands, legs, and feet; lifting objects in excess of 100 pounds with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing 50 pounds or more. Ability to sit for a minimum of 4 hours, walk for a minimum of 2 hours, stand for a minimum of 1 hour, and drive for a minimum of 1 hour is required.

Must be able to work at heights in excess of twenty (20) feet.

*This position is subject to the Township of Upper Providence Employee Handbook. Should discrepancies occur, the most stringent shall apply.


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Upper Providence Township is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer