Emergency Preparedness Battalion Chief: Lenexa Kansas Deadline: November 19, 2018

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Emergency Preparedness Battalion Chief

Deadline: November 19, 2018

Job Description:

Performs highly responsible and complex administrative work to plan, organize, implement and communicate all phases of the City’s emergency management program for preparing and responding to natural and man-made emergencies. Prepares, reviews and updates emergency management plans and procedures; manages the City’s Emergency Operations Center; coordinates mutual-aid responses and requests; plans and coordinates training programs and emergency operations drills; assists departments with emergency preparedness and disaster mitigation; develops and conducts educational and community outreach programs; manages and prepares documentation related to emergency operations.

Work is performed with latitude for the exercise of independent judgment and action to achieve and promote the City’s values of integrity, teamwork, service, vision, dedication, we care.

Essential Functions, Duties, and Responsibilities:

  • Provides staff support to the Fire Chief to coordinate actual or potential emergency preparedness and response efforts; develops annual operating budget; manages budget execution.
  • Conducts risk and threat assessments; works with and advises City departments on the department’s emergency plans; coordinates inter-departmental activities; assists with development of and updates to departmental and City-wide business continuity plans.
  • Prepares, reviews and analyzes emergency management plans and standard operating procedures (SOPs); revises, updates and improves plans and SOPs to effectively manage disasters and major emergencies; develops new plans and SOPs as required; ensures all plans and SOPs conform with all applicable federal, state and county requirements.
  • Manages the operations of the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to ensure the Center is organized for maximum effectiveness in conducting disaster exercises and managing actual disaster events; coordinates with management team and governing body as required.
  • Serves as an operational/field resource during large-scale incidents within city boundaries that do not require activation of the emergency operation center by participating as an incident safety officer or as assigned by the incident commander.
  • Plans and conducts emergency response training exercises involving multiple city departments, outside agencies and local, state and federal government personnel; audits and evaluates departmental emergency response readiness and effectiveness.
  • Coordinates mutual aid responses and requests; assists in the overall management of emergency response and recovery operations; works cooperatively with Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) and other agencies and jurisdictions on mutual aid responses.
  • Applies for and administers state, federal, civic, and other grants related to Homeland Security and Disaster Preparedness; researches grant opportunities, supervises and performs grant-writing activities; monitors grant commitments against actual activities and documents accomplishments.
  • Administers process to submit for state and federal reimbursement claims related to City’s costs related to emergency operations in qualifying disasters.
  • Represents the City on various internal and external task forces and committees through attendance at meetings and exercises and through the development of mutual aid and other cooperative agreements.
  • Oversees the City’s Outdoor Storm Warning System to include daily and monthly testing, maintenance and updating the Capital Improvement Program to provide new locations and equipment replacement; coordinates with Johnson County Emergency Management on system.
  • Monitors developing weather conditions which may impact the City, making appropriate notifications as warranted; activates EOC to appropriate response level; manages City contract for weather forecasting.
  • Develops and conducts educational and community outreach programs to inform citizens about emergency preparedness; works closely with volunteer, community and business groups on emergency preparedness and business continuity efforts.
  • Manages mass notification systems and coordinates community disaster readiness and response public information with management team.

    Additional Examples of Work Performed

  • Must work days and hours necessary to perform all assigned responsibilities and tasks.
  • Demonstrates positive employment behavior reflecting support for the Governing Body, City Administrator, management team and Fire Department. Models the City of Lenexa’s mission, vision, and values.
  • This position is designated as “essential,” requiring the incumbent to report to work on time in a variety of situations.
  • Maintains a “good” level of physical fitness to complete the essential job tasks illustrated in the physical requirements section. Meets NFPA 1582 medical requirements as determined by the fire department physician.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Local, state and federal laws, regulations and practices relating to emergency planning and preparedness.
  • State and local government processes
  • Principles and practices of grant writing and administration
  • Weather systems and forecasting
  • Public sector administration
  • Cyber-security practices


    Ability to:

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Evaluate emergency situations and recommend appropriate courses of action
  • Recognize and protect confidential information
  • Act quickly and calmly in emergency situations
  • Conduct research, interpret data, analyze information, and write formal

    recommendations based on findings

  • Meet deadlines

    Minimum Qualifications

  • Five years of progressively responsible emergency management leadership experience, or a
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Management, Fire Administration, Criminal Justice, or a directly-related field of study, and a
  • Valid Driver’s License and insurable driving record, and
  • Incident Command System (ICS) 100, 200, 300, 400, 700 and 800 certifications, and Kansas Certified Emergency Manager certification (or ability to obtain within one year of employment); and
  • Fire Department Safety Officers Association Incident Safety Officer certification.Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree in Emergency Management, Fire Administration, Criminal Justice, or directly-related field of study
  • FEMA Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) certification
  • International Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) certification
  • Public Sector emergency management experience
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Effective listening skills
  • Spreadsheet and word processing software utilization skills
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Time management skills
  • Project management skills

Environment and Physical Factors

While performing the duties of this job, the member is frequently required to use hands and fingers to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The member is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, or reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, jog, or run.

The member must occasionally lift and/or move up to 70 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

The member must have the ability to: drive vehicles, operate a personal computer, read small print on documents and maps, detect subtle shades of color, hear and speak well enough to communicate over the telephone, radio and in person; must be physically fit enough to carry fire equipment as needed, walk over rough terrain, climb hills, open and close heavy gates, load and unload vehicles and work outdoors for long periods of time in all types of weather conditions and to safely wear and work in self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) without medical or physical restrictions; stamina to perform administrative functions and to meet physical and mental demands during an extended emergency.

While performing duties of this job the member occasionally works outside with potential to wet, humid, hot, cold, inclement weather conditions. The member may work near moving mechanical parts, under hazardous, life-threatening conditions, such as, but not limited to, heights, confined spaces, temperature extremes, around crowds, loud noises, limited visibility, in the presence of victims’ death and/or dismemberment or burns.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work performed by employees assigned to this position. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications. The City of Lenexa reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities of job descriptions to meet business and organizational needs as necessary. The job description is not a contract or guarantee of employment.

How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.


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