Assistant Manager of Emergency Management Agency

  • Lake County Government
  • Waukegan, IL, USA
  • Feb 26, 2018
Full time Public Safety

Job Description

Are you looking for a challenging role with organization that provides flexible hours, rewarding compensation, and an excellent benefit package? Do you have leadership and management experience in emergency management or the emergency services? If so, Lake County Government needs your skills and drive to help lead our EMA and to build and execute the county’s emergency management program. Lake County employs more than 2,700 team members to provide the highest level of service possible. We expect our employees to take ownership of their responsibilities, look for innovative ways to improve service, and demonstrate respect for their coworkers and the customers we protect and serve.


Location: County Administrator's Office - EMA Division

Salary: +/- 108,600 DOQ

The Assistant Manager has a wide variety of responsibilities and professional challenges including:

  • • Partner with the EMA Manager and staff to administer, coordinate, and execute the emergency management program for 700,000 residents
  • • Develop, maintain, and exercise Lake County's emergency operations plan, continuity of operations plan, and associated subordinate policies, plans, and procedures
  • • Provide expert advice and assistance to 52 municipalities and numerous public and private organizations for similar plans and exercises
  • • Build relationships with state and local emergency managers, first responders, municipal and county leaders and departments, business representatives, volunteers, residents, and others
  • • Address routine challenges from a continually evolving career field and the varied natural and man-made emergencies a large, suburban county experiences

These responsibilities require the Assistant Manager to have important skills including:

  • • Work responsibly and independently while carrying out assigned or mandated projects of varying difficulty and complexity
  • • Exercise considerable independent professional judgement in solving most problems that arise within their assigned work areas
  • • Build, guide, and lead teams on large and complex projects and during emergencies, including an Emergency Operations Center
  • • Provide appropriate leadership and direction to the EMA staff while promoting positive morale, creativity, and teamwork, while setting goals and provide mentoring and feedback

A successful candidate should have the following education and experience:

  • • Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management, Public or Business Administration, Government, or related degree; completed Incident Command System (ICS) 100, 200, 300, 400, 700 and 800
  • • Minimum of four years of experience in management of emergency preparedness and coordination of multi-agency and multi-jurisdiction operations; minimum of two years of (a) operational planning and implementation of training activities and (b) supervisory experience

Lake County offers a competitive salary and benefit package with performance-based incentive plans. We also offer flexible working hours and comprehensive wellness and training programs. Learn more about Lake County EMA at Learn more about Lake County employees and benefits at

Applications accepted until position filled. Any offer of employment is conditioned on the successful completion of a background screening, drug and alcohol testing, and may include a pre-employment medical exam.

Lake County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Location Waukegan, Illinois, United States

Position Type Full-Time/Regular

Salary - +/- 108,600.00 USD DOQ

Applications will be accepted until filled.