EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Cowlitz 911 Kelso, Washington

Executive Director

Cowlitz 911

Kelso, Washington

Salary:  $105,000 – $135,000

Headquartered in Kelso, Washington, Cowlitz 911 serves the Lower Columbia region between the Cascade Mountains and the Pacific Ocean beaches. Conveniently located between Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, on the I-5 corridor, Cowlitz County is home to approximately 108,950 residents. Within an hour’s drive of the Pacific Coast and home to some of the most prominent mountains in the Cascade Range, residents can enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities year-round, including kayaking, boating, water sports, and swimming, as well as golfing, hiking, camping, hunting, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing.

The Cowlitz County 911 Center serves as the primary Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) and 911 emergency dispatch center for 13 law enforcement, fire and medical response agencies in Cowlitz County. The organization covers over 1,200 square miles, serves a population of 104,000 citizens, and answers an average of 210 emergency 911 calls and 400 business calls per day. The 2020 operations budget for Cowlitz 911 is $4.2 million. The organization budgets for 23 FTE call-taker/dispatchers, and 6 administrative personnel, including an Executive Director, a Human Resource Generalist, an Information Technology Vendor Technical Manager, a Floor Supervisor, a Finance/Admin Specialist, and an Administrative Assistant.

Under the direction of the Cowlitz 911 Public Authority Board, the Executive Director manages, administers, and directs the activities, programs, and operations of Cowlitz 911. The Executive Director researches, develops, implements, and oversees the programs and services at the organization, ensuring the highest service standards to the public and user agencies. This position also includes direct supervisory duties over the administrative and operations staff, manages the department’s budget, including preparation and oversight, and researches and recommends equipment and technology replacements and upgrades to maintain efficiency standards.

A bachelor’s degree in business administration, emergency management, or a related field, and 5 years of experience in a 911 center with administrative and supervisory responsibilities, or a combination of education, training and 8 years of experience in a related field with administrative, leadership and supervisory responsibilities is required.

For a complete position profile/full job description and to apply online, visit Prothman at https://www.prothman.com/, click on “Open Recruitments” and then click the position title. To apply, click on “Apply Online” and follow the directions provided. For questions, call 206-368-0050. Cowlitz 911 is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: November 8, 2020 (open until filled).

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