Posted 3/6/2020

Summary of Position:   This is a grant-funded position that plans and coordinates the activities of the association related to public safety programs, to include: emergency preparedness, community preparedness, homeland security, criminal justice, emergency communications, disaster recovery and the state Citizen Corps program. The Public Safety Programs & Strategy Coordinator provides information and assistance to councils of governments (COGs) in planning and implementing public safety programs and assists state agencies that administer public safety programs and initiatives in their work with COGs and their local government members. Duties include, but are not limited to, conducting policy analyses and writing communications on policy developments; updating COGs on initiatives and planning requirements; supporting the development of state plans; identifying and coordinating appropriate training that will assist COGs in their work with state, internal and local entities; representing the association at state agencies, public forums and on work groups of interest to the association. Under the direction of the Associate Director, the Public Safety Programs & Strategy Coordinator will coordinate activities supporting regional public safety and community preparedness efforts across the state, especially those related to the Texas Citizen Corps program.

Required Knowledge and Abilities:  Experience with or knowledge in the operations and organization of state and local government and a strong interest in public service and emergency management and/or disaster recovery. Experience working with boards, governing bodies, or with public safety or emergency management related-programs preferred.

Required Skills:  

  • Excellent written and verbal communications with strong attention to detail;
  • Strong interpersonal skills including ability to establish and maintain effective, collaborative, and positive working relationships with co-workers, members, and local and state government employees and officials;
  • Ability to establish and consistently meet deadlines with minimal supervision;
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team environment and make decisions in best interest of association;
  • Able to work independently and take initiative to effectively manage multiple tasks and high volume of work;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Knowledge of budgeting and grant project management including grant writing and reporting;
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and adjust to ever present work demands;
  • Proficiency with computers (Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe, etc.).

Education and Experience:  

Bachelor’s degree and at least five years of progressively responsible experience in government, emergency preparedness, disaster recovery or related work; or

Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Other Requirements: Interest in public organizations and issues. Commitment to the TARC Board of Directors mission and values. Travel is required; a valid Texas driver’s license and ability to drive or access to alternate means of transportation is required. Non-smoker.

Essential Duties:

Under the supervision of the Texas Association of Regional Councils (TARC) Associate Director, the Public Safety Programs & Strategy Coordinator will:

  • Address information needs and provide technical assistance to councils of governments and their local government members as they plan and implement critical strategic elements such as mutual aid agreements; interoperable communications; inventories of critical response equipment and teams; community and regional bioterrorism preparedness; and law enforcement terrorism prevention;
  • Assist and provide Office of the Governor, Public Safety Office (PSO), with data collection, analysis and information resources;
  • Participate in regional PSO conference calls and prepare and distribute notes to appropriate recipients;
  • Maintain knowledge of federal and state homeland security funding, allocations and formulas including managing TARC grants and opportunities;
  • Work with other interested parties to incorporate the “whole community” into emergency plans, including those with functional needs and access challenges, the aging population and youth;
  • Serve on and participate in various committees and groups related to public safety;
  • Identify, share and exchange regional information and priorities with state agencies to facilitate the incorporation of councils of governments’ regional strategies into state strategy and planning activities;
  • Coordinate efforts/activities of the Texas Citizen Corps Council in coordination with public safety and community service organizations to design, implement and manage Citizen Corps Programs;
  • Plan, coordinate and assist with execution of Citizen Corps Program-related training events and meetings including incorporating other community preparedness groups;
  • Coordinate efforts/activities of Texas Citizen Corps Council including federal and state database and reporting requirements;
  • Serves as a liaison to local jurisdictions and councils of governments in the administration and technical assistance for of Citizen Corps programs;
  • Provides technical assistance to regional and local governments to establish and expand Citizen Corps programs;
  • Prepares scheduled and non-scheduled reports for Citizen Corps programs;
  • Develop classes, exercises, and projects with regional, state and local partners to keep Citizen Corps members involved and improve their skills;
  • Provide technical support and assistance to Citizen Corps teams across the state;
  • Assist regional councils and association with grant management, grant applications, and required deliverables such as the Threat Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA), Stakeholder Preparedness Report (SPR), and Implementation Plans (IP);
  • Plan and assist with execution of full Association and Board of Directors meetings, including but not limited to coordinating programming, trainings and action items related to emergency preparedness, criminal justice and emergency communications program areas;
  • Work with appropriate TARC committee chairs to plan meetings and assist with implementation of policy discussion and action;
  • Provide staff support to public safety-related workgroups and initiatives;
  • Undertake special projects and perform other duties that may be required by the Associate Director or Executive Director or the association;
  • Perform all other duties as may be required by the Executive Director or Associate Director.
Class No: B19 Job Title: Public Safety Programs & Strategy Coordinator
FLSA: Exempt  
Pay Group: Classified Reports To: Associate Director                                          


Required Application Materials:

  • Cover Letter expressing interest
  • Resume
  • 3 references including at least one from a supervisor

 No phone calls please. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Equal Opportunity Employer


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Position Type

Regular / Full Time




Texas Association Regional Councils, Brazos Street, Austin, TX, USA