Airport Emergency Management Coordinator

Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport

Job Summary:  Develops and conducts department-specific and airport-wide tabletop, functional, and full-scale emergency exercises as required by FAA and TSA regulations.  Coordinates activities of Airport personnel to ensure readiness and preparedness of key first responder personnel.  Manages the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command training programs.  Authors after-action reports of all emergencies.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Comprehensive Training – Develop, conduct, and review department-specific and airport-wide tabletop functions and full-scale exercises such as Aircraft incident, active shooter, public health, evacuations, and family assistance.
  • Compliance – Ensure the Airport complies with all local, state, and federal regulations.  This includes FAA, FEMA, NIMS, ICS, MCSO, ARFF, TSA, EPA, DNR, and County rules and regulations.
  • Oversight of Airport Emergency Plans – Maintain and enhance the Airport Emergency Plan (AEP) which includes the annual review as required by the FAA, review checklists, plan enhancements with new stakeholders, and ensure interoperability with stakeholder plans/checklists.
  • Maintain Emergency Management Standards – Maintain and enhance NIMS, Incident Command System (ICS), and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) training programs for County and Stakeholder departments as required by FEMA.
  • Emergency Response – Respond to EOC during training and actual emergency activations and serve as the Airport’s liaison to external resources and/or EOC Commander.
  • Refinement of Stakeholder Emergency Plans – Conduct reviews and enhancements for stakeholder emergency plans to ensure their connectivity to airport plans, such as:  airlines local emergency response plans, continuity of operations plans, and general emergency plan reviews.
  • Author Reports – Author official exercise and true emergency after-action reports (AAR) which include aircraft full-scale exercise, special events AAR (snow events, IT outages, etc.).
  • Other Duties as Assigned -To include:  proctoring stakeholder training events, attending/speaking at conferences, researching other airport practices, and researching AAR’s for pertinent events (active shooter, evacuation, crowd control).

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Valid Driver’s License at time of application with the ability to obtain a Wisconsin driver’s license within six (6) months of hire and maintain throughout employment.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Management, Emergency Management, Public Administration, Public Health or related field required. NOTE: Additional years of qualifying work experience may substitute for the education requirement on a year to year basis.
  • Certifications: NIMS: ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700 and 800 .
  • Three (3) or more years of work experience in Emergency Management at Commercial Service Airport or similar organization.
  • Ability to lift, carry, push and pull up to 25lbs on an occasional basis.
  • Intermediate knowledge of all related computer and software applications, such as word processing and spreadsheets.


  • Certification as an emergency manager by federal or state government.
  • Certified Emergency Manager (CEM).
  • Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP).
  • Project Management Professional (PMP).

Background Check:

Must undergo a criminal history background check to maintain security clearance for unescorted access to secured areas of the airport.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • Read, write and comprehend simple instructions, reports, short correspondence and memos.
  • Speak effectively before both internal and/or external groups.
  • Read, analyze, and interpret safety rules, operating/maintenance instructions and procedure manuals, scientific/technical journals, government regulations, financial and legal documents.
  • Prepare and/or present written communications that pertain to controversial and complex topics.
  • Makes decisions of responsibility involving evaluation of information. Decisions may require development or application of alternative or precedents.
  • Makes decisions of responsibility and final results that affect more that one department with multiple units; substantial analysis is required and many factors must be weighed before a decision can be reached.
  • Makes decisions of responsibility and final recommendations, which may result in the formulation of strategic plans of action to achieve the broad objectives for the organization; this involves long-range future planning including scope, direction, and goals.
  • Interpret and adapt established practices and procedures using independent judgement to meet situations to which applications are not clearly defined.
  • Perform within difficult or complex working conditions or situations not easily evaluated; decisions require considerable judgment, initiative and ingenuity in areas where there is little precedent.

Note:  This Original Examination is open to all applicants authorized to work in the United States. Upon hire, candidate will hire six months to reside in the state of Wisconsin.  In accordance with Rule III Section 11 of the Civil Service Rules a non-competitive examination will be held for this position. The non-competitive examination will consist of a review of candidate materials, education and related experience.

Milwaukee County offers a comprehensive blend of benefits designed to make your life better both inside and outside of the workplace. Milwaukee County conducts job related criminal background checks and pre-employment screenings.

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