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Hazard Mitigation Planning Specialist 1

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


Please be advised, this position is located at our Headquarters in Atlanta, GA.


Under general supervision, conducts research and assists in the planning, development, modification and implementation of agency and/or division policy and strategic plans. Administers agency programs in an assigned specialty area. Assesses, develops, implements and coordinates assigned programs, plans and services. Assists in creating, producing, updating, or disseminating basic information packages, fact sheets, program newsletters, resource guides, policy manuals, educational programs, etc for use within and/or outside the division/department. Assists in identifying, developing, or drafting of policies and procedures related to the governance of assigned programs. Assists with the review, analysis and monitoring of proposed legislation affecting the division/department. Communicates the planning and strategy to community stakeholders, political and business leadership. Ensures that program documents (grants, applications) are processed and reviewed in the time frame allotted according to the needs of the client and the standards of the agency. Gathers and organizes information on problems and procedures. Gathers, compiles, and analyzes data to produce management information reports. Obtains and evaluates input from stakeholders. Researches, analyzes, monitors, compiles, and distributes project or program data, plans, policies and related records or databases.


Duties & Responsibilities:

As part of the Office of the Governor, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA/HS) works with local, state and federal governments, in partnership with the private sector and faith-based community, to protect life and property against man-made and natural emergencies. In addition, GEMA/HS employees are on 24-hour call statewide to assist local authorities when disaster strikes.

Mitigation is the effort to reduce or eliminate the impact of long-term risks from natural hazards and their effects to Georgia's citizens and their property. The Hazard Mitigation Division’s focus is to provide a comprehensive threat reduction and loss avoidance program that protects people and property from their exposure to natural and technological hazards.

Under limited supervision, the successful candidate will carry out various responsibilities related to the implementation of the State of Georgia comprehensive and coordinated hazard mitigation planning program. They coordinate the development of local mitigation plans to meet the federal requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 for approximately 31 counties in Northeast Georgia.  Work products must meet stringent federal and state grant requirements.


 Specific duties will include: 

Serving as a liaison between GEMA/HS and federal, state and local agencies to review hazard mitigation plans and procedures for consistency with FEMA and GEMA/HS requirements.

Assisting with the maintenance and update of the State Hazard Mitigation Strategy, as well as other agency planning requirements as needed.

Provide technical assistance to state agencies and local governments in meeting the hazard mitigation planning requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000.

Preparation of, or consultation on preparation of, grant and project proposals.

Assisting local communities with implementation and administration of awarded grants.

Participating, as needed, in the agency’s emergency response function.


Position Specific Minimum Qualifications:

Ability to travel overnight, statewide and regionally, as dictated by the functions of the position and the business needs of the agency.

Competency in applying technology to tasks

Competency in reasoning, planning and evaluation

Competency in oral, written, and interpersonal communication

Commitment to providing excellent customer service to internal and external customers including the ability to analyze a customer’s request, evaluate issues, determine the correct course of action, and follow through to ensure customer satisfaction


Additional Information:

The selected candidate will be required to pass a background investigation as a condition of employment. Items that may be examined in a background check include but are not limited to: credit records, criminal records, fingerprint records, education records, past employers, military records, state licensing/certification records, and driving records.

Please list the computer applications you use and your level of skill in each program in the comments section of the online application. You may also use the comments section to provide any other job related information you wish us to consider in evaluating your qualifications for this position.



Bachelor's degree in a related field from an accredited college or university OR completion of 90 quarter hours (60 semester hours) at an accredited college or university AND Two years of related experience OR One year of experience required at the lower level Planner 1 (GSP050) or position equivalent. Note: An equivalent combination of education and job specific experience that provided the knowledge, experience and competencies required to successfully perform the job at the level listed may be substituted on a year-over-year basis.


Preferred Qualifications

Completion of a Master's Degree in Planning, Public Administration or Emergency Management.

Professional level experience in hazard mitigation planning

Experience in emergency management planning and operations

Project management experience

Intermediate level experience in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access computer application software

Work experience in ESRI GIS platforms, preferably ArcGIS 9.x or higher software

High school diploma or GED AND completion of 90 quarter hours (60 semester hours) at an accredited college or university. Note: An equivalent combination of education and job specific experience that provided the knowledge, experience and competencies required to successfully perform the job at the level listed may be substituted on a year-over-year basis.

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