Division Chief

Emergency Management and Continuity of Government

Durham County, NC

$67,599 –  $114,918                                                                                                           


Durham County is seeking a Division Chief for Emergency Management and Continuity of Government. The Emergency Management Division is located in the Office of Emergency Services (OES). OES is responsible for delivering emergency medical and related care in a safe, compassionate, and timely manner; providing leadership in prevention, preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation activities through partnerships; developing resilient government operations and enhancing public safety, property conservation and protection of the environment; and providing effective fire safety education, fire code enforcement, and fire origin and cause investigations.

The OES brings together Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Emergency Management, and Fire Marshal Emergency Services under a single streamlined operational structure supported by a Business Services Division. Implemented in March 2020, OES provides essential emergency services using the County’s “Managing for Results” performance management system and predictive analytics modeling.

The Emergency Management Division mitigates, protects, prevents, prepares for, responds to, and recovers from any hazard or purposeful hazardous acts so that workers, residents, students and visitors of Durham County can live, work and thrive in a safe and healthy environment. The Division enhances the preparedness and resiliency of government and the community through planning, education, training, exercises, and hazard mitigation activities. The Division works with partners and stakeholders to coordinate government and non-government response to emergencies and disasters, as well as coordinate community recovery efforts.

The Position

The County is seeking a Division Chief to lead emergency management and continuity of government services. This leadership role is responsible for developing and coordinating the City/County Emergency Management Program to meet and exceed the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) requirements and evaluate the Emergency Management program inclusive of stakeholder coordination.

Other responsibilities of this role include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing policies, procedures, guidelines, agreements and performance measures to achieve and maintain accreditation;
  • Developing emergency action plans for government agencies, community organizations, non-governmental organizations, and licensed care facilities to ensure compliance;
  • Negotiating and managing compliance with annual disaster preparedness contracts;
  • Establishing Continuity of Operations and Continuity of Government plans for City and County departments to promote efficient recovery from significant threats and hazards;
  • Developing the capital improvement plan for the Emergency Management Division and coordinating capital purchases to reflect priorities; and
  • Serving as the liaison for the County with the Emergency Managers of surrounding cities, counties, universities, hospitals, 911 communication centers, first responders, EMS and law enforcement, as well as volunteer and career fire departments within the County.

Key Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Public Administration or related field, is required. The ideal candidate will have four (4) years of progressively responsible emergency management experience, or possess an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities.

Furthermore, the successful candidate should be able to:

  • Demonstrate their experience using data to drive decision-making and tangible solutions;
  • Articulate a detailed vision for the OES Emergency Management Division;
  • Demonstrate experience with solving complex issues in a team environment;
  • Negotiate effectively, drawing on advanced emotional intelligence skills; and
  • Communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders and constituencies including elected officials, senior leadership, and the public at large.

The selected candidate should also possess:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of techniques and procedures to effectively lead a Comprehensive Emergency Management Program;
  • Thorough knowledge of proven management principals, techniques and supervisory practices;
  • Ability to work in an executive team environment to develop a culture of support and accountability at all levels of the organization;
  • Strong technology skills as needed to effectively execute assigned duties;
  • Ability to plan, direct, coordinate and evaluate the work of knowledgeable staff; and
  • Ability to plan and coordinate orientation, training and in-service education programs


Interested individuals should submit a cover letter detailing relevant experience and a resume to: DCO_EMCG@polihire.com. To assist with internal sorting, please only include your name (Last, First) in the subject line.


This position will require that the selected candidate reside within 35 miles of the downtown Durham, NC area within one year of employment and maintain residency for the duration of their employment.

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