Exercise and Training Officer

$65,825.55 - $109,708.77 yr
Mar 13, 2017
Apr 03, 2017
Full Time
Develops training and exercises to meet Fairfax County and the National Capital Region's needs. We are seeking a detail oriented emergency management professional who can design, develop and, lead both local and regional training and exercise efforts on behalf of the county. Other duties include:
  • Works with multiple county and state agencies, regional jurisdictions, and other emergency management partners to identify, develop, and conduct training and exercises for Fairfax County and the National Capital Region (NCR).
  • Writes after-action reports (AARs) for real-world incidents and exercises.
  • Facilitates meetings and hot washes.
  • Develops and maintains all agency improvement plans.
  • Manages the county Corrective Action Program (CAP).
  • Coordinates with county agencies to address areas for improvement.
  • Responsible for writing quarterly grant reports and project management plans.
  • Updates the county's emergency management multi-year training and exercise Plan.
  • Represents the agency on various local, state, and regional committees and work groups as assigned, which requires travel throughout the region.
NOTE: This position is classified as essential personnel and is expected to serve as a member of an assigned EOC team upon activation, which could include extended hours (12-hour shifts) over multiple days. This is grant funded through a federal Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) program.
Illustrative Duties (The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position description.)
  • Acts as a senior project officer thus insuring a high degree of performance for a diverse and highly complex county-level emergency management program;
  • Regularly facilitates and convenes meetings with county agencies, recommends appropriate courses of emergency action, establishes emergency planning guidelines, and ensures compliance with federal, state and county emergency management guidance;
  • Conducts research, prepares, develops and maintains identified emergency management plans and procedures as necessary to assure the timely, efficient and effective response to and recovery from identified emergencies;
  • Prepares both written and oral reports describing procedures, projects and activities of Emergency Management.
  • Plans, conducts training and exercises to validate/enhance emergency operations, plans and procedures. Integrates lessons learned into emergency plans and procedures;
  • Manages county-wide exercises, multiple agency events;
  • Conducts independent research, prepares, develops and manages assigned projects/ programs in a variety of complex emergency management areas;
  • Supervises assigned emergency support functions (ESF) and EOC personnel to mobilize/manage resources during an EOC activation;
  • Plans and manages multiple agency response initiatives during an emergency;
  • Evaluate new technology for applicability and enhanced effectiveness;
  • May supervise other employees on a recurring or project basis.
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities
  • Extensive knowledge of theory, principles, techniques and practices of emergency management and public safety;
  • Knowledge of emergency disaster plans of local, federal and state governments;
  • Ability to plan and organize an emergency preparedness program;
  • Ability to effectively coordinate a variety of emergency management related activities;
  • Ability to research and develop emergency management plans for the county;
  • Ability to effectively communicate on emergency management issues;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups on complicated projects;
  • Ability to operate emergency communications equipment, computers, wireless devices, etc.
Employment Standards MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:Any combination of education, experience and training equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in business administration, public safety, emergency management or related fields; plus four years of professional work experience in emergency management or public safety.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license and a safe driving record.
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check and a driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.
  • The appointee must also complete the following Incident Command System courses: (ICS) 100, 200, 300, 400, 700 and 800 classes within six months of hire;
  • And must complete the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Professional Development Series (PDS) certification program and the Virginia Emergency Management Association (VEMA) Emergency Management Assistant Program (EMA) within the first 18 months of employment.
Job is generally sedentary in nature, however, visual acuity is required to read data on computer monitor, incumbent must be able to operate keyboard driven equipment. Must communicate with others. Employee may require to lift up to 15 lbs. All duties will be accomplished with or without reasonable accommodations.

  • Certifications:
  • Emergency Management (CEM) certification through the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM); and/or
  • Professional Emergency Manager (PEM) certification through the Virginia Emergency Management Association (VEMA) and;
  • Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) certification through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
  • Prior experience working in an Emergency Operations Center (EOC);
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;
  • Experience in developing and conducting training and exercise;
  • Experience in project management and developing written plans of action;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals;
  • Experience using Microsoft Office Suite computer software, and ability to develop and design computer based learning products using Lectora, Articulate or other eLearning software.
    Panel interview; may include exercise
    It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

    Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 711. EEO/AA/TTY.

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