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Position Title: Coordinator - Emergency Medical Services

Salary: $56,160 per year

How to Apply:

Applications are submitted online until the position is filled and/or the posting is closed. After reviewing this job announcement, please click on the link at the bottom of the page to apply online. A resume is required with the application. Further instructions on submission of documents are available in the online application. A resume may not be substituted for an application.

Minimum Requirements:

A Bachelor’s degree in Public Safety, Public Administration, Emergency Management, Health Services Administration or a related degree, or some post-secondary education with an equivalent amount of training and experience in emergency services; AND ten (10) years program management experience in technical elements of emergency medical services; security, response planning, response team training, and incident management. Applicants also required to have Pa Department of Health (Pa. DoH) Certification as Paramedic or higher. Nationally Certified (Pro-Board/IFSAC) as a Fire Instructor I (or Pa. DoH Instructor), and Rescue Technician Core Competencies and Vehicle & Machinery I.

 Must be able to wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including respiratory protection to perform duties in hostile environmental conditions at the scene of a hazardous environment.  

Applicants who meet the above requirement and who have demonstrated program management experience in the areas of environmental, health, safety, security, and emergency response are preferred.

It is the policy of Allegheny County that in order to receive a final offer of employment, candidates must successfully pass a background check, which includes verification of Allegheny County Real Estate Tax status, and drug/medical examinations as required for the position.

It is the policy of Allegheny County that in order to receive a final offer of employment, candidates for positions within the executive branch must provide proof of a Covid-19 vaccination. The prospective employee will need to be fully vaccinated or have at least one shot of a two-shot series before beginning work. Any employee who does not receive and provide proof of the second shot within 30 days will have their probationary employment terminated. Allegheny County will allow for medical and religious exemptions from the requirements in accordance with state and federal law.


Position Summary:

The Coordinator - Emergency Medical Services (EMS) reports directly to the Manager-Emergency Management Division and is responsible for coordinating the day to day EMS operations with the Emergency Services Department. Additionally, this emergency management position responsible for coordinating field response for EMS, and training activities to support both Field and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) operations, and planned events. The Coordinator of EMS also plans, coordinates and promotes the EMS system within the county and works with the County EMS Council, and EMS Service Chiefs.

  • Coordinates the daily activities of EMS with the Department of Emergency Services.
  • Provides support to the Manager-Emergency Management.
  • Provides support to all full time, part time, contract, and volunteer positions that have assignments in the EMS or Health and Medical (ESF 8) positions of the Emergency Operations Center.
  • Represents and coordinates the activities of EMS agencies in planned events and field responses, as needed.
  • Effectively communicates and provides training to Public Safety and Emergency Response personnel.
  • Maximizes the use of technology in all day to day work and emergency operations; leads Department’s efforts in compiling and analyzing relevant data to improve operational efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Responds to emergencies and takes charge of critical, potentially life-threatening situations in the best interest of the public as necessary; provides supports to others with similar responsibilities as appropriate.
  • Maintains thorough knowledge of relevant local, state, and federal laws and regulations as they may apply to the workings of the Department; ensures compliance with such laws and regulations.
  • Establishes effective working relationships with superiors, subordinates, coworkers, external stakeholders and the public in the performance of duties.
  • Manages budgets related to responsibilities and remains fiscally responsible in the delivery of services; works with Federal, State, and County personnel in the administration and management of budgeted and grant funds.
  • Represents the Department in meetings, training sessions, and other related functions and assignments.
  • Develops performance and quality standards for emergency medical services within Allegheny County.
  • Facilitates meetings, record keeping and administrative matters, including report development, as required by the ACEMS Council.
  • Provides technical assistance to providers of emergency medical services.
  • Coordinates disaster related emergency medical service activities with other governmental agencies through support of and/or direction of the ACEMS Operational Support Team (OST) and the Division of Emergency Management.
  • Oversees medical supply inventories and equipment within the EMS system.
  • Liaisons between all EMS agencies and providers, the Allegheny County EMS Council and County Government through the Department of Emergency Services. 
  • Works with the Allegheny County EMS Council and Medical Directors to implement County pre-hospital care standards.
  • Advises the County 9-1-1 Communications Center on EMS Communications related issues.
  • Administers the County programs for EMS Mutual Aid.
  • Compiles monthly statistical analysis reports and office activity reports.
  • Maintains all required training and operational records related to EMS within ACES.
  • Research all possible sources of grant money to support new and existing projects.
  • Respond to and lend assistance to specified incidents within Allegheny County working within the Incident Command System (ICS) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
  • Represents County EMS on various committees and organizations i.e. LEPC, Region 13, MMRS, and the Emergency Medical Services Institute (EMSI) as assigned by the Chairman of the Council or Chief of Emergency Services.
  • Serves as liaison for the ACEMS Council with respect to activities and operations of PA DMAT 1.
  • Performs other related duties as required or requested.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of:
  •  Advanced principles, practices and methods of emergency management program administration and organizational analysis.
  • Practice and techniques of emergency medical services administration and emergency medical care.
  • Public administration management practices.
  • Emergency medical services facilities and activities within Allegheny County.
  • Relevant state laws and regulations (i.e., PA Act 165 (Hazardous Materials), PA Act 147 (Radiological Protection), P.A.C.S. Title 35 (Emergency Management) and (EMS)).

Ability to:
  • Plan, organize, coordinate, manage and direct a variety of complex department functions and activities to accomplish program goals, objectives, timelines and deliverables.
  • Deliver training programs as needed.
  • Analyze difficult and complex program, administrative, operational and organizational objectives and issues, evaluate alternatives and reach sound, logical, fact-based conclusions and recommendations.
  • Coordinate program activities with multiple stakeholders and facilitate development of consensus among diverse groups and individuals.
  • Apply sound, creative problem solving techniques to resolve difficult program issues and problems.
  • Construct training programs to be implemented specifically for handling hazardous materials or responding to a hazardous materials incident and conduct training presentations, as it pertains to EMS.
  • Understand, interpret, explain and apply laws, regulations, ordinances and policies applicable to program responsibilities.
  • Function effectively and exercise sound judgment in handling time-sensitive deadlines and/or life-threatening crisis situations.
  • Prepare clear, concise and comprehensive reports, correspondence and other documents appropriate to the audience as required.
  • Present conclusions and recommendations clearly, logically and persuasively to both internal and external program stakeholders.
  • Exercise expert independent judgment and initiative in the recognition and resolution of complex and difficult problems within established policy guidelines.
  • Complete PEMA required county emergency management coordinator basic certification.
  • Exercise tact and diplomacy in dealing with difficult and sensitive people, issues and situations
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department management and staff, other County employees, representatives of other agencies, contractor representatives, the public and others encountered in the course of work.
  • Communicate effectively with others, both orally and in writing, using both technical and nontechnical language.
  • Understand and follow oral and/or written policies, procedures, and instructions


Residency: Allegheny County within 1 year.
Veterans' Preference: Will be awarded to eligible candidates.