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Program Coordinator

Date Posted:  Nov 18, 2022
Requisition ID:  412724

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 $47,320, but may be commensurate with education or work experience.

About the Job:

The Emergency Preparedness Specialist serves as an intermediate level planner in the Department of Homeland Security (IDHS).

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Develops comprehensive emergency tactical and operational plans, statewide analyses and evaluations;
  • Coordinates with local, state and federal partners to ensure consistency, feasibility, flexibility and interoperability of all operational or tactical plans;
  • Coordinates with the timetable and execution of tabletop, functional and full-scale exercises for the emergency plans;
  • Provides guidance to political sub-divisions of the state to enable each jurisdiction to develop area plans;
  • Heads planning teams to meet the requirements;
  • Coordinates, promotes and manages 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;
  • Prepares short and long-range training plans for state and local responders;
  • Acts as an exercise facilitator, controller or evaluator during scheduled exercises;

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:

  • Specialized knowledge of planning techniques and procedures;
  • Specialized knowledge of urban planning, transportation planning and state and local economic and industrial development;
  • Working 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 plans and 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.
  • Position requires travel to scheduled exercise sites to act as facilitator, controller or evaluator.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.

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 program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards)
  • 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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