ITility, LLC

  • Emergency Planning Officer

    Job Locations US-VA-Rosslyn
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(11/2/2018 1:06 PM)
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  • Overview

    The Emergency Planning and Preparedness Desk Officer serves as a planning and crisis management specialist responsible for providing policy and procedural guidance on Emergency Action Plans (EAPs) for diplomatic and consular posts within one or more geographic areas.  Incumbent develops post-specific knowledge of post conditions through research and familiarization visits.  Utilizing this knowledge, incumbent conducts comprehensive reviews of draft and updated EAPs for validity and conformity to format and policy ensuring the plans adequately account for post-specific nuances that will impact preparedness and response and that the plans are synchronized with DoD crisis response plans, interagency stakeholders, and DS operational planners, as appropriate.  Incumbent works with Regional Security Officers, Post-designated incident commanders, and Emergency Action Committee members to develop appropriate training, drills, and full-field exercises to test these plans under operational conditions.  At posts with EPCs, incumbent reviews the duties, training, and activities of the EPC to ensure the program meets Department policy guidelines.


    • Serves as a planning and crisis management specialist within the Emergency Planning Division; responsible for assignments within one or more of the geographical regions of the world.
    • Through their knowledge of Department and interagency emergency planning and response policy and procedures, combined with knowledge of assigned posts, conducts comprehensive reviews of new, revised, and updated portions of EAPs for the diplomatic posts in the specific area of responsibility for adherence to  the Emergency Planning Handbook, for compliance with established policies and procedures, and for descriptions of any unique or unusual circumstances which might affect the post's crisis response.  Identifies delinquencies, problems, and deficiencies, and recommends changes in format or substance of post specific EAP’s.  Initiates appropriate corrective action through direct correspondence with post through the Emergency Planning software, conversations over the telephone, by fax, by cable or by memo, and ensures that the required changes are actually accomplished and incorporated into a revised EAP.
    • Maintains contemporary knowledge of assigned posts through research and on-site familiarization visits.  Monitors and analyzes regional security trends and natural disaster events in order to identify crisis management programs that help embassies effectively plan for and respond to emergency situations. 
    • Conducts on-site visit to evaluate the effectiveness of EPC program, in coordination with incident commanders.  Analyses program deficiencies, develop solutions, and present findings on most complex and significant obstacles to program development.
    • Provides expert policy guidance and assistance to post-designated incident commanders for the development of appropriate training and drills to facilitate the required mission-wide familiarization and testing of procedures to be followed in the variety of prescribed emergency situations.
    • Assists with the coordination of full-field exercises for select posts, including coordination with senior-officials, DoD units, DOS and interagency entities, and DS Operational Planners.
    • Maintains oversight of the EPC program at select posts to ensure the program meets Department guidelines and goals.
    • Provides briefings to senior officials of the Department and other agencies on United States policy and tactics in crisis management abroad; provides in-depth training to Chiefs of Mission, their Deputies, Regional and Post Security Officers and other post personnel on crisis management planning and the EAP; provides in-depth briefings and extensive training (including coordinating and role-playing in exercises) to military units responsible for military assisted evacuations; and serves as an emergency planning representative to the Department's Crisis Task Forces.
    • Drafts and coordinates program initiatives, provides expert advice and program assistance, and prepares and coordinates responses to various taskings and assignments from senior management, OIG/GAO, Congressional officials, and others.
    • Participates in inter-agency working groups to assist in the development and coordination of US government policies and programs and briefs IP leadership on the outcome of meetings.


    • Bachelors Degree in related field
    • Thorough knowledge of the concepts, principles and practices in crisis management, with an operational knowledge of current and anticipated civil disorder and terrorism worldwide, with particular emphasis on the assigned geographical area of responsibility, coupled with a knowledge and understanding of diplomatic security matters, both physical and personal.
    • Through knowledge of the detailed preparation and operational aspects of Crisis Management Programs including the utilization of all resources available during a crisis situation in order to enthusiastically represent, support, and promote the Bureau in such endeavors.
    • Demonstrated ability to analyze operations, procedures, and policies, to identify weaknesses and deficiencies, and to recommend methods of improvement.
    • Current knowledge of the U.S. Military organization, structure and operational procedures, from the Pentagon level through the Unified Commands and subcommands, as it pertains to counterterrorism, crisis response planning and Non-Combatant Evacuation Operations.
    • Must have a sound knowledge of other-agency policies and procedures, and their connection to the incumbent's area of responsibility. Willingness to travel domestically and internationally 5-10% of the time, contingent upon workload.
    • Must have an Active Top Secret Security Clearance

    ITility is an Equal Opportunity Employer

    ITility is committed to providing a work environment that is non-discriminatory, harassment free, fair, ethical and inclusive.

    ITility is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity, and complies with all applicable laws which prohibit discrimination and harassment in the workplace. ITility strictly prohibits discrimination or harassment based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by law in all terms, conditions and privileges of employment, including without limitation, recruiting, hiring, assignment, compensation, promotion, discipline and termination. This policy covers conduct occurring at ITility’s offices, client sites, other locations where ITility is providing services, and to all work-related activities.


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