Monday, January 25, 2021






Civil Service Title:                   EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS SPECIALIST

Title Code No.:                        06766                                                                                           

Salary:                                      $65,000-$79,500

Office Title:                             Mitigation Program Manager

Division[MP1] /Work Unit:              Risk Reduction and Recovery/Mitigation

Work Location:                       165 CADMAN PLAZA EAST BROOKLYN, NY 11201

Hours/Shift:                             9 – 5/M – F                                                                

Number of Positions:             1


New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM) helps New Yorkers before, during, and after emergencies through preparedness, education, and response. NYCEM is responsible for coordinating citywide emergency planning and response for all types and scales of emergencies. We are staffed by more than 200 dedicated professionals with diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise, including individuals assigned from other City agencies.


This position is part of the newly launched Risk Reduction and Recovery (RRR) Bureau. The RRR Bureau has an all-hazards approach that focuses on bridging long-term strategies to reduce NYC’s risk with actionable operations and programs. This includes coordinating and guiding partnerships to develop strategies that analyze, plan, and address hazard risk and vulnerabilities. The bureau is responsible for recovery planning, the City’s Hazard Mitigation Plan, risk reduction tools, the Interim Flood Protection Measures Program, and maximizing the City’s receipt of hazard mitigation funding.  


With latitude for independent initiative and judgment, NYC Emergency Management seeks a candidate responsible for supporting and coordinating mitigation projects. This includes coordinating the City’s applications, awards, and implementation of FEMA hazard mitigation funds, such as Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and Pre-Disaster Mitigation grants. Currently, the team coordinates $250M in mitigation grants across City agencies.  


The Program Manager will lead a collaborative effort to:

·         Develop mitigation tools that inform risk, exposure, and mitigation investment opportunities for mitigation planning partners

·         Ensure mitigation projects are implemented in compliance with FEMA mitigation funding, or other resiliency funding

·         Work in close coordination with OMB to maximize funding opportunities

·         Work with OMB to confirm funds are being spent in an eligible, feasible, and compliant fashion, based on agency and project oversight

·         Facilitate and coordinate scope development and grant applications for FEMA’s Building Resilient Infrastructure in Communities (BRIC) funding with City partners

·         Monitor federal legislation and policy that may affect mitigation funding opportunities

·         Work with agencies to provide guidance, assistance, project management support, and cross-agency engagement to ensure the success of innovative, complex projects tied to unique rules

·         If available, support implementation and oversee technical assistance mitigation contracts

·         Work with Sandy-funded programs throughout City agencies to build tools that extract best practices and lessons learned to inform future disaster recovery programming  

·         Perform other duties as assigned by Risk Reduction and Recovery leadership


The selected candidate will be assigned to periodic Emergency Operations Center team and will be expected to work non-business hours during emergencies. The selected candidate will also participate in drills and exercises, assist with Ready NY presentations to external groups, and will undertake special projects as assigned.




1. A master’s degree from an accredited college in emergency management, public administration, urban planning, engineering, economics, political science, the physical sciences or related field and one year of satisfactory full-time professional experience in one or a combination of the following:  emergency management, fire or police or military service, public safety, public health, public administration, urban planning, engineering, or another specialized area to which the appointment is to be made; or


2. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and two years of satisfactory full-time professional experience in the areas listed in “1” above; or


3. A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent approved by a state’s department of education or a recognized accrediting organization and six years of satisfactory full-time professional experience in the areas listed in “1” above, at least two years of which must have been in one of those areas, or another specialized area to which the appointment is to be made.


NOTE: New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.


1.       Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint)

2.       Strong written and oral communication skills

3.       Strong analytical skills and ability to make project management decisions based on quantitative and qualitative analysis

4.       Experience securing and managing contracts

5.       Demonstrated ability to deliver complex projects within specified deadlines

6.       Knowledge of and experience applying the concepts, theories, principles and practices of emergency management to real-world scenarios

7.       Experience with capital project development and delivery

8.       Strong understanding of grant funding, budget planning, and project delivery

9.       Ability to work well within a team structure while maintaining independent latitude for good judgement  

10.   Ability to analyze, evaluate, and support program implementation

11.   Experience with hazard mitigation grants


Current City Employees: Apply via Employee Self-Service (ESS). Go to Recruiting ActivitiesàCareers and search Job ID# 440495



Send a copy of your resume & cover letter to Please include in the subject line the Job ID# and how you heard about this posting.



Non-City Employees/External Candidates: Apply via NYC Careers. Go to

and search Job ID#440495



Send a copy of your resume & cover letter to Please include in the subject line the Job ID# and how you heard about this posting.






Special accommodations will be provided for people with disabilities

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