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GEMA/HS Exercise Specialist

Administrative & Operations Support
Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency - GEMA/HS

This position is located in our Forsyth, GA Training Office.

General Duties & Responsibilities: Under limited supervision from the Training and Exercise Manager, the Exercise Specialist will directly facilitate the planning, coordinating, reporting and follow up of Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) exercises. In addition, this position will assist local and State partner agencies with required exercises when assistance does not interfere with GEMA/HS requirements. The GEMA/HS Exercise Specialist will maintain an up-to-date delivery of the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) training and serve as the lead trainer for the HSEEP course.

The GEMA/HS Exercise Specialist is responsible for Emergency Management Program Grants (EMPG) local exercise tracking requirement documentation. This requires reviewing all reported exercises, assuring they meet all EMPG requirements and documenting local exercise statuses for EMPG reporting.

The GEMA/HS Exercise Specialist is responsible for maintaining and inventorying all GEMA/HS Exercise equipment.

Minimum Training & Experience:  Four years of experience in planning, developing and delivering diversified exercises applicable to the area of assignment.  Note:  Eligible to obtain state instructor certification under applicable profession.  (Qualified for POST Instructor Certification, POST Evaluator Certification, and FEMA Exercise Practitioner Certification.)  

Bachelor's Degree in any field from an accredited college or university **OR** four plus years of experience planning, delivering, developing and/or evaluating emergency management exercise programs and activities (proof of work will be required to meet this requirement);
Master's Degree in any field **and** two years of experience in planning, delivering, developing and/or evaluating emergency management programs or activities;
Working level skill in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and desktop publishing computer application software programs;
Ability to travel overnight and statewide as required by the position.

Preferred Qualifications: Master's Degree in Emergency Management, Public or Business Administration, Planning or a related field from an accredited college or university.

Experience sufficient to demonstrate a thorough understanding of emergency management agency exercise functions, preferably at a state or federal level, and a minimum of one of the following: operational activities of emergency operations center, emergency management, or public safety agencies in general.

Good knowledge of the Incident Command System (ICS), with a working knowledge of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) as developed by the Federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

A working knowledge of the Federal National Response Plan, Stafford Act, and Georgia Emergency Operations Plans and Emergency Support Functions.


The above job description represents the general nature, primary duties and responsibilities, and qualifications for the work performed by employees within this job, but is not a comprehensive and exhaustive list. Employees may be required to perform other duties as assigned, and specific duties, responsibilities, and activities within the core nature of the job may change at any time with or without notice. Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of the job, as specified by the employing entity, with or without reasonable accommodation.

Bachelor's degree in a related field from an accredited college or university AND One year of related experience OR completion of an apprenticeship/internship that sufficiently supplied experience to understand the basic principles relevant to the major duties of the position OR any other combination of education and professional experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the job.

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