Recruitment #1806-6476-001


The Tucson Fire Department is looking for a dynamic individual to fill the position of Emergency Management Coordinator to serve as the City's liaison on emergency preparedness issues and performs professional work in planning and coordinating all aspects of emergency management programs including mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. This position will require individuals who can work well with others and also have self-discipline to accomplish individual tasks. Applicants should have some knowledge of grant writing and grant oversight. Applicants should also be knowledgeable in Emergency Management and in Emergency Operations Center operations. This individual will be responsible for coordinating training programs for the Tucson Fire Department and regional emergency responders. This position is also responsible for overseeing City of Tucson Continuity of Operations plans for other city departments. This person needs to have computer skills in research, data collection, sorting as well as proficient in Word, Access, Microsoft Office and Excel.

Be part of a team that serves with integrity, professionalism and strives for excellence in all we do. Tucson Fire is a metro size department and progressive organization committed to our core values and driven by our vital mission, which is to protect the lives and property of our citizens.

Essential Functions

Exercises regular independent judgment while performing the following:

Serves as the City's liaison on emergency preparedness issues with Federal, State, and local municipalities and agencies.

Oversees development of City and departmental emergency response programs

Writes and reviews City emergency plans such as Emergency Evacuation, Sheltering, Mass Care, Repatriation, etc.

Provides or coordinates emergency training programs, tabletop exercises, and Emergency Operation Center (EOC) drills.

Coordinates all Federal National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) training for emergency response personnel.

Researches, prepares and submits applications and proposals for national and local grants relative to emergency management; monitors expenditures and compliance of grants.

Serves as Application Agent for submitting Federal & State claims for reimbursement of costs during and after emergency operations.

Writes program policies and training manuals; designs, writes, and produces brochures, visual aids, and other program documents; provides instruction and training to agencies and other organizations on emergency management techniques.

Develops long and short-range strategic plans for emergency management; develops cost estimates and budget projections.

Represents the City on various internal and external task forces and committees.

Assists in presenting oral and written presentations to top management regarding emergency management planning.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor's Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 4 years professional-level experience in emergency program management,
development and planning, or incident command management

Valid and Unrestricted Class D - Driver's License 

An equivalent combination of education and relevant experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position will be considered.

Special Job Requirements

This position may require passing a criminal background check, Motor Vehicle History Report, Public Records Check and/or physical, drug screen and/or audio exam.  Fingerprinting and reference checks may also be conducted prior to an offer of employment. Employment offers are contingent upon successfully passing any of the above requirements. 

Preferred Qualifications

Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) through the International Association of Emergency Managers.

Recent experience in emergency management administration involving contract negotiations, intergovernmental relations, and grant writing, oversight, and mitigation.

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in a technical oral board interview.  

  • Technical Oral Board Interview is scheduled for July 31, 2018

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as: 

  • 20% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 80% of your oral board interview

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months. Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must upload your documentation as part of the application process or email it to TucsonFireJobs@tucsonaz.gov. The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.  

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please email TucsonFireJobs@tucsonaz.gov; Attn: JoAnn Acosta, Cynthia Serrano or Antigone Ibrahim at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.


Communications throughout this process will be sent via email exclusively so please ensure your browser accepts emails from jobs@tucsonaz.gov or TucsonFireJobs@tucsonaz.gov and check your email account regularly.  Failure to respond or follow instructions will result in disqualification.  All email inquiries should be directed to JoAnn Acosta, Cynthia Serrano or Antigone Ibrahim at TucsonFireJobs@tucsonaz.gov.

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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.