Emergency Preparedness Planner
SALARY: B15 - $32,976 – $52,045
SUMMARY OF POSITION
Performs complex planning and research work in the area of emergency preparedness and homeland security in the HOTCOG six county area. Assists local governments with first responder preparedness. Duties include facilitating meetings, organizing and providing technical assistance to counties and cities concerning emergency plans, annexes, mutual-aid agreements and other documentation concerning emergency preparedness.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Prepares or assists cities, counties and response entities in emergency preparedness-related activities, including but not limited to developing emergency response plans and annexes, required documentation (such as statutes and ordinances) to support emergency plans, mutual-aid agreements, compliance with State and Federal mandates, trainings in jurisdictions for both first responders and the general public, and holding exercises and drills;
Supports and assists in the preparation of regional emergency preparedness planning;
Coordinates and attends meetings and conferences as necessary; takes and transcribes minutes.
Provides support to Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee, Citizens Corps Council, and associated subcommittees;
Supports and carries out activities pertaining to Emergency Preparedness grant contracts with the Office of the Governor;
Identifies volunteer resources within the HOTCOG Region. Recruits, retains and maintains volunteers for disaster response to include but not limited to Citizens Corps Programs.
Maintains HOTCOG response and training equipment inventory.
Maintains direct communication with the Homeland Security Coordinator and Regional Services Director in activities within emergency planning programs; and
Performs such other related duties as may be assigned.
Position may require work after hours (5:00 p.m.) or occasionally on weekends.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of: General emergency preparedness principles; research principles; grants administration practices and procedures; planning and program development; and Microsoft Office applications.
Skill/Ability to: work independently; interpret and communicate to others relevant state and federal rules, regulations, and guidelines; establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, regulatory and nonprofit agencies, advisory committees, and the general public; demonstrate proficiency in both oral and written communication; analyze and interpret data; prepare and administer grants; work independently and creatively; sometimes handling multiple tasks and time constraints; and prepare reports, program literature, news releases, and other documents neatly and professionally.
ACCEPTABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
Bachelor's degree in planning, social science or a related field with experience in emergency planning;
or high school graduation or its equivalent, plus at least five years of progressively responsible experience in law enforcement, emergency response, emergency medical services, fire services, planning, or research;
or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED
Appropriate Texas driver's license or available alternate means of transportation.