Office of Preparedness Hiring a Training and Exercises Specialist

The Office of Preparedness is currently hiring a Training and Exercise Specialist.  View the position details and application process at   The position closes on October 22, 2013 at 5 p.m.

Position Description

Develops a robust training program to enhance state and local capabilities to prevent, protect, mitigate, respond and recover from an all-hazards incident that comports with the State Homeland Security Strategy.

Acts as DHSEM Training and Exercise Regional Point of Contact for the North Central Region.  Reviews regional and local training plans and provides advice regarding appropriate direct delivery of courses provided by the NDPC. Develops and implements a strategic plan for cross-coordination across all relevant state and federal agencies.

Compiles metrics of the state’s training program to evaluate efficiency and effectiveness, and takes corrective action when necessary to close any gaps or shortfalls. Reviews course content for accuracy as well as relevancy to internal and external stakeholders.

Conducts training needs assessments, schedules courses, advertises courses, manages applications and the enrollment process, coordinates instructors, instruction materials, and provides facility and lodging logistics to ensure a positive learning experience and repeat attendance of both state and federal training programs. Increases the visibility of the Division’s training programs through development of an effective marketing structure that will not only encapsulate current practices (such as: COEmergency and the Division website) but also through the development of partnerships with state, local, federal, and tribal partnerships.

Ensures compliance with Federal grant guidance and other regulations when expending grant monies.

Delivers training as a subject-matter-expert where appropriate, using proper instructional methods that comport with adult learning principals.

Maintains professional competency through completing required professional certifications and licensures. Works with the Training and Exercise Section to develop and implement policies and procedures. Advises Training and Exercise Team in integration of NDPC with EMI and other all-hazards and homeland security training and exercise objectives.

Provides guidance to local jurisdictions by training gap analyses as necessary to enhance service delivery and enhance local and state capabilities to prevent, protect, mitigate, respond and recover from an all-hazards incident.

In cooperation with the all-hazards regions and state agencies, identifies gaps in training following exercises or actual events and recommends corrective action to close the gaps. Facilitates annual state training and exercise planning workshop (TEPW) to help establish a multi-year training and exercise calendar. Integrates technology where appropriate to enhance learning and promote greater access to state training.

Facilitates the registration process of state-sponsored course deliveries using the CO-Train portal.

Coordinates delivery and record-keeping of National Incident Management System (NIMS) training courses delivered to state and local government to ensure NIMS compliance.

Provides guidance in the development of a system for assessing instructor performance and gauging the quality of instructional material. Maintains a depth of knowledge in each core concentration as identified by the Training and Exercise Section to maximize customer service and service delivery to state and local government.

Responds as needed during times of National, State, Regional or locally declared emergencies where a request has been received by the DHSEM to provide disaster response services. This position may be required to report to the State Emergency Operations Center or another state or local jurisdiction to respond to local jurisdictions’ requests for resources and disaster-related support.