Deputy Director of Emergency Management Agency (Oxford County)


The Oxford County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) has an opening for Deputy Director to provide coordinating, planning, training and exercise assistance for municipalities, municipal first responder services, educational facilities, businesses and voluntary organizations active in disaster. The position is full time at 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, and will require some occasional evening and weekend work. The position necessitates significant interpersonal and communication skills, to include oral, electronic, and written, as well as radio and telephone. Working proficiency with all Microsoft Office software is essential. 


Preferred applicants will have experience assisting with preparation for meetings, trainings and exercises for municipalities, facilities and first responders. Experience with online databases and working with website software, on social media platforms, and mobile applications for maintenance and updates, preferred. Strong interpersonal skills and an appropriate attitude for working effectively with citizens, first responders and other municipal, county, and state agencies to provide assistance and coordination during large or on-going incidents is required. Experience leading meetings, training and exercises for citizens and first responders preferred.


A general understanding of County budget processes, as well as State and Federal fiscal years, and an overview of Federal grants and programs tied to Emergency Management is recommended. The working environment within the agency can vary greatly from day-to-day due to man-made and weather incidents, grant and statute requirements and County needs, but is largely project-based work that tends to be incongruent with daily tasks. Consistent management of projects while attending to daily tasks is required and includes: answering phones, responding to correspondence in a timely and professional manner, and assisting municipalities and agencies as requested on myriad tasks, planning and events. Self-directed follow through on projects and tasks is essential.


The position requires a familiarity with the Incident Command System (ICS) through class participation and/or implementation of the system during incidents, exercises, planning and events. Previous completion of required ICS classes or willingness to complete all required training within one year of hire to ensure continued funding compliance. Required and recommended training is listed below.


The work in the EMA office requires a flexible individual who can easily switch from long term project work to working a real-time disaster response. Deployment to local large incidents may be requested.


Candidates will possess a high school diploma and continued education in the field of Emergency Management or a related course of study. Associates degree preferred.


Candidates must successfully complete and pass a full background investigation. 


Please send your resume and a cover letter to, or mail or hand-deliver to Oxford County Emergency Management Agency, PO Box 179, 26 Western Avenue, South Paris, ME 04281. Please contact us for a copy of the job description or additional information.


The application period closes at 4:00 P.M. Wednesday, October 5.


The County of Oxford is an EOE.




HEALTH INSURANCE: County will pay 100% of premium for individual employee coverage and 80% of premium for family coverage. If employee does not need family or spouse coverage the County will issue a quarertly stipend in the amount of $300 each. Employee is eligible for insurance on the first day of the month following the date of hire. 


DENTAL AND VISION INSURANCE: available at employee’s expense


LIFE INSURANCE: Basic life insurance (equal to one year of employee’s annual salary) is included in health insurance coverage. Employee can opt to have supplemental insurance or spouse/dependant coverage at his/her expense.


SOCIAL SECURITY: County deducts




HOLIDAYS: 13 holidays – Paid


SICK LEAVE: One day earned monthly - Can accumulate up to 90 days as stated in the policy manual


PERSONAL LEAVE: 3 days a year as stated in the policy manual


VACATION: 2 weeks - after 1st year increases in 5-year increments as stated in the policy manual


AUTOMATIC BANKING: Payroll direct deposit bi-weekly.


INCOME PROTECTION (OPTIONAL): Short Term Disability at Employee Expense 




BEREAVEMENT LEAVE: Up to 5 Days (varies by relation to employee) for each loss as stated in the policy manual 


DEFERRED COMPENSATION PLAN 457 (OPTIONAL): Employee can opt to have instead of MPERS (Maine Public Employees Retirement System) – County will match up to 3% of gross if employee opts 457 and declines MPERS (Maine Public Employees Retirement System).


HOURS OF WORK: Monday – Friday, 8am-4pm


STARTING SALARY: $17.73 an hour with no experience. Director may recommend more based on years of experience and qualifications of candidate


PROBATIONARY PERIOD: 6 months, which may be extended to one year based on performance







      IS 100.c – Introduction to Incident Command System

      IS 130.a – How to be an Exercise Evaluator

      IS 200.c – Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response

      ICS 300 – Expanding Incidents (In-person course)

      ICS 400 – Command and General Staff – Complex Incidents (In-person course)

      IS 700.b – An Introduction to the National Incident Management System (NIMS)

      IS 800.d – National Response Framework, An Introduction

Threat & Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment & Stakeholder Preparedness Review

IS-42.a – Social Media in Emergency Management

IS-393.b – Introduction to Hazard Mitigation

IS-2200 – Basic Emergency Management Operations Center Functions

IS-2901 – Introduction to Community Lifelines

      WMD/HAZMAT Awareness

      Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP)

      Basic Hands-On CAMEO



Required for EMPG funding reimbursement


Course Code    Course Title

IS-120.c           An Introduction to Exercises

IS-230.e           Fundamentals of Emergency Management

IS-235.c           Emergency Planning

IS-240.c           Leadership and Influence

IS-241.c           Decision Making and Problem Solving

IS-242.c           Effective Communication

IS-244.b           Developing and Managing Volunteers

Annual participation in three local, county or state exercises

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