Emergency Management Planner
City of McKinney, TX - McKinney, TX

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The Emergency Management Planner position is primarily responsible for the development, implementation, monitoring and modification of emergency preparedness plans and associated products. This position will assist in the development and maintenance of the training and exercise program and perform a variety of technical tasks relative to assigned areas of responsibility.

Duties and Responsibilities/Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Behaviors:

Create and lead multi-cross disciplinary teams and external partners in the development, implementation, monitoring and modification of emergency preparedness plans.

Provide administrative and technical support to the EMC in the continued development and maintenance of the City’s Emergency Management program.

Assist with maintaining the City’s Emergency Management Plan (EMP).

Prepare and submit reports/planning updates per local, state and/or federal requirements as needed.

Provide administrative and technical support to the EMC to administer the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant program to include researching, writing and submitting grant projects; completing required reporting per the Texas Division of Emergency Management.

Prepare and deliver public education presentations designed to enhance awareness and foster personal preparedness among the citizens of McKinney, civic and other local organizations, business and industry.

Provide administrative and technical support in the facilitation and coordination of training and exercises involving various City departments, local, state and federal partners and multiple external organizations.

Maintain a current set of all response plans in various formats for reference and utilization during emergency situations.

Maintain a calendar to track project progress; identify deadlines, report project status and implement a process to ensure project completion as identified.

Function within the Emergency Operations Center or specified location during emergency and non-emergency incidents including but not limited to major emergencies, disasters, training exercises and special events.

Monitor the weather during both severe weather and hurricane season or when notified that severe weather is impending.

Represent Emergency Management at various meetings, trainings, conferences and seminars as requested by the EMC.

Coordinate special projects/programs at the request of the Emergency Management Coordinator.

Comply with all written City policies and procedures.
Adhere to assigned work schedule as outlined in City and department attendance policies and procedures.

Assist with non-hazardous activities of the Fire Department to help meet high demands for service as requested.

Provide logistical support during extended emergency incidents as requested.

Provide assistance as requested during major emergency incidents when the EOC has not been activated.

Assist co-workers and City of McKinney employees with special projects as needed.

The ability to work in a team environment; contribute as a team member and treat co-workers, subordinates and customers with respect.

Build professional relationships with internal staff and customers.

Offer flexibility and adaptability, especially during times of change.

Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Perform other functions as required.

Emergency Management: understanding of the phases of Emergency Management - mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery; concept of an all-hazards approach to Emergency Management; familiarity with local, state and federal laws; understanding of the National Incident Management System, Incident Command System and Multi-Agency Coordination System; familiarity with current Department of Homeland Security grants and procedures; knowledge of various plans relating to Emergency Management.

Situational Reasoning : exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving a variety of generally pre-defined duties which are often characterized by frequent change.

Data Utilization : gather, organize, analyze and utilize a variety of data and information in an unbiased manner.

Human Interaction : provide guidance and assistance to others regarding the interpretation of Emergency Management procedures and standards; ability to accept direction from supervisor or manager; communicate in a clear and concise oral and written manner; ability to build and maintain relationships.

Mathematical Aptitude : perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; calculate decimals and percentages; interpret graphs and charts.

Technical/Business Writing : apply structure and content of the English language including vocabulary and grammar to written correspondence.

Equipment, Machinery, Tools, and Materials Utilization : operate, maneuver and/or control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials used in performing essential functions; utilize a variety of audio-visual training aids and computer applications.

Writing Skills : write various planning documents, update City publications and compose magazine articles.

Computer Skills : operate a variety of computer hardware and software such as personal computers, scanners, modems, printers, word processing, relational databases, spreadsheets and GIS software; extract, analyze, and correlate data obtained from computer programs.

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management AND a minimum of one (1) year experience working in a municipal, county, regional or state emergency management position.


Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration or related field AND a minimum of two (2) years experience working in a municipal, county, regional or state emergency management position.

Must have a valid Class C Texas driver’s license prior to employment

Any work related experience resulting in acceptable proficiency levels in the above Minimum Qualifications is an acceptable substitute for the above specified education and experience requirements.


Plan writing experience preferred

Meeting facilitation experience preferred

Experience using WebEOC or equivalent Incident Management software preferred

Ham Radio license preferred

Certificate of completion for National Incident Management System (NIMS) training courses: IS-100.b, IS-200.b, IS-700.a and IS-800.b preferred.

Physical Demands/Supplemental:

Over two-thirds of the time:
o standing
o walking
o sitting
o using hands to touch, handle or feel objects
o reaching with hands and arms
o talking and hearing
o ability to lift or exert force up to ten (10) pounds

Between one-third and two-thirds of the time:
o climbing or balancing
o stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling
o ability to lift or exert force up to twenty-five (25) pounds

Under one-third of the time:
o tasting or smelling
o ability to lift or exert force up to fifty (50) pounds

Between one-third and two-thirds of the time:
o outdoor weather conditions
o extreme cold or heat (non-weather)

Under one-third of the time:
o wet or humid conditions (non-weather)
o working near moving mechanical parts
o working in high, precarious places
o exposure to fumes or airborne particles
o risk of electrical shock
o vibration

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed as of the date of preparation and approval. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of the position. Employees holding this position will be required to perform any other job-related duties as requested by management. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and all requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.