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Emergency Management Planning Coordinator

Seattle Public Utilities
Seattle, Washington, United States
3 days ago


Position Description

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is offering a exciting opportunity for a Emergency Management Planning Coordinator (P&D Spec Sr.) in the Risk & Quality Assurance Division. This position will be tasked with the development and updates of SPU's Emergency Management Plans. This work will align with the SPU's Strategic Business Plan (Download PDF reader), ensuring public and environmental health to SPU's staff and community.  

SPU is a Community Centered Utility working to make Seattle the best place to live for everyone. We deliver high quality, vital services, across four lines of business: providing water, solid waste, drainage and wastewater services for Seattle residents and businesses. In addition, SPU provides drinking water for 1.5 million regional customers in Seattle and the other municipalities. Our customers depend on us to deliver high quality, reliable, and cost-conscious utility services and to achieve the highest benefits possible for every investment we make.
SPU commits to Our City Values and Race and Social Justice as core principles that guide our work. We support and hold ourselves accountable to this commitment by eliminating barriers to access and providing employees with equitable opportunities for professional growth and advancement.
Why join us?
We know work isn't only about what you do it’s also about who you work for and with! SPU provides a fun and family-friendly work environment that supports a work life balance, including:

  • Hybrid work schedule opportunities
  • Family-friendly and multicultural work environment 
  • Generous benefits package  
  • Free public transportation options 
  • City pension plan with employer/employee contributions.
  • Growth potential and advancement opportunities

Job Responsibilities

Essential duties for the Emergency Management Planning Coordinator include:

  • Develop and maintain utility-wide preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation plans. Examples include SPU's Continuity of Operations Plan, SPU's Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, SPU's Hazard Identification and Vulnerability Analysis, and SPU's Emergency Operations Plan.
  • Provide guidance to emergency planners in other work groups to ensure planning best practices for hazard-specific plans like Winter Weather, Wet Weather, Damage Assessment, Seismic Response, Dam Failure, and others.
  • Manage internal and external planning and project team members in order to ensure consistent, useable and effective plans.
  • Assists in the identification of and application for grant products and programs.
  • Lead the development and update of workplans, specific to the SPU Emergency Management Team, including the 1 year and 5 year strategic workplans and contributions to utilitywide strategic business planning products.
  • Understands and applies best practices and guidance from the National Incident Management System to planning processes and products.
  • Ensure that plans are operational according to SPU's Incident Management Concept of Operations and identify plan components like delegation of authority, implementation of command through the Incident Command System, and Safety and Accountability measures.
  • Partners with SPU's diverse customers and the Seattle Community to ensure that SPU's Race and Social Justice guiding principles and tools are applied to emergency planning products.
  • As a member of SPU's Emergency Management Team, deliver periodic public and internal preparedness outreach presentations to ensure SPU Staff and community are prepared to respond to the impacts of disaster.
  • Provide rotating coverage of SPU Emergency Management Officer duties to include some nights and weekends, with additional availability during seasonal impacts of wet and winter weather.

Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.



ExperienceThree (3) years of experience in planning and research related to emergency management, land use, urban economics, human services, environmental issues, conservation; or other work directly related to City planning and development activities, including:

  • Leading the development of a significant emergency management planning product like an Emergency Operations Plan, COOP Plan, Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, Hazard Mitigation Plan, or Hazard-Specific Response Plan
  • Experience in building teams, including leadership sponsorship, for corporate and hazard-specific planning products
  • Community or internal outreach experience in basic emergency preparedness concepts

EducationBachelor's degree in emergency management, social services, planning, urban design, environmental studies, public administration, or other related discipline. 

Required LicenseAt the time of appointment must hold a valid Washington State Driver License and have the ability to travel throughout the jurisdiction, as needed.

Required Certifications- ICS 100, ICS 200 and NIMS 700 are required at time of hire, ICS 300 and 400 to be completed within 1 year of hire date  

Combinations of appropriate education, training, certification, and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability to the minimum education and experience requirements.

To be successful in this role, a candidate should possess some of the following knowledge/experience and abilities.

  • 1+ years experience in local government or frontline service delivery of basic services like utilities, public works, public safety, or other critical/lifeline essential services
  • Experience in advocating for historically underserved communities
  • 1+ years experience in delivering a high volume of facilitation/presentation events
  • Experience and examples of delivering emergency planning/preparedness presentations to executive/elected officials.

Application Requirement(s):

  • A full City of Seattle online application
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter addressing your knowledge and experience, related to this position. Also please include:
    • Why do you want this position and why are you the best candidate?

Additional Information

This hiring process involves a background check of conviction and arrest records in compliance with Seattle’s Fair Chance Employment Ordinance, SMC 14.17.   Applicants will be provided an opportunity to explain or correct background information.

City of Seattle COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate
All City of Seattle employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Failure to submit proof of vaccination or qualify for a reasonable accommodation will result in withdrawal of a job offer.
Workplace Environment/Telework Expectations
Most work is performed in a normal City work/office environment; however, due to the ongoing pandemic and Covid-19 state and local restrictions, hybrid telework/office/field assignment work will be available until at least January 2022; consistent with HR guidelines, and as circumstances dictate. Must be able to respond to a primary SPU facility within two (2) hours under normal transportation conditions, as well as lift 25 lbs to prepare for outreach events. We continue to seek guidance from local public health agencies and will proceed accordingly with any necessary changed or needs regarding "workplace location" expectations.
Who may apply: The City of Seattle encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experience. This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 59992071
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington, United States
  • Position Title: Emergency Management Planning Coordinator
  • Company Name: Seattle Public Utilities
  • Job Function: Emergency Management
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Salary: $45.74 - $53.31 (Hourly Wage)
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