Recruitment #2207-6477-001


The City of Tucson is seeking a motivated and skilled Emergency Manager to lead emergency management response efforts in the City of Tucson's City Manager's Office. 

Tucson has been continuously inhabited for over 12,000 years and celebrates a unique diversity of cultures, architecture, and peoples.  One of the oldest towns in the United States, Tucson officially became part of the United States with the Gadsden Purchase of 1854 and served as the capital of the Arizona Territory from 1867 to 1877.  Now the 33rd largest city in the nation, Tucson maintains a strong connection to our cultural heritage as we look towards the future.

Surrounded by five mountain ranges, Tucson’s 220-plus square miles boast the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert and an unsurpassed climate of more than 350 sunny days a year – yet is just a short drive from the cool sub-alpine meadows on Mount Lemmon.  Tucson is home to world-class outdoor recreation, a vibrant, growing city center, renowned museums, and the University of Arizona. 

The City of Tucson is dedicated to ensuring team members are from backgrounds as diverse as the community we serve, including race, ethnicity, gender identity, and sexual orientation. The city is committed to engaging in cultural awareness, fighting implicit bias, and ensuring equity.



City-Wide Benefits

  • Medical: Choice between a high deductible plan (HSA or HRA), or Network plan.
  • Dental: Choice between a national dental PPO and a local dental HMO.
  • Vision: Coverage for annual eye exam and glasses or contacts, plus LASIK.
  • Life: City-paid coverage for you & dependents, plus option to buy more.
  • Long-Term Disability: Income replacement of up to 60% of your base salary in the event of a qualifying disability.
  • Employee Assistance Program: Enhance your wellbeing when life doesn’t go as planned.
  • Flexible Spending: Pay for qualified health and dependent care expenses using pretax dollars.
  • Colonial Voluntary Benefits: Financial help in the event of cancer, hospitalization, accident, more.


Your Security and Future

  • Pension: Generous pension plans that help both civilian and public safety employees retire more comfortably.
  • Deferred Compensation: Save more toward a comfortable retirement with a 457(b) plan.
  • Training & Tuition Assistance: Pursue your dream through internal training or financial help toward a degree.
  • Education Assistance, Reimbursement, and Qualified Loan Repayment Assistance Program: Get assistance paying off your student loan debt.
  • Back-Up Care: Care for your loved ones when your regular care is unavailable.


Your Peace of Mind

  • Paid Parental Leave: Six (6) weeks paid leave when you welcome a child, plus other generous leave policies for FML, Medical and USERRA.
  • Paid Time Away: New hires enjoy 37 days of paid time off in the first year, with time increasing steadily thereafter (In year one: 13 accrued days of vacation, 13 accrued days of sick leave, and 11 paid holidays).
  • Employee Discounts: Generous discounts, ranging from car rentals to computers, gifts to groceries, electronics to entertainment.
  • Social Connectedness: Forge connections with the community we serve through paid volunteerism and payroll-deducted charitable giving.

          General Description

          Plans and coordinates emergency preparedness and response training for all city employees, departments and divisions, elected and other public officials, agency and organizational heads, emergency responders, government employees, volunteers, business and industry, and the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) staff.

          This job reports to: City Manager

          Essential Functions

          Collaborates with city, county, regional, state and federal jurisdictions and agencies to ensure effective and compliant administration of the local Emergency Management Program.

          Maintains the City Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and assists departments with updates and development of their Continuity of Operations.

          Coordinates and directs local emergency management activities related to hazard mitigation, prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.

          Coordinates emergency response planning and support functions for local community events, collaborating with public safety partners in the region.

          Coordinates and instructs exercise drills, tabletop exercises, and other educational planning activities for City employees, partner agencies, and members of the public.

          Manages, operates, and maintains the City of Tucson Emergency Operations Center (EOC) when activated, including staffing and all notifications during activation and deactivation of the Emergency Operations Center.

          Manages the City of Tucson Continuity of Operations Plan (COOPs) in coordination with other local, state, and federal programs, including the county’s Multiyear Training and Exercise Plan (MYTEP) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Training Plan.

          Develops City-wide emergency plans, risk/threat assessments, resource tracking, training and exercise development, and outreach efforts.

          Advises and takes direction from the City Manager’s Office regarding emergency management activities, planning, and training, as necessary.

          Minimum Qualifications

          Education Level & Type: Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in Emergency Management, Homeland Security, or related field.

          Experience: At least five (5) years in Emergency Management Program/Project oversight in a public agency with three (3) of required five (5) years in a Lead or Supervisory capacity in a related functional area.

          Special Job Requirements

          Valid unrestricted driver's license

          Preferred Qualifications

          Experience communication and engaging emergency response efforts in collaboration with executive leadership and public safety officials.

          Strong interpersonal and leadership capabilities.

          Ability to demonstrate actionable, engaging, and motivating leadership to lead a team of professional and technical personnel.

          Ability to set goals, plan projects, and maintain an organized work environment appropriately and effectively. 

          The ideal candidate will possess additional training and certifications, including:
          • The Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) Emergency Management Professional Certificate 
          • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Professional Development Series (PDS): IS-120, 230, 235, 240, 241, 242, 244 
          • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Advanced Professional Series (APS) 
          • The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) Certificate 
          • The National Incident Management System (NIMS) training completion Incident Command System (ICS) 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 701, 702, 703, 706, 800, G-191, G-775.
          Background Check Requirement:
          Background check and/or fingerprint clearance

          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, but no more than the top ten will then be invited to participate in an Oral Board Interview.  

          Virtual Oral Board Interviews will be held the week of October 23, 2022
          It is important to note that the City of Tucson uses Microsoft Teams for its virtual interviews. Please ensure that you have access to this software application.

          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. Final selection interviews may be conducted.

          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 email your documents to ankita.bhargava@tucsonaz.gov when you are invited to participate in the virtual interview process.  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 contact Ankita Bhargava at ankita.bhargava@tucsonaz.gov at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.  


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          Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements


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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.