Emergency Management Program Specialist


Recruitment #240408-0511AR-001


Are you looking to grow your career in Emergency Management? If so, take a look at this great opportunity with the State of Connecticut!

      In addition, the State puts an emphasis on:
      • Providing limitless opportunities;
      • Hiring for diversity and fresh perspectives;
      • Performing meaningful work and;
      • Encouraging a healthy work/life balance!
      • This position is full-time, following a first shift schedule, 40 hours per week, scheduled Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM.
      • This position also offers the opportunity to work in a hybrid environment with the potential of following a flex schedule.
      • In this position, the incumbent will serve as liaison to the Federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state and local communities and agencies.
      • In this position, the incumbent will also implement the Connecticut Radiological Emergency Response Plan.
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      DESPP is committed to protecting and improving the quality of life for all by providing a broad range of public safety services, training, regulatory guidance and scientific services utilizing enforcement, prevention, education and state of the art science and technology.

      The goal of the Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) program is to develop and exercise methods and plans in order to prevent, protect against, mitigate the effects of, respond to, and recover from incidents involving commercial nuclear power plants.

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      Selection Plan

      Before you apply:
      • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the minimum qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application. 
      • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date, unless otherwise specified. 
      • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
      • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to DAS.SHRM@CT.Gov.
      • For assistance in applying, please read or watch our Applicant Tips on How to Apply!
      Important information for after you apply:
      Candidates selected for an interview must provide the following at the time of interview: 

      State Employees
      • Two (2) most recent performance evaluations
      • Completed CT-HR-13
      Non-State Employees
      • Two (2) professional references contact information (Name, Email, and Phone Number)
      • Completed CT-HR-13
      Candidates who have been selected for employment with the Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection are subject to a detailed background investigation, including a fingerprint supported state and federal criminal history record check along with reference checks. Selection for employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the background investigation. Any pending disciplinary history within the past 2 years and review of attendance records are also considered in this selection process. 

      Click here to complete the Criminal Convictions addendum (CT-HR-13). The CT-HR-13 can also be found on the DAS website by typing in "CT-HR-13" into the "Search Department of Administrative Services" search field. 

      • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the questionnaire's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
      • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
      • Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
      • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
      • For current state employees, salary calculations are not necessarily comparable from branch to branch but it does not impact your state service credit.
      Questions about this position should be directed to Alejandro G. Dávila-Hurtado at Alejandro.Davila-Hurtado@CT.Gov.


      In the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection and the Department of Public Health, this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in planning, monitoring, evaluating and implementing the State's Comprehensive Emergency Preparedness Plans, Homeland Security Plans or statewide public health emergency preparedness plans and drills.


      • Develops and updates the Radiological Emergency Response Plans (RERP), as required in Section 28-31 of the Connecticut General Statutes, to respond to and recover from the effects of a catastrophic event at a nuclear power plant;
      • Provides technical support in the areas of research, planning, data collection, data analysis and training for state agencies and local community emergency responders;
      • Implements the Connecticut Radiological Emergency Response Plan;
      • Acts as liaison to the Federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state and local communities and agencies;
      • Aids in development of state and local RERP mitigation measures, including developing new programs to implement new national public precautionary actions;
      • Develops and updates public information publications;
      • Gives briefings;
      • Trains state and local officials in the preparation of long-term plans compatible with federal and state plans;
      • Develops, reviews and revises RERP training programs, including conducting annual and biannual drills and exercises;
      • Analyzes and prepares evaluations of Connecticut’s emergency preparedness status;
      • Analyzes technical information regarding transportation resources;
      • Performs related duties as required.


      • Knowledge of
        • information dissemination practices and techniques;
        • the principles of nuclear power generation and the principles of radiological hazards;
        • federal and state regulations applicable to emergency management and associated programs;
        • personal computers, desktop publishing and database management;
        • the incident command system;
        • equipment and systems used in a radiological emergency;
        • current state and local RERP plans and procedures;
        • the background and objectives of emergency management programs;
        • the nature and effects of various types of natural and man-made disasters;
      • Considerable
        • oral and written communication skills;
        • interpersonal skills;
      • Ability to
        • analyze problems, interpret data, determine alternatives and propose solutions;
        • prepare and present oral reports of considerable complexity with clarity and persuasiveness;
        • establish and maintain effective working relationships;
        • prepare comprehensive hazard response plans;
        • utilize computer software.


      Six (6) years of experience in planning, technical writing, program management, grants administration, training or public information.

      NOTE: Planning is defined as collecting and analyzing technical data (social, environmental, economic, governmental), determining problems and concerns and developing long term plans accordingly. These are formal, written plans, i.e. statements of goals and objectives, recommended alternatives for action and policies and programs to achieve the goals and objectives. Generally, these plans will impact statewide activities or a large-scale corporation, which has branch or satellite facilities. Candidates must perform these types of duties the majority of time and the planning function must be the major thrust of the job.


      • College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
      • A Master's degree in emergency preparedness/homeland security, planning, public administration, public information or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
      • Successful completion of a Connecticut Careers Trainee program approved by the Department of Administrative Services may be substituted for the General Experience.


      • Experience implementing Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) principles, to include planning and executing drills and exercises;
      • Experience utilizing the of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Program Manual, the Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Program 16 Planning Standards, and the Capability Targets associated with the Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Program;
      • Experience collaborating with Off-Site Response Organizations (OROs) to achieve the Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Program requirements;
      • Experience in interpretation and evaluation of response procedures;
      • Experience in development and writing of formal response plans; and
      • Experience with radiological dosimetry equipment.


      • Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's License.
      • Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
      • Emergency management drills and actual emergencies may require work outside of normal hours.
      • On-call status may be required.



      In addition to the checking of references and of facts stated in the application, a thorough background investigation of each candidate may be made by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and/or the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection before persons are certified for appointment.



      The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.


      As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.