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Disaster Recovery Coordinator II-GIS Specialist

State of Arizona

Phoenix,  Arizona


The Disaster Recovery Coordinator II – GIS Specialist position is a reservist position. A reservist serves in a part time, on-call, as-needed position.

The Disaster Recovery Coordinator II – GIS Specialist supports the DEMA Mission by providing emergency management capabilities to Arizona. Incumbent will support coordination activities in the areas of emergency preparedness, logistics, response, recovery and operational efforts in order to reduce the impact of emergencies and disaster on people and property in the Whole Community. The Preparedness Reservist Specialist works under the direction of the Director's Office but is assigned to the Preparedness Section. Staff member could serve as Situation Unit member during activation and exercise Operations.

Job Duties:

Responsibilities include:

  • Develops, designs, tests, populates and maintains spatial datasets using established standards. Prepares or coordinates preparation of maps, geospatial dashboards and cartographic products; analyzes and interprets statistics and planning data for developing plans during emergency incidents, exercises, steady state operations, and long-term planning and preparedness goals.
  • Attends training workshops to learn and maintain a working knowledge of emergency management principles, standards and practices. Attends FEMA related and other emergency management courses to enhance their knowledge of the four phases of disaster response. Trains for specific emergency center operations positions and performs duties as assigned in accordance with internal agency policy.
  • Assigned to the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) Plans Section during activation or exercises, or other SEOC positions as required. Coordinates with the Situation Unit Leader (SitL), any assigned Technical Specialists, and the Documentation Unit Leader (DOCL) for collecting, interpreting, and displaying situational awareness information.
  • Provides technical support to both internal and external customers. Supports current spatial systems, identifies and resolves problems with deployed systems. Knowledge to operate GIS hardware, such as large format plotters and GPS devices.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:

  • Considerable working knowledge of GIS systems, spatial data and database management systems and development platforms.
  • Map projections and coordinate systems.
  • Database management systems.
  • Esri technologies.
  • Appropriate methods of communication and active listening.
  • Emergency Operations Center principles and Incident Management Team operations.

Skilled in:

  • Balancing, prioritizing, and organizing multiple tasks.
  • Working collaboratively in teams and across organizations.
  • Data Programming/Software skills.
  • Providing technical support and formal and informal instruction to end users.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Synthesizing feedback and adjusting plans accordingly.
  • Building strong relationships inside and outside the organization.
  • Utilizing a personal computer, WebEOC and other system software to support emergency management efforts.
  • Must have strong customer service skills to convey information effectively.

Ability to:

  • Understand and put into practice the advanced theories and process of programming language used in GIS.
  • Do advanced analysis and produce advanced reports.
  • Relate data to answer the specific advanced spatial questions being asked.
  • Research, develop and display advanced technical documentation including professional maps.
  • Manipulate complex geospatial aspects of data.
  • Participate on teams in the development of unique GIS applications designed to meet specific user and business needs.

Selective Preference(s):
Desired qualifications include any combination of experience, education and training that meets the knowledge, skills, and abilities described. Bachelor's degree plus 2-4 years of GIS and analysis experience (or equivalent experience). Intermediate GIS software training preferred.

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