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Communications Sys Mgr

Date Posted:  Jan 20, 2023
Requisition ID:  416381

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204


Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.


Next Level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.


Agency Statement


About the Indiana Department of Homeland Security:
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) leads Indiana's emergency planning and operations, first responder training and fire and building safety. The Indiana State Fire Marshal leads the Division of Fire and Building Safety (within IDHS), which oversees the enforcement of building codes and includes a fire investigations unit. The agency certifies and trains thousands of first responders and also hosts state-level exercises each year. IDHS also supports the state Emergency Operations Center (EOC), which leads response and coordination efforts for large-magnitude incidents.

Salary Statement

The salary for this position traditionally starts at $53,222 but may be commensurate with education or work experience.

Role Overview

This position is the Communications Director for the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC). In this capacity the Communications Director is responsible for the management of all IDHS communications systems and resources, inventories of communications equipment, serves as the principle point of contact for several of the state's communications systems, and the coordination for procurement, processing, deployment, tracking, and de-mobilization of all communication resources necessary to support emergencies, disasters, and related field operations. Must possess, or be able to obtain, a valid General Radiotelephony Operators License issued by the FCC within 90 days of hire. A General Class Amateur Radio Operator's License, as well as certification as a COML or COMT is preferred. A solid understanding of emergency management processes, including NIMS and ICS, Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) damage to electronic equipment, and specialized knowledge of the principles of radio frequency propagation and allocation are required.

About the Job:

As the Emergency Prep Director, you will be responsible for serving as a senior level planner in the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS).

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Coordinate work of lower-level workers and assists in complex or unusual situations.
  • Develop comprehensive emergency tactical and operational plans, statewide analyses, and evaluations.
  • Coordinate with local, state, and federal partners to ensure consistency, feasibility, flexibility, and interoperability of all operational or tactical plans.
  • Coordinate with the timetable and execution of tabletop, functional and full-scale exercises for the emergency plans.
  • Provide guidance to political sub-divisions of the state to enable each jurisdiction to develop area plans.
  • Head planning teams to meet these requirements.
  • Coordinate, promote and manage district level training and exercise training programs.
  • Assist local, state, and federal partners in developing and conducting training exercises at the state and regional level.
  • Prepare short- and long-range training plans for state and local responders.
  • Required travel to scheduled exercise sites to act as facilitator, controller, or evaluator. 

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time. 

What You'll Need for Success:

You must meet the following requirement to be considered for employment:

  • Basic knowledge of planning techniques and procedures. 
  • Basic knowledge of urban planning, transportation planning and state and local economic and industrial development. 
  • Basic knowledge of emergency disaster, emergency cause and effect and procedures and methodology to minimize adverse effects. 
  • Ability to use the techniques of fact-finding and analysis to interpret statistical information and trends concerning the physical, social, and economic aspects of population centers. 
  • Ability to explain the programs and secure cooperation between local, state, and federal government and private executives. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing and through structured media.
  • Ability to develop feasible techniques and methods to achieve plan solutions. 
  • Ability to comprehend and interpret federal and state laws, guidelines, and regulations relative to disaster planning and operations. 

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role provides direct supervision for one or more staff members.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:


The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness Rewards Program: Complete wellness activities to earn gift card rewards
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Group life insurance
  • Referral Bonus program
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Free Parking for most positions
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access


Equal Employment Opportunity:


The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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