Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Summary of Job Duties

Salary to be commensurate with experience.
 The hiring range for this position is $53,046 -  $63,651
 The salary range for this position is $53,046 -  $74,256
 All applications must include a Cover Letter and Resume.

 It is an exciting time to work for the City of Aurora!   We are looking for dedicated and collaborative individuals to strengthen our team of talented and valued employees. At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our excellence by modeling the CORE 4 Values of:  Integrity, Respect, Professionalism, and Customer Service, and we welcome all who share these values.  
Reporting directly to the Emergency Management Bureau Manager, the Emergency Management Specialist assists with the administration and direction of the City's emergency management program.  The planning, implementation and execution of the Emergency Management Specialist's responsibilities will be associated with the major focus disciplines of emergency management including:  Response, Preparedness, Mitigation and Recovery.
 Aurora Fire Rescue
The Vision of the Aurora Fire Rescue is to be a diverse full-service organization that embraces the community through compassionate response and risk reduction.  We respond to over 42,575 incidents (54,907 unit responses) yearly and strive to provide exceptional service to the community by well trained professionals.
 ***This posting is scheduled to close on March 1st 2021 at 12:00 noon, however is subject to close at any time without prior notice.  Thank you**



Primary duties and responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Create and update city wide emergency management related plans (ex: Emergency Operations Plan, Continuity of Operations Plan, Recovery Plan)
  • Assist with developing and conducting exercises to test and evaluate the readiness capabilities of all city departments and agencies to respond to and recover from all disasters
  • Coordinate the activities of city departments with private and public agencies in regard to emergency and disaster response
  • Supervise the functional and operational capability of the Emergency Operations Center
  • Create and maintain a training curriculum and facilitates trainings for the EOC
  • Learn and perform the duties of the EOC Coordinator and EOC Manager during incidents requiring multiple operational periods
  • Assist with coordinating emergency volunteer programs
  • Review all current federal, state, and municipal laws or regulations as they relate to City disaster operations
  • Lead emergency public education program teaching hazard awareness and disaster preparedness
  • Serve on various regional committees as an Aurora representative
  • Coordinate through the Bureau Manager and the City Public Information Officer to prepare public service announcements and media broadcasts
  • Work with the American Red Cross to develop and assist in shelter planning and acts as primary support to all shelter operations
  • Update and maintain the Emergency Preparedness section of
  • Assist with disaster preparedness planning for schools, community groups, faith based organizations and businesses upon request
  • Write, apply, report on and administer the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG), and performs additional duties as assigned
  • Work to identify creative projects aimed to continually improve the preparedness level of the city of Aurora, its employees and residents


An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that demonstrates required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered. 


  • Bachelor's Degree in public administration or directly related field.

  • At least 2 years increasingly responsible public safety or emergency management experience to include responsibilities for program development and training and education experience, volunteer coordination experience grant management experience, and/or experience in public speaking. 

  • Knowledge of the principles and procedures of emergency management planning and operations knowledge of the techniques of mass communication.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and citizens
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing 
  • Organize and prioritize work assignments; make presentations; and prepare reports and recommendations. 
  • Ability to read graphically presented materials. 
  • Responds as needed on a round-the-clock basis to the Emergency Operations Center or other designated location.

  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and analytical skills. 
  • Skill and knowledge in developing large scale exercises to test City disaster plans. 
  • Operate computer with related software.

Licenses, Certificates or Equipment Required:
  • FEMA certification in Professional Development series preferred. ICS 100, 200 300, 400, 700 and 800 preferred. Colorado Driver's License with a good driving record. 
  • This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment.


Essential Personnel:

  • When a local announcement of emergency or disaster is declared by the City, all City of Aurora employees may be required to work as essential personnel.

Physical Demands:
  •  Light to moderate physical work requiring ability to lift 50 pounds with or without assistance
  • Frequent walking and standing for training; some climbing, bending, stooping, and twisting
  •  Hand/eye coordination to use equipment and operate computer; foot/eye coordination to operate motor vehicle 
  • Vision to read and interpret written reports and documents; speech communication and
  • Hearing/listening to maintain communication with employees and citizens
Work Environment:
  • Works primarily in a clean comfortable environment and at emergency sites when needed.
For Veterans points:  Please show all of your employment history, including military service and related documentation (DD214) on the application.
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer.  We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants.  It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.
If you need assistance in completing this application, please feel free to contact our office at:  303-739-7225 or visit us at 15151 E Alameda Pkwy., Suite 3500, Aurora, CO 80012.

Equipment Used: Standard office equipment including personal computers with related software.

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