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Job Description

Operations Planner 1

PURPOSE: To apply technical standards, principles, and concepts to support the scheduling, planning, execution, and evaluation of homeland security, counter-terrorism, counter-proliferation, and crisis/consequence management exercises. May serve as an Operations Planner in a variety of the ORISE National Security and Emergency Management Programs that supports federal, state, and local agencies.




  • Prepare routine briefings, documents, publications, reports, policy notes, and staff papers following specific guidance, procedures, and instruction in support of program activities.


  • Proof and perform general editing of reports and briefing materials for presentation to government agencies.


  • Coordinate routine research and point/decision papers in support of operations planners throughout the organization.


  • Participate in training and exercise development and readiness activities designed to develop knowledge of the overall readiness of government agencies to respond to of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear or Explosive (CBRNE) events.


  • Attend meetings and compose notes, trip reports, and after actions reports.


  • Surge to support personnel requirements in various NSEMP programs on a temporary basis to include being detailed to off-site locations on a temporary basis.


  • Assume other operational duties as required. A challenging component of this position involves responding to fast moving requirements that are new and unexpected. It will be important to maintain situational awareness of NSEMP programs in order to respond quickly to the dynamics of an ever-changing national security mission.



JOB QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's degree in National Security, Government Affairs or related discipline required with no experience. Should have basic knowledge of the threat to National Security posed by terrorist use of CBRNE weapons and the ability of the United States or State Governments to deal with this threat through intelligence collection, technical detection, interdiction and tactical/technical or first responder actions. Should have basic knowledge of what a consequence management response to terrorist attacks or natural or manmade disasters entails. Must have demonstrated verbal communication skills to articulate ideas and opinions in a clear, confident, and creditable manner. Must have demonstrated ability to effectively communicate information and ideas in writing reports, briefings, and seminars. Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret and “Q” security clearance.