Arlington, Virginia
$54,641.60 - $99,756.80 Annually
Aug 14, 2020
Aug 28, 2020
Full Time
Position Information

The Department of Public Safety Communications and Emergency Management (DPSCEM) is currently seeking to fill a limited term, grant-funded Emergency Management Engagement Liaison. This position in the Engagement Unit of the Emergency Management Section manages all aspects of the Volunteer and Donations Management program and it is grant-funded through the Department of Homeland Security Initiative.

Specific duties include:
  • Providing program management for Arlington County Emergency Management (ACEM) volunteer programs, including Arlington Community Emergency Response Team (ArlCERT), Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES), Disaster Volunteer Registry (DVR), and the Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD);
  • Assisting in the coordination of, recruitment, training, management, and support of volunteers in ACEM volunteer programs by supporting Volunteer Coordinators and non-profit leaders;
  • Administering multiple grants and sponsorships, including establishing program objectives, tracking expenses, and submitting required reports;
  • Maintaining, evaluating, and facilitating Memorandum of Agreements with partner organizations;
  • Assisting with the development and implementation of community preparedness initiative;
  • Managing multiple public outreach programs for emergency preparedness and response;
  • Coordinating the delivery of multiple presentations and preparedness engagements;
  • Maintaining outreach supplies (brochures, giveaways, etc.) for ACEM;
  • Assisting in the development and execution of Volunteer and Donation Management annexes of the Arlington County Emergency Operation Plan;
  • Representing Arlington County at regional committee and workgroups; Serving as an ACEM Duty Officer on a rotational basis; and
  • Working in the ACEM Emergency Operation Center during local emergency operations.
The ideal candidate enjoys working with the public, works well independently and with a diverse population, and thrives in a team environment.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Emergency Management, or related field, plus considerable professional level experience in volunteer management and/or community engagement.

Substitution: Additional professional level emergency management experience may substitute for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis. Master's degree in Public Administration, Emergency Management, or a related field may be substituted for one year of work experience.

Desirable Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:
  • Well-developed skills in prioritization, organization, decision making, time management, and verbal/written skills;
  • Experience in public speaking, in person, and/or digitally;
  • Experience in group facilitation;
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite, Canvas, Adobe; and
  • Bi-Lingual in English/Spanish.

Special Requirements

  1. The applicant must have taken and successfully passed Emergency Management Institute (FEMA) Incident Command Systems (ICS) 100, 200, 700 and 800 (or current versions). Applicant must complete and pass ICS 300 and 400 within six months of being hired.
  2. The applicant must possess a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of resident. The applicant's must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

Additional Information

Work hours are typically 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. some evening and weekend hours, including Emergency Operations Center activations, as necessary.

This is a limited term, grant-funded full time position with sick and vacation leave benefits and is dependent upon grant funding.

The official title of this position is Emergency Management Specialist II.

Candidates with a Master's degree in Emergency Management may be hired into this class at the trainee level.

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered . In order to receive full credit for your experience, please ensure that you have included details of all relevant work experience on your application and have completed the Supplemental Questionnaire in its entirety.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website: www.arlingtonva.us/pers.

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


What is your highest level of education?
  • High School
  • Some college
  • Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration, Emergency Management, or related field
  • Master's Degree in Public Administration, Emergency Management, or related field
  • I am substituting my education for experience on a year-for-year basis


How much full-time experience in volunteer management and or community engagement do you have? Be sure the detail of this experience is reflected in your application.
  • None
  • Less than 1 year
  • 1 to less than 2 years
  • 2 to less than 3 years
  • 3 years or more


If not detailed in your application, describe your experience working in volunteer management and or community engagement. Please include the types of groups, agencies and/or associations in which you gained this experience.


Which of the following have you successfully passed? If applicable, check all that apply.
  • Incident Command System (ICS) 100
  • Incident Command System (ICS) 200
  • Incident Command System (ICS) 300
  • Incident Command System (ICS) 400
  • Incident Command System (ICS) 700
  • Incident Command System (ICS) 800
  • None of the above


Describe your proficiency with MS Office Suite, Canvas and Adobe. Give specific names of software you are proficient with using and include level of proficiency such as beginner, intermediate, or advanced.


Do you have experience preparing and delivering community presentations to a variety of audiences? If so, be sure the detail of this experience is reflected on your application.
  • Yes
  • No


Are you bi-lingual in Spanish? If so, detail your proficiency in both written and spoken Spanish as beginner, intermediate, proficient, fluent, or native.

Required Question

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