Emergency Response Training Coordinator (State Exercise Officer)

Augusta, ME Full-time

Application closes: Oct. 23, 2019

Department of  Defense, Veterans & Emergency Management, Maine Emergency Management Agency

Opening Date:  October 9, 2019

Closing Date: October 23, 2019 

Job Class Code: 4103
Grade: 25
Salary: $44,865.60 - $60,923.20

JOB DESCRIPTION:  This is a professional services position requiring work in coordinating, developing, conducting, and evaluating emergency management exercises in accordance with the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP). As the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) designated State Exercise Officer (SEO), responsibilities include planning, coordinating, approving and delivering state and federal emergency preparedness exercises throughout the state of Maine and New England. This position works closely with the State Training Officer (STO) to ensure that emergency managers and partners at all levels of government are prepared to respond to and recover from disasters by ensuring adequate training and exercise. Work is performed under the direction and supervision of the Operations & Response Division Director. Both external and on-the-job training is available. Frequent state-wide and occasional out-of-state travel is required. 


  • Ensuring statewide compliance with Emergency Management Program Grant (EMPG) criteria with regards to exercise
  • Ensuring alignment with FEMA and HSEEP resources, tools and policies that govern and support the state exercise program
  • Coordinating, developing, implementing, and administering exercise program goals and objectives in alignment with yearly Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) and Stakeholder Preparedness Review (SPR)
  • Monitoring, assessing, and soliciting for specific exercise opportunities available through FEMA’s National Exercise Program (NEP)
  • Working with the STO to oversee training, exercise, and overall readiness of the state Emergency Response Team (ERT), Disaster Recovery Team (DRT), and Incident Management Assistance Teams (IMATs)
  • Consulting with the “whole community” to integrate exercise needs into planned activities or otherwise provide independent exercise opportunities (as time permits)
  • Staffing the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) during exercise and real-world events 
  • Proving technical exercise program expertise to the “whole community”
  • Alongside the STO, leading the coordination and facilitation of annual Training and Exercise Planning Workshops (TEPWs) and development of the Multi-year Training & Exercise Plan (MTEP)
  • Developing and managing the state exercise budget
  • Maintaining records to include rosters, exercise deliverables and other exercise support records
  • Providing reliable and professional customer service 


  • Knowledge of emergency management practices and related fields
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse groups including elected/appointed officials, emergency managers at all levels, and first responder personnel
  • Ability to evaluate and analyze problems and recommend solutions
  • Ability to prepare, develop, and deliver clear and comprehensive exercise plans, presentations, reports and recommendations
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally. Strong public speaking skills required
  • Ability to plan, oversee, and evaluate work under limited supervision
  • Ability to work flexible work hours, evenings and weekends as necessary 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: A Bachelor’s Degree and at least a 5-year combination of education and experience assessing exercise needs, developing exercise curricula, and implementing exercise programs – OR – an equivalent combination of related military or civilian experience.  Preferred candidates will be certified under the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) and/or Master Exercise Practitioner Program (MEPP).   

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants need to apply online by selecting the "Apply for this opening" button along with uploading a cover letter, current resume, copies of post-secondary transcripts, licensing, registration and certifications.  If you require a paper application, please contact Human Resources at 623-6700. 

Contact Information: 

Mary-Jayne Monroe, Human Resources, at (207)623-6736 or Mary-Jayne.Monroe@maine.gov;


The value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement Contribution: 14.47% of pay for bargaining unit positions 

The value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $14.31 biweekly.

The value* of State-paid Health Insurance: 

100% State Contribution = $461.75 biweekly / Employee pays nothing

95%  State Contribution = $438.66 biweekly / Employee pays: 5%  = $23.09 biweekly

90%  State Contribution = $415.58 biweekly / Employee pays:10% = $46.17 biweekly

85%  State Contribution = $392.49 biweekly / Employee pays:15% = $69.26 biweekly

*The level of the actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on the employee's wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium payment.

Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.