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Deputy Director

The Maryland-National Capital Region Emergency Response System (MDERS) is seeking two highly qualified Deputy Directors to manage internal and external project management, procurement, planning, training, and exercise initiatives related to emergency response capabilities and operational procedures for planned and unplanned events within Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. The Deputy Director will report directly to the MDERS Director and coordinate with other MDERS staff, MIEMSS leadership, and the State Administrative Agent (SAA) for all federal grants. The incumbent will supervise day-to-day administration and staff.

Position Duties

    • Manages Program area and staff.


    • Implements policies and procedures that will improve day-to-day operations.


    • Monitors program performance; recommends and implements modifications to systems and procedures as necessary.


    • Establishes work plans, develops a team approach, and evaluates the performance of program staff.


    • Ensures work environments are adequate and safe.


    • Oversees the development, implementation, evaluation, monitoring, and forecasting of the budgets, internal (i.e., Training & Exercise) or external.


    • Leads coordination and integration of response capability development efforts among the MDERS stakeholder community.


    • Projects a positive image of the organization to employees and the MDERS stakeholder community.


    • Thoroughly plans all aspects of project and program management to create Capability Development Plans that will guide the investments and activities of MDERS.


    • Initiates, designs, develops, executes, and evaluates emergency response and project management plans.


    • Leads groups of stakeholders, MDERS staff, and leadership to achieve consensus on developing an appropriate multi-year strategic plan that achieves optimum response capability for a variety of MDERS stakeholders including fire, EMS, law enforcement, public health, emergency management, and hospital personnel.


    • Creates polished, visually appealing written products to effectively convey plans and other critical materials to staff, stakeholders, and the public.


    • Manages a broad portfolio of concurrent projects and programs with competing priorities.


    • Oversees the development and implementation of a training and exercise program for MDERS stakeholders that focuses on developing and evaluating response capabilities to critical incidents.


    • Coordinates with MDERS staff, stakeholders, and vendors to plan, organize, develop, conduct, facilitate, and evaluate a variety of training events and discussion and operations-based exercises.


    • Coordinates with vendors and stakeholders to provide outsourced materials for our stakeholders to meet their needs.


    • Works with MDERS staff and stakeholders in a manner that fosters a collegial, cooperative, and friendly working environment for all.


    • Creates strategic plans, budgets, and project schedules to produce deliverables within parameters set forth by subject matter experts, oftentimes on an ambitious schedule.


    • Effectively communicates, in writing and verbally, to individuals and large audiences.


    • Creates written and verbal reports, as well as presentations, to convey status updates on project progress, risks, mitigation, adjustments, and future plans.


    • Is proficient in standard office productivity computer applications, such as Microsoft Office Suite.


    • Establishes, collects, monitors, and analyzes performance metrics and provides concise reports that effectively relay pertinent findings.


    • Documents, tracks, and reports on the status of planning initiatives.


    • Coordinates with senior-level management to manage long-term, short-term, and immediate workload and deliverables of the organization.


    • Serve on appropriate local, state, and regional committees and workgroups on behalf of MDERS.


    • Coordinate with MDERS Director, MIEMSS leadership, and state Human Resources representatives for personnel management.


    • Serves as the Director in the absence of the Director.


    • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Master’s degree from an accredited university in fields such as emergency management, public safety, public administration, law and policy, or a related field.

Experience: Ten years or more of applicable professional experience in emergency management and/or public safety plans and practices; disaster recovery; hazard mitigation; project and financial management; exercise planning and coordination. Preferential consideration is given to years of experience gained at MDERS.

Three or more years of demonstrated experience in a position directly interacting with clients, stakeholders, or other external partners to create, inform, or otherwise contribute to shared deliverables.

Three of more years of demonstrated experience with federal grant expenditure requirements and reporting processes.

Three or more years of demonstrated experience leading and or facilitating clients, stakeholders, or other external partners as part of a committee or working group to create, inform, and/or implement deliverables.

Three or more years of demonstrated experience serving in a project management capacity, including the direct oversight, assignment, and coordination of project teams to complete an initiative from inception through final delivery.

Demonstrated ability to anticipate stakeholder needs and facilitate working groups to inform and develop customized deliverables.

Demonstrated ability to lead the development of error-free deliverables, requiring no QA/QC or revisions.

Demonstrated ability to anticipate team needs and proactively support MDERS team members as needed during periods of higher demand.

Demonstrated contribution to the evolution and improvement of MDERS organization and policies and procedures.

Equivalency: An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.

Desired Qualifications

    • Advanced experience in developing and implementing plans including, but not limited to local Emergency Operations Plans, Mitigation Plans, and Continuity of Operations Plans.


    • Advanced experience developing training courses, exercises, and after-action reports utilizing the DHS Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP).


    • Advanced experience developing, managing, and reporting on projects funded through state, regional, and/or Federal agency grants management systems.


    • Certified as a trainer or instructional designer.


    • Master Exercise Practitioner Program (MEPP)


    • Certified Emergency Manager (CEM)


$60.39 – $76.16 per hour


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also enroll in dental coverage, accidental death, and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance but will be responsible for paying the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12-month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.


The MDERS office is currently located at 5111 Berwyn Road, College Park, MD.

During the normal execution of the roles and responsibilities of this position, the Deputy Directors will be required to conduct business at stakeholder locations throughout Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, and the District of Columbia.

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Announcement Closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 21st.

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