Exercise Planner

Location:    Washington, DC – DOE Forrestal Building

This position is for an Exercise Planner to assist in the planning, execution, and evaluation of Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) internal and interagency exercises. These actions primarily consist of supporting the lead exercise planner, exercise director, and the evaluation team; finalizing exercise evaluation guides; inputting controller observations into a database; and drafting/reviewing exercise after action reviews.


  • Provide guidance, consultation, and facilitation for the Federal client and project team by planning, designing, executing, and evaluating exercises supported with exercise-related products.
  • Assist the planning and design phases to NNSA asset, intra- and inter-agency, and national level exercises by preparing and disseminating products such as the Exercise Plan (EXPLAN), Controller/Evaluator (C/E) Handbook, Master Scenario Events List (MSEL), player briefings, and After Action reports/Corrective Action Plans (AAR/CAP) in the Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) format.
  • Develop, coordinate, and assist in the implementation of annual exercise and training and staffing plans.
  • Develop, schedule, and assist in the execution of all levels of training and administration of exercises.
  • Provide operational and staff support to Emergency Management, Consequence Management, Counterterrorism, CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive) programs, and disaster preparedness requirements.
  • The emergency response organization position may require support outside of normal office hours, as well as occasional on-call duties.
  • The position will require domestic and infrequent international overnight travel.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (desired fields include Emergency Management, First Responder, Antiterrorism, Security fields or equivalent) and 2+ years of experience in related Emergency Management, First Responder, Antiterrorism, or Emergency Preparedness fields, with a desire to have prior experience in planning, designing, executing, and evaluating exercises.
  • Certification as an emergency response team member is required.
  • Desired completion of the Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP): Basic Course.
  • Demonstrated writing and editing skills in the creation of documents and procedures.
  • Willingness to work directly with clients in an environment that changes rapidly; must possess a mature approach to the personal interactions with others.
  • Skilled in articulating complex issues at a level easily understood, in both oral and written form.
  • Must be an independent self-starter with excellent organizational skills, an ability to multitask, and comfortable working with a team of technical experts in varying fields of security and operations disciplines.
  • Extensive experience with the Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint, including advanced word processing using Microsoft Word, as well as Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Able to sit for extended periods and perform work in an office environment, including extensive use of computers.
  • DOE site access requires the qualified candidate be a U.S. citizen, have a valid Top Secret security clearance, and obtain a DOE “Q” security clearance within 30 days of employment. The candidate’s written consent to conduct a background check for the purposes of obtaining a security clearance may be required as a condition of employment.
  • Certain positions requiring a security clearance may require the periodic successful completion of a counterintelligence-scope polygraph examination.
  • Ongoing reviews and tests for the absence of any illegal substances may be conducted as a requirement for ongoing access to DOE sites. The candidate’s written consent to conduct such tests may be required as a condition of employment.

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