City of Tampa

Homeland Security Strategic Planner (#757020) N33

$33.18-$49.77 Hourly / $5,751.20-$8,626.80 Monthly / $69,014.40-$103,521.60 Yearly

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class of work is responsible for assisting with necessary planning support needed to comply with the needs of the Urban Area Security Initiative Grant Program as defined in the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Notice Of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Tampa Bay Urban Area. Work is performed under general supervision requiring the use of reasonable initiative and independent judgment in completing assigned tasks and meeting time constraints. Work activities are reviewed while in progress, through conferences, reports submitted, and results obtained.

Examples of Duties

Provides preparedness planning support with the responsibility of successfully executing required planning directed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the Tampa Bay Urban Area.  

Provides assistance to the Urban Area Working Group (UAWG) in support of compliance requirements of the Office for Domestic Preparedness as it relates to the Urban Area Homeland Security Strategy (UAHSS), the National Preparedness Goal & the eight National Priorities.  This includes, but is not limited to, updating the Tampa Bay Urban Area Strategy, Tampa Bay Urban Area Working Group Charter, monitoring that Discipline Committee’s governance documents are current, and create and maintain a Regional Gap and Capabilities Assessment.  

Provides assistance in maintaining the accuracy of contact and assessment information for Tampa Bay Area’s Critical Infrastructure /Key Resources database (DS-7); facilitates the Tampa Bay UASI’s role in meeting the ongoing needs associated with updating/completing the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) process, signing off on, and submitting to DHS/FEMA as required; provide  strategic support for compliance requirements of the State of Florida and the Department of Homeland Security Office for Grants & Training as it relates to the development, coordination and completion of required training and exercise events; take meeting minutes as needed.  

Perform a variety of research and statistical work in support of workforce planning, forecasting, and analysis activities; design, develop, and maintain workforce models to forecast and project the size and flow of events; develop strategies for addressing actual and potential organizational deficiencies based on projected skill gaps and demands.  

Prepare and present formal briefings using graphic software and summarize results of studies and analytical investigations.  

Performs other related duties.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: the development of Homeland Security efforts; principles and practices of emergency management and planning functions; policies and procedures; public safety operations and services.   

Working knowledge of: Homeland Security operations and concepts; the National Response Framework; the National Incident Management System; NIMS Resource Manager, National Infrastructure Protection Plan, Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) and State Preparedness Report (SPR) Processes, research techniques and related data sources. Completion of the following FEMA courses (available online at IS 100, 200, 700, 703, 800 and 860.  

Ability to: conduct research and analytical activities; effectively collect, assimilate, analyze, and interpret data and draw sound conclusions; work independently and as a member of a team; prepare oral and written reports and impart them effectively; formulate sound recommendations and present them effectively; develop long-term strategies and goals; interpret policies, procedures, codes, ordinances and regulations; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; communicate effectively both orally and in writing.  

Skill in: developing and conducting formal presentations;

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in planning, public or business administration, criminal justice/homeland security, project administration or a related field and five (5) years of planning experience and six (6) months emergency management experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid Florida driver’s license.


This is a federal grant/contract funded position for a minimum of twelve (12) months which may be extended depending on the availability of funds.  

During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.

CLASS: 757020; EST: 8/1/2017;