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Emergency Management Administrator
Title:Emergency Management Administrator
Salary Range:$91,551- $116,727 Annualized/DOE
Application Deadline:07/22/2019
Position Status:Full-Time


Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) is a not-for-profit, community-owned water utility, overseen by elected officials and citizen appointees from Reno, Sparks and Washoe County. TMWA has a highly skilled workforce who ensure the around-the-clock treatment, delivery and availability of high-quality drinking water for more than 400,000 residents of the Truckee Meadows.

We are looking to hire an Emergency Management Administrator to join our Water Quality department.



Under general direction, plans, develops, implements, evaluates, and manages comprehensive emergency management and physical security programs; coordinates policy development, strategic planning, management, supervisory and employee training in disaster management. Develops emergency preparedness and disaster planning and recovery procedures and programs to protect water delivery and water quality, TMWA facilities, and employees; serves as the primary contact with and develops protocols for communications with local, state, and federal law enforcement and emergency response agencies regarding emergency preparedness including the establishment and maintenance of mutual aid agreements; participates in coordinating interagency planning with other federal, state, and local governmental agencies, utilities, and businesses.

The Emergency Management Administrator will participate in the development, coordination and implementation of comprehensive emergency, disaster recovery and business continuity programs including formulation of response, recovery and mitigation plans, training exercises in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and guidelines.

This position will be expected to provide reports to the TMWA Board of Directors when needed.




  • Coordinates and participates in the development, updating, implementation and evaluation of comprehensive emergency management, physical security and business continuity plans to prepare for, mitigate the impacts of, respond to and recover from natural and man-made events and emergencies.

  • Ensures compliance with section 2013 of America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (AWIA).

  • Provides advice and technical assistance to operating departments on the special conditions regarding the operating and resource requirements that would be imposed in the event of an emergency.

  • Designs, tests, and oversees the installation and setup of equipment for use in response to emergencies to include vehicles and other specialized applications or equipment.

  • Leads and participates in developing protocols and procedures to improve readiness and recovery.

  • Ensures risk and resilience and vulnerability assessments are conducted regularly and works closely with management to ensure appropriate follow up actions, effective preparedness, response and recovery protocols and procedures are in place to minimize and mitigate interruption of water treatment and delivery and other vital organizational operations.

  • Conducts research as needed, drafts policies, protocols, procedures and other emergency planning and management tools and materials, including checklists, manuals, guidelines, forms, logs, telephone and other lists and resources.

  • Ensures that environmental issues associated with emergency management, such as toxic chemicals and hazardous waste, are identified and appropriately planned for and ensures that resources are in place for hazardous waste containment and disposal in emergency situations.

  • Plans, conducts, and coordinates emergency and disaster training and tabletop activities and exercises; ensures training is in conformance with Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS), National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) and other state emergency management and federal Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requirements and guidelines.

  • Provides timely information to the General Manager and Board of Directors on emergency and disaster planning, recovery, and emerging threat issues and TMWA’s response and readiness; prepares written after-action/corrective action assessments and reports for management and TMWA Board of Directors.

  • Serves as primary contact for TMWA with the Local Emergency Planning Committee and other emergency management committees and councils.

  • Participates in coordinating area-wide emergency plans, preparedness activities, simulations and drills with officials and representatives of other federal, state and local governmental agencies, utilities, businesses and community organizations to prepare staff and the public to respond quickly and effectively in emergency situations.

  • Participates in documentation of expenses and reimbursement activities during the recovery phase of any emergencies or disasters in accordance with FEMA requirements.

  • Disseminates warnings and notifications of disaster alerts and advises staff and assists in communicating with the public during emergency situations.

  • Maintains awareness and understanding of developments in methods, technology, equipment and other resources used in emergency management and physical plant security systems.

  • Analyzes proposed state and federal legislation of its impact on TMWA emergency and disaster management operations and makes recommendations on positions regarding proposed legislation and regulation.

  • Works with stakeholders to create and implement physical security and facility access standards, policies and procedures.

  • Writes detailed and complex reports.






Progressively responsible experience in emergency preparedness planning, response management and/or equivalent experience involving utility operations.

Demonstrated project management and leadership experience.

Other combinations of education/experience may be considered.


Education & Training


Equivalent to degree in engineering, management, emergency management, public administration or a closely related field (e.g., police, fire, military).


Must have working-level knowledge of the English language, including reading, writing and speaking English. Other languages would be beneficial.


Conditions of Continued Employment


ICS 100, 200, 300, 400 and IS700 & IS800 certificates preferred (or must be obtained within 12 months of appointment)


A valid driver’s license and the ability to meet TMWA Department of Motor Vehicle report criteria.




Knowledge of:


  • Planning, development, implementation and assessment of emergency and or operational plans and programs.

  • Water treatment and distribution system operations.

  • Principles and practices of emergency management, including emergency preparedness, emergency response, disaster recovery and hazard mitigation.

  • Technical competency in contemporary principles, protocols, and practices of emergency preparedness operations planning, response, and resource mobilization and coordination.

  • Incident command center approach to managing events

  • Law enforcement agency protocols and practices in communications.


Skill/Ability to:


  • Collaborate, communicate, and coordinate programs both internally and with other emergency management committees and councils and officials of other organizations

  • Communicate with high efficacy (oral and written).

  • Perform efficiently and effectively under emergency conditions

  • Provide effective leadership in a non-supervisory capacity

  • Use good judgment in making quick decisions under pressure

  • Analyze and resolve problems

  • Interpret, understand, and apply technical reports, statutes, rules, and regulations

  • Evaluate operational or emergency preparedness problems or situations, develop sound conclusions, and make effective decisions or recommendations.

  • Maintain cooperative and productive working relationship with staff, management, the general public and representative of other public and private agencies

  • Evaluate work priorities, procedures, and process to determine their effectiveness and efficiency.

  • Project management with the ability to take a project through concept, design, development, implementation and completion.

  • Organize, prioritize and handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines

  • Be punctual and reliable with respect to attendance

  • Computer literacy in Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, Power point and Outlook

  • Be mentally and physically alert during working hours.


TMWA is an equal employment opportunity employer who develops and maintains a work environment that values the dignity of each individual, utilizes human resources to their fullest potential and ensures a high quality workforce which reflects the diversity of the community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.

All decisions affecting any terms and conditions of employment, including recruitment, hiring, assignment, training, compensation, promotion, salary, disciplinary action and an employee’s caregiving responsibilities, will be made without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, membership in an employee association, or any other protected status or category.


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