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Catastrophic Planner - Emergency Management Program Specialist 3

at State of Washington

Posted: 11/30/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2633625
Keywords: supervisor

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


Catastrophic Planner
(Emergency Management Program Specialist 3)
Emergency Management Division
Camp Murray, WA

Initial application screening will begin November 26, 2019 and will be ongoing until the position has been filled.  It is to the applicants' best interest to apply before this date. 
The Washington Emergency Management Division (EMD) is seeking a talented, energetic, positive and motivated planner to join its Planning Team in support of statewide initiatives to plan for and respond to catastrophic incidents.  The highly qualified individuals selected for this position will be responsible for coordinating plans among state agencies, local and tribal governments, and the federal government.  The ideal candidate must be able to work cooperatively with multiple stakeholders to develop seamless plans needed to facilitate life-saving and life-sustaining capabilities under difficult circumstances.

EMD Division Overview

The Washington Emergency Management Division, as part of the Washington Military Department, leads and coordinates mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery efforts in Washington State to minimize the impact of disasters and catastrophes on the State's people, property, environment, and economy.  Planning, an integral part of the Preparedness Cycle, along with Training, Exercise, and Assessment, is of vial importance to the EMD vision and Military Departments' mission.  A successful candidate should share our values and recognize the opportunities inherent within them, including the prospect to serve in an unparalleled variety of support roles, spanning the spectrum from community involvement to statewide policy review, from comprehensive emergency management to serving in the State Emergency Center (SEOC) during disaster activation.

Safe, Secure, Ready and Resilient Washington State.


Provide trained professional and operational forces who are ready to defend our state and nation, respond to emergencies and disasters, and build partnerships that improve communities and transform the lives of at-risk youth.


Public Service


The Catastrophic Planner, under the direction of the Planning Program Supervisor, will manage the development of Catastrophic Incident Annex (CIA) to the State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP).  The Catastrophic Planner will be responsible for analyzing potential hazards, developing hazard-specific annexes to the CIA in order to minimize the impacts of a catastrophic event, and coordinating with Emergency Managers at all levels to integrate the annexes into local and federal agency catastrophic plans.  The Catastrophic Planner will work closely with the Exercise and Assessment Team to test Catastrophic Plans through a series of full-scale exercises.

Responsible to prepare and update the State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan's (CEMP) Catastrophic Incident Annex (CIA).

Responsible for analyzing of potential catastrophic hazards.  Develops and coordinates potential impacts and develops hazard specific appendices to the CEMP's CIA.

Coordinates integration of state catastrophic plans with local jurisdiction and federal agency catastrophic plans.



Two years of experience as an Emergency Management Program Specialist 2;


A Bachelor's degree AND four years of professional-level experience in planning (e.g., urban, environmental, etc.), emergency management, financial management (grants, contracting, claims management, budgeting), training/education, public information/affairs, program/project management, environmental analysis, civil/structural engineering, or legislative affairs.

Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for the education requirement.  A Master's degree or Ph.D. degree will substitute for one year of the experience requirement.



One year of experience performing emergency planning for organizations of 23 or more personnel.

Two years of experience working with hazardous material emergency plans and procedures.

Knowledge of:

Federal and State Emergency Management and/or Homeland Security programs, policies and procedures.

Skills & Abilities to:

Work with people from public and private sectors and a wide array of local, tribal and state agencies in providing professional emergency catastrophic planning assistance, performing and analyzing catastrophic hazard assessments, and providing analysis and recommendations.

Review, evaluate, and coordinate plans; coordinating with state and federal agencies, local and tribal jurisdictions in developing emergency planning and infrastructure products implementing Federal and State directives for emergency planning in an accurate, appropriate, and timely manner.

Explain complex or technical information regarding rules, rights, regulations, policies, procedures, and programs.

Use Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Access, PowerPoint, SharePoint or similar programs) to develop documents in support of program requirements.

Supplemental Information

Compensation:  Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion.


Background Investigation:  Must successfully complete the appropriate background checks required for employment.  Must be willing to sign releases of information and shall not have access to any investigative materials and files.  The processing of background checks can take up to six months post-employment.  Failure to successfully pass a background check may be cause for termination.

Union Shop Provision:  This position is covered by a union shop provision - Washington Federation of State Employees.

Driver's License:  If selected for the position, must maintain and/or obtain a valid State of Washington driver's license prior to the date hired and be qualified to drive a state vehicle as required to accomplish program requirements.

Military Facility:  Willingness to work on a Military Controlled Access Installation.

Work Hours:  The standard workweek will be Tuesday through Friday with Mondays off for 4/10 hour schedule.  The actual work hours will be established between the employee and immediate supervisor and will start no earlier than 6:00am and end no later than 6:00pm.

Emergency Assignment:  Upon activation of the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) or Joint Field Office (JFO), incumbent may be required to work in an alternate location with rotating shifts, including weekends and evenings, in a highly stressful and fast-paced environment.

Travel:  Occasional travel required - up to 20% to include overnight stays.

Application Process
Individuals interested in applying for this position should select the "Apply" button and submit the following:

  1. A current application profile,
  2. Responses to the Supplemental Questions (Note that your responses to the supplemental questions will be used for interview selection),
  3. A list of three professional references.  Please include at least two past/current supervisors, one peer and subordinate if applicable.  For each reference include the following:
  • Name
  • Professional Title
  • Working Relationship
  • Daytime Phone Number
  • Email Address
** A resume will not substitute for completing the "work experience" section of the application.

The information provided in your application must support your supplemental questionnaire responses.  Responses not supported in your application and those referring to "see resume" will disqualify you for consideration of employment from this recruitment.

If you have questions about the application process or this recruitment, please email Geri Harding at

The Washington Military Department is an equal opportunity employer.  Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, and disabled and Vietnam era veterans are encouraged to apply.  Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application/selection process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternate format, may call the Recruitment Section of State Human Resources at (253) 512-7714 or Telecommunications Device for the hearing impaired at (253) 512-7298.