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Disaster Risk Reduction Planner

Recruitment #19-002586-0033



Our mission is to ensure that Maryland families, communities, and key stakeholders are provided the tools they need to prepare for, mitigate against, respond to, and recover from the consequences of emergency and disaster events.

NOTE: While the position is full-time second-shift under day-to-day conditions, it is subject to an on-call rotating schedule according to assignment within the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in accordance with the Consequence Management Operations Plan (CMOP) to attend to all emergencies on a statewide 24/7 basis.

MEMA is the agency of State government with primary responsibility and authority for emergency preparedness policy, and for coordinating hazard mitigation, incident response, and disaster recovery, helping to ensure that all Marylanders are prepared, making Maryland more resilient.




5401 Rue St Lo Drive, Reisterstown, MD 21136

Main Purpose of Job

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the agency of State government with primary responsibility and authority for emergency preparedness policy, and for coordinating hazard mitigation, incident response, and disaster recovery. MEMA works to ensure that all Marylanders are prepared, and to make Maryland more resilient. Emergency management project leads support MEMA's mission by supporting projects and programs which ultimately enhance preparedness for all Marylanders.

This position primarily reports to the MEMA Strategy Planner and is responsible for supporting a variety of emergency management projects across a spectrum of subject areas. As an emergency management specialist, the individual completes specific components of an overall project and completes tasks assigned by an emergency management project manager and emergency management project lead. This position serves in a support capacity in emergency management programs.

This position works closely with emergency management project managers, project leads, agency stakeholders, and others at the direction of project managers in pursuit of a desired outcome. Emergency management specialists must be well versed in the subject matter and also capable of working independently to complete tasks established by project managers and senior leadership. Emergency management specialist produce written work, ensuring that products are print-ready prior to submission to the project manager for final approval. The emergency management specialist completes a variety of tasks in addition to producing written work including facilitating meetings, presenting to stakeholders, conducting analysis, developing presentations, and completing other tasks as assigned.

Examples of projects this position will support include contingency planning, training development/execution, exercise development/executing, strategic planning, policy development, implementation of technology solutions, community-outreach projects, and facility-specific projects.

In order to fulfill these responsibilities, this position requires strong communications (both oral and written), presentation, organizational, and writing skills.


Duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Serve as a member of project teams
  • Support MEMA's internal capacity building and workforce development
  • Support Maryland's strategic goals and objectives for homeland security
  • Emergency and Disaster response and recovery operations as needed and/or assigned by agency Executive Director, Deputy Executive Director, Directors, or Consequence Management personnel

Note: We are looking for candidates with subject-area interest or expertise in community resilience, disaster risk reduction, and/or FEMA's Protection mission area.


Education: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Four years of experience in administrative staff or professional work.


1. Additional experience in administrative staff or professional work may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. Additional graduate level education at an accredited college or university may be substituted at the rate of 30 semester credit hours on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer involving staff work related to the administration of rules, regulations, policy, procedures and processes, or overseeing or coordinating unit operations or functioning as a staff assistant to a higher ranking commissioned officer on a year-for-year basis for the required education and experience.


Applicants must meet the selective qualification(s) to be considered. Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.

  • One year of experience facilitating and documenting (e.g., agendas, minutes) working group, stakeholder, or Senior-level meetings
  • One year of research experience using qualitative and/or quantitative research methods


Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.

  • Experience developing, writing, and measuring work plans or strategic plans
  • Experience in using writing, presentation, and design software (e.g., Microsoft Office Suite, Google Office Suite, Adobe InDesign)
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate and work effectively with broad stakeholder groups
  • Ability to complete tasked work at a high quality with minimal day-to-day oversight
  • Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Community and Regional Planning, Business Administration, Public Policy, Organizational Psychology, Emergency Management, or equivalent degree



Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment.  All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.


To submit your qualifying documents; the preferred method is to upload them using the "other" tab on the online application.  We will not consider information submitted after the closing date of this announcement.

For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must be provided prior to hire.

Please do not attach resumes.

Online applications are STRONGLY recommended; if you do not have internet access, please mail your application by the closing date to:


ATTN: Kristi Metzger

5401 Rue Saint Lo Drive

Reisterstown, MD 21136

For more information, please call 410-517-3615.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

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