Yakima County Human Resources

612-08 Program Coordinator - Emergency Management

Working Title
Emergency Planner
Regular Full Time Budgeted
FLSA Status
Emergency Management
Required Testing/Exercises
Submit a one page writing sample with your job application (word doc or pdf format). The writing sample should be related toward a topic in emergency management. It can focused toward your view on response to a large disaster, your experience in planning or responding to a disaster, your view on key elements within a response plan, or anything else related to emergency management.Potential topics include: training, exercises, disaster response, emergency operations center activities, planning activities, etc.
Open Date
Close Date
$4,357 per month


There is one opening with the Yakima County Office of Emergency Management.  This position is responsible for conducting planning efforts for the Emergency Management Program. Duties include: developing, writing, and reviewing emergency plans, conducting and participating in local/regional planning meetings and emergency training and exercises. This recruitment could be used to fill jobs that occur within 90 days of the closing date of this posting.



Essential Job Functions:

Researches and performs analysis on county emergency response plans. Researches federal, state and, local statutes applicable to disaster planning to determine if current plans meet minimum standards.


Writes analyses based on research; and writes goals, policies, decisions and staff recommendations based on analyses to be approved by department management.


Coordinates, serves as contact liaison, and performs planning and analysis for emergency response plans. Creates and updates documents for use in the Emergency Operations Center including: procedures, checklists, forms and logs, and resource list. Revises planning documents and drafts response procedures for review and approval by Manager. Determines completeness of plan and prepares notices to the public and affected agencies.


Participates in disaster exercises, county meetings, and regional events related to emergency planning as assigned. Participates in EOC activations, as needed, during emergencies, including additional time beyond normal working hours.


Facilitates meetings, group discussions, forums and/open houses which includes: presenting information and determining when to issue news releases; and coordinating sites and publicity; may be responsible for speaking before the public and the media.


Performs other duties as required.



Education and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree in Safety Engineering, Safety and Environmental Management and two years of experience involving emergency response/emergency management OR an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides knowledge, skills and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.


Must possess and maintain a valid Washington State Driver's License and proof of insurance, if requested.

Certification in FEMA Professional Development Series or completion within 6 months of hire.

Knowledge of using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Detail oriented and the ability to update writing intensive emergency plans

Ability to work outside of scheduled work hours during disasters to support field operations or perform Emergency Operations Center functions.

Employment verification and reference checks may be required.


A bachelor’s degree in emergency management, safety, planning, or a related field.

Working Conditions: Environmental Demands: exposure to weather, travel, multiple work locations, field work. May be exposed to hostile/angry individuals, work outside of standard business hours and locations. Physical Demands: bending, carrying, reaching, sitting, standing, walking, fingering, hearing, talking, visual acuity. Intellectual Demands: ability to multitask, confidentiality, ability to work under pressure, ability to articulate and communicate information in conversations, ability to follow written and verbal instruction.

Equipment Used: Computer, calculator, vehicle, telephone, copier, fax, radios, miscellaneous office equipment, audio-visual equipment and using handheld radios, passenger vehicle.


Practices and principles of Emergency Management

Practices and principles of project management

Customer service techniques


Researching, gathering and analyzing data and formulating sound conclusions

Preparing complex reports and documents

Paying attention to detail and accuracy

Gathering information such as hazard identification data, emergency responder data and emergency management related information

Giving presentations, public speaking, and facilitating meetings

Complying with laws, codes, ordinances, and regulations


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