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State Exercise Officer (Executive II)

We continually strive for a workforce that reflects the growing diversity within the State of Illinois. A variety of employee backgrounds, perspectives, ideas and experiences are crucial to our ability to most effectively serve the public. Bilingual skills welcome

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Date:  Mar 15, 2023

Springfield, IL, US, 62703-4528

Job Requisition ID:  19048

Agency :  Emergency Management Agency 

Opening Date/Time: 03/15/2023
Closing Date/Time: 03/28/2023
Salary:   $5,536-$8,279/month  
Job Type:   Salaried Full Time  
County:   Sangamon  
Number of Vacancies:   1  
Plan/BU:   RC062



Position Marketing Statement:  The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is seeking a forward thinking operational minded individual to join our Operations Division. The individual in this role will be responsible for managing the State Exercise Program and working in conjunction with the State Training Officer and Manager of Training and Exercise to execute a comprehensive statewide training and exercise program. The successful candidate will have administrative and program management experience, educational/curriculum development experience, emergency management experience and a great work ethic! Our employees work in an ever-changing environment that presents new challenges with rewarding results. If you are interested in joining our team, we invite you to apply for the State Exercise Officer position with IEMA!


About the Agency Statement:  Are you ready to make a difference in the lives of others? The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is a team of emergency management professionals who support local communities by providing experience, perspective, and resources to help residents prepare for, mitigate, respond to and recover from threats, hazards, disasters or emergencies. IEMA is the lead agency for disasters and emergencies statewide and plays a key role in protecting the health, life, and safety of all Illinoisans.


This position is a union position; therefore, provisions of the relevant collective bargaining agreement/labor contract apply to the filling of this position.



****A resume is preferred, but NOT required.****

Current State Employees: If you are seeking a TRANSFER, please remember to upload a State of Illinois Department of Central Management Services American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Employee Transfer Request form.


All applicants who want to be considered for this position MUST apply electronically through the website. State of Illinois employees should click the link near the top left to apply through the SuccessFactors employee career portal.


Applications submitted via email or any paper manner (mail, fax, hand delivery) will not be considered.


Posting Identification Number #19048

Job Responsibilities

1. Serves as the State Exercise Officer for the Division of Operations at the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

  • Plans, organizes, executes, controls, and evaluates the operation of the IEMA Exercise Program.
  • Collaborates with units of local government, state and federal agencies, private sector entities, and response partners to test capabilities across the full spectrum of the State’s All-Hazard Emergency Management Program. 
  • Verifies that all exercises conducted are compliant with the requirements of Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Process (HSEEP), and any other applicable governance programs.


2. Provides leadership to the exercise design teams, assigning work and establishing goals, objectives, and timelines.

  • Monitors team output and evaluates the operation to see that a quality product is produced in an appropriate timeframe.
  • Determines team staffing necessary to achieve objectives


3. Prepares and coordinates the preparation of After-Action Reviews (AAR) following exercises or actual events.

  • Facilitates AAR discussions as part of the analysis and review preparation process.
  • Maintains exercise and AAR files.


4. Facilitates the annual Training and Exercise Planning Workshop (TEPW).

  • Develops and adjusts the multi-year state Training and Exercise Plan as needed to meet need, incorporate emerging issues and technology, and keep the program relevant and responsible to stakeholder needs.
  • Provides assistance in the development of the annual IEMA Training Summit and other special events when requested.


Minimum Qualifications

  1. Requires knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to completion of four (4) years of college, with courses in business or public administration. 
  2. Requires two (2) years of responsible administrative experience in a public or business organization. 

Specialized Skills

Requires two (2) years of professional experience in the development and evaluation of exercises for public safety and emergency management.

Requires completion of Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Process (HSEEP) training.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Two (2) years of professional experience in the development and evaluation of exercises for public safety and emergency management.
  • Four (4) years of professional experience in emergency management exercising program management. 
  • Completion of Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Process (HSEEP) training
  • Two (2) years of professional experience in development, conduct and evaluation of emergency management exercises.
  • Two (2) years of experience in an emergency management position.
  • Completion of the Master Exercise Practitioner Program.
  • Two (2) years of professional experience conducting oral presentations

Employment Conditions

1.   Requires ability to travel with overnight stays, as needed.

2.   Requires driving a state-supplied vehicle as needed, including having a valid and current driver’s license and a valid and current insurance policy.

3.   Requires the ability to use agency-supplied equipment (laptop, mobile phone, etc.).

4.   Requires the ability to work outside of normal work hours.

5.   Requires a criminal history check through the Illinois State Police.

Work Hours:  Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM  
Work Location: 2200 S Dirksen Pkwy Springfield, IL 62703-4528  

Agency Contact: Clara Schmidt


Job Family:  Administration/Management  


This position [DOES] contain “Specialized Skills” (as that term is used in CBAs).



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