Job Details

Disaster Response Planner (Coordinator II)

City of Portland, Portland, OR

Job - Government

Close Date: 08/19/2019

The City of Portland, Bureau of Emergency Management, is seeking a Disaster Response Planner.

The mission of the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) is to create a disaster-resilient Portland. Our major programs are emergency operations, response and recovery planning, and community outreach and volunteer programs. We strive to create an inclusive workplace and center our work in the communities most impacted by disasters. PBEM is recruiting for a Disaster Response Planner. The Disaster Response Planner coordinates citywide emergency response planning.

This position is responsible for leading collaborative planning processes and developing and documenting emergency response plans for the City. Specific responsibilities include: researching best practices in other jurisdictions, project scoping, developing project plans, facilitating stakeholder and technical advisory groups, and writing and editing plan documents. Additionally, the Disaster Response Planner will advise on other bureaus' emergency response plans, serve as the bureau representative on interagency workgroups, and support efforts to create a citywide culture of resilience. They may evaluate, select, and manage consultant contracts for technical planning services.

The Disaster Response Planner is also a part of the bureau's emergency response team, works in the City Emergency Coordination Center when it is activated and serves as the on-call duty officer on a rotating basis. The successful applicant will share a commitment to PBEM's mission. They will be a strong writer and editor, a capable facilitator, and able to develop plans from initial scoping to document production. They will also be flexible to respond to actual emergencies as they arise.

Why join the City of Portland?

The City of Portland is committed to offering medical, dental, vision, basic life, and long-term disability coverage that provides quality care, support and value to eligible employees and their family members. Additional benefits such as flexible spending accounts, supplemental life insurance and employee assistance program coverage are available to ensure employees have the appropriate tools to safeguard themselves and their family. The City of Portland also participates in PERS, the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System. For more information on the City of Portland's benefits please click here.


The following qualifications are required for this position:

1. Knowledge of principles and practices of business communication and program administration.
2. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Bureau/Office managers and staff, representatives of other governmental agencies, the public, and others encountered in the course of work.
3. Ability to analyze, interpret, explain, and apply relevant laws, regulations, ordinances, policies, and procedures.
4. Ability to communicate clearly, logically, and persuasively, both verbally and in writing; prepare concise and comprehensive reports, correspondence, and other documents.
5. Ability to collaborate with communities of color and people traditionally underrepresented in local decision-making; facilitate inclusive participation.


An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their cover letter and resume weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested. Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on an equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information.


Application Instructions

Applicants must submit a cover letter and professional résumé online, specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement in accordance with the following Application Instructions:

Your résumé and cover letter will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
•Your cover letter should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.
•Your résumé should support the details described in the cover letter.
•If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your cover letter any transferrable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the "To Qualify" section above.

Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted via the City's online application process. Do not attach materials not requested. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 pm, on the closing date of this recruitment. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, attach a copy of your DD214 / DD215 and/or Veteran's Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veteran's Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment you apply for.

Veteran's Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.

Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.

It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply. If you wish to identify yourself as an individual with a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and will be requesting an accommodation, the requests must be made to the Analyst(s) named below No Later Than the Closing Date of This Announcement.

Terrol Johnson, Senior Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources
(503) 823-3172

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer

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