Emergency Management Program Specialist

State of Washington
Full Time, Permanent $69,035 - $92,836 Per year WA Washington State Department Of Transportation, 330 6th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109, United States Apply before 6/25/2024 11:59


Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is a multimodal organization with a global reputation for excellence! Our dedicated workforce is responsible to plan, design, build, and operate an integrated transportation system that safely and efficiently moves people and goods throughout the state. In addition to maintaining over 18,000 lane miles of state highway and 4,100 bridges, WSDOT manages the world's longest floating bridge, executes an award-winning Active Transportation Plan, holds a record for the world's widest tunneling project, and operates the largest ferry system in the nation! 
The Washington State Ferry (WSF) system is essential to Washington's transportation network, linking communities on both sides of Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands. There are over 400 sailings each day on 10 ferry routes.  WSF transports nearly 17 million passengers a year and has more than 1,800 employees. Employees perform a variety of duties on vessels, in terminals, at the maintenance facility, and at the Seattle headquarters. 
The Opportunity
WSDOT is currently seeking an Emergency Management Program Specialist to support the overall WSF ability to manage and respond to critical events through planning and training, including coordination with WSDOT Headquarters and WSDOT Emergency Manager. In this position, you will coordinate regional plans and activities with other local, state, and county emergency managers. This position works directly with federal, state, and local partners to ensure coordination, communications, and readiness between WSDOT/WSF and partner agencies.
What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, you/the Emergency Management Program Specialist will:

  • Develop and maintain emergency management plans for WSF.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive emergency management training and exercise program for WSF.
  • Provide and/or coordinate emergency response training.
  • Coordinate and conduct quarterly drills and exercises. 
  • Manage emergency response teams and ensure coordinated emergency operations between WSF, WSDOT Headquarters, other WSDOT regions, and local jurisdictions.
  • Conduct after-action reviews, create a corrective action plan, and coordinate task completion.
  • Serve as the Emergency Operations Center Manager.

To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:
  • Two (2) years of experience as an Emergency Management Program Specialist 2.
  • Bachelor’s degree And Four (4) years of professional-level experience in emergency management, homeland security, disaster mitigation planning, emergency communication systems, financial management (grant management) training/education, exercise design, program/project management, and/or urban planning. 
Additional qualifying experience will substitute year-for-year for the education requirement. A Master’s or PhD. degree will substitute for one year of the experience requirement. Note: Qualifying Program/Project management is defined as directing, coordinating, monitoring, and evaluating a program or program having a specific goal to be achieved within a specific time frame.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
  • Knowledge of/or experience working with:
    1. Local and federal laws and procedures related to emergency management.
    2. Emergency management, preparedness, and response activities.
    3. Completion of Incident Command System Courses (ICS 100, 200, 300, 700, 800)
    4. ICS instructor qualifications.
    5. Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) standards or an equivalent program for designing and developing exercises.
    6. Emergency Operations Center or similar operational environment at the program or operational level.
  • Skills and abilities to:
    1. Convey ideas verbally and in writing using language that is appropriate to both the complexity of the topic and the knowledge and understanding of the audience.
    2. Prioritize and perform multiple tasks in the same time frame, handle interruptions appropriately, and return to complete tasks.
    3. Use of Microsoft Office Suite (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or similar software) to develop documents in support of program activities. 
Important Notes 
  • This position offers flexible/hybrid remote work options.
  • The salary listed includes the legislative-approved 5% salary premium for positions with an assigned duty station in King County.
  • In addition to base salary, employees may be entitled to other forms of compensation depending on the type, duties, or location of the position. For union-represented positions, more information on other forms of compensation can be found in the applicable . Information on other compensation types for non-represented positions can be found in  of the Washington Administrative Code. 
  • WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system, therefore we are not eligible to extend STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT). For more information, please visit  

  • Work-Life Balance – We are committed to ensuring that our staff experiences the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individuals’ lifestyle. 
  • Paid Leave – In addition to 12 paid holidays, full-time employees earn up to 25 paid vacation days per year!
  • Tuition Assistance – Permanent employees have several options for assistance with education expenses, including tuition reimbursement programs, government discounts at participating colleges throughout the state, and eligibility for federal student loan forgiveness.  
  • Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options. Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs and much more. Go to  for more information. 

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Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine your salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible. In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application:  Note that you will be prompted to either sign in or create an account. This step is required in order to submit an application for this opportunity. WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system, therefore we are not eligible to extend STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT). For more information, please visit  For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Renee Mason, at renee.mason@wsdot.wa.gov. Please be sure to reference  in the subject line.