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Chief Development Officer

Recruitment #20-005482-0014



Our mission is to proactively reduce disaster risks and reliably manage consequences through collaborative work with Maryland's communities and partners. 

NOTE: Position will be required to work in an emergency/disaster capacity according to assignment within the State Emergency Operations Structure (SEOC) and according to the Consequence Management Operations Plan (CMOP). This may involve working 12 hour shifts extended periods of time in support of 24 hour consequence management activities.  

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the agency of State Government with primary responsibility and authority for emergency preparedness policy, and for coordinating hazard mitigation, incident response, and disaster recovery.  MEMA works to ensure that all Marylanders engage in preparedness activities and that the entire state is more disaster resilient. 


This is a Management Service position, and serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority.




5401 Rue St Lo Drive, Reisterstown, MD 21136

Main Purpose of Job

NOTE: This position operates within an on-call rotating schedule according to assignment within the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) to attend to emergencies on a statewide 24/7 basis. The position also acts as a member of the Agency’s Senior Leadership group and attends to Director on Call (DoC) roles and responsibilities.

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the agency of State government with primary responsibility and authority for emergency preparedness policy, and for coordinating hazard mitigation, incident response, and disaster recovery. MEMA is a national leader in Emergency Management that provides Maryland residents, organizations, and emergency management partners with expert information, programmatic activities, and leadership in the delivery of financial, technical and physical resources “To shape a resilient Maryland where communities thrive.” We do this by being Maryland's designated source of official risk reduction and consequence management information.

This position reports to the Deputy Executive Director and requires strong verbal and written communication and presentation skills including; understanding the audience, having strong political acumen, and being comfortable speaking and presenting to various audiences including high level executives.

This position has responsibility for mission development and execution of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency. This includes assessment of and improvements to the Agency during and following the COVID-19 response. This position ensures Agency quality assurance and that both internal and external deliverables and requirements are met. Activities include developing Agency protocols and policy and as they relate to improving the Maryland Emergency Management System and the functions of MEMA. This position facilitates the completion of the Agency’s strategic plan and ensuring adherence to requirements in the plan and the Agency vision A particular focus will be to drive initiatives within the agency that force innovation and collaboration throughout the emergency management community in Maryland and focus on reducing and eliminating risk through evidenced based, data driven decisions while collaborating on initiatives that improve consequence management capabilities. This position will lead projects that ensure the Agency meets emergency management standards and identifies new avenues for promoting emergency management in Maryland.

In order to fulfill these responsibilities, this position requires the ability to think and plan strategically; communication effectively; write clearly and concisely; lead, manage, and coach diverse teams; provide superior customer service; have strong political acumen; create clear accountability standards; lead with honesty, integrity , and respect; and make critical decisions.


Duties of this position include, but are not limited to:
  • Oversee the development and execution of the Agency’s development strategy and organization
  • Establishes Agency and Maryland Emergency Management System goals, objectives, standards, controls, and deliverables to meet quantitative and qualitative expectations of the agency
  • Conducts threat and hazard identification assessments and implements programs to reduce risk and improve capabilities
  • Serve in a leadership role in the state's COVID-19 multiagency coordination system
  • Support the Agency’s statewide activities
  • Support Maryland’s strategic goals and objectives for homeland security
  • Support and participate in overall Agency initiatives and programs
  • Emergency and disaster response and recovery operations as needed and/or assigned by Agency Executive Director, Deputy Executive Director, Directors, or Consequence Management Personnel
  • Serve as a MEMA Director on Call on a rotating basis


Education: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Six years of experience in administrative staff or professional work. Two years of this experience must have involved one or more of the following: the supervision of other employees, overseeing and coordinating the general operations of a unit, applying rules and regulations, or exercising responsibility for the development of policies or procedures.


1. Additional experience in administrative staff or professional work may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. Additional graduate level education at an accredited college or university may be substituted at the rate of 30 semester credit hours on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer involving staff work related to the administration of rules, regulations, policy, procedures and processes, or overseeing or coordinating unit operations or functioning as a staff assistant to a higher ranking commissioned officer on a year-for-year basis for the required education and experience.


Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.

  • A Bachelor's and/or Masters Degree from an accredited college or university in Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Risk Management, Planning, Political Science, Public Administration or a related field
  • Experience developing organizational or program strategy
  • Experience developing policy and working with policymakers, executives, or legislators
  • Experience monitoring quality assurance and ensuring projects and programs reflect strategic priorities
  • Experience working in an emergency operations center or disaster setting


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be  placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.


The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.


Specific educational and experience requirements are set by the agency based on the essential job functions assigned to the position.



To submit your qualifying documents; the preferred method is to upload them using the "other" tab on the online application.  You may need to disable your browser's pop-up blocker to be able to upload documents.  We will not consider information submitted after the closing date of this announcement.

For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must be provided prior to hire.

Please do not attach resumes.

Online applications are STRONGLY recommended; if you do not have internet access, please mail your application by the closing date to:


ATTN: Kristi Metzger

5401 Rue Saint Lo Drive

Reisterstown, MD 21136

For more information, please call 410-517-3615.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

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