Public Safety Planner IV

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Washington D.C.
Nov 05, 2021
Dec 10, 2021
Full Time



Public Safety Planner IV


The Planner IV is an advanced level professional position in regional emergency management and homeland security planning, inclusive of activities within the domains of public health, fire and rescue, transportation, and law enforcement, among others.


Daily activities for this position involve performing advanced planning duties, such as conducting detailed research and analysis on disaster data and policies, to provide advice to the assigned department, other operating departments with COG, and/or the jurisdictions represented by COG. The Planner IV serves as a member of various project teams and may lead work teams. Guidelines and supervision for the Planner IV are provided by the Chief of Public Safety and Health Preparedness.


Specific work responsibilities of the Planner IV include:

• Facilitating meetings with high-level stakeholders, while documenting and tracking action items and decision-making.

• Moving stakeholders forward on identified action items and decisions.

• Providing input on complex policy and strategy matters in the form of oral and written reports and responses to requests for information or data.

• Developing processes and methodology for regional strategy.

• Creating easily accessible data visualization and graphics for use in stakeholder documents and products.

• Maintaining positive, trusting work relationships with coworkers and regional stakeholders.

• Developing methods and techniques for plan evaluation and review of spatial, fiscal, economic, social, environmental, and political impact.

• Coordinating project scheduling, progress evaluation, technical liaison and interdepartmental coordination.

• Providing project activity tracking in support of the Chief of Public Safety and Health Preparedness, including supervising contract staff or management of discrete projects with assigned staff peers.

• Attending professional conferences and training sessions as a representative of COG.

• Experience with public outreach methods, such as marking new personal preparedness techniques or regional training and programs.

• Ability to manage a variety of highly specialized and technical problems in support of local officials and the public.

• Ability to perform independent technical research work.


Provide project activity tracking in support of the Chief; this may include supervision of contract staff or management of discrete projects with assigned staff peers.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Professional Experience

Bachelor’s degree and five or more years of professional experience in emergency management or related fields, such as defense, politics, public health, or public policy; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities relevant to the major duties of this position. Preferred: A master's degree from an accredited university; thorough knowledge of intergovernmental coordination; and professional supervisory experience.

Communication Skills

Demonstrated expert skills in verbal, written, and interpersonal communication. Substantial experience condensing complex topics to concise summaries appropriate for the general public. A keen understanding of boundaries in the presence of stakeholders, including politicians and agency leadership, and when/where to provide a value-adding opinion. Proven success in data visualization, the development of process figures, and graphic design. Preferred: multiple years of experience developing original drafts of governmental doctrine and/or policy. Experience with public outreach methods, such as marketing new personal preparedness techniques or regional training and programs.

Critical Thinking

Ability to manage a variety of highly specialized and technical problems in support of local officials and the public. Ability to perform independent technical research work and guide others in performance of their assignments. Ability to supervise the work of support staff while displaying good judgement.

Computer Knowledge and Skills

In-depth understanding of the MS Office Suite of programs, including Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and OneNote. Significant experience with Adobe InDesign or comparable desktop publishing software. Understanding of MS Sharepoint and OneDrive. Experience with navigating U.S. Census data and other publicly available large data sets for analytics and supporting leadership decision-making. Preferred: Several years of experience performing skilled quality control and quality assurance on public documents; program performance auditing/evaluation; and GIS and/or mapping skills.

Mathematical Skills

Understanding of statistics, quantitative assessment techniques, and transforming qualitative data into quantitative data.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Professional certification will be included in consideration of acceptable experience and training.

During the COVID pandemic, COG has conducted its work virtually largely through telework. Staff are currently expected to return to the physical office in the beginning of 2022, with continued opportunities for part-time telework.

To apply please email a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to or visit our website at 

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. MWCOG is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other class protected by state or federal laws in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring, and employment practices

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