Disaster Services Consultant II

Ohio Emergency Management Agency

Job Duties
 Ohio Department of Public Safety - Emergency Management Agency

Report in: 2855 W. Dublin Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43235

Under the direction of the Chief, Mitigation Branch, coordinates & monitors agency participation in grant programs (i.e., federal & state disaster assistance mitigation programs through the administration of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program & other federal & state programs); Populates state database with information from past & current mitigation projects; Works with state agencies & local governments to develop partnerships with all levels of government, the private sector & voluntary organizations to create & maintain a state comprehensive mitigation program; Assists local political jurisdictions to develop mitigation plans & projects that meet federal regulations & state requirements; Provides training to state & local officials on mitigation planning, programs & procedures; Assists in the implementation of the Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program.

Advises applicants of project eligibility & provides technical assistance to communities in the development of mitigation projects following disasters; Monitors projects & ensure compliance with federal regulations; Conducts environmental reviews & benefit-cost analysis on mitigation projects; Conducts on-site visits to evaluate plans & projects & coordinates timely closure of grant projects.

Participates on State hazard mitigation teams following disasters or emergency situations to identify projects for disaster mitigation programs; Travels to disaster sites for extended periods of time following major disaster declarations to work with local communities; Conducts local official briefings & public meetings to explain mitigation programs.

Conducts research & provides information on mitigation & damage reduction techniques to the State Mitigation Team to identify priority areas for mitigation project development; Meets with state & federal agencies, local officials, state legislators & staff members from the Ohio Congressional Delegation to discuss mitigation programs; Maintains detailed records & arranges for federal & state audits; Represents Ohio EMA at federal & state level events, meetings & conferences; Provides technical assistance to local governments in the preparation of mitigation projects; Reviews & comments on federal & state laws & regulations regarding impact on the state of Ohio.

 Completion of undergraduate major core program in emergency management, public or business administration; 2 yrs. trg. or 2 yrs. exp. in disaster services & emergency operations; must be able to provide own transportation.
-Or 2 yrs. trg. or 2 yrs. exp. in emergency management, public or business administration; 2 yr. trg. or 2 yr. exp. in disaster services & emergency operations; must be able to provide own transportation.
-Or 2 yrs. exp. as Disaster Services Consultant 1, 64911; must be able to provide own transportation.
-Or equivalent of Minimum Class Qualifications For Employment noted above.

KNOWLEDGE: Employee Development; Public Relations; Human Relations; Agency Policies & Procedures (ODPS & EMA); Government Structure & Process (State & Local).

SKILL: Word Processing (Microsoft Office applications); Equipment Operations (general office equipment).

ABILITY: Recognize unusual or threatening conditions & take appropriate action; understand system of mechanical or other procedures (hazard mitigation techniques); interpret variety of instructions in written, oral, picture or schedule form; define problems, collect data, establish facts & draw valid conclusions; interpret extensive variety of technical material in books, journals & manuals; complete routine forms; originate routine business letters reflecting standard procedures; understand manuals & verbal instructions, technical in nature; prepare meaningful, concise & accurate reports; prepare & deliver speeches before specialized audiences & general public; handle sensitive inquiries from & contacts with officials & general public; resolve complaints from angry citizens & government officials.

(*) Developed after employment


TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT: Completion of FEMA Professional Development Series, Damage Assessment Course, Disaster Recovery Course, EOC Course, Hazard Material Awareness Course & Incident Command system Course.

UNUSUAL WORKING CONDITIONS: Requires travel; must provide own transportation; exposed to disaster sites, must be available for weekend & aftern normal hour duty, work will require absence from home for extended period of time during disaster & emergency, must be able to respond to disasters, 4 hours a day, 7 days a week except on approved vacation times; Exposed to dirt & debris; exposed to impacted areas (i.e., flood, hazardous material spills, blizzard, riot, tornado devastation) which may also be bio-hazard areas (e.g.,tetanus, hepatitis).

This position may be filled by lay-off or certification eligibility list if applicable
This position will be filled in accordance with the bargaining unit agreement if applicable
Special Note: Disaster Relief Grants (DRG) employees are used to coordinate federally funded relief programs following a disaster.  The employer will establish an ending date of employment at the time of the appointment, which may be extended or reduced as determined by the employer.

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