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Emergency Management Specialist-Drills & Exercises

life insurance, parental leave, paid time off, paid holidays, tuition reimbursement
United States, Washington, Seattle
401 South Jackson Street (Show on map)
September 01, 2023

Hourly range is $26.44 to $62.50, with a midpoint of $40.87. New hires typically receive between minimum and midpoint, however, we may go slightly higher based on experience, internal equity and market.

Sound Transit also offers a competitive with a wide range of offerings, including:

  • Health Benefits: We offer two choices of medical plans, a dental plan, and a vision plan all at no cost for employee coverage; comprehensive benefits for employees and eligible dependents, including a spouse or domestic partner.
  • Long-Term Disability and Life Insurance.
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Retirement Plans: 401a - 10% of employee contribution with a 12% match by Sound Transit; 457b - up to IRS maximum (employee only contribution).
  • Paid Time Off: 25 days of paid time off annually; 12 paid holidays;
  • Parental Leave: 12 weeks of parental leave for new parents
  • Pet Insurance
  • ORCA Card: All full-time employees will receive an ORCA card at no cost.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Sound Transit will pay up to $5,000 annually for approved tuition expenses.
  • Compensation Practices: We offer competitive salaries based on market rates and internal equity. In addition to compensation and benefits, you'll find that we provide work-life balance, opportunities for professional development and recognition from your colleagues.


Under general direction of the Emergency Management Manager and Senior Emergency Management Specialist-Drills & Exercises, assists with plan development and coordinates all-hazard emergency prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery activities in support of Sound Transit's Emergency Management Program.

Assists with the development, creation, implementation of various emergency plans and operations per Federal and State regulations to ensure safe and efficient response to, and management, of emergency situations that may affect Sound Transit operations.

Assists and responds to various levels of assigned research and development of emergency management plans; assists to help design, coordinate, and administers training, drills, and exercises, to prepare staff for effective response to major emergencies and disasters; performs other related duties as required. During an actual emergency, this position will support coordination of agency response.

Assists and/or when necessary, develops and implements programs to reduce the frequency, severity, and cost of emergency events; reviews and maintains situational awareness of trends and potential risks, processes, or systems to determine the existence, severity, probability, and outcome of potential or immediate hazards.


The following duties are a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.

  • In coordination with the Senior Specialist, assist in the development, execution, and maintenance of an Emergency Management program. Act as a vital team member to ensure continuity of operations is maintained allowing Sound Transit to continue essential operations and to recover from disaster disruptions in normal business operations. Ensure emergency plans comply with local, state, and federal regulations and directives.
  • Draft, organize, update, and maintain Emergency Management Program institutional emergency documents such as Emergency Response Plan (ERP) and, Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP).
  • Prepare and conduct a variety of Agency-wide technical studies and reports relating to current and long-range emergency preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery needs and develop specific proposals to meet them.
  • Participate in local, state, and federal planning and preparedness activities.
  • Provide support to internal stakeholders, and others on matters as required; serve as staff on a variety of committees as requested; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence; attend and participate in professional group meetings as assigned; maintain awareness of new trends and developments in the fields related to area of assignment; incorporate new developments as appropriate; ensure processes, policies and practices are interpreted and applied consistently and effectively; ensure accountability and compliance with all current and applicable state and federal laws, Agency policies and procedures, rules and regulations.

Emergency Management Specialist - Drills & Exercises

In addition to the general position responsibilities the Drill & Exercise position tasks include:

  • Compliance

    • Research and create a comprehensive list of drill/exercise requirements for all modes.
    • Evaluate possible requirement overlap and recommend efficiency improvements.

  • Strategy

    • Assist with the development of a long-term plan that will incorporate training, as well as an incremental drill and exercise schedule to ensure first responders can develop baseline knowledge of alignment issues within their jurisdiction. Ensure coordinated and continued education to build upon current knowledge and skills.
    • Identify, coordinate, and assist with future events, drills, or exercises that may require additional, temporary, support personnel.
    • Maintain awareness of past, current, and future events to ensure consistent coordination of training and activities.
    • Coordinate outreach to ST staff for education on individual responsibilities at drills and exercises, as well as real-world events. Provide understanding of their role in evangelizing ICS and emergency management practices within ST.
    • Coordinate with Preparedness/Mitigation specialist and Communications for internal and external outreach opportunities.

  • Drills/Exercises

    • Assists with modal and regional training exercises and document results; prepare user manuals for emergency procedures.
    • Coordinate and support other specialists to ensure the validation of training through drills/exercises.
    • Assists with the development of baseline templates for drills and exercises to provide standardized training for new sections of alignment.
    • Assists with documentation of formal post-event debrief process of After-Action Report (AAR) and completion of an Improvement Plan (IP). Coordinate with other specialists to ensure completion of IP tasks or mitigations identified.
    • Assist and supports with all event logistics for drills and exercises.
    • Supports the partnerships and relationships with local stakeholders, volunteers, and first responders to maintain a solid team effort.

  • Assists in the activation of specialized drills/exercises

    • As required and assigned, assists with local jurisdictions to develop specialized drills/exercises.
    • Seek out and foster relationships with other SMEs who can support and provide insight into specialized drills.

  • Champions and models Sound Transit's core values and demonstrates values-based behaviors in everyday interactions across the agency.
  • Contributes to a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion in alignment with Sound Transit's Equity & Inclusion Policy.
  • It is the responsibility of all employees to follow the Agency safety rules, regulations, and procedures pertaining to their assigned duties and responsibilities, which could include systems, operations, and/or other employees.
  • It is the responsibility of all employees to integrate sustainability into everyday business practices.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience: Bachelor's degree in business, public administration, community planning, emergency management, systems analysis, or a related field, and four years of experience in the public sector providing service to the public or customers in a public facing security, law enforcement, or fire service field; Or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in the transit/rail industry preferred. HSEEP and/or Exercise design experience preferred.

Preferred Licenses or Certifications:

  • Graduate of FEMA's Emergency Manager Professional Development Series.

Required Knowledge and Skills:

  • Principles and practices of research and evaluation methods and statistical analysis.
  • Current planning principles, methods, and techniques.
  • Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers.
  • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations including the American with Disabilities Act.
  • Methods, techniques, and principles, of developing and conducting adult training programs.
  • Recent developments, current literature, and information related to trends in emergency management.
  • Techniques to work effectively under pressure, meet deadlines, and adjust to changing priorities.
  • Principles of business letter writing and report preparation.
  • English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and statistical databases.
  • Utilizing personal computer software programs affecting assigned work and in compiling and preparing spreadsheets and reports.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other division staff, management, vendors, outside agencies, community groups and the general public.
  • Interpreting and administering policies and procedures sufficient to administer, discuss, resolve, and explain them to staff and other constituencies.
  • Interpreting and applying applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations to ensure compliance.
  • Applying principles and practices of emergency management.
  • Public speaking and in developing and delivering presentations and presenting ideas and concepts orally and in writing various individuals such as employees, internal agency management, the general public, elected officials, community leaders, and local, state, and federal agencies.
  • Monitoring emergency management programs and recommending adjustments.
  • Identifying emergency management training needs.
  • Working cooperatively with other divisions, Agency officials, and outside agencies.
  • Maintaining confidentiality of information.
  • Working effectively under pressure, meeting deadlines, and adjusting to changing priorities.

Physical Demands / Work Environment:

  • Work is performed in a standard office, and virtual environment and may include up to 50% of time in an outdoor environment.
  • Subject to standing, walking, bending, reaching, stooping, and lifting of objects up to 50 pounds; may occasionally be exposed to dangerous machinery, extreme weather conditions when working in the field.
  • On-call requirements may be required on a scheduled basis.
  • The Agency promotes a safe and healthy work environment and provides appropriate safety and equipment training for all personnel as required.

Sound Transit is an equal employment opportunity employer. No person is unlawfully excluded from employment action based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status or other protected class.

Licenses & Certifications
Driver's License (required)
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The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)