Virginia seeks planner for Department of Emergency Management

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management is hiring a new planner to assist in the development of emergency operation plans, according to a job posting on the agency's website.


The role is restricted by funding, and a one-year probationary period will be required. The person hired will work in the Richmond office. Overnight travel to central Virginia and Hampton Roads regions will be required.


The planner will work with local governments and state institutions of higher education to develop emergency operation plans. They will create templates for operating plans, revise documents and ensure special needs populations are included in the plans.


The role requires attending meetings, providing technical assistance, assisting the coordination of disaster planning and developing and presenting related training.


During emergency response and recovery activities, the planner will assist the Virginia Emergency Operations Center Resource Management Unit.


Qualified applicants will have a working knowledge of required emergency services during natural and man-made disasters. They will have a thorough understanding of requirements of special populations and techniques used for planning and training for emergency services.


The person hired must know how to plan, manage and direct projects, coordinate and develop operating plans and review plans to offer recommendations.


A bachelor's degree in emergency management, urban and regional planning or public administration is preferred.