City of Aurora

The City of Aurora is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Specialist with a focus on resiliency in Division of Emergency Management Services within the Fire Department.

Under general supervision of the Emergency Management Coordinator or designee, The EMA Specialist independently performs highly specialized and operational work developing, coordinating, and implementing resiliency (recovery and mitigation) plans, programs, and systems for enhancing and improving the City emergency management program. The EMA Specialist Serves as a subject matter expert on resiliency plans and programs for the City emergency management program. The EMA Specialist will develop, implement, manage, and review resiliency programs, plans, and standard operating procedures including Hazard Mitigation Plan, Continuity of Operations and Government Plan, and Recovery Plan.

Additional duties of this position include but are not limited to: Analyze and compile data and information, through development of the Illinois Capability and THIRA tool, individual research, and/or surveying techniques; Review and interpret emergency management laws, regulations, and policies and proposes alterations to City program; Prepare detailed reports and summaries; Coordinate with City departments, public, private, and non-governmental organizations in the development and delivery of resiliency plans and planning schedules and programs to incorporate whole community engagement; Assist with development of plans, coordination of the planning cycle, and identification of opportunities to engage the whole community; Assist with management of cost recovery program; Serve as a member of county Hazard Mitigation Planning Committees supporting development, implementation, and maintenance of plans; Oversee volunteer divisions and activities; Other related duties as assigned.

The position requires an Associate’s Degree in Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Fire Service, or a related field. Three (3) years in the emergency management field or related experience is required. Experience may include related unpaid experience not limited to volunteer work done through local, regional, or national service programs.

Required training and certifications: Certified Floodplain Manager or must obtain within two (2) years of hire. Business Continuity Certification or must obtain within two (2) years of hire. Illinois Professional Development Series Certification or must obtain within three (3) years of hire; Illinois Professional Emergency Manager preferred. Incident Command System 300 and 400 or must be able to obtain within two (2) years of hire.

Must successfully pass pre-hire requirements including but not limited to a physical, drug screen, and background check.

This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Starting hourly wage is $30.02/hr, depending on qualifications and experience. Must be available for 24 hour on-call response to perform emergency management duties and be able to travel to meetings and attend trainings that may require overnight stays or be outside of normal business hours.

Non-Exempt Benefits:

The City of Aurora offers a comprehensive benefits package for full-time and eligible part-time employees in accordance with the City’s Non-Exempt Pay Plan:

– Annual pay increases
– Health, dental, vision, and life insurances
– Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
– Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF)
– Paid vacations, holidays, floating holidays, and sick leave
– Gym membership reimbursement
– Interpreters Stipend
– Tuition Reimbursement
– May be eligible for Federal Student Loan Forgiveness Program (if requirements are met)

Applications should be submitted online by April 10, 2024. To learn more about the City of Aurora, IL, visit

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