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Published April 22, 2022

Position Details

Position Title: Disaster & Emergency Services (DES) Coordinator
County: Lewis & Clark County
Status: Regular, Full-time, Non-exempt
Pay: $30.50/hour – $34.09/hour
Closing Date: May 8, 2022

Position Description


Lewis and Clark County is currently recruiting for a Disaster & Emergency Services Coordinator! Hosting the Capital City, Lewis and Clark County is rich in historic heritage. Our growing community has a lot to offer in the way of outdoor recreation, art, and culture. If you’re interested in working with an experienced team, consider our DES Coordinator position.

Under general direction from the Director of Community Development & Planning, this position coordinates the disaster and emergency services program for Lewis and Clark County.

Required Qualifications

The below knowledge, skills, and abilities are acquired through a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Human Services, or closely related field and two (2) years’ experience working with grant management and disaster preparedness and response programs. A four (4) year degree in an Emergency Management or related field and management experience in an emergency response and disaster preparedness program is preferred.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Coordinates the disaster and emergency services program for Lewis and Clark County;
  • Establishes and maintains close and cooperative working relationships with elected officials, department and division heads within the County and City, as well as rural volunteer fire departments and works closely with other Federal, State and local officials, media outlets, and the general public;
  • Works with state and local agencies, private sector, and non-profit partners to develop policies and protocols for the community’s mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery programs;
  • Researches, completes, and administers grant applications for the Emergency Management
  • Performance Grant, Homeland Security, mitigation and other emergency management/services related grants;
  • Manages all financial and administrative tasks related to all awarded State and Federal disaster and emergency services grant projects;
  • Supports incident response as a member of the broader incident command system;
  • Oversees development, approval, and implementation of the community’s preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation plans;
  • Manages and maintains the County Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Maintains and trains volunteers on EOC staff and directs EOC staff during training, exercises, and actual incidents;
  • Coordinates with City/County Dispatch to carry out alert and warning protocols;
  • Assists in the creation of documents requesting adjustments to disaster related restrictions or declarations and special funding for emergency and disaster services;
  • Integrates and coordinates activities and programs with executive officials, emergency officials, local and district emergency offices;
  • Responds to public inquiries and media about disaster preparedness and response;
  • Speaks on radio, television and in person about disaster preparedness and ongoing County projects;
  • Writes press releases for the newspaper as needed;
  • Works with the schools in developing disaster plans, training teachers and informing students about disaster preparedness;
  • Develops, implements, and maintains written documentation required for continuity and contingency planning for Lewis and Clark County and other local jurisdictions;
  • Coordinates trainings and exercises for emergency response partners;
  • Provides classes for emergency response agencies;
  • Conducts disaster exercises for emergency responders;
  • Participates in meetings concerning disaster preparedness and response;
  • Contributes to budget development;
  • Monitors and reports on financial obligations and expenditures to ensure programs stay within the budget.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Knowledge Skills & Abilities

Examples of Knowledge

  • Applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations;
  • Lewis and Clark County policies and procedures;
  • Disaster and Emergency Services policies and procedures;
  • Principles and practices of emergency management;
  • General procedures of public safety and health response organizations;
  • Techniques for communicating with individuals of various socio-economic groups, sometimes in difficult circumstances;
  • Homeland Security grant programs and procedures;
  • Grants management and procurement policies;
  • Budgetary principles and practices.

Examples of Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to complete all requirements under the Emergency Management Performance Grants, including training courses offered through the Emergency Management Institute;
  • Research, data analysis and report preparation techniques;
  • Operate computer systems and related software, including word processing and spreadsheet programs;
  • Learn new technologies related to emergency response;
  • Effective oral and written communication;
  • Set priorities, coordinate multiple projects, and meet critical deadlines;
  • Use of sound, independent judgment within established guidelines, often in difficult or emergency situations;
  • Maintain accurate records and files;
  • Establish and maintain cooperative, effective relationships with citizens, staff, community partners, state agencies, and supervisor.

Special Requirements

Must be able to respond to emergency situations quickly and as needed.

Physical Demands

Work is performed in office and field settings where hazards and discomforts are generally controlled and modifiable. Position performs work in all types of weather and in conditions where dust, dirt, smoke, and debris are encountered. Personal protective gear may be required. This position must be able to stand, twist, stoop, reach, and push, pull, move and lift up to 50 pounds occasionally. Position requires frequent contact with fellow employees, citizens and representative of other public agencies.

Application Instructions

Applications for this position must be submitted through our career portal by the listed closing date at

The following items are required along with the on-line application:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter

Lewis & Clark County is an Equal Opportunity Employer