Director of Emergency Medical Services

Organization: Charleston County, South Carolina
Salary: Salary Range $79,269 to $136,344 plus excellent benefits
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Job Description:

Charleston County has the City of Charleston as its seat and is located along the southeastern coast of South Carolina. The County encompasses approximately 919 square miles with a coastline that stretches nearly 100 miles along the Atlantic Ocean. The Countyís population is growing rapidly and is now estimated to be more than 375,000 with a median age of 34. The County's rich blend of culture, economic activity, environmental beauty and historic tapestry makes it one of the most distinguished counties in the nation. A recognized leader, Charleston County is a proud community that strives to protect both its historic treasures and its environment, while still keeping an eye toward future development and citizens' needs. The County continues to draw national recognition, winning dozens of local, state and national awards for its innovative programs and services, and its world-class restaurants and arts festivals.

Charleston County operates under a Council-Administrator form of government. Policy-making and legislative authority are vested in a 9-member governing council elected to single member districts on a partisan basis. The County Council responsibilities include passing ordinances and policies, approving the budget, appointing committee members, and hiring the County's Clerk of Council, County Administrator, and appointing the Internal Auditor, and Attorney. The County Administrator is managing the day-to-day operations of the County Government. There are five Deputy County Administrators. The Director of Emergency Medical Services reports to the Deputy County Administrator for Community Services.

The Emergency Medical Services Director provides leadership and direction to the Emergency Medical Services Department (EMS) by managing the daily operations and serving as leader to its 167-member staff. The Director manages an approximately $13 million budget; develops and maintains effective working relationships with the various departments, agencies and medical facilities within the service community; maximizes revenue collected within established fee-for-service guidelines; engages all areas of EMS in continuous quality improvement; monitors the efficiency and effectiveness of emergency medical service delivery; and provides guidance and leadership during hazardous weather and emergency conditions. EMS staffs 14 full-time Medic stations throughout the County with 14 Advanced Life Support ambulances. These personnel respond to over 50,000 calls for service each year covering 1,100 square miles, with an average response time of eight minutes. EMS was awarded the National EMS System of the Year in 2010. EMS is scheduled to expand by 30% beginning in this fiscal year to include the largest expansion of EMS services in Charleston County history. This will account for an additional 51 personnel and an increase of $4 million annually to the budget.

To be considered interested individuals must have a minimum of a bachelorís degree with at least 15 years of progressively responsible experience, preferably as an EMS Director or health care manager, or an equivalent combination of training and experience. A valid SC Driverís license must be obtained within 90 days of employment. The successful candidate will be dedicated, committed, reliable and accountable. The Director must be skilled at delegating effectively, making tough decisions, and communicating across a broad range of audiences including public officials, County personnel, physicians, and a wide variety of citizens. The candidate must possess extraordinary leadership skills and be adept at leading people and achieving harmony within the workplace.

The beginning salary for the Director of Emergency Services will be dependent on the experience and qualifications of the selected individual, within the range of $79,268.80 to $136,344.00 annually. In addition, the County provides an excellent benefits package; including a variety of health plans, dental plans, a vision plan, annual and sick leave, 12 paid holidays, short-term and long-term disability, life insurance, and retirement plans.

To apply for this exceptional opportunity, please email a cover letter and detailed resume with your current salary to: to Robert E. Slavin, President, Slavin Management Consultants at slavin@bellsouth.net no later than October 19, 2015. Please include your email address on the resume.


Charleston County is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Charleston County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, national origin, political ideas or disability. The County will E-verify.

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