Fort Bend County

Emergency Manager - Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Job Locations US-TX-Richmond
Posted Date 2 months ago(1/24/2023 5:12 PM)
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Professional Management


Fort Bend County is ranked as one of the fastest growing counties in the nation.  We have capitalized on not only the creed of our location, but on the "quality of life" for our families to call home.  Our employees are the key to our success and the heartbeat of our foundation.  The diversity and inclusivity of our community is our strength and at the forefront of a workplace environment welcoming to all.  Live Here! Work Here!



Under direction of the County Judge, is responsible for organizing and administering the Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management. Develops and manages planning, budgeting training, and programming related to emergency preparedness and response to functions. Coordinates the Emergency Operations Plan for Fort Bend County and jurisdictions within the county to mitigate, prepare, respond and recover from natural and man-made disasters.  Participates in planning of programs, policies or objectives for own work group and department.


  • Supervises, coordinates and maintains the daily operations of the local Emergency Management Agency (EMA).
  • Maintains the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in a continuous state of readiness.
  • Maintains coordination with local and state governmental departments and agencies, utilities, and industry during any type of emergency.
  • Prepares and revises the county Emergency Operations Plan (EOP); Assists local government departments/agencies in preparation for that departments SOPs in support of the EOP.
  • Reviews and makes recommendations to business, industry, hospital and nursing homes on the preparation of their emergency plans to ensure they are workable within the framework of the local and state plans.
  • Develops and coordinates mutual aid agreements with other agencies and adjacent counties.
  • Prepares and manages the local budget; Prepares the required budget and staffing patterns paperwork.
  • Organizes and coordinates local training for public safety and volunteer first responders; Supervises and monitors the actions of the Volunteer Search and Recovery Squad.
  • Responsible for communicating to the public the emergency plans and procedures that are in place through newspaper, radio, television, speaking engagements and seminars.
  • On call 24 hours per day; Responds to hazardous material incidents, bomb threats, severe weather alerts and other natural or man-made emergencies.
  • Interprets and applies all federal and stated directives that apply to emergency management and departments supporting EMA.
  • Participates in activities and duties related to emergency management during a local state of disaster as directed by appropriate county managers.


  • A Bachelor’s degree is required; a Bachelor’s degree in public health, emergency management, business administration, public administration, political science or a related field is preferred. Master’s Degree Preferred.
  • 5 years of professional experience in emergency program management or high level of a response agency that works in a time of an emergency including experience in utilizing interpersonal communications and human relations to achieve objectives,
  • managing a budget and experience with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS) techniques of emergency response and recovery.
  • Ability to establish and implement cohesive communication and public relations strategies and plan; Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Strong strategic planning and management skills;
  • Knowledge of communication principles, media, and public relations techniques;
  • Outstanding interpersonal and community relations skills and the ability to communicate and work effectively within a diverse community;
  • Employee development and performance management skills;
  • Ability to analyze complex problems, interpret operational needs, and develop integrated, creative solutions;
  • Organizational planning, structuring, and staffing skills;
  • Skill in financial planning and fiscal management;
  • Ability to use independent judgment and to gather, manage and impart information to the media and various other internal and external audiences.
  • Ability to communicate with the press and other media; Strong knowledge of local and regional media contacts and/or a proven ability to develop such relationships quickly;
  • Ability to provide effective advice and counsel on strategic and/or critical communication issues and to exercise effective judgement;
  • Ability to write executive-level communications for internal and external audiences;
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Within one year of hire, will be required to obtain the following training: IS-100, IS-200, IS-230, IS-235, IS-240, IS-241, IS-242, IS 244, ICS-300, ICS-305, MGT-314, E-388, ICS-400, G-610, G-290, IS-700, IS-701, IS-702, IS-703, IS-704, and IS-800.
  • Requires willingness to work unusual hours and on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.  Must be available for travel.

SALARY RANGE: Commensurate with education & experience

CLOSING DATE:  Upon filling position



All full-time and part-time employees are members of the Texas County District Retirement System (TCDRS). Full-time employees also enjoy a wide-range of great benefits.


Fort Bend County is an equal opportunity employer, committed to non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, religion or creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy status (including childbirth and related medical conditions), national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, age (40 and over), physical or mental disability, genetic information, protected military and veteran status, political affiliation or beliefs, or any other classification protected by state, federal  and local  laws, unless  such classification is a bona fide occupational qualification.


For more information on Fort Bend County's Title VI / Nondiscrimination Statement, visit


To be considered for employment, all interested candidates must complete the required Fort Bend County online employment application located at


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