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Emergency Planning Coordinator

Position Title: Emergency Planning Coordinator

Status: Full-Time Position

Division: Emergency Services

Union Affiliation: Non-Union

Job Summary

Under the supervision of a higher classified employee, the Emergency Planning Coordinator performs committee staffing and project management duties in the areas of equipment acquisition, training, exercising, and coordinated response planning for local and regional homeland security and emergency management initiatives.
The Coordinator will represent the Office of the Sheriff - Emergency Management Division on various homeland security committees and working groups, as assigned.

The Coordinator will also provide response procedural guidance and technical support to both internal county personnel and external public safety and health officials as required.


Examples of Duties
  • Provides staff support and project management for assigned homeland security and emergency management committees and projects
  • Serves on various committees related to homeland security and emergency management, as assigned
  • Assists and coordinates homeland security and disaster response preparedness and exercise planning and analysis with local, county, regional, state, and federal agencies and with other public and private organizations
  • Assists with reviewing and updating Washtenaw County's Emergency Action Guidelines and other related response planning documents, especially as it pertains to preparedness and response to acts of domestic and international terrorism
  • May be placed on-call to respond to the Emergency Operations Center or for field deployment due to crisis events
  • Performs all other related duties as assigned

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.


Employment Qualifications
Knowledge of:
  • Homeland Security grant programs and procedures
  • Principles and practices of emergency management
  • General procedures of public safety and health response organizations
  • Techniques for communicating with individuals of various socio-economic groups, sometimes in difficult circumstances
  • Applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations
  • Research, data analysis and report preparation techniques
  • Computer applications related to the work, and also possess the ability to learn new technologies related to emergency response
  • Correct oral and written English usage
  • Standard office practices, including the operation of standard office equipment
  • Basic budgetary principles and practices
  • Basic principles and practices of public administration
Skill in:
  • Public speaking, instructional program development and delivery
  • Interpreting, applying and explaining complex laws, policies and regulations
  • Setting priorities, coordinating multiple projects and meeting critical deadlines
  • Using sound, independent judgment within established guidelines, often in difficult or emergency situations
  • Preparing clear, concise and effective written materials, maintaining accurate records and files, and entering and retrieving information from a VDT terminal with sufficient speed and accuracy to perform the required work
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work


Physical Demands

Duties require sufficient mobility to work in a normal office setting and use standard office equipment including a computer, vision to read printed materials and a VDT screen and hearing and speech sufficient to communicate in person or over the telephone and/or using radio communications equipment. Must be physically capable of responding to emergency situations in various locations throughout the community.



Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Public Safety, Health, Fire Science, Criminal Justice, or a field related to the work is preferred.



At least two (2) years of experience as an Emergency Manager or Disaster Planner, and a minimum of two (2) additional years of professional experience.


Licenses and Certifications
  • Possession of a valid Michigan Operators License
  • Michigan State Police certification as a Professional Emergency Manager
  • Possession of a Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations program certificate of completion
  • Possession of a National Incident Management System ICS-300 and ICS-400 program certificate of completion


Other Special Requirements
  • Must initially and periodically pass a comprehensive background check
  • Must be willing to respond to emergency situations on a 24-hour on-call basis


This class description intends to identify the major duties and requirements of the job and should not be interpreted as all inclusive. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related duties other than those outlined above and may be required to specific job-related knowledge for successful job performance.
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