Senior Planner - Maine's Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan

Augusta, Maine, United States Full-time

Opening Date:   November 21, 2018

Closing Date: December 21, 2018 

Job Class Code: 0603

Grade: 25
Salary: $ 42,286.40 - $57,428.80 

Department:  Defense, Veterans & Emergency Management

 JOB DESCRIPTION:    The primary purpose of Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is to minimize the effects of disasters on the lives and property of the people of Maine through the preparedness for and effective execution of five disaster mission areas: protection, prevention, mitigation, response, and recovery.

The primary purpose of the Senior Planner position is to coordinate the implementation and maintenance of Maine’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP), which is comprised of the state’s Preparedness Strategy; Emergency Operations Plan; and Recovery Plan.  This position will ensure that the CEMP is integrated vertically, across all levels of government, and horizontally, amongst all sectors – public, private, and non-profit. Additionally, this position plays an important role in the State Emergency Operations Center, when activated. State-wide travel and occasional out-of-state travel required.

Duties for this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Remain current on federal planning guidance and frameworks through self-education and professional development opportunities.
  • Represent the state on FEMA planning committees (both regional and national, as requested) and MEMA on state planning committees.
  • Continue to develop and regularly maintain the CEMP and its components.
  • Organize and lead the effort annually to complete the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) and Stakeholder Preparedness Review (SPR) on behalf of the state of Maine.
  • Form, organize and lead a state-level collaborative planning teams to update and/or augment the CEMP and other related procedural documents, when required. 
  • Identify key planning stakeholders that represent public, private, and non-profit sectors; build relationships with these partners; and involve them in the planning process, as appropriate.
  • Integrate state plans with county and federal counterpart plans, as well as with border states and Canadian Provinces.
  • Annually, provide guidance to the MEMA Training Officer and MEMA Exercise Officer on training and exercise gaps, as determined by the THIRA/SPR.
  • Annually, provide state planning guidance to County Emergency Management Agencies, which includes a schedule of planned updates for the upcoming year.


  • Knowledge of the structure and functions of federal, state, regional, and local government
  • Knowledge of general planning principles and practices
  • Knowledge of applicable state policies and statutes
  • Knowledge of current Microsoft Office products
  • Ability to evaluate planning issues and recommend solutions
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Ability to prepare and facilitate meetings
  • Ability to plan and manage long-term projects
  • Ability to develop planning guidance for training and education

 MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:  A Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Management, Public Administration, Business or related field.  In addition, four (4) years of related work experience is required.  Equivalent work experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis. 

Previous experience coordinating major planning initiatives and writing plans is preferred. Successful candidates must demonstrate a strong aptitude for writing.

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 


The value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement Contribution: 15.37% of pay for bargaining unit positions 

The value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $13.13 biweekly.

The value* of State-paid Health Insurance: 


 90%  State Contribution = $400.21 biweekly / Employee pays:10% = $44.47 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.