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PLANNER LEAD/ADVANCED

Planning Unit Supervisor

Recruitment #20-001274-0006

Introduction

Our mission is to proactively reduce disaster risks and reliably manage consequences through collaborative work with Maryland's communities and partners. 

NOTE: Position will be required to work in an emergency/disaster capacity according to assignment within the State Emergency Operations Structure (SEOC) and according to the Consequence Management Operations Plan (CMOP). This may involve working 12 hour shifts extended periods of time in support of 24 hour consequence management activities.  

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 managers support MEMA’s mission by administering projects and programs which ultimately enhance preparedness for all Marylanders.

GRADE

18

LOCATION OF POSITION

5401 Rue Saint Lo Drive, Reisterstown, MD 21136

Main Purpose of Job

NOTE: This position operates within an on-call rotating schedule according to assignment within the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) to attend to all emergencies on a statewide 24/7 basis.

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 engage in preparedness activities and that the entire state is more disaster resilient. The Preparedness Branch – Planning Unit is a critical part of MEMA’s mission and the successful execution of the Agency’s Center for Preparedness Excellence.

This position reports to the Manager of the Preparedness Branch.

This position serves the State of Maryland, its State Agencies, and local jurisdictions in the following area:

  • Supervision and coordination of the Planning Unit; 
  • Development, revision, maintenance of consequence management plans and planning products;
  • Conduct inter-agency planning; 
  • Serve as a Planning Team Leader or a member of a Planning Team; 
  • Support the development of regional plans and planning projects; 
  • Provide technical assistance for planning to State Agencies and local jurisdictions; 
  • Supports the development and delivery of training and exercises; and 
  • Serve as a National Capital Region (NCR) Regional Preparedness Specialist supporting regional projects, initiatives, and activities.

The position will also support Agency programs, projects, and activities related to the overall Agency mission, and may be tasked to support other duties as assigned by the Manager of the Preparedness Branch.

In order to fulfill these responsibilities, this position requires strong communication, managerial, supervisory, and leadership skills, as well as strong technical and presentation skills.

POSITION DUTIES

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

  • Serve as the Planning Unit Supervisor
  • Provide Planning technical assistance
  • Training & Exercise support
  • Preparedness Branch support
  • Support the Agency's activities in the National Capital Region (NCR)
  • Support the Agency's statewide activities
  • Support MEMA’s strategic goals and objectives for emergency management
  • Support Maryland’s strategic goals and objectives for homeland security
  • Support and participate in Consequence Management Directorate and overall Agency initiatives and programs
  • Emergency and disaster prevention, response, and recovery operations as needed and/or assigned by agency Executive Director, Deputy Executive Director, Directors, or Consequence Management personnel

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education:   A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university that includes 30 credit hours in Planning, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Architecture, Public Administration, Engineering, Geography, Landscape Architecture, Economics, Public Finance, Political Science, Sociology, Regional Science, Information Technology or Urban Affairs.

Experience: Three years of experience in research and planning projects related to the development and use of land, water, transportation, community or natural resources by assisting in obtaining, analyzing and conducting research on demographic, socio-economic, political, cultural, geographic or land-use trends.

Notes:

1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in one of the specified educational fields for one year of the required experience.*

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of an additional Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in one of the specified educational fields for one additional year of the required experience.*

3. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in one of the specified educational fields for two years of the required experience.*

*Two years is the maximum number of years that may be substituted by education for the required experience.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Logistics, Urban Planning, Architect, Geospatial Intelligence Analyst or Cryptologic classifications; or Logistics, Urban Planning or Architect specialty codes in the Architect field of work, on a year-for-year basis, for the required experience and education.

SELECTIVE QUALIFICATIONS

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

  • 1 year of experience in emergency management all-hazards contingency planning including plan writing/development and implementing the planning processing

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

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

  • 2 years of experience serving as the planning team leader for complex interagency planning initiatives
  • 1 year of experience supervising personnel on/in a project, task force, unit, branch or other organizational component
  • 1 year of experience conducting project or program management including objective development, task tracking, budging, and report development
  • Certifications:
    • Maryland Planners Course Certification or equivalent State planning course certification
    • DHS Basic National Planners Course Certification 
    • DHS Planning Team Leader Course Certification
    • DHS National Planners Course Train-the-Trainer Certification 

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

NOT APPLICABLE.

SELECTION PROCESS

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 ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.

EXAMINATION PROCESS

The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.

BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

To submit your qualifying documents; the preferred method is to upload them using the "other" tab on the online application.  You may need to disable your browser's pop-up blocker to be able to upload documents.

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. 

The online application process is STRONGLY preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may mail a paper application and supplemental questionnaire to:      
MEMA - HR 
ATTN: Kristi Metzger 
5401 Rue Saint Lo Drive 
Reisterstown, MD 21136 

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

Paper application materials must be received in our office by the closing date for the recruitment. No postmarks will be accepted. 

MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.


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