The Emergency Communications Center (ECC) provides all emergency communications services for Albemarle County, the City of Charlottesville and the University of Virginia. The ECC is seeking driven, knowledgeable candidates to serve as the agency’s next Executive Director. The Executive Director will be a vital player in leading the organization through exciting new developments such as launching Text to 911 service, moving the Center to a new location and upgrading the ECC radio system.

Albemarle County is settled in central Virginia and is one of the most desirable locations in Virginia and in the nation. Home to over 105,000 people, the County surrounds the City of Charlottesville and offers a high quality of life with a vibrant community. Charlottesville serves as the economic, cultural and educational center of a multi-county region in central Virginia and is home to over 46,000. The University of Virginia is recognized as one of the original eight “public Ivies,” considered to be among the finest in the country.

The ECC receives all 9-1-1 calls in the area and serves as the central dispatch for the three local police departments, three rescue squads and fire calls. The ECC is a nationally recognized center and a Virginia Accredited Emergency Medical Dispatch Communications Center. The ECC is overseen by the Management Board who is tasked with establishing the bylaws, the operating procedures and policies and hiring the ECC’s Executive Director. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing daily operations as well as establishing and communicating the ECC’s vision and providing administration and management of both the ECC and the Office of Emergency Management.

Successful candidates will have at least five years of managerial experience in a public safety or emergency communications setting. Strong candidates will have experience with a public safety communications center that serves police, fire and EMS functions as well as a working knowledge of County, City and University geography. It is desired that candidates hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or any combination of education and experience equivalent. A working knowledge of local emergency operations plans and procedures as well as the ability to remain calm and work well in tense or emergency situations is also essential.

Salary for the position is negotiable dependent upon candidate education and experience. Benefits include, but are not limited to, participation in Virginia Retirement System, vacation and sick leave, group life insurance, medical and dental insurance, professional dues and conference expenses. Relocation expenses may be negotiated with the County and the successful candidate may need to live within a reasonable distance to respond.  

Qualified candidates should submit their cover letter and resume online by visiting our website at The application deadline for the position is November 28, 2017. Following this date, applications will be screened against criteria outlined in this brochure. The County will then review recommended candidates who most closely meet the established criteria. For more information, please contact Anne Lewis at or 804-726-9748.


Albemarle County is an Equal Opportunity Employer