Emergency Manager

Start Date: 7/26/23  Compensation: $83,700-$125,550

General Description/Information


The Emergency Manager is responsible for the planning, development, and execution of Valley Metro’s Emergency Operations, Continuity of Operations, and Hazard Mitigation Plans. The Emergency Manager serves as Valley Metro’s representative and liaison on emergency preparedness working collaboratively across Valley Metro departments and divisions and with federal and local partners, member agencies, and community stakeholders. 

Reporting to the Director of Safety, Security and Quality Assurance, the Emergency Manager develops training programs, provides direction and assists with the development of emergency operations exercises, and serves as a lead in actual or potential emergency preparedness or response efforts. 

Valley Metro is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills

The statements listed below describe the general nature and level of work only. They are not an exhaustive list of all required responsibilities, duties, and skills. Other duties may be added, or this description amended at any time.

Serves as Valley Metro’s liaison on emergency preparedness issues with the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the State of Arizona Division of Emergency Management, Maricopa County Department of Emergency Management, and other local municipalities

Advises and supports divisions and departments regarding emergency plans and facilitates interdepartmental emergency preparedness and response activities

Develops, plans, oversees and leads training programs and emergency operations drills to prepare Valley Metro staff to respond quickly and effectively to emergencies
Develops plans and creates response protocols to include Continuity of Operations, Emergency Operations, and Hazard Mitigation Plans

Conducts Hazard and Risk Assessments, develops mitigation cost estimates, and projects budgetary requirements

Applies for and administers federal and state grants

Administers the process for submitting federal and state reimbursement claims for Valley Metro’s costs during and after emergency operations

Represents Valley metro on various internal and external task forces and committees at the local, county, state and federal level as assigned

May act on behalf of the Director of Safety and Security, as authorized, related to emergency preparedness or response efforts

Reviews state and federal proposed legislation and provides recommendations
Working with the Safety, Security Program Manager and Director, develops and administers the Regional Transit Security Working Group (RTSWG) and the Regional Transit Security Strategy (RTSS) or relative work groups/plans, to maintain Valley Metro’s eligibility for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Grant funding
Assists with special event planning and preparedness as needed

Performs the essential functions as described in the physical demands and work environment sections below

Performs other duties of a similar nature and level as assigned


Minimum Qualifications & Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management, Public Administration, Business administration, or a related field 

Five (5) years of experience in a role with primary responsibilities in the administering and directing of emergency management preparedness and deployment to include experience in developing and administering associated policies, plans, and procedures. 


 an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above. Additional education cannot be substituted for experience.

Licenses and Certifications:

Must have completed the Incident Command System (ICS) 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, and 800 courses at the time of hire.

Must be able to successfully complete the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) program through the National Coordinating Council on Emergency Management within 12 months from date of hire. 

Must complete the All-Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT) course within 12 months from date of hire.

Position requires a valid Arizona driver’s license and safe driving record.

Background Check:
Employment is contingent upon the results of a background check.