Emergency Preparedness Specialist

Arlington, Virginia
Compensation Grade: S19Op
Nov 23, 2018
Dec 24, 2018
Full Time
Compensation Grade: S19

Opening Date: November 23, 2018

Closing Date: December 22, 2018Please Note: All job announcements close at 11:59 p.m. of the day before the posted closing date.

As an Emergency Preparedness Specialist, you will assist in developing and implementing the Airports Authority Emergency Management and Preparedness program.

Emergency Preparedness Specialist

Serves in the Office of the Chief Operating Officer, located in the Headquarters Office.

Assists in coordinating, designing, conducting, and evaluating emergency management and preparedness plans, including business continuity plans, training and exercises among Airports Authority Offices, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, and the Dulles Toll Road, and with government agencies and outside interests. Performs related functions.


Provides technical guidance and training to Airports Authority Offices and departments using current and accepted emergency management practices, theory and methodologies.

Serves as a liaison to Federal, state, and local agencies, airport tenants, and emergency relief and community services, business organizations, and industrial organizations, to coordinate full participation in emergency management planning and activities.

Conducts research, prepares and presents reports on the status of the Airports Authority's emergency and disaster preparedness; the impact of legislation on the Airport Authority's emergency management plans and its policies, activities, procedures, and training needs.

Makes recommendations to the Emergency Management and Preparedness Manager to address deficiencies, training needs, and improving emergency management preparedness.

Keeps abreast of emergency management “best practices”, lessons learned, doctrine, policies, and guidelines affecting the Airports Authority Emergency Management and Preparedness program and operations.

Develops, coordinates and facilitates training on emergency and disaster preparedness and response including instructional plans, training materials and scheduling of classes, field instruction and drills.

Develops educational materials and literature on emergency and disaster readiness to distribute to employees, travelers, government entities, air carriers, tenants, business partners and vendors consistent with the Airports Authority's brand and themes, as well as the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS).

Utilizes the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) to conduct exercises to test and assess Airport Authority's emergency preparedness, response, and recovery.

When necessary or as directed, reports to the Airports Authority Emergency Operations Center (EOC), the DCA or IAD Operations Centers, or to other locations such as incident command posts or local, state, or Federal facilities, to observe and provide reports to the Manager, Emergency Preparedness Program, (or other persons, such as the EOC Director, the Incident Commander, etc., or a person designated by these positions), on the status of planning, response, recovery, and mitigation activities during emergencies or training exercises.

Plans and coordinates on- and off-airport assistance centers with local, state, Federal, business and emergency relief organizations and their employees and volunteers to enable assist employees, and victims during and after an emergency or disaster incident.

Participates in briefings of local elected officials, visiting officials, and others regarding the Airports Authority's emergency preparedness and emergency management programs.

Performs other duties, as assigned.


Five years of progressively responsible experience in emergency management, preparedness, and disaster planning.

Skill in developing and coordinating emergency and disaster response plans, business/ operations continuity plans, recovery plans, hazard mitigation plans and the like;

Knowledge of and ability to apply the theories, principles, practices and techniques of DHS's HSEEP to design and develop training programs and materials, exercises and drills, and to coordinate emergency and disaster response plans.

Comprehensive knowledge of NIMS and ICS.

Knowledge of adult learning principles and instructional design techniques to design, deliver, and evaluate emergency preparedness and emergency management training.

Ability to coordinate emergency preparedness and disaster planning with local, state and Federal emergency management and law enforcement/fire-rescue agencies.

Ability to perform detailed analyses of data and information and make recommendations.

Ability to effectively communicate complex technical information orally and in writing.

Skill in using a computer and modern office suites software.


Experience with emergency management and disaster planning for an airport or airline.

Certified ICS Instructor.


A Bachelor's degree in Emergency Management, Public Administration or related field.


A state driver's license in good standing.

Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) certification by the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) or Professional Emergency Management (PEM) certification through the Virginia Emergency Management Association or ability to obtain a PEM within 120 days of hire, promotion, or placement into the job.


Operates vehicle airside and landside (requires AOA permit).

May be exposed to high decibel noise, dust, dirt, fumes, and moving vehicles during site inspections. Wears hard hat and other personal protective equipment, as necessary.

Subject to holdover and recall, and may be required to work after hours, on weekends or to assist due to an emergency.

Work is typically reviewed in progress and upon completion for quality, quantity, quantity, timeliness, teamwork, customer service, and other factors.


A background security investigation will be required for all new hires.

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer.| Follow us on Twitter @MWAAcareers.

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