Deputy Director – Emergency Management Agency

Deputy Director – Emergency Management Agency

Full Time Position

Gilmer County is seeking qualified candidates for a Deputy Director for the Emergency Management Agency. This person will plan, coordinate and conduct the County’s EMA training program, and prepare plans to mitigate disasters. Other responsibilities will be to coordinate response and provide necessary assistance during emergencies, and establish a recovery system following an emergency/disaster. Must have experience in conducting training programs, knowledge of emergency preparedness, and have the ability to work with others in emergency situations.

Assists the EMA Director in the Management of the Emergency Management Agency which includes the Agency’s budget and operational needs of the entire Emergency Operations Center and EMA Offices as they relate to personnel and equipment functionality used to maintain 24/7 operations in the event of an emergency, disaster or training event scenario.

Responds (24/7) to call-outs under both natural and manmade emergencies as a key leader in the management of the EMA.

Partners with the Director in the management of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) Emergency Management Performance Grants (EMPG) Program, which includes Planning and Preparedness Activities (PPA) Competitive Awards as it pertains to Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery Program Management.

Develop and/or maintain a County Wide Critical Facilities list which includes shelters and a key individual points of contact listing.

Monitor the Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) and (HMP) Planning Committee Events.

Manage the Citizens Emergency Response Team Grant Program (CERT), which includes development of CERT Team’s and their databases, scheduling of classes, ordering supplies and managing the liaison of the teams during activation of the Emergency Operations Center.

Partner with the EMA Director in the establishment and management of the Local Emergency Planning Committee, under the criteria established by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) SARA Title III Program. Manages the development and updating of the Local Emergency Planning Plan for the County.

Assists in the preparation of SOP’s to ensure ability of the agency to respond to various types and degrees of disaster which may affect the community.

Maybe required to represent EMA in meetings preparing for participation in activities involving County employees and event involving other County departments.

Acts in the capacity of the Director in his absence and assists Director with preparation of annual budgets.


  • Ability to work outdoors in extreme temperature conditions with weather appropriate garments.
  • Ability to work with the public in stressful, crisis type situations.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees and with members of the general public.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local regulations concerning the four phases of Emergency Management and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
  • Knowledge of professional standards for the emergency management industry.
  • Knowledge of the National Incident Command System (NIMS).
  • Knowledge of Continuity of Operations (COOP) and Continuity of Government (COG) practices.
  • Knowledge of community resources and other first responder agencies.
  • Knowledge of governmental budgeting processes and grant application and reporting requirements.
  • Knowledge of emergency preparedness and response practices and protocol.


The EMA Deputy Director should possess, Bachelor’s Degree preferred from an accredited college or university coursework in Business Management, Computer Systems, or Computer Applications; or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. Must be willing to obtain state of Georgia Certified Emergency Manager designation within one year of appointment to the position.

Applicants will be required to submit to a post offer criminal history background check, motor vehicle report and pre-employment drug screen.

Employment application can be obtained, filled out, and dropped off at the Board of Commissioners Office, 1 Broad Street, Suite 106, Ellijay, GA 30540 Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm or emailed to Resumes will only be accepted as a supplement to the completed employment application.

If applying via email please email the following documents to our office:

Gilmer County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the County will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

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1 Broad Street
Ellijay, GA 30540