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Risk Analyst/GIS Specialist

Recruitment #22-002586-0149


The Maryland Department of Emergency Management (MDEM) is looking for a diligent, detail-oriented individual who is excited about making Maryland a safer place to live and work by joining our Risk Analysis team and performing real-time, forward-looking risk analysis for all hazards.

MDEM’s mission is to proactively reduce disaster risks and reliably manage consequences through collaborative work with Maryland’s communities and partners. MDEM is the department of State government with primary responsibility and authority for emergency preparedness policy, and for coordinating hazard mitigation, incident response, and disaster recovery. MDEM is a national leader in Emergency Management that provides Maryland residents, organizations, and emergency management partners with expert information, programmatic activities, and leadership in the delivery of financial, technical, and physical resources “to shape a resilient Maryland where communities thrive.” We do this by being Maryland's designated source of official risk reduction and consequence management information.

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. This may involve working 12 hour shifts extended periods of time in support of 24 hour consequence management activities.




5401 Rue St Lo Drive, Reisterstown, MD 21136

Main Purpose of Job

The Maryland Department of Emergency Management 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. MDEM works to ensure that all Marylanders are prepared, and to make Maryland more resilient.

This position reports to the MDEM Risk and Recovery Branch Manager 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 serves on a team that implements MDEM’s comprehensive incident risk analysis program during consequence management operations, including for response and recovery. The Risk Analyst reports to the Risk and Recovery Manager within the Disaster Risk Reduction Directorate. 

Hazard and incident risk analysis occurs before, during, and after disasters. This position develops and implements a risk analysis program to inform decision-makers throughout emergency response and recovery. This includes conducting ongoing analysis of risks that are currently or could affect Maryland and publishing products that can be used to inform planning efforts, such as hazard risk profiles and GIS products. Analysts must ensure that risk analysis occurs before, during, and after incidents on a 24/7/365 basis and develop products and situation reports that can be used to inform planning and operational decision making. 

In order to fulfill these responsibilities, this position requires strong communication, presentation, organizational, and writing skills. 


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

•Develop and update Geographic Information Systems (GIS) products and models that integrate, analyze, and visualize variable risk factors
•Provide incident analysis during consequence management operations, including for response and recovery
• Conduct ongoing analysis of the risk for all hazards that currently or could affect Maryland  
•Develop products that can be used to inform planning efforts 
•Perform statistical analysis of complex datasets
•Develop and manage a variety of databases using internal, external, and open-source data
• Manage web-based reporting platforms 
• Support the National Capital and Baltimore Regions by providing analysis and date
• Support and participate in workgroups, Disaster Risk Reduction Directorate, and Agency initiatives and programs, and Statewide activities
• Emergency and Disaster response and recovery operations as needed and/or assigned by agency Executive Director, Deputy Executive Director, Directors, or Operations Personnel.


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


1. Candidates may substitute 30 college credit hours from an accredited college or university for each year up to four years of the required experience. 

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and four years of experience in administrative staff or professional work for the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute additional graduate level education at an accredited college or university at the rate of 30 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 experience. 


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

•Working knowledge and experience with geographic information system (GIS) mapping and analysis. Education in risk management, geographic information systems, statistics, planning, civil engineering, environmental science, geology, or emergency management.  

• Professional experience in emergency management, risk analysis, intelligence, or a related field 

•Problem solving, critical thinking, program development, and communication skills.


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.


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.


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.


Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper
application and supplemental questionnaire may be submitted to: Maryland Department of
Emergency Management, 5401 Rue Saint Lo Drive, Reisterstown, MD 21136. Paper application
materials must be received in our office by the closing date for the recruitment. No postmarks will be

For questions regarding this recruitment, please call 410-517-3600, x3615.
MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

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

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