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State Emergency On-Scene Coordinator (#MGBI01)
$55,375.00 Yearly Min / $69,219.00 Yearly Mid / $83,063.00 Yearly Max


State Emergency Senior On-Scene Coordinator (#MGBI02)
$59,252.00 Yearly Min / $74,065.00 Yearly Mid / $88,878.00 Yearly Max


State Emergency Prevention and Response Chief (#MGBI03)
$67,840.00 Yearly Min / $84,800.00 Yearly Mid / $101,760.00 Yearly Max




Description of Occupational Work

This class series uses three levels in the Agriculture, Natural Resources and Sciences occupational group, Sciences occupational series, and describes statewide emergency response to time-critical incidents involving the release of hazardous materials (e.g., chemicals, radiation, biologicals, and weapons of mass destruction), in accordance with appropriate state and federal laws, rules and regulations.  The State Emergency On-Scene Coordinators (OSCs) respond to both emergency and non-emergency incidents impacting Delaware, as well as incidents with regional and national impact.

Incumbents in this class series are responsible for responding on a 24/7 basis, managing and directing hazard assessment, containment, control, stabilization and remediation activities, assuring site safety and coordination with industry, state and federal counterparts.  Work includes ensuring appropriate mitigation of hazardous materials in a safe and timely manner and managing the remedial actions of the incident to complete restoration.  Incumbents have unique authority and responsibility within state government to both approve an action and procure the necessary resources to implement those actions.

Note: This career ladder series incorporates the State Emergency On-Scene Coordinator level, and the State Emergency Senior On-Scene Coordinator level.  Based on the level of work applicable to the employing agency and functional area, positions can be allocated up to the Emergency Senior On-Scene Coordinator level.  The State Emergency On-Scene Coordinator level provides entry for hiring new employees into the class series but does not preclude hiring new employees at higher levels.  Employees may be promoted through the career ladder in accordance with job requirements and promotional standards. Promotional standards, a selection document under separate cover, sets forth the criteria that defines and describes the requirements that must be met at each level. Advancement of employees through the career ladder is dependent on the employee’s performance and the agency's/department's operational needs and distribution of work.   

The State Emergency Prevention and Response Chief level, although not part of the career ladder, provides competitive opportunity for movement of employees.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class.  Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Respond on a 24-hour emergency basis statewide to sudden actual or potential hazardous materials releases that are accidental or intentional in nature and may present an immediate threat to life safety, public health, and the environment; may include response beyond State boundaries. 
     
  • Supervise and direct on-site personnel, other responding agencies, responsible party representatives, and contractors during emergency response, hazmat operations, and subsequent remedial activities to achieve strategic, tactical, and safety objectives. 
     
  • Exercise necessary delegated authorities, including determining and deploying necessary resources, contract management and cost control, directing response personnel activities, and the issuance of enforcement documents such as field orders.
     
  • Apply expert scientific knowledge, and utilizes complex equipment to make independent, expeditious determinations about the necessary response efforts to mitigate a spill or release; provide technical review, as well as technical and regulatory oversight, and support enforcement actions as required.
     
  • Direct the responsible party to take necessary corrective actions and advise on cost recovery policies and procedures; assume control of the spill or release and all mitigation, abatement, and remediation if a responsible party cannot be determined and conduct cost recovery as necessary. 
     
  • Utilize a variety of complex equipment such as toxic air monitoring equipment (such as photoionization detection and mass spectrometer), radiation detection instrumentation, and infrared spectroscopy for the identification of unknown substances; interpret the data obtained from this equipment to make critical real-time public safety decisions that affect human health and the environment.
     
  • Use personal protective equipment, communications equipment, and computers; as well as operating emergency vehicles.
     
  • Serve as the on-call State OSC on a rotating basis.  Answer after-hours phone calls, assess the severity of reported incidents, and independently determine the appropriate response effort and necessary personnel.  Respond at night, on weekends, and on holidays, in addition to responses that occur during the scheduled shift.
     
  • Serve as a point of contact and on-scene representative for incident-related and routine questions and concerns with the general public; state, federal and other agencies; high-level officials; fire companies, emergency personnel; contractors; and local, state, regional and federal response communities.
     
  • Serve as a State OSC and hazmat specialist as a member of a Joint Hazard Assessment Team (JHAT) on special assignments where safety and security are of utmost importance, including large public events, political events, and protection of public figures.
     
  • May be called upon to provide technical support and expert testimony in court proceedings or other judicial procedures.

Levels of Work

State Emergency On-Scene Coordinator

This is full performance emergency response work, responding on a 24-hour basis statewide to sudden actual or potential hazardous materials releases that may present an immediate threat to life safety, public health, and the environment.  Work includes managing and directing hazard assessment, containment, control, stabilization and remediation activities, assuring site safety and coordination with industry, state and federal counterparts. 

  • Reports to an administrative supervisor and performs the full range of Essential Functions.
  • Makes independent, expeditious determinations about necessary response efforts to mitigate a hazardous materials release.    
  • Gains proficiency in responding to diverse emergency and non-emergency incidents.
  • Completes all required trainings and certifications.
  • Develops preparedness and prevention strategies and plans.
  • Writes a variety of technical reports.
  • Contacts include the general public; state, federal and other agencies; high-level officials; fire companies, emergency personnel; contractors; and local, state, regional and federal response communities in order to coordinate a safe and effective emergency response effort to ensure mitigation of hazardous materials releases.

State Emergency Senior On-Scene Coordinator

This is the expert level of emergency response work, responding on a 24-hour basis statewide to sudden actual or potential hazardous materials releases that may present an immediate threat to life safety, public health, and the environment.  Incumbents at this level are seasoned and well-versed in managing and directing hazard assessment, containment, control, stabilization and remediation activities, assuring site safety and coordination with industry, state and federal counterparts. 

  • Oversees, guides, trains and provides technical assistance to OSC and other positions. 
  • Provides expert guidance and direction on emergency response, assessment, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Oversees the development of preparedness and prevention strategies and plans.
  • Reviews and writes a variety of technical reports.
  • Analyzes operating practices and procedures and makes recommendations on enhancements, efficiencies, and revisions to policies and procedures for improvement.
  • Participates in local, state, and federal workgroups and task forces as a Subject Matter Expert on emergency response; acts as representative for the United States Coast Guard Area Committee and is designated by the Cabinet Secretary to attend state and regional meetings on behalf of the Department.

State Emergency Prevention and Response Chief

This is the management level of emergency response work, directing the operations of the statewide hazardous materials emergency response program, and related programs such as the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Program (EPCRA), the Accidental Release Prevention Program, Boiler Safety Program, and the Toxic Release Inventory.  Work includes planning, development, implementation, coordination and evaluation of response programs and associated professional and technical staff. 

  • Reports to an administrative supervisor.
  • Serves as the State’s top expert on hazardous materials and emergency response operations, ensuring appropriate coverage and resources for a variety of emergencies including large-scale disasters; notifies and briefs Cabinet Staff on emergency responses made by the Emergency Response Team on a 24/7 basis, if the incident dictates.
  • Acts as the Governor’s delegated state official in all funding, claims, and other cost recovery actions and expenditures utilizing the federal Oil Spill Liability Trust Funds.
  • Serves as the lead representative to the federal Region III Inland Area Committee and the Region III Response Team, exercising policy decisions on behalf of the State of Delaware during major hazardous materials/environmental response involving activation of the National Contingency Plan and/or National Response Plan.
  • Directs the planning, development, coordination and evaluation of emergency response programs; determines program goals, objectives and priorities; and develops and implements rules, regulations, policies, procedures, standards and guidelines.
  • Determines and prepares program budgets and grants and administers homeland security sub-grants to other entities; determines the need for emergency contracting, implements necessary emergency contract approval, documentation, funding and cost recovery procedures, including after-hours and weekend emergencies.
  • Ensures emergency response programs meet all state and federal requirements for responding to oil, hazardous substances and other pollution events including funding commitments, routine and continuous coordination with regulated entities, local governments, the United States Coast Guard, United States Environmental Protection Agency, FEMA and other federal and local agencies as appropriate.
  • Ensures that related emergency response facilities and equipment are routinely maintained and updated.    
  • Reviews proposed legislation for possible impacts on the emergency response program and recommends whether the Department should support or oppose the legislation.
  • Contacts include the general public, special interest groups, legislators and media to provide information on emergency response programs and regarding Departmental Actions and activities during emergencies/disasters, in conjunction with Community Affairs.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA’s listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.

  • Knowledge of life science, environmental engineering, or environmental science.
  • Knowledge of state and federal laws, rules and regulations governing Hazardous Waste Management for the transport, storage, treatment and disposal of hazardous waste materials.
  • Knowledge of innovative and alternative treatment technologies and techniques used in the cleanup of hazardous materials.
  • Knowledge of socioeconomic factors impacting human health and the environment.
  • Knowledge of cost recovery and related policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of confined space safety protocol and procedures.
  • Skill in preventing and/or mitigating health and environmental hazards resulting from hazardous substances releases.
  • Skill in analyzing and evaluating complex situations, conditions and information and integrating and determining solutions and/or course of action.
  • Skill in using a variety of complex equipment designed for emergency response.
  • Skill in maximizing the efficient use of resources.
  • Skill in making independent, expeditious determinations about the necessary response efforts to mitigate a spill or release.  
  • Skill in identifying and mitigating diverse and conflicting priorities.
  • Ability to adapt to incident-specific conditions and develop unique options to address those factors.
  • Ability to wear respiratory protection, including self-contained breathing apparatus. 
  • Ability to direct and coordinate a variety of professional and technical emergency response personnel and assisting agencies.
  • Ability to act quickly and calmly in an emergency.
  • Ability to effectively lead and communicate during crisis situations.

In addition to the above knowledge, skills and abilities, the State Emergency Senior On-Scene Coordinator requires:

  • Skill in providing expert guidance and direction on emergency response, assessment, monitoring and evaluation, especially during responses of regional significance.
  • Skill in providing technical guidance and training to lower level staff.
  • Skill in applying innovative and alternative treatment technologies and techniques used in the cleanup of hazardous materials.
  • Skill in implementing corrective action and recovering costs from responsible parties.
  • Skill in developing emergency preparedness and prevention strategies and plans.
  • Skill in analyzing complex operations and recommending changes for improvement.
  • Ability to handle more complex, larger scale incidents in an expeditious and safe manner.

In addition to the above knowledge, skills and abilities, the State Emergency Prevention and Response Chief requires:

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of management.
  • Skill in analyzing and making recommendations on complex programs with statewide, regional and national impact.
  • Skill in developing short and long range strategic plans in compliance with agency goals and objectives.
  • Skill in evaluating, developing, and implementing hazardous materials emergency response and related programs, and ensuring appropriate risk management.
  • Skill in developing and implementing plans for efficient use of resources in emergency situations.
  • Skill in managing budgets and contracts.
  • Skill in analyzing and assessing impact of legislation on program operations.
  • Skill in public speaking.
  • Ability to recognize and integrate diverse and/or conflicting priorities.
  • Ability to plan, organize and integrate program resources to achieve program goals.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with response personnel, government officials, state, federal and local agencies.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for State Emergency On-Scene Coordinator
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Possession of a Bachelor’s degree or higher in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, Engineering, Environmental Science or related field.
  2. Three years’  experience in working with chemical, biological or radiological hazards including proper transport, storage, treatment and disposal of hazardous materials.
  3. Three years’ experience in environmental or natural resources project management which includes planning, developing, implementing, managing and evaluating environmental or natural resources projects to ensure objectives are met.
  4. Three years’ experience in analyzing and evaluating scientific data.
  5. Three years’ experience in interpreting environmental laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures.
  6. Six months’ experience in emergency response.
  7. Possession of a valid Driver’s License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).

CLASS:
MGBI01
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11/5/2019
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CLASS:
MGBI02
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11/5/2019
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CLASS:
MGBI03
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11/5/2019
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