Employment Opportunities

Homeland Security Planning Coordinator

OEM is seeking a Homeland Security Planning Coordinator to work closely with Philadelphia’s public safety partners.  Under the direction of the Homeland Security Program Manager, the selected applicant will be responsible for developing Incident Action Plans, providing analysis of public safety activities such as special events, and implementing risk mitigation strategies.

Candidates for this position should possess a strong desire to work in a team-oriented, fast-paced, professional public safety environment, and a willingness to serve the public in the fifth-largest city in the nation. The successful candidate for this position will assist with the development, strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation of an integrated program to support the preparedness for and response to emergency incidents in Philadelphia.

Essential Functions

Homeland security planning is a critical component of public safety operations.  The Homeland Security Planning Coordinator is responsible for a range of activities including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Developing plans and providing assistance in the development of security protocols, guidelines and policies that promote interoperability, situational awareness, and common operating protocols.
  • Participating in the planning, operations and assessment of large special events or mass gatherings.
  • Coordinating and collaborating with federal, regional, state and local Homeland Security officials regarding security initiatives and emergency management programs.
  • Furthering the development of and maintaining the City’s critical infrastructure compendium.
  • Developing and maintaining partnerships with a variety of stakeholders from local, state and federal government as well as community-based organizations, non-profit organizations and private entities.
  • Successful completion of required courses to gain working knowledge of emergency planning and security procedures and best practices, familiarization with primary stakeholders, and other fundamentals of the practice of emergency
  • Performing other work as required.

Other Requirements

  • All OEM personnel are required to serve in an on-call capacity and are required to work during non-business hours for extended periods of time in a field environment and during activations of Philadelphia’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC). This is generally for a period of one week per month, however, during major emergencies, disasters, or special events, employees will be required to work additional hours, not only when on-call.
  • Possession of a valid proper class driver’s license issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania within six months of hire.
  • Ability to physically perform the duties and work in the environmental conditions required of this position.
  • Completion of mandatory training requirements within 3 months of hire.
  • Ability to obtain a security clearance.

To learn more or apply, visit the City’s SmartRecruiter page.

Community Preparedness Program Manager

Candidates for this position should possess a strong desire to work in a team-oriented, fast-paced, professional public safety environment, and a willingness to serve the public in the fifth largest city in the nation. The successful candidate for this position will assist with the development, strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation of an integrated preparedness program to support the preparedness for and response to emergency incidents in Philadelphia.

The Community Preparedness Program Manager participates in the overall strategic development and rebranding for the “Ready, or Not?” campaign and related programs. The Community Preparedness Program Manager may serve as a media spokesperson.

Work includes, but is not limited to, drafting emergency preparedness messages; developing “Ready, or Not?” curriculum, drafting content for collateral materials such as brochures, fact sheets, press releases and media advisories, public service announcements, social media, emergency text alerts, video scripts, and PowerPoint presentations.

The Community Preparedness Program Manager coordinates a variety of special events and exhibits; develops and maintains working relationships with the media, corporate sponsors, the public, and other key stakeholders. The Program Manager represents the Office of Emergency Management at conferences, community meetings, civic associations, other public meetings, and professional associations and is also responsible for video recording and photo documentation of media briefings, emergency management exercises, and “Ready, or Not?” special events.

The Community Preparedness Program Manager also serves in the City’s Emergency Operations Center or a Joint Information Center, when activated during large-scale emergencies and special events, to provide accurate, timely information and guidance to the public.

Essential Functions

Under the direction of the Deputy Director for Planning, the Community Preparedness Program Manager is responsible for a range of preparedness education, and promotional activities. Typical examples of work may include:

  • Conduct “Ready, or Not?” program evaluations and continually develop targeted outreach strategies to increase community participation and engagement with identified measurable outcomes.
  • Plan and coordinate community outreach events. Work with advisory committees, civic associations, community, faith-based groups, special needs groups, and governmental officials to increase “Ready, or Not?” familiarity across the City.
  • Appear before special interest groups and community organizations; attends relevant meetings as requested to present programs or materials dealing with emergency preparedness activities.
  • Manage the Ready Program Speaker’s Bureau; develop PowerPoint presentations and training curriculum for various audiences.
  • Assist the Public Information Program Manager with the development of public information; research and gather information. Draft, edit, proofread and arrange for the publication for a variety of materials, such as fact sheets, pamphlets, brochures, press releases, ads, newspaper articles reports, websites, public service announcements and video products.
  • Work with public relations consultants, graphic designers, photographers, and printers to obtain material in accordance with specifications.
  • Use social media on a regular basis to promote the “Ready, or Not?” program.
  • Serve as secondary Public Information Officer/Joint Information Center Manager in the event of an emergency to coordinate and release information.
  • Serve as a backup media spokesperson.
  • Maintain community preparedness and outreach strategies subject matter expertise via ongoing trainings and research.
  • Perform other emergency management duties and responsibilities as assigned.

To learn more or apply, visit the City’s SmartRecruiter page.


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