Strategic Planner (Planner IV)

Job #: 2018-12

  • TWC Job #: 3029136
  • Opening Date: 10/25/2017
  • Travel Required: 10%
  • Monthly Salary: $4,598.67-$5,833.33/mo
  • Position Location: Austin, Texas
  • Group Step: B23
  • Class: 0519

Military Occupational Specialist codes that may be applicable to this position: 59A, 21, 25, 3450, 15

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

This position is assigned to the OOG’s Homeland Security Grants Division (HSGD) and reports to the Deputy Director. HSGD makes public investments, through grant programs, to promote strategies that prevent terrorism and help communities prepare for the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to the security and resilience of Texas.  The focus of this position is working with organizations throughout the state to support homeland security preparedness efforts through planning and analysis of grant investments. Performs advanced (senior-level) planning, research, and coordination work related to homeland security systems and processes. Work involves evaluating and reporting on the implementation of homeland security strategic plans; evaluating risk and capability assessments; developing and coordinating the implementation of projects to address capability gaps; designing and executing research projects on homeland security funding, activities, and related topics; coordinating multi-jurisdictional planning efforts at the local, regional, or state level; and conducting meetings with federal, state, and local officials and regional groups. Works under limited supervision with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Assists with homeland security strategic planning and monitoring implementation of state and regional plans.
  • Coordinates and participates in interagency working groups focused on addressing significant planning issues.
  • Assists the division and regional partners with aligning funding recommendations with homeland security risk and preparedness assessments.
  • Conducts research and analysis on complex homeland security issues, legislation, and state policies.
  • Prepares and monitors statistical performance measures to identify trends and assist in developing strategies to maintain effective programs.
  • Develops procedures for using assessment results to inform prioritization, forecast trends, develop plans or programs, and measure progress.
  • Evaluates alternative programs designed to prepare communities to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from terrorism and other catastrophic events.
  • Serves as an internal consultant to HSGD to assess data and reporting needs.
  • Collects, summarizes, and analyzes data that will be used by management to make strategic decisions.
  • Assists with the development of recommendations for policy and programmatic issues relating to the implementation, improvement, and/or expansion or reduction of program funding.
  • Prepares and assists with complex reports, studies, research projects, and other technical documents.
  • Collects, organizes, analyzes, and prepares materials in response to requests for information and reports.
  • Prepares and provides presentations for professional organizations, governmental entities, and the public.
  • Serves as a liaison between federal, state, and local agencies and regional groups concerning the coordination of plans and services.
  • Attends conferences, training and other professional development opportunities to increase job knowledge and technical expertise.
  • Performs all other related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in city or regional planning, economics, government, business or public administration, political science, or a related discipline is generally preferred.  Five (5) years of progressively responsible work in homeland security, emergency management, or closely related strategic planning, research, preparedness, and coordination.  Experience and education may be substituted for one another.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIREMENTS:

  • Knowledge of government organization and administration; and of principles, objectives, and procedures of governmental planning, programming, and research.
  • Knowledge of homeland security policies, systems, and challenges for Texas.
  • Knowledge of risk management processes and systems.
  • Ability to coordinate and develop strategic and operational plans.
  • Ability to exercise poise, tact, diplomacy.
  • Ability to maintain positive working and professional relationships with internal/external customers.
  • Must be organized, flexible, and able to effectively prioritize in a multi-demand and constantly changing environment.
  • Ability to meet multiple and sometimes conflicting deadlines without sacrificing accuracy, timeliness or professionalism.
  • Ability to construct and deliver clear, concise, and professional presentations to a variety of audiences and/or individuals.
  • Ability to quickly and efficiently access relevant information, and be able to utilize and/or present research and conclusions in a clear and concise manner.
  • Ability to examine data/information, discern variations/similarities, and be able to identify trends, relationships and causal factors, as well as grasp issues, draw accurate conclusions, and solve problems.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information and situations, and adhere to applicable laws/statutes/policies related to access, maintenance and dissemination of information.
  • Skill in the use of a computer and applicable software, in applying statistical tools to data, in preparing reports, and in collecting and analyzing demographics and statistics.
  • Ability to evaluate planning material, to conduct research, and communicate effectively.
  • Ability to travel.

Registration, Certification or Licensure:   Valid Texas Driver’s License.

Physical Requirements and/or Working Conditions:  This classification functions in a standard office environment and requires a regular schedule of 8-5, M-F or an alternate schedule to be approved by OOG.  Ability to move up to 35 lbs.  Ability to drive and travel as needed.  Will need to move about the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, set up conference rooms for meetings, etc. Must be able to communicate and exchange accurate information via phone, computer and in person.  Must be able to observe and evaluate media and grant presentations. Must be able to work hours during a legislative session that include holidays and as needed.  Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation. Work with overlapping projects and deadlines. Work as a team member. Have direct customer contact.