Planning Specialist

Recruitment #201222-UNCE-437


A resume and cover letter must be submitted with your application along with any required professional licenses and education information.

The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (ODEMHS) prepares for, responds to, recovers from, and mitigates against disasters and emergencies.  The department maintains the State Emergency Operations Center which serves as a command center for reporting emergencies and coordinating state response activities.

ODEMHS is seeking a full time Planning Specialist providing support to the Operations Division.  This is an unclassified position in state government located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and continued employment is based on availability of grant funding. ODEMHS offers a comprehensive Benefits Package, including a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents.  For more information about the benefit allowance [click here].   The annual salary for this position is up to $45,000.00.

Position Description:
Under direction of the Operations Planner, this position is responsible for performing a full range of professional duties involving all hazards emergency planning with emphasis on stakeholder integration at all levels of government.  This position requires collaboration, communication and interaction with agency members working on related projects, as well as local officials, state, federal and regional organizations and the general public.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
• Assist other planners and staff, and public or private entities to coordinate responsibilities under the plan to ensure an efficient response to an emergency or disaster
• Coordinate planning and response activities with neighboring jurisdictions, such as other counties or states, to ensure a properly coordinate response to emergencies or disasters
• Evaluate procedures, analyze problem areas, recommend solutions and prepare reports 
• Provide assistance to local political subdivisions in developing and updating local Emergency Operations Plans (EOP's) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's); assists jurisdictions in evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of EOP's, programs, and the performance of emergency management offices following state and federal standards
• Provide training in basic emergency management skills; performs public relations activities in addressing private and public groups and obtaining voluntary cooperation and participation of local government officials
• Attend meetings, seminars, training, and conferences relating to assigned special hazard or emergency management, including exercise design & development and hazard analysis
• Serve as Watch Officer

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Ability to analyze complex information, draw conclusions and make sound recommendations
• Knowledge of project prioritization and organization of tasks to improve efficiencies and timely delivery
• Strong oral and written communication skills
• Gather and organize educational materials
• Work independently and in a team setting
• Anticipate, identify, and resolve problems
• Skilled in providing customer service to stakeholders
• Ability to establish, maintain and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work both internally and externally
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite including Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel
• Ability to exercise independent judgement regarding general policies, procedural and legal guidelines
• Represent the Agency with professional tact and diplomacy

Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Work is typically performed in an office setting with climate-controlled settings and exposure to mild noise level.  This position requires long periods of sitting and daily use of computer and telephone.  Must be able and willing to perform all related travel in state and out of state when necessary, which may include overnight travel.

Equal Opportunity Employment:
The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of genetic information, race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.

Reasonable Accommodation:
Any qualified applicant with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits his/her ability to participate in the application process and desires a reasonable accommodation, must notify Kimberly Hill, ADA Coordinator, at of the need for an accommodation, identify the impairment, and identify the requested accommodation.







Education and Experience:
A bachelor's degree in Business, Arts, Public Administration or Urban Planning and one year of professional experience related to research, planning, administration, operation of emergency planning, development of written plans, or policy development; or an equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting one year of experience for each year of required education.


Please read instructions carefully and include all required documents when you submit your application. No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.


Veteran’s preference points apply only for initial appointment in the classified service.