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Emergency management directors typically need a bachelor’s degree, as well as multiple years of work experience in emergency response, disaster planning, or public administration.Education
Emergency management directors typically need a bachelor’s degree in business or public administration, accounting, finance, emergency management, or public health. Some directors working in the private sector in the area of business continuity management may need to have a degree in computer science, information systems administration, or another information technology (IT) field.
Some smaller municipalities or local governments may hire applicants who have just a high school diploma. However, these applicants usually need extensive work experience in emergency management if they are to be hired.Work Experience in a Related Occupation
Applicants typically need multiple years of work experience, often with the military, law enforcement, fire safety, or in another emergency management field, before they can be hired as an emergency management director. Previous work experience in these areas enables applicants to make difficult decisions in stressful and time-sensitive situations. Such experience also prepares one to work with various agencies to ensure that proper resources are used to respond to emergencies.
For more information, see the profiles on police and detectives, firefighters, police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers, and EMTs and paramedics.Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations
Some states require directors to obtain certification within a certain timeframe after being hired in the position.
Many agencies and states offer voluntary certificate programs to help emergency management directors obtain additional skills. Some employers may prefer or even require a Certified Emergency Manager® (CEM®), Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP), or equivalent designation. Emergency management directors can attain the CEM designation through the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM); the certification must be renewed every 5 years. The CBCP designation is given by the Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRI) and must be renewed every 2 years.
Both associations require applicants to complete a certain number of continuing education courses prior to recertification.Important Qualities
Communication skills. Emergency management directors must write out and communicate their emergency preparedness plans to all levels of government, as well as to the public.
Critical-thinking skills. Emergency management directors must anticipate hazards and problems that may arise from an emergency in order to respond effectively.
Decisionmaking skills. Emergency management directors must make timely decisions, often in stressful situations. They must also identify the strengths and weaknesses of all solutions and approaches, as well as the costs and benefits of each action.
Interpersonal skills. Emergency management directors must work with other government agencies, law enforcement and fire officials, and the general public to coordinate emergency responses.
Leadership skills. To ensure effective responses to emergencies, emergency management directors need to organize and train a variety of people.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Director, Global Emerging Markets||Citibank, N.A.||New York, NY||Sep 01, 2010||$250,000|
|Director, Fixed Income Emerging Markets||Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC||New York, NY||Apr 29, 2016||$220,000|
|Director, Emerging Markets||Barclays Capital Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 09, 2010||$220,000|
|Director, Emerging Markets Trading||Barclays Bank PLC||New York, NY||Dec 02, 2013||$210,000 -
|Director Emerging Technologies||Itron, Inc.||Concord, MA||Oct 01, 2011||$200,000|
|Director, Senior Emerging Markets Trader||Natixis North America LLC||New York, NY||Oct 25, 2010||$200,000|
|Director, Senior Emerging Markets Trader||Natixis North America, Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 11, 2010||$200,000|
|Director, Emerging Markets||Pacific Gas & Electric Company||San Francisco, CA||Jul 01, 2010||$180,000|
|Director, Emerging Products||Pacific Gas & Electric Company||San Francisco, CA||Jul 01, 2010||$180,000|
|Director, Emerging Markets Macro Trader||UBS Securities LLC||New York, NY||Mar 30, 2015||$160,000 -
|Director, Emerging Markets Trader||UBS Securities LLC||New York, NY||Mar 19, 2013||$160,000 -
|Director, Senior Structured Trader, Emerging Marke||UBS Securities LLC||Stamford, CT||Oct 02, 2013||$159,200 -
|Director, Emerging Products||Jive Software, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Oct 27, 2014||$154,107 -
|Director Emerging Solutions||DFS Services LLC||Riverwoods, IL||Dec 30, 2013||$148,283 -
|Director, Emerging Markets Loan Program||Solar Mosaic, Inc.||Oakland, CA||Sep 15, 2015||$130,000|
|Director, Emerging Markets||Acist Medical Systems, Inc.||Eden Prairie, MN||Nov 01, 2009||$126,500|
|Director Emergency & Trauma Services||Swedish Edmonds||Edmonds, WA||Feb 13, 2012||$125,000|
|Director of Emerging Technologies||Doyensys Inc.||Frisco, TX||Oct 21, 2015||$120,000|
|Director, Emerging Markets||Tishman Speyer Properties||New York, NY||Jun 21, 2010||$120,000|
|Director of Emerging Technologies||A2Z, Inc.||Columbia, MD||Jul 26, 2015||$112,200|
|Director of Emerging Markets||Biohealth, LLC||Miami, FL||May 15, 2012||$106,800|
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