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The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) Disaster Management Division Director is responsible for supervising the recovery, operations, and area coordination branches of ADEM. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy.

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Must be able to obtain a secret security clearance through the Department of Homeland Security. Performs rotational duty as ADEM Staff Duty Officer (SDO). The SDO is on call 24/7 for a week period at a time. Performs Disaster/Emergency

Typical Functions:

Performs duty as State Coordinating Officer. Acts as the State Coordinating Officer (SCO) when a federally declared disaster occurs and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Joint Field Operation (JFO) is established, serving as the first point of contact between FEMA and the state working directly with the Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) and local government to accomplish the goals of response and restoration of the state/community to pre-disaster levels. Develops policies and procedures to insure for full mission capable operation of the new State Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Reviews status of state EOC for potential activation during times of emergency. Oversees funding expenditures, oversees positional replacements, and provides division goals and objectives to achieve agency mission requirements. Coordinates division activities through branch managers. Establishes divisional objectives and evaluates effectiveness of programs and services. Compiles data and prepares or directs preparation of reports and correspondence. Supervises divisional staff work activities. Provides technical assistance to the public, local government, state agencies and private non-profit organizations. Ensures division employees are trained in the application of new methodologies and procedures. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of supervisory practices and procedures. Knowledge of principles and practices of emergency management/organizational management. Knowledge of state and federal laws, regulations, and policies. Knowledge of grants administration techniques and practices. Ability to plan, organize, train and direct the work of lower level supervisors and or other subordinates. Ability to develop and revise operational objectives, policies methods and procedures. Ability to evaluate the effectiveness of programs and services. Ability to gather data, prepare and maintain records and present oral and written reports. Ability to coordinate activities with other divisions, agencies and organizations at the local, state and federal level.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in management, business administration, emergency management, public administration, or a related field, plus five years of experience in emergency management, including two years in a supervisory capacity.

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