Letter from the Editor: BUYER BEWARE!! SOMERVILLE RESIDENTS and TAXPAYERS BEWARE!!

By William Tauro

This is interesting haven’t had a director in over 20 years! Looks like outgoing LameDuck Mayor Joe Curtatone is trying to give someone a very nice Christmas gift on his way out of office! At the very lest this should be under the direction of the fire department.

Please don’t take this sitting down! Please let’s do something about this before he gets away with it!

It’s time for change!
#TEAMTAUROforMAYOR2021

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Posted on the City of Somerville Website:

Now Hiring: Emergency Management Director
Department:
Mayor’s Office
Duties:
The City of Somerville is seeking a dynamic leader who can bring cutting edge thinking to help create an inclusive, equitable emergency management and dispatch program to a Metro Boston community. Under the direction of the Mayor and the Chief of Staff, the Director of Emergency Management and Dispatch will be responsible to create a new emergency management program that is focused on hazard reduction and adaptability while also establishing a 911 Communications Center in the City’s new public safety building. The position is expected to be on-call and respond to emergencies outside of normal business hours.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
• Interacts with senior management and operations staff at local, state and federal agencies, the private sector, public authorities and non-profit organizations involved in emergency response activities for the City.
• Develops an effective emergency management program and serves as the key leader in planning, coordination of operations, community liaison to build the emergency program, and supporter of mitigation efforts.
• Acts as the EOC manager during an emergency, reporting directly to the Mayor and by virtue of the authority of the Mayor, coordinates all the functions of government emergency response.
• Develops relationships with local businesses and organizations to ensure they are aware of the City’s emergency program and are engaged as partners with the City.
• Maintains the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in a continuous state of readiness.
• Prepares and revises the City all-hazards emergency operations plan (EOP), comprehensive emergency management plan (CEMP), hazard mitigation plan, continuity of operations plan (COOP), and other applicable plans.
• Reviews and makes recommendations to businesses, industry, hospital, and nursing homes on the preparation of their emergency plans to ensure they are workable within the framework of the local and state plans.
• Works with the appropriate city departments to apply for and manage grants, as required
• Responsible for the budgetary operations of emergency management and dispatch
• Serves in a key emergency management role during incidents, emergencies and disasters of all types and sizes. At times response to the scene may be required.
• Coordinates with the Board of Health, department of public health, area transit and other response agencies during an evacuation if the need arises. Also coordinates the transportation needs of the nursing homes located in the City
• Directs, organizes, prioritizes, evaluates and assigns work of assigned staff; monitors status of work in progress and reviews work performed; consults with assigned staff, and provides technical expertise.
• Selects, trains, develops, counsels and evaluates assigned personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements reward and discipline procedures.
• Ensures compliance with all applicable codes, laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, procedures, and general orders; ensures adherence to established safety procedures; monitors work environment and use of safety equipment to ensure safety of employees and other individuals; initiates any actions necessary to correct deviations or violations.
• Compiles and/or monitors various administrative and/or statistical data pertaining to department operations; performs research and makes applicable calculations; analyzes data and identifies trends; summarizes data and prepares reports, graphs, and charts.
• Represents the City of Somerville at City Council and community meetings to provide updates on emergency response.
• Represents the City as a member of the Mystic Regional Emergency Planning Committee (REPC).
• Performs other duties as assigned.

Requirements:
The following specifications are intended to outline the minimum qualifications necessary for entry into the position and do not necessarily convey the qualifications of incumbents within the position.
Ability to:
• Oversee and participate in the management and administration of the Emergency Management Department within the City.
• Oversee, direct, and coordinate the work of lower-level staff.
• Select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff.
• Participate in the development and administration of department goals, objectives, and procedures.
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
• Interpret, apply, and ensure departmental compliance with applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.
• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Minimum Qualifications:
Any combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential functions of the job qualifies.
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in emergency management, criminal justice, business, public safety, public administration or related field. (Equivalent professional experience may be considered for substitution for the required degree on an exception basis.)
• Five years of emergency management experience.
• Three years of experience in a supervisory role.
• Must possess and maintain Massachusetts Certified Emergency Management (MA-CEM) or International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM-CEM) or have the ability to get one within 1 year of hire
• Completion of FEMA ICS-100, ICS-200, ICS-300, ICS-700, and ICS-800
• Must possess and maintain a valid Massachusetts driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:
• ICS 400
• Incident Management Team Certifications
• Master’s Degree in Emergency Management (or related field)
• 911 communications center experience

Working Conditions:
A variety of indoor and outdoor environments. Employees are subject to inclement weather, hazardous conditions, and strenuous physical exertion.

Physical Demands:
Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; walk, stand, or sit for prolonged periods of time; occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to travel to other locations using various modes of private and commercial transportation; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision:
See in the normal visual range with or without correction; vision sufficient to read computer screens and printed documents and to operate equipment.

Hearing:
Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

Application Procedure:
Send your resume and cover letter to:

City Hall Personnel Office
93 Highland Avenue
Somerville MA 02143
Fax: 617-666-4426
TTY: 1-866-808-4851
Email: employment_opportunities@somervillema.gov

City of Somerville residents are especially encouraged to apply.

The City of Somerville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability or any other protected category. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative formats, and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities free of charge, upon request.

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Nancy Bacco, at 617-625-6600 x2250 or NBacci@somervillema.gov.

Hours:
Full-Time
Salary:
$127,344.96 per year
Application Start Date:
Wednesday, August 11, 2021

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