Emergency Management Specialist

Arapahoe County Littleton , CO 80121

Posted 2 months ago


Anticipated Hiring Range $32.06 - $40.08 hourly. Final salary DOQ.

2021 Benefits Summary


Under the general supervision of the Deputy Emergency Manager, this position will assist with the development, coordination, implementation and evaluation of All-Hazards Emergency Plans. Provides support for the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) through prevention, preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery responsibilities.



The following duty statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other non-essential or marginal duties that may be required:

  • Compose, adapt, review, maintain and update planning documents relevant to Arapahoe County Emergency Management.

  • Assists OEM Supervisors with evaluating needs, developing and implementing plans/programs.

  • Identifies and manages the emergency management equipment to provide service to the Sheriff's Office and other agencies.

  • May operate specialized emergency management equipment and vehicles during adverse weather conditions.

  • Maintains emergency management equipment and facilities; ensures both are kept in a clean and operable condition at all times.

  • Serves as a lead section coordinator in the EOC as needed.

  • Assists with maintaining all records concerning the emergency management and planning efforts of the County.

  • Conducts special studies and projects at the direction of Sheriff's Office staff.

  • Assists with the facilitation of preparedness exercises that may include table-top exercises and active/full practice exercises.

  • May attend a wide variety of Federal, State and/or local Emergency Management meetings.

  • Maintains regular and acceptable attendance at such level as determined at the Sheriff's Office discretion.

  • Is available and willing to work such overtime per day or per week as the Sheriff's Office determines is necessary or desirable to meets its needs.

  • Is available and willing to work such weekends and holidays as the Sheriff's Office determines are necessary or desirable to meet its needs.

  • Performs duties onsite, except those job duties that are customarily or by nature performed offsite.

  • Interacts effectively with others and exercises good judgment when dealing with people in sensitive situations.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.



  • Knowledge of basic law enforcement practices, methods, laws and ordinances.

  • Knowledge of hazardous materials.

  • Knowledge of Homeland Security procedures and protocols.

  • Thorough knowledge of the National Incident Management System.

  • Considerable knowledge of the rules, regulations, policies and procedures of the Sheriff's Office.

  • Considerable knowledge of all applicable accreditation standards.

  • Knowledge of and access to detailed information concerning the geographical aspects of the County.

  • Ability to work under stressful conditions.

  • Ability to obtain required licenses/endorsements in order to safely operate a County vehicle and specialized emergency management equipment in normal and adverse conditions.

  • Ability to operate related office and field equipment and use computers, radios and other electronic equipment as assigned.

  • Ability to plan, problem solve, instruct, facilitate and coordinate the work of other employees engaged in carrying out the goals and objectives of the assigned functions.

  • Ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively to determine proper courses of action to be taken.

  • Ability to successfully complete in-service/mandatory training.

  • Ability to read and understand applicable Federal, State and local laws.

  • Ability to remain calm and respond appropriately to emergency and/or threatening situations.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

  • Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written English.


EDUCATION: Associates degree or sixty (60) credit hours of higher education.

EXPERIENCE: One (1) year experience assisting with organizing emergency and non-emergency events.


Any equivalent combination of education and experience, as approved by the Sheriff.


Emergency Management Certification through IAEM or CEMA.


  • Must be able to work an on-call schedule, including nights, weekends and holidays.

  • Must possess CPR and First Aid certification within the initial status period.

  • Must acquire a Class "B" Commercial Driver's License within the initial status period.

Supplemental Information



The following are some of the physical demands commonly associated with this position. They are included for informational purposes and are not all-inclusive.

Occasionally: Activity exists less than 1/3 of the time.

Frequently: Activity exists between 1/3 and 2/3 of the time.

Constantly: Activity exist more than 2/3 of the time.

  • Occasional use of eye, hand and finger coordination enabling the use of automated office machinery and writing utensils.

  • Constantly involved in oral and auditory interaction, enabling interpersonal communication, including automated devices such as the telephone and radio.

  • Spends 60% of the time sitting, and 40% either standing or walking in the field or office.

  • Frequently pushes, pulls, climbs, balances, stoops, kneels, crouches, reaches, handles and feels while in the field and office.

  • Frequently uses visual capacity including depth perception and peripheral vision enabling completion of required office duties.

  • Position requires strenuous physical work. Heavy lifting, pushing or pulling of objects up to 100 pounds occasionally and/or up to 50 pounds frequently.


Contacts generally include Sheriff's Office staff, other governmental agencies and the public. Information given and received is often of a critical and confidential nature. This position may require immediate response to emergencies where blood, body fluids or other medical hazards may be present. The employee may or may not have time to take precautionary and protective measures.


Work is performed in an office setting with frequent situations out of the office that may involve hazards causing bodily harm and a threat to life. Work involves driving/operating an automobile and/or specialized vehicle in a variety of weather conditions. Work may involve continuous on-call status.


Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office employees participate in a mandatory defined benefit program designed to help employees establish a source of income for retirement years. Through the Plan, eligible employees must set aside 9.00 percent, which is subject to change in the coming years, on a pretax basis of which the County matches dollar-for-dollar.


This position has been determined to be a MODERATE exposure risk to "biohazards" associated with blood-borne pathogens, HIV (aids), HBV (hepatitis B) virus and airborne transmissions of TB (tuberculosis). Members are advised that exposure to a "bio-hazard" may result in severe illness or death. Members are required by agency policy to use protective equipment and clothing. Inoculation may be required to prevent or treat exposures to "bio-hazards".


Applicants are advised that areas for disqualification from further consideration include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Illegal Drug Use
  • Applicants who have recent illegal drug usage will be disqualified. Recent drug use includes marijuana within one (1) year and all other illegal drug use within the past five (5) years. All other illegal drug use will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • Any felony conviction

  • Driving Record

  • This includes receiving a DUI within the past five (5) years, having your driver's license suspended for any reason within the past five (5) years, and having five (5) or more tickets within the past five (5) years.
  • Outside activities which may be deemed a conflict of interest

  • Revelation or discovery of assaultive behavior

  • Documented record of prior poor work performance

  • Unsuccessful completion of any basic requirement

  • Inability to perform the essential functions of the position

  • Police history - type, frequency and nature of contacts(s)

  • Providing false or misleading information during the application/selection process

It is the policy of the Sheriff's Office to not discuss the reasons why applicants were not selected for hire. There is no flexibility to this policy. Applicants may be notified of their disqualification at any point in the selection process. If you receive such a notice, it simply means that you do not meet our standards at this time. Receiving this notice does not indicate that you are ineligible to apply with other agencies.


The screening process for any position within the Sheriff's Office may include written test(s), an oral interview, skills test(s) and/or other selection methods designed to measure applicants' ability to perform the essential functions of the job they are seeking.

Additional required tests/examinations also include:

  • Phase I Suitability Exam

  • Polygraph Examination

Additional screening may include:

  • Psychological Evaluation

  • Medical Examination, including a drug screen

  • Background Investigation

  • This will include, but is not limited to, contact with the applicant's former employers, associates, neighbors and other pertinent sources. Applicant's military history, school records, police records and driving record will also be investigated. All examinations are conducted by qualified/licensed individuals designated by the Sheriff's Office at the Sheriff's Office expense.


Due to the nature of the application and selection process for the Sheriff's Office, applicants can reasonably expect the application process to take a significant amount of time to complete before a decision is made to hire or not to hire. Typically, it takes approximately six (6) to twelve (12) weeks from the date of application to complete the entire selection process. The length of time it takes to complete the process can vary depending on a variety of factors. Please note that this is an estimated duration of the selection process.


Employees are required to work the time periods and/or shifts, rotational and/or stationary, and location of assignment, consistent with the needs of the Sheriff's Office.


All applicants hired by the Sheriff serve at the pleasure of the Sheriff of Arapahoe County and may be assigned to any of the agency's bureaus, sections or units at the discretion of the Sheriff or his duly appointed representative. Employment is at the will and pleasure of the Sheriff, per Colorado State Statute: 30-10-506. Written policies and other manuals do not alter the at will status of employment.


The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office is committed to the implementation of the community-policing concept. Community policing is an organizational strategy and philosophy which emphasizes problem solving partnerships between the Sheriff's Office, neighborhoods, and businesses working together to create a better quality of life within the community.


Successful applicants are subject to an initial status period of employment. This initial status period is twelve (12) months for all positions. The initial status period is regarded as part of the applicant's examination process and will be utilized for purposes of employee evaluation, training and adjustment to the demands of the profession. New employees, who fail to perform satisfactorily during the period, may be separated from the Sheriff's Office, depending on the circumstance of each case.


Applicants who failed a written test may reapply and retest no sooner than six (6) months from the date they took the written test. All other applicants who are disqualified can reapply with the Sheriff's Office no sooner than one (1) year from the date of notification of non-selection.

This job announcement does not constitute a contract of employment. Should there be any discrepancy or error in this job announcement, the applicable policy or pay rate will apply. The Sheriff's Office retains the right to amend this job announcement at any time without notice.

We are an equal employment opportunity employer, who fully supports and complies with ADA, EEOEM/F/D/V.

Should you require an accommodation to apply for this position, please contact Human Resources.

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