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

Position Description:

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 goals 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:

The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) is Georgia’s lead state agency for the coordination of emergency and disaster response activities.


This Emergency Management Planner 1 reviews, maintains, and develops plans for state and local governments concerning a wide variety of natural hazards.  The Planner serves as a liaison to coastal counties, state agencies, private sector partners and non-governmental organizations regarding severe weather preparedness, response, and recovery activities.


This position will be responsible for helping to facilitate the planning process and will be required to work on a variety of diverse projects and initiatives related to the Georgia Emergency Operations Plan.  As a member of the Emergency Management Division’s Planning Section, this position performs general and specific planning duties and coordinates with counties, Georgia and other state agencies, volunteer groups, federal agencies, and additional resources to remain aware of emergency management trends and issues.


Specific responsibilities include:

•  Function as the primary author of multiple, natural disaster response plans as the statewide lead coordinator of all aspects of plan development, writing, revision, briefing, and implementation.

•  Function as the lead facilitator of meetings concerning emergency planning and operations initiatives between local, state, federal, NGO, and private-sector partners.

•  Coordination with the GEMA/HS Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist on the integration of GIS data layers and files into plans and situational awareness platforms.

•  Assumption of additional planning responsibilities in other areas of Emergency Management and/or assisting other Planners in the section.

•  Assignment to the State Operations Center during emergency/disaster activations.  This position is subject to call up without notice in emergency situations.  During these activations, night and weekend hours may be required and mandatory.


Position Specific Qualifications:

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


The successful candidate will demonstrate competency in the following areas at an exceptional level:

•  Project Management

•  Verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills

•  Reasoning, planning, and evaluation

•  Application of technology to tasks to improve results

•  Customer Service

  • May be asked to assist in identifying, developing, or drafting of policies and procedures related to the governance of assigned programs.


Technical Competencies:

•  Ability to work with a diverse range of state agency employees and external community partners

•  Ability to review documents for quality, relevance, consistency, and effectiveness in relation to other applicable plans, policies, and procedures

•  Ability to facilitate meetings with a variety of stakeholders

•  Knowledge of research techniques and to conduct data analysis

•  Ability to gather, organize, and disseminate information and to make recommendations

•  Knowledge of program-related computer software

•  Ability to draft and create reports, plans, briefings, and spreadsheets

•  Ability to develop and conduct training to a variety of stakeholders


Preferred Qualifications:

•  Completion of a Master’s Degree in Urban & Regional Planning, Emergency Management, Strategic Studies; Public Administration, Non-Profit Management or a related field from an accredited college or university

•  Professional level work experience in planning, emergency response and preparedness, emergency management, or a related field



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, education records, past employers, military records, state licensing/certification records, and driving records.


Please include in your profile or attachments a list of the computer applications you know how to use and your level of skill in each program.  Please also provide any other job-related information you wish us to consider in evaluating your qualifications for this position.


Minimum Qualifications - External

Completion of 90 quarter hours (60 semester hours) at an accredited college or university AND Two years of related experience OR Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university OR One year of experience at the lower level or position equivalent.

(Note: Experience in a related area may substitute for degree on a year-by-year basis)

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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