The Office of Emergency Management is looking for talented individuals to join the organization as Emergency Management Specialist. The El Paso Office of Emergency Management is a team that supports people and communities by providing experience, perspective, and resources in emergency management.



Education and Experience: A Bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, fire science or transportation, urban or regional planning or design or related field; or an Associate’s degree in business, public administration, fire science or transportation, urban or regional planning or design or related field and 2 years planning or emergency management experience.

Licenses and Certificates: Some positions may require a Texas Class “C” Driver’s License or equivalent from another state


Under general supervision, perform entry level planning work in support of Homeland Security Grant Programs, coordination of disaster response or crisis management activities and preparation of emergency management plans and procedures.


Assist in coordination of disaster response or crisis management activities, provide disaster preparedness training, and prepare draft emergency plans and procedures for natural (e.g., hurricanes, floods, earthquakes), wartime, or technological (e.g., nuclear power plant emergencies, hazardous materials spills) disasters or hostage situations. Involves: Research and maintain emergency management plans for the El Paso City/County region such as disaster recovery, communications, Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Activation Guide, and resource management. Coordinate and train volunteers in emergency preparedness activities.   Attend meetings, conferences, and workshops related to emergency management, and develop working relationships with emergency management partners and stakeholders. Assist with planning, developing, and conducting regional exercises. Assist other agencies in the development of their exercises. Evaluate and complete After Action Reports (AARs) for regional exercises and submit for state credit. Coordinate and participate in regional committees that relate to emergency management, such as Training and Exercise Plan (TEP), Critical Infrastructure and Key Resource Committee (CIKR), and Regional Emergency Management Meeting (REMM). Prepare and present training presentations to volunteers, community organizations, and stakeholders on emergency preparedness. Present training to stakeholders on regional plans, WebEOC, and EOC activation procedures.

Assist the public and other departments. Involves: Research information, memorandums of agreement, and other resources such as the Basic Plan to provide appropriate information. Read site plans. Interpret ordinance information, maps, site plans and answer questions.

Assist in the analysis and proposal of emergency response plans, programs and projects.   Involves: Gather and analyze data. Meet with emergency management stakeholders regarding regional response and disaster plans. Develop supporting materials for presentations. Assist in identifying significant issues. Prepare recommendations. Prepare maps, files, memorandums of agreement, design guidelines, create AARs, and various other planning documents. Prepare proposals for grant applications.

Represent the department and provide technical support, information and guidance on planning issues for the projects being funded by Homeland Security Grant Funding. May involve: Responding to requests for information on policies, plans and procedures.  Prepare comprehensive documents on planning issues, data analysis, special reports and recommendations. Attend board and committee meetings and other meetings in support of the department. Report progress of project to designated authority in a timely and regular manner.

Serve as designated lead worker, if assigned. Involves: Guide, monitor and train less knowledgeable employees. Schedule and assign work. Review and check work. Guide others in work processes. Recommend areas for employee skills improvement.  Provide input to employee performance evaluation process


  • Application of some knowledge of planning principles, practices and methods.
  • Application of some knowledge of data gathering, geographical information systems, and research methods and techniques.                                                                                               
  • Application of some knowledge of national, state, and regional homeland security laws, rules, regulations, grant programs, and protocols.                                                                          
  • Application of some knowledge of methods and procedures of industrial training and practices and procedures of conducting training needs assessment.
  • Application of good knowledge of development issues and concerns, neighborhoods, development process, land use law, zoning and subdivision regulations, transportation planning, land use economics and zoning administration techniques.
  • Application of good knowledge of urban design and site design principles and practices.
  • Conduct research, compile data, analyze findings, identify key issues and prepare professional recommendations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, officials, customer departments, contractors, regulatory agencies and the general public.
  • Clear, concise oral and written communication to prepare and present reports to management, boards and committees, citizen groups and private industry representatives.