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City of Tacoma WA Assistant Emergency Manager (Emergency Management Analyst) in Tacoma, Washington

Assistant Emergency Manager (Emergency Management Analyst)


$90,376.00 - $127,233.60 Annually


Tacoma, WA

Job Type


Remote Employment


Job Number



Management Services

Opening Date


Closing Date

6/6/2023 5:00 PM Pacific

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Position Description

Tacoma Public Utilities (TPU) is seeking an experienced and eager Assistant Emergency Manager to join the Tacoma Public Utilities (TPU) Emergency Management (EM) team. This position will be part of an energetic and enthusiastic team and will support the development of emergency response processes and agency readiness across TPU’s divisions. The ideal candidate will have documented experience in emergency management, programmatic management, and leadership and communications skills.

Under the direction of the TPU Emergency Manager, this position will collaborate with other TPU division and City Emergency Managers, and will develop and manage a comprehensive disaster management program, which includes disaster planning.

Examples of essential functions performed include:

Assignments are broad in scope and allow for a high degree of personal discretion in their execution

  • Provides administrative and technical expertise and coordination to prepare TPU to be able to successfully handle all disasters; recommends adoption of and implements program policies and procedures, work objectives, goals, disaster organization structure, standard operating procedures, disaster program documents, response and mitigation, and coordinates and provides training.

  • Responds to emergency incidents at TPU and supports stakeholders as a liaison on an on-call basis

  • Attends emergency management training and conferences to keep current on trends and developments in the field of disaster and emergency management

  • Develops, coordinates, reviews, and updates emergency response plans

  • Develops reports related to assigned activities and services

  • Coordinate, develop, lead, and/or assist TPU Emergency Managers with related Training/Education/Exercises in all aspects

  • Participate in Exercises (includes: T&D Power Outage Response, UTS Cybersecurity, Generation Dam Safety, TPU, COT, Pierce County, other city, county, State, DOE, and Homeland Security exercises) and support the After Action Reporting

  • Support TPU’s Corrective Action Plan/Program

  • Serve as the backup TPU Emergency Management liaison with outside agencies or tribes as assigned and support TPU Emergency Managers

  • Serve as the primary backup TPU Emergency Manager in all aspects

  • Actively participate, support, and lead, as appropriate during incidents or disasters

  • Be proficient in the Incident Command Structure (ICS); develop Situation Reports, create and update job aids and role books.


Minimum Education*

Bachelor's degree in emergency management, homeland security, business or public administration or directly related field

Minimum Experience*

2 years of experience in emergency management

*Equivalency: 1 year of experience = 1 year of education

Licensing, Certifications and Other Requirements

FEMA Incident Command System 100, 200, 300, 400, 700 & 800 Training

Washington State Driver's License

Desired Qualifications:

  • Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Certification (must be completed within 1 year of employment)

  • FEMA Master Exercise Practitioner Certification

  • FEMA Basic Academy Certification

  • FEMA Professional Development Series (IS: 120, 230, 235, 240, 241, 242, 244)

  • FEMA Continuity Excellence Series

Knowledge & Skills

  • Knowledge of

  • Theory, principles, practices, techniques, technology, and systems in the field of emergency management (planning, training, exercising, evaluation, continuous improvement,

  • Project and/or program management, analytical processes, and report preparation techniques

  • Organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis, evaluation, developments, and implementation of programs, policies, and procedures

  • Research and reporting methods, techniques, and procedures

  • Record keeping principles and procedures

  • Practices of researching program issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations and preparing and presenting effective reports

  • Modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment and applications related to the work

  • Ability to

  • Plan and coordinate with professional and technical teams

  • Define issues, analyze problems, evaluate alternatives and develop sound, independent conclusions and recommendations

  • Design, conduct and evaluate emergency operations exercises

  • Analyze, interpret, summarize and present administrative and technical information and data in an effective manner

  • Interpret, apply, explain and ensure compliance with Federal, State, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations

  • Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, policies, procedures and other written materials and effective presentations related to area of assignment.

  • Organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in and effective and timely manner; organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.

  • Develop and maintain strong and effective working relationships with stakeholders

  • Ability to utilize Smartsheet

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

This recruitment is being managed by Joanna Hambrick, if you would like to be notified of similar opportunities or stay connected with things going on at Tacoma Public Utilities and the City of Tacoma, connect with me on LinkedIn ( !

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play .

The City of Tacoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its workplace. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, and local laws.

Tacoma Public Utilities

Tacoma Power ( is an almost 100% hydroelectric, municipally-owned public power utility, located in Tacoma. We serve approximately 170,000 customers as one of the three operating divisions of Tacoma Public Utilities, alongside Tacoma Water and Tacoma Rail. As one of the most livable, walkable cities in the country, you'll find that Tacoma is a great fit for all interests with places to bike, run, hike, and explore, the perks of a big city, and the charm of a small town.

Tacoma Water has a proud tradition of operating and maintaining one of the country's oldest municipally owned water systems. We provide high-quality water at very competitive prices. We provide direct service to more than 300,000 people throughout Pierce and King counties. Our mission is to provide clean, reliable water now and in the future. Tacoma Water is the second largest water utility in Washington State, with a service area that spans 117 square miles and an abundant and reliable water supply.

Tacoma Rail ( has provided rail transportation as a public entity since 1914. With 16 locomotives, more than 100 employees and about 140 miles of track, Tacoma Rail provides key freight connections for customers in the greater Tacoma Washington area, handling in excess of 100,000 freight shipments per year ( . One of Tacoma Rail's keys to success is providing a safe work environment for our employees. We believe that our employees are our most valuable asset and that every accident or injury is preventable. We promote a culture that makes safety our highest priority. (


Interested individuals should apply online and attach a detailed resume and cover letter that includes job experience, major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received for interview consideration.

Reference checks will be conducted on final candidates and appointment is subject to passing a background check.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:

We primarily communicate via e-mail during the application process. E-mails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk e-mail folders.

If you have any additional questions regarding this position, please contact the Human Resources Department at 253.591.5400 before 4pm on the closing date of this posting.

The City of Tacoma provides excellent medical, dental and vision plans for the whole family; paid holidays and paid leave; participation in the Tacoma Public Employees' Retirement System (alternate plan for Police/Fire); continuing education and advancement opportunities and a growing variety of City-sponsored health and wellness opportunities and incentives.

Medical Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Dental Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Vision Coverage: For eligible employees and their eligible dependents.

Paid Leave: City employees are entitled to received paid holidays, sick/vacation leave or personal time off (PTO), depending upon union affiliation and appointment type.

Insurance Plans: Employees are covered by a long-term disability plan. Short-term and expanded long-term disability insurance plans are also available to employees. The State Industrial Insurance Act also covers employees.

Deferred Compensation: Income can be set aside on a pretax basis and invested for supplementation of normal retirement income.

Retirement: All employees of the City, except members of the Police and Fire services, Tacoma Rail and certain project employees, are included in the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System. Information on the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System can be found at or by calling (253) 502-8200.

Other Employment Information

Direct Deposit: Employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule by direct deposit.

Salary Increases: Based on satisfactory job performance, the City provides for a regular progression of salary increases for most classifications according to the salary schedule.

Union Affiliation: Many job classifications are covered by union security provisions which require union membership, dues, or payment of equivalent service fees.

Note: The provisions of this job announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained herein may be modified and/or revoked without notice.


Do you have an equivalent combination to a bachelor's degree in emergency management, homeland security, business or public administration, or a directly related field AND 2 years of experience in emergency management? (Please note education and experience can be substituted on a year for year basis).

  • Yes

  • No


    Please select the FEMA ICS trainings that you have completed? (Check all that apply)

  • 100

  • 200

  • 300

  • 400

  • 700

  • 800

  • NA


    One of the City's Principles that guides us is Equity. Describe what equity means to you and describe any experience you have working with diverse groups of people.


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