Emergency Management Specialist

Commonwealth of PA | Dauphin County, PA

Posted Date 2/05/2024
Description Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) is seeking a detail-oriented individual to conduct operational planning that is essential to assist the Commonwealth in preparing for and responding to emergencies and disasters. The ability to work with multiple state agencies, regional task forces, counties, and localities to achieve this goal and ensure the safety and security of people and property in the Commonwealth is an essential component of the Agency's mission and key asset for this position. 

This position is located in the Planning Division within the Bureau of Planning, Training, and Exercise at PEMA.  Duties include the development of strategies, goals and objectives that will formulate operational plans for PEMA, statewide emergency management, homeland security, and emergency preparedness. Your duties will include preparing for and carrying out or coordinating emergency functions to respond to emergencies and disasters, as well as the involvement in operational planning initiatives. This work requires knowledge of emergency management and related directives, policies, regulations, procedures, and methods, as well as the collaboration and fostering of relationships between federal, state, regional task forces, counties, and local municipalities and private sector/non-government organization (NGO) partners. 

Interested in learning more? Additional details regarding this position can be found in the position description.

Work Schedule and Additional Information:
  • Full-time employment
  • Work hours are 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday - Friday, with 30-minute lunch.
  • Telework: You may have the opportunity to work from home (telework) part-time, after the successful completion of a comprehensive on-site training period. In order to telework, you must have a securely configured high-speed internet connection. If you are unable to telework, you will have the option to report to the headquarters office in Harrisburg.
  • Will be required to serve in the Commonwealth Response Coordination Center (CRCC) during activations, including possible nights and weekends.
  • Salary: In some cases, the starting salary may be non-negotiable.
  • You will receive further communication regarding this position via email. Check your email, including spam/junk folders, for these notices.
Minimum Experience and Training Requirements:
  • Successful completion of the Emergency Management Trainee program (commonwealth title); or
  • Two years of professional experience in the development, coordination, or promotion of emergency management programs such as disaster relief, public safety, flood mitigation and resiliency, and emergency management in government, industry, education, or the military; and a bachelor’s degree; or
  • An equivalent combination of experience and training that includes one year of professional experience in the development, coordination, or promotion of emergency management programs such as disaster relief, public safety, flood mitigation and resiliency, and emergency management in government, industry, education, or the military.

Special Requirement:
  • This position requires possession of a valid Class C driver's license. 
  • All positions require certification in the following courses from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute, within six months of hire: 
    • IS-100.C: Introduction to the Incident Command System 
    • IS-700.B: An Introduction to the National Incident Management System 
    • IS-800.D: National Response Framework, An Introduction 
    • IS-2200: Basic Emergency Operations Center Functions

Other Requirements:

How to Apply:

  • Resumes, cover letters, and similar documents will not be reviewed, and the information contained therein will not be considered for the purposes of determining your eligibility for the position. Information to support your eligibility for the position must be provided on the application (i.e., relevant, detailed experience/education).
  • If you are claiming education in your answers to the supplemental application questions, you must attach a copy of your college transcripts for your claim to be accepted toward meeting the minimum requirements. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. 
  • Your application must be submitted by the posting closing dateLate applications and other required materials will not be accepted. 
  • Failure to comply with the above application requirements may eliminate you from consideration for this position. 



Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS): 

  • 711 (hearing and speech disabilities or other individuals).


If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodations due to a disability, please discuss your request for accommodations with the interviewer in advance of your interview date. 


The Commonwealth is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. The Commonwealth values inclusion as we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most qualified people to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal or state law. All diverse candidates are encouraged to apply. 
  • Completing the application, including all supplemental questions, serves as your exam for this position.  No additional exam is required at a test center (also referred to as a written exam).
  • Your score is based on the detailed information you provide on your application and in response to the supplemental questions. 
  • Your score is valid for this specific posting only.
  • You must provide complete and accurate information or:
    • your score may be lower than deserved.
    • you may be disqualified.
  • You may only apply/test once for this posting.
  • Your results will be provided via email.

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