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What Does It Take to Get Hired in Emergency Management?

I’ve got an example for you.

I’ve run into many, many people who are aspiring emergency managers who have told me they have taken the basic incident command system (ICS) courses and the Professional Development Series. All well and good, but ...

I share jobs as I hear about them. For the city of Seattle, I typically warn people about the cost of living and not to get mesmerized by the pay scale. The other piece of information I share is that these are highly sought-after positions with up to 300 applicants, and you cannot have what I call “a walk on career” at Seattle OEM.

With that, their newest hire was announced just recently. Here’s the message from the director sharing information on the successful candidate:

“I am happy to announce that Consuelo Crow will be joining the OEM team as a Planning Coordinator. She will be working with Lucia Schmit. We are looking forward to welcoming her to the team and are very fortunate to have her join us.

“Here is some background on Consuelo’s work:

“Consuelo Crow holds a graduate degree in multidisciplinary Anthropology, with 14 years of experience in location-based ethnographic research in global wars and conflict zones. In the past four years, she has worked with the City of Seattle’s Homeless Strategy and Investments division. She developed and managed the first Native American-serving hotel shelter in the United States. Her career focus has been with historic preservation law, built environments, human migration, material culture, necropolitics and resource scarcity. Her passion is addressing the needs of underserved and underrepresented communities who need outreach and services in times of crisis. Consuelo developed and authored the current policy and protocols used by the City of Seattle's Human Services Department for emergency response for all populations served by the department. She has worked prior to and during the pandemic as a Planning and Development Specialist, managing city, state and federal emergency relief funding, capital projects and responding to COVID-19-based enhanced shelter needs for people experiencing homelessness. Consuelo is a is a proud member of the Pascua Yaqui Nation, speaks 5 languages, including her Indigenous language, and is a published author.”

Well, how do you measure up? I’m thinking I could not compete myself.
Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.
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