Job posting for Escambia County Public Safety Director

Department Director – Public Safety
Escambia County, FL, USA
Salary: $91,062.40 – $150,051.20 Annually

This position reports to the County Administrator on public safety activities and is responsible for managing daily operations and planning for long- term improvements for Escambia County Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Management, County Dispatch and 911 Center, the Pensacola Beach Lifeguards, the Escambia County Medical Director, as well as the Fire Rescue’s combination career and volunteer division.

The Director represents the Department of Public Safety at County Commission meetings, intergovernmental meetings, and other various community and board meetings. The incumbent in this position is responsible for being innovative in identifying, promoting, and advancing public safety initiatives, activities, and practices. This position works as part of an overall team with the County Administrator and other senior staff to advance the objectives of the County.

Examples of Duties:

Assumes full management responsibility for all Public Safety Department services and activities by managing the development and implementation of departmental goals, objectives, and priorities for each assigned service area, as well as recommending and administering policies and procedures

Oversees the activities of the Public Safety Department by planning, organizing, and directing activities including, providing rescue services, emergency medical services, disaster responses, and fire suppression and prevention

Oversees the hiring, supervision, training, evaluation, and discipline of all department employees

Ensures all local, State, and Federal laws and ordinances are properly enforced especially those regarding employment and public safety

Develops long term plans to improve departmental operations

Evaluates pending legislation and statutes and responds to changing regulations and technology regarding fire prevention and suppression through review of technical materials and professional education

Monitors the departmental budgets throughout the fiscal year by overseeing the purchase and maintenance of equipment, vehicles, and supplies, developing annual department budgets for operations and equipment, and assisting in developing long-range capital budgets for various public safety programs and

Monitors the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures by evaluating and allocating resources accordingly

Maintains appropriate staffing levels by evaluating turnover and departmental needs

Works amicably with the County Administrator, County Commission, department supervisors, citizens, and other persons through face to face, email, and telephone communication in order to accomplish individual and group assignments and goals

Plans, directs, and coordinates staff by meeting with key staff to identify and resolve problems, assigning projects and programmatic areas of responsibility, as well as reviewing and evaluating work methods and procedures in order to accomplish the Public Safety Department’s work plan

Provides staff assistance to the County Administrator and County Commission by preparing and presenting staff reports and other necessary correspondence, as well as attending County Commission and other meetings as required

Represents the Public Safety Department to other departments, elected officials, and outside agencies through coordinating assigned activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations

Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints by negotiating and resolving sensitive and controversial issues

Explains, justifies, and defends department programs, policies, and activities

Responds to fire emergencies and/or community disasters and may take Incident Command as needed

Assuring that all training and education is consistently provided and succeeding at a high level for all departments in public safety.

Keeps the County Administrator informed of Departmental operations and developments that he/she will need to know to effectively coordinate the management of the County

Performs related duties as required Qualifications:Minimum Qualification Requirements:

Training and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university with major course work in political science, criminal justice, fire science, emergency management, emergency medical services, public safety, public health, behavioral science, business or public administration or a related field, and seven years of increasingly responsible Public Safety experience, to include at least three years of administrative and supervisory experience; or a combination of education and experience equivalent to these requirements.

Preferred Qualifications:
Paramedic or Emergency Medical Technician Basic certification
Experience in a public safety union environment and combination fire department
Experience with 911 communications

Licenses and Certifications:
Valid driver’s license
Basic Life Support (CPR & AED)
Must obtain FEMA National Incident Management System (NIMS) Certifications 100, 200, 700, 800, 300 and 400 within the first six months of employment in this position
Must obtain Firefighter I Certification within one year of employment in this position

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics (KSAOs):

Knowledge of:
budget preparation, business management, and expenditure control
personnel management (i.e. creating a diverse, employee-supportive work environment, leading others effectively, interpersonal communication, etc.)
working in a political environment
administration of fire and emergency medical services
organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies, and operational needs
principles and practices of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery
general operational characteristics of fire apparatus and equipment
hazardous materials mitigation management
pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations
principles and practices of governmental organization, administration, and personnel management

Skill in:
strong, executive level leadership
strategic planning
communication, both oral and written including public speaking
developing and administering departmental goals, objectives, and procedures

Ability to:
think innovatively on new programming, budgeting, and departmental practices
collaborate with a team of peers on a common goal
stay abreast of changes affecting public safety operations, including legal decisions
work to keep the department accountable to the community and the citizens served
be adaptable and resilient in understanding challenges associated with the varying needs and preferences of a variety of internal and external stakeholders
work effectively with governmental entities and community groups
encourage collaborative attitudes and address conflict in an open, positive, and impartial manner
be accessible as a resource, provide coaching, mentoring, and empowerment to staff
analyze and assess programs, policies, and operational needs and make appropriate adjustments
identify and respond to sensitive community and organizational issues, concerns, and needs
plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of staff
prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports
prepare and administer large and complex budgets
operate modern office equipment and computers, including applicable software applications
effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public
communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
supervise, train, and conduct performance evaluations of staff Supplemental Information:

Emergency Management Responsibilities:
Note: During emergency conditions, the incumbent of this position will automatically be considered emergency service workers. This employee is subject to being called to work in the event of a disaster, such as a hurricane, or other emergency situation and are expected to perform emergency service duties, as assigned.

County-wide Employee Responsibilities:
All Escambia County BCC employees must serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of Escambia County BCC’s Employee Code of Ethics, gift, and conflict of interest policies.

All Escambia County BCC employees must establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, familial status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity and expression.

Physical Requirements:
Positions in this class typically require: reaching, standing, walking, fingering, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.
Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for Light Work.

Benefits/Compensation Package:
· Medical / Dental / Vision plans
· Prescription coverage
· Employee health clinic
· Employee fitness centers
· Employer-sponsored retirement plan or an investment plan
· Deferred Compensation Plan
· Flexible Spending Account(s)
· Employee Assistance Program
· Annual/Sick Leave or Paid Time Off (PTO)
· Group Life Insurance

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