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Hazard Mitigation Specialist

Office Title: Hazard Mitigation SpecialistLevel: I
Civil Service Title: Emergency Preparedness SpecialistJVN: 017/13/219
Division/Work Unit: Planning & Preparedness (Transportation & Infrastructure)Salary Range: $50,000- $69,592
Work Location: 165 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, NY 11201Hours/Shift: M-F, 9-5
Number of Positions: 1 

This position is grant funded until September 19, 2014, with the possibility of an extension.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Hazard mitigation plans help communities reduce risk from hazards by identifying vulnerabilities and developing strategies to lessen the effects of a hazard. The New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is working with the Department of City Planning to update the NYC Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan update is funded through a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). OEM is seeking an experienced planner to help lead a collaborative effort to assess hazard vulnerabilities, identify mitigation opportunities, and secure funding for the benefit of the City.

Under supervision by the Director and Senior Project Manager of the Transportation and Infrastructure Unit, the Planner will:

  • Develop hazard mitigation goals and objectives
  • Coordinate with agencies and organizations
  • Involve community groups and other stakeholders in the planning process
  • Indentify and profile hazards, assess vulnerability, and estimate potential losses
  • Conduct risk assessments for climate change and manmade hazards
  • Work with planning participants to identify and analyze mitigation actions
  • Establish scientific and technical foundations for the mitigation strategy
  • Integrate other planning efforts into the Hazard Mitigation Plan
  • Develop and maintain up-to-date knowledge of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 as part of the Stafford Act, including the requirements for both pre-disaster and post-disaster grant programs
  • Provide excellent project management, problem solving, communication, and organizational skills
  • Work within a team structure
  • Other duties as assigned

The selected candidate will be assigned to a periodic Emergency Operations Center team, will be expected to work non-business hours during emergencies and will assist with Ready New York presentations to external groups.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. A master's degree from an accredited college in emergency management, public administration, urban planning, engineering, economics, political science, the physical sciences, or related field, and one year of satisfactory full-time professional experience in one or a combination of the following: emergency management, fire or police or military service, public safety, public health, public administration, urban planning, engineering, or another specialized area to which the appointment is to be made; or
  2. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and two years of satisfactory full-time paid professional experience in one or a combination of the area listed in "1" above; or
  3. A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent approved by a state’s department of education or a recognized accredited organization and six years of satisfactory full-time professional experience in the areas listed in "1" above, at least two years of which must have been in one of those areas, or another specialized area to which the appointment is made.

NOTE: NYC Residency is required within 90 days of appointment. However, City employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.

PREFERRED SKILLS

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint)
  • Strong written and oral communications skills
  • Strong technical skills, including ArcGIS and Adobe Suites, a plus
  • Must be able to multi-task and meet tight project deadlines
  • Knowledge of and experience in applying the concepts, theories, principles and practices of emergency management, hazard mitigation, and/or urban planning
  • Familiarity with FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Plan requirements and grant programs preferred

To apply:

Current City Employees: Apply via Employee Self-Service (ESS). Go to Recruiting Activities > Careers and search Job ID# 118916.

Non-City Employees/External Candidates: Apply via NYC Careers. Go to www.nyc.gov/careers and search Job ID# 118916.

NOTE: Only those applicants under consideration will be contacted