Job Opening – Director – Ashland County EMA

Director of Emergency Management Agency


  • Supervisory experience: 2 years (required)
  • Driver’s License (required)
  • Associate’s Degree or higher (preferred in related field)

Job Type: Full-time Benefits:

  • Dental insurance (offered, but paid in full by employee)
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Ohio Public Employees Retirement System pension plan
  • Company vehicle
  • 12 paid holidays
  • Starting pay range of $60,000.00 to $80,000.00


  • 8-hour shift, but is on-call 24 hours a day

Full Job Description

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Under administrative direction of the Board of Ashland County Commissioners, the EMA Director is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the Emergency Management programs for the jurisdiction as well as acting as the community’s representative on all Emergency Management matters.

QUALIFICATIONS: An example of acceptable qualifications: Possession of an Associate’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university; two (2) or more years of related supervisory work experience and/or training; or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities in the Emergency Management Agency field

LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Must possess a valid Ohio driver’s license and maintain insurability under the County’s vehicle insurance policy; must obtain and retain any additional licensure and certification established by the Ohio Emergency Management Agency pursuant to O.R.C. 5502.25 and O.A.C. 4501:3-5-01; must swear to oath required under ORC 5502.34.

EQUIPMENT OPERATED: The following are examples only and are not intended to be all inclusive: Personal computer, printers, fax machine, telephone, copier, and other standard business office equipment, motor vehicles, hand tools, power tools.

INHERENTLY HAZARDOUS OR PHYSICALLY DEMANDING WORKING CONDITIONS: The employee has exposure to chemical compounds found in an office environment (e.g., toner, correction fluid, etc.); works in the vicinity of floor or wall openings, elevated platforms, and/or runways; ascends and/or descends ladders, stairs, or scaffolds; works in an area in which the means of egress is or can be obstructed; works on and around powered platforms and/or vehicle mounted platforms (e.g., manlifts, etc.); is exposed to environmental conditions which may result in injury from fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, and/or poorly ventilated work areas; is exposed to possible injury from extremely noisy conditions above 85 db. (e.g., emergency vehicles, etc.); is exposed to possible injury from radiation; is exposed to possible injury from hazardous gases, chemicals, flammables, or air contaminants; is exposed to possible injury from hazardous waste; is exposed to possible injury due to unclean or unsanitary conditions; is exposed to possible injury as a result of electrical shock; is exposed to possible injury as a result of working with moving mechanical parts of equipment or machines (e.g., emergency equipment, etc.); is exposed to possible injury from explosions; is exposed to possible injury as a result of falling from high places; uses or works in proximity to the use of firearms; works in or around crowds; has contact with potentially violent or emotionally distraught persons; has exposure to potentially vicious animals; has exposure to life-threatening situations; has exposure to fire; has exposure to hot, cold, wet, humid, or windy weather conditions; has exposure to extreme non-weather related heat or cold; has exposure to hazardous driving conditions; has exposure to shaking objects or surfaces; has exposure to second-hand smoke; this is considered light work and the employee must demonstrate the ability to perform the physical demands required of the position in accordance with the U.S. Department of Labor’s physical demands strength ratings.

In cases of emergency, unpredictable situations, and/or department needs, may be required to lift, push, pull, and/or carry objects heavier than D.O.L. strength ratings recommend.



 (1) Determines county emergency management needs; administers program budgets; coordinates county disaster services and related activities; coordinates county programs with state and federal agencies; researches and analyzes local hazardous materials to evaluate risk; researches and analyzes available resources for use in emergencies; coordinates and maintains emergency planning resource manual for the county; maintains standard operating procedures/guidelines; identifies and secures potential disaster shelter facilities and resources; prepares information utilizing location of disaster shelter facilities and resources; maintains emergency operations center in a state of readiness; develops operation plan for emergency operations center; coordinates emergency plans for community centers; promotes and maintains disaster training program; operates specialized equipment; administers the cooperative agreement between FEMA/OEMA and Ashland County; prepares and maintains reports, including: Comprehensive Cooperative Agreement for FEMA & fiscal reports; serves on Local Emergency Planning Committee; updates Board of County Commissioners on status of county emergency; prepare and submit grants for the purpose of securing state or federal money, equipment, etc., to meet the municipalities emergency preparedness needs.

 (2) Offers and conducts ongoing training to personnel and volunteers; participates in NIMS training; stays up to date on NIMSCAST; provides public information on preparedness and awareness for County citizens and first responders; collaborates with and oversees various groups and programs (e.g., Ohio Special Response Team, Medical Reserve Corp., Retired Senior Volunteer Program, C-Corp Citizen Corps Volunteers, etc.); works with various agencies and organizations (e.g., Ohio Emergency Management Agency, Emergency Management Association of Ohio, FEMA, local media, etc.).

 (3) Informs citizens of emergency services, mission and responsibilities; speaks to community groups and makes presentations; works cooperatively with community groups, businesses and industry; responds to citizen concerns and resolves complaints; gives media information and news releases as needed or directed.

 (4) Manages and supervises all assigned employees (e.g., schedules and assigns tasks; interviews job applicants; recommends the hiring of job applicants; ensures employees receive development training; monitors work and ensures work is completed in a timely manner; reviews employee timesheets and requests for leave time; recommends discipline; evaluates performance); supervises volunteers and other personnel in the event of a natural or manmade disaster

 (5) Assigns house numbers when requested from the public; assists other county agencies when needed; assists neighboring counties when needed

MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE CHARACTERISTICS: (*indicates developed after employment)

Knowledge of: modern computer skills and computer applications (e.g., Microsoft Office, etc.); *County, Department, and Division goals and objectives; *County, Department, and Division policies and procedures; *personnel rules and regulations; state and federal regulations; customer service; office practice and procedures; public relations; math; budgeting.

Skill in: computer operation; use of modern office equipment; organization; motor vehicle operation.

Ability to: carry out instructions in written, oral, or picture form; deal with many variables and determine specific action; define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; read, copy, and record figures accurately; develop and maintain effective working relationships; think critically; be self-motivated; interpret a variety of instructions in written, oral, picture, or schedule form; maintain accurate records; exercise independent judgment and discretion; communicate effectively; maintain confidentiality; resolve complaints from public; handle sensitive inquiries from and contacts with officials and general public; add, subtract, multiply, and divide; calculate fractions, decimals and percentages; prepare routine correspondence; prepare accurate documentation; compile and prepare reports; travel to and gain access to work site.


Winter Conference Call for Proposals

Winter Conference Call for Proposals

You are invited to submit a proposal to share your experience and expertise with your colleagues at the 2022 EMAO Winter Conference. Others will benefit from your experience while you make a valuable contribution to the profession’s field of knowledge. If you have used funding or organizations to work on strategies or projects, we are particularly interested in your expertise.

Call for Presentations must be POST MARKED no later than June 17, 2022. You can find the presentation application here.

Part-Time Emergency Management Specialist for Shelby County

Job Announcement
Emergency Management Specialist (PT)

Shelby County has an opening for a Part-Time Emergency Management Specialist with the Shelby County Emergency Management Agency. Under the direction of the EMA Director/ Executive Committee, the specialist will assist the EMA director with administering the county emergency management and the county safety program; by means of prevention, preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery capabilities through regional and local coordination and public safety planning for the occurrence of natural and man-made (all-hazards) emergencies and disasters.

Applicant must have received a high school diploma, plus twelve months of training and/or experience in Emergency Management planning and civil defense preparedness. In addition, the successful candidate must meet all job safety requirements and be subject to drug and alcohol testing based on reasonable suspicion. Compensation will be dependent upon experience.

All interested applicants may pick up an employment application at the Shelby County Commissioners Office, Shelby County Annex, Suite 100, Sidney, Ohio, 45365, between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM on Friday or online at Questions may be directed to 937-492-5635. A completed application and resume must be submitted to or dropped off at Shelby County Annex by 4:00 PM Monday, November 14, 2022.

EMAO 2022 Winter Conference and Vendor Show

2022 EMAO Winter Conference and Vendor Show
Salt Fork Lodge and Conference Center
December 8th and 9th 

Due to the popularity of the EMAO Winter Conference, we had to move to a bigger venue to accommodate all our members.  We hope that you will plan on joining us at Salt Fork Lodge and Conference Center, which is another one of Ohio’s State Parks located in Lore City, outside of Cambridge, Ohio.  

Not only has our venue expanded, but we are excited to be able to get back together with our EMAO Vendors.  This will be the first EMAO Conference and Vendor Shows since 2019 and we are certain that this will be one of the best!

Although the venue is larger, we are still planning on selling out of rooms, so we want to encourage everyone to register as soon as possible!

Please check the events page for links to registration forms and the draft agenda.

Job Opportunity with Lucas County EMA

Lucas County EMA is hiring a GIS Planner/Operations Officer. Responsibilities include but are not limited to development and maintenance of emergency and disaster planning, grants management, facilitation of the Emergency Operations Center, develops and maintains Emergency Services’ GIS databases, gather geographic data. Produce accurate and legible decision-making maps, databases, dashboards and other spatial analysis. Responsibilities may also include assisting in updating, monitoring, and maintaining the 9-1-1 emergency telephone related system files. The GIS Planner will assist in all functions necessary to mitigate against, plan and prepare for, respond to, continue operations during and recover from all emergencies or disasters. Click here for more details.

Programs for Storm Relief from the State Treasurer’s Office


The destruction and damage caused by recent severe weather impacted many Ohioans. The Ohio Treasurer’s office administers two economic development programs that may be beneficial to impacted individuals or entities when insurance coverage or relief funds do not cover the full cost of repairs or replacement of property, equipment, or vehicles, or if those impacted did not have insurance coverage for the damage incurred.

ReEnergize Ohio and ECO-Link offer interest rate reduction on loans for damage from natural disasters for any Ohioan with a small business or a primary residence located in Ohio. The bank loan application must be submitted in conjunction with a participating Ohio depositary bank. The borrower and the bank loan officer complete the application online. Please contact the Ohio Treasurer’s Department of Economic Development at 614-466-6546 or 1-800-228-1102 for assistance finding a participating bank in your area.

ReEnergize Ohio (previously Renew Ohio) assists small business owners and farm operators who require loans to repair or replace their property. The ReEnergize Ohio linked-deposit program can work with SBA loans as well.

  • For construction loans, provides up to a 3% interest rate reduction on individual or commercial loans for up to four (4) years. The rate reduction is available on loans up to $550,000, with possible cap variance on a case by case basis.
  • For restoration loans, provides up to 3% interest rate reduction on loans up to four (4) years. The rate reduction is available on loans up to $550,000.
  • The online application consists of two brief forms – one from the applicant and one from the lender. Contractor estimates for a business construction project must be attached and must total greater than or equal to the full amount of the loan.

ECO-Link (previously Rebuild Ohio) assists homeowners with financing the restoration or replacement of their primary residence through the use of construction or restoration loans.

  • For construction loans, provides up to a 3% interest rate reduction on loans for up to two (2) years. The rate reduction is available on loans up to $400,000.
  • For restoration loans, provides up to a 3% interest rate reduction on loans for up to seven (7) years. The rate reduction is available on loans up to $50,000.
  • The online application consists of two brief forms – one from the applicant and one from the lender. Contractor estimates for the projects must be attached and total greater than or equal to the full amount of the loan.

More information about ReEnergize Ohio and ECO-Link can be found at If you have any further questions, please contact the Ohio Treasurer’s Department of Economic Development at 614-466-6546 or 1-800-228-1102.