Job Details

Emergency Management Senior Analyst

Multnomah County, Portland

Job - Government

Close Date: 03/27/2020

The Opportunity:

Pay Range: $33.81 - $41.61 per hour / $70,595.28 -$86,881.68. This union represented position is eligible for overtime.

This position will be open continuously and the first review date will be March 5, 2020.

Disaster Ready: Everyone, Everywhere

Working Together to Build Resilient Communities

Do these phrases get you excited?

Do you have a heart for community, for people, for working together for a common goal?

Are you a high energy, self-motivated individual who can hit the ground running?

Do you like tackling multiple projects and facing challenges head on?

If so, then Multnomah County Emergency Management (MCEM) is looking for you to join our team! Our emergency management program anticipates and responds to the needs of the community with compassion, equity, transparency, efficiency, diligence and collaboration.We are seeking an experienced Emergency Management Planner who embodies these qualities, is a skilled technical writer and seasoned project manager.

The MCEM team emphasizes building and maintaining partnerships with county departments; adjacent emergency management programs, public and private sectors; and nonprofit agencies who work closely with the county to provide support to visitors and communities in our county. These partnerships and collaborations create rewarding opportunities for you to gain new experiences, build professional networks, make new friends and most importantly - build a more resilient community.

This Emergency Management Planner manages the County’s Continuity of Operations (COOP) Program and is the lead for other plans across the disaster cycle. All MCEM Planners are responsible for taking a whole-community approach to emergency plans, processes and services to ensure no one falls through the cracks. This position requires excellent judgement, discretion, and decision-making to meet organizational priorities and deadlines. A high degree of integrity, diligence, attention to detail, and initiative are keys for success in this role.

The right candidate will clearly demonstrate strong writing and project management skills as well as the ability to build relationships across the whole community. A proven track record of successfully navigating complex political situations that include diverse perspectives and communities, while negotiating agreements and balancing disparate points of view, is a must. For this position in particular we’re looking for someone who is familiar with principles of Continuity of Operations and likes to think outside the box. Active listening to understand stakeholder needs and the ability to design human centered processes and procedures will help this Planner be successful.

Types of assignments for this position include:


Prepare and update emergency management plans that describe the purpose and scope; provide a concept of operations; and describe and assign roles and responsibilities to county departments and external partners. Examples include the Emergency Operations Plan, Catastrophic Plan, Continuity of Government Plan, and other annexes to the Comprehensive Emergency Operations Plan.

Ensure plans and processes consider the most vulnerable people and places and include strategies to reduce disparate impact to those people and places, including potential racial and ethnic disparities experienced in communities.

Review emergency plans for county departments and non-departmental offices and partner agencies to ensure their regulatory compliance and alignment with Multnomah County emergency plans.

Assist local communities in developing guidelines, programs and protocols for emergency management programs.

Train external and internal emergency management partners in deliberate planning (blue skies) procedures.

Attend local and regional emergency management meetings, as needed to support MCEM planning and operations.

Project Management

Manage the countywide Continuity Of Operation Program (COOP), including updating the COOP Multi-Year Strategic Plan, developing COOP tools, providing technical support to County departments and coordinating COOP trainings and exercises.

Design and manage complex multi-jurisdictional projects that align with the County and MCEM missions and meet regulation and grant requirements.

Lead large stakeholder groups or steering committees whose participation and buy in is necessary to sustain a planning project or program long term.

Build and maintain relationships with county departments and non-departmental offices; other local municipalities; nonprofit agencies, and other organizations necessary to the development and publication of emergency plans.

Operations support

Contribute to the development of training and exercises, as needed, in support of the MCEM Operations Division.

Lead or participate in the development of After Action Reports (AAR) and Improvement Plans (IP) subsequent to exercises and responses. Facilitate or otherwise support AAR/IP reviews by leading AAR/IP discussions or preparing AAR/IP meeting materials.

Assist with inventories of MCEM property such as mass shelter equipment and other items essential to support emergency operations.

Serve as 24/7 Duty Officer on a rotating basis with other MCEM staff.

Serve in the County Emergency Operations Center during activations.

Diversity and Inclusion: At Multnomah County, we don't just accept difference; we value it and support it to create a culture of dignity and respect for our employees. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

MCEM encourages anyone who have worked in any of these areas, community organizations or have transferable skills to apply to this position.

To Qualify
We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education, and transferable skills as qualifying unless an item or section is labeled required. Please be clear and specific about how your background is relevant.

Minimum Qualifications/Transferable Skills:

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent working experience.

Five years of increasingly responsible experience in emergency management or a related field.

Experience and familiarity with real-world emergency activations/events.

Advanced knowledge, understanding, ability and proficiency of:

Natural and man-made hazards and how those hazards affect both rural and urban environments.

Principles and practices of Emergency Management and knowledge areas including, but not limited to, National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS), National Response Framework (NRF), Continuity of Operations, and others.

Leading and managing the development and maintenance of complex multi-year, multi-disciplinary, multi-jurisdictional plans that meet federal, state and local requirements, such as FEMA requirements and the Code of Federal Regulations. This includes developing a planning team, scoping the project, developing timelines and milestones, public involvement and successful completion of the project.

Evaluating, interpreting and explaining relevant statutes, rules and policies to assure planning products align.

Written communication, including preparing clear, concise, and comprehensive reports, studies and plans that translate complex data-driven concepts and hazard risk messaging to a wide range of stakeholders.

Methods of and experience engaging communities in culturally appropriate ways, including those with access and functional needs, diverse racial and ethnic communities, and other underserved and underrepresented communities.

Navigating complex political situations and diverse perspectives of stakeholders; exercising tact and diplomacy when dealing with sensitive and complex situations; and negotiating agreement while balancing disparate points of view

This position is designated as an Essential Employee and must be available to provide operational support during emergency/disaster situations. Employees who have been designated as operationally essential (“Essential”) are required to report for duty regardless of facility closure or curtailment of some or all County operations.

Serve as 24/7 Duty Officer on a rotating basis with other MCEM staff. Passage of Duty Officer training to be completed within the first 30 days of hire.

Serve in the County Emergency Operations Center during activations.

Ability to pass a criminal records check and professional reference check.

Preferred Qualifications/Transferable Skills: You do not need to have the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills to qualify. However, keep in mind we may consider some or all of the following when identifying the most qualified candidates. Please clearly explain on your application how you meet any of the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills.

Experience leading Continuity of Operations programs.

Familiarity with social equity frameworks (such as the County’s Equity and Empowerment Lens) in developing program initiatives and plans.

Ability to lead through influence rather than position.

Demonstrate initiative to resolve unexpected problems and situations related to the work assignment

Understand and operate technology programs, including but not limited to: Office Suite (specifically Word), WebEOC, Google Drive, Ops Center and other professional applications.

FEMA Incident Command System certifications (ICS 100, ICS 200, and ICS 300)

FEMA Professional Development Series Certification (IS-120, IS-230, IS-235, IS-240, IS-241, IS-242, IS-244)

Screening and Evaluation
The Application Packet:

A completed online application.

A resume covering relevant experience and education. Please be sure your resume includes the following for each employer: name of employer, location, dates of employment, your title, a brief summary of your responsibilities.

A cover letter (up to 2 pages) that describes

In this role, how will your skills add value to MCEM?

What helps a COOP program,or any long term program, thrive over time?

What makes you excited about this position?

Note: The application, resume and cover letter should demonstrate your work experience/skills and how it is related to those shown in the Overview and To Qualify sections of the job announcement. Please be thorough, as these materials may be scored and determine your eligibility for an interview.

The Selection Process: For details about how we typically screen applications, review our overview of the selection process page. We expect to evaluate candidates for this recruitment as follows:

Initial review of minimum qualifications: We will review the minimum qualifications using application, resume and cover letter.

Additional Evaluation: We may do an additional preferred review and/or send out additional questions to identify those highest qualified.

Consideration of top candidates: We will consider qualified candidates in order of rank and score from the list of eligible candidates. This may include panel interview(s), a hiring interview, and/or additional testing to determine the best candidates for a position.

Background check and reference checks: All finalists must pass a thorough criminal records check and reference check.

Diversity and Inclusion: At Multnomah County, we don't just accept difference; we value it and support it to create a culture of dignity and respect for our employees.

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran or protected veteran status, genetic information and other legally protected characteristics. The EEO is the Law poster is available for your reference. Multnomah County is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. We request priority protected veteran referrals.

Veterans’ Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualifying veterans may apply for veterans’ preference. Review our veterans’ preference page for details about eligibility and how to apply.

Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act: We gladly provide reasonable accommodation to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing an application or participating in this recruitment process. Please contact the recruiter below in advance to request assistance. Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may contact the recruiter through the Telecommunications Relay Service by dialing 711.

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