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Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority – Los Angeles County, CA

Basic Function

Managing resources before, during, and after a major emergency or disaster and oversees the daily operations of the Metro Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to ensure continues state of readiness.

Example Of Duties

  • Oversees and manages assigned staff in the disciplines of information dissemination, and administration related to the function of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Management
  • Develops and maintains effective communication linkages with state, county, and city homeland security units such as the State Office of Homeland Security, DOTs Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Los Angeles Sheriffs Departments (LASD), and American Public Transit Association (APTA)
  • Ensures agency compliance with applicable federal, state, and local codes and regulations impacting emergency and homeland security preparedness Plans, prepares, implements, and updates Agency Emergency and Homeland Security Preparedness Plan(s)
  • Identifies programs, work processes, procedures, and activities to enhance agency readiness for incidents, emergencies, and disasters
  • Coordinates with Metro operating entities in the planning and completion of emergency response drills, and preparation and periodic updates of Site Emergency Action Plans or other program documentation
  • Serves as liaison with outside agencies to include the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Services to improve interagency coordination for emergency and homeland security preparedness
  • Coordinates, develops, and implements, and updates agency Continuity of Operations Plan(s); oversees the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS) training and compliance to applicable standards and regulations
  • Pursues, develops, and maintains Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Management communications with first responders and transportation agencies at the international level
  • Advises and makes recommendations to the DEO, Systems Safety & Security & Chief Executive Officer on Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Management and related environmental matters
  • Works closely with law enforcement, security and emergency response, and transportation partners to cost-effectively enhance Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness awareness as well as mitigation/preparedness of any and all terrorist actions
  • Creates maps or visualization output focused on critical transportation infrastructure and natural disasters utilizing Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Works with Metros grant-writing staff to capture both short term and long term critical needs for the agency that encompass: threat prevention; homeland security; emergency response; communications; specialized equipment; specialized training; special pilot projects that may be either unique to our regional operations or mutually-beneficial to other transportation and first responder relationships throughout our region and/or the United States
  • Pursues funding `partnerships with other transit and first responder agencies
  • Prepares emergency status reports that describe response and recovery efforts, needs, and preliminary damage assessments
  • Pursues and oversees `emergency preparedness training program opportunities and seminars that may be available to our agency from National Training Institute (NTI), Transportation Safety Institute (TSI), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Emergency Management Institute (EMI), and other sources that will lessen our agencys vulnerabilities, and enhance team-building, coordination, and communications among Metro, other agencies Provides leadership and work direction to staff
  • Communicates and implements safety rules, policies, and procedures in support of the agency s safety vision and goals; and maintains accountability for the safety performance of all subordinate employees
  • Contributes to ensuring that the EEO policies and programs of Metro are carried out

Requirements For Employment

  • Bachelors degree in Emergency Management, Business Administration, Public Administration, or a relevant technical or disaster planning degree
  • Three years supervisory level experience administering emergency management related programs
  • Valid Class C driver license
Preferred Qualifications
Preferred Qualifications (PQ s) are used to identify relevant knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA s) as determined by business necessity. These criteria are considered preferred qualifications and are not intended to serve as minimum requirements for the position. PQ s will help support selection decisions throughout the recruitment. In addition, applicants who possess these PQ s will not automatically be selected.

  • Experience utilizing the National Incident Management System and Incident Command System
  • Desired certifications: California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI) Emergency Management Specialist Certification or International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) or Associated Emergency Manager (AEM) is desired
  • Experience developing and conducting HSEEP (Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program) compliant exercises
  • Masters degree in a related discipline desired
  • Experience preparing and writing detailed emergency plans
  • Experience building consensus within diverse groups of stakeholders
  • Experience facilitating Emergency Management Response and Terrorism training
  • Experience overseeing small teams in high pressure work environments
  • FEMA ICS training (or equivalent) in IS 100, IS 200, IS 700, and IS 800 desired
Special Conditions

  • Exposure to weather, physical, mechanical, electrical, and chemical hazards
  • On-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergency response
  • May be required to report to work during non-regular business hours for special events and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) response, recovery and business continuity operations and activities


  • Theories, principles and practices of first responder procedures, applicable laws and regulations, and security measures
  • Applicable local, state, and federal laws, codes, and regulations governing homeland security preparedness and emergency preparedness
  • State and National policy on emergency management applications
  • Law enforcement and emergency agencies
  • GIS (i.e. mapping, AutoCAD, engineering, modeling) specific to the emergency incident management
  • Training principles and techniques and methods for evaluation
  • Modern management theory to include Project Management


  • Effectively plan and organize homeland security and emergency preparedness response programs
  • Reason through complex emergency management issues, problem solve, & troubleshoot
  • Compile, analyze and interpret complex data
  • Exercise sound judgment in emergency situations
  • Represent Metro before elected officials and the public
  • Manage time and staff effectively
  • Read, write, speak, and understand English

Selection Procedure

Applicants who best meet job-related qualifications will be invited to participate in the examination process that may consist of any combination of written, performance, or oral appraisal to further evaluate job-related experience, knowledge, skills and abilities.

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