Emergency Management Officer

Requisition Number:  2087
Location:  Transtar - 6922 Old Katy Rd., Houston, TX, 77002

Houston, TX, US

Category:  Administration
Pay Rate:  0.00
Basic Function

Responsible for the development, implementation, and maintenance of an Authority wide, comprehensive, all hazards emergency management program to prepare for, respond to, and recover from an emergency or disaster.  Directs actions related to emergency planning, response, and recovery efforts for the Authority and coordinates with local, state, and federal authorities and organizations to provide and receive resources support as required.  Performs duties in a safe, efficient manner and in compliance with all applicable rules and safety procedures.

Responsibilities and Specific Duties
  • Develop and maintain effective communication linkages with the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Transit Security Administration (TSA), the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HC OHSEM), City of Houston’s Office of Emergency Management (COH OEM), the American Public Transit Association (APTA), the Emergency Management Association of Texas (EMAT), and the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM).
  • Develop and maintain relations with local, regional, state, and federal emergency management organizations. 
  • Develop and maintain relationships with local fire, law enforcement, EMS providers and local Houston TranStar partners.
  • Ensure agency compliance with applicable local ordinances, state laws, and federal codes and regulations impacting emergency preparedness, response, and recovery efforts.
  • Maintain, implement, and update METRO’s Emergency Management Plan and Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP).
  • Identifies programs, work processes, procedures, and activities to enhance agency readiness for incidents, emergencies, and disasters.
  • Implement METRO’s use of a NIMS compliant Incident Command System, inclusive of identifying internal division management roles within the systems use, as well as maintenance of internal database and the management of the third-party software provider.
  • Coordinate with internal and external partners for the planning and execution of emergency response drills to test METRO’s Emergency Management and Continuity of Operations plans and meet other program requirements. Facilitates and documents after action reviews.
  • Ensure readiness and coordinate enhancements for and maintenance of METRO’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Houston TranStar; activates and serves as controller of METRO’s EOC. Coordinates National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) training and compliance to applicable standards and regulations. Identifies emergency response training needs, develops training curriculum, and conducts training for affected personnel. 
  • Support METRO’s planning, managing and participation in large events of regional significance (i.e. NCAA Final Four, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo) 
  • Advise and make recommendations to the Chief Operating and Chief Safety Officers and other executive management regarding emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. 
  • Work closely with law enforcement, emergency response, and transportation agencies to cost-effectively mitigate and prepare for homeland security related threats. Serves as the Authority representative to the Houston UASI committees.  
  • Represent the Authority by attending and participating in regional or other meetings and/or conferences involving subjects relevant to homeland security and emergency management.
  • Pursue funding and partnerships with other transit and first responder agencies. 
  • Assist Risk Management in administering the process for submitting federal, state, and local reimbursement claims for METRO’s costs to prepare for, execute, and re-establish normal operations after emergency incidents and/or disasters. 
  • Participate in internal and external audits related to public safety and emergency preparedness/response.
  • Promotes safety awareness and follows safety procedures to reduce or eliminate accidents. 
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.
Education Requirement

Bachelor’s degree in planning, public administration, public safety, or related field preferred.

Years & Experience Required

Minimum eight (8) years of professional safety experience in the Public Safety arena; Emergency Management experience required.  Experience to include a minimum of two (2) years in a supervisory/management position.  Experience in budget control and planning.  Successful completion of ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 800.

Knowledge & Skills Required

Current working knowledge of local, state and federal emergency management activities, programs and requirements.  Excellent verbal and written skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with all levels within the organization and with third party contractors.  Certification in the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) or Texas Emergency Manger (TEM) are preferred. Excellent PC skills and related software. 

Additional Information

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas has a zero tolerance drug and alcohol policy for all employees. All internal and external applicants will be required to undergo drug testing before employment and will be subject to further drug and/or alcohol testing throughout their employment.

Further, employees who perform safety-sensitive functions will submit to drug and/or alcohol testing in accordance to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulatory requirements.

We provide equal opportunity to all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, veteran status, genetic information or disability.

Nearest Major Market: Houston