Senior Manager
CenterCenter for Livable Communities
GroupHomeland Security and Recovery
Salary Range$95,914-$150,000


The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the regional planning and intergovernmental coordination agency that focuses on issues critical to the region's success, including growth and development, transportation, water resources, services for older adults, workforce solutions and homeland security. ARC is dedicated to unifying the region's collective resources to prepare the metropolitan area for a prosperous future. This is done through professional planning initiatives, the provision of objective information, and community involvement in collaborative partnerships.

The Homeland Security and Recovery Group (HSRG), which administers the Atlanta Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) program, builds, and sustains capabilities necessary to prevent, prepare for, protect against, and respond to acts of terrorism, either foreign or domestic. Through the utilization of grant funds from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the HSRG provides planning, training, equipping and coordination to local governments and first responders to provide for a secured, prepared and resilient region.

The HSRG Senior Manager will be responsible for administering the UASI program which includes establishing strategic partnerships among public and private sector leaders and organizations; fostering a spirit of collaboration and regionalism among the region’s first responder community; enhancing regional preparedness and maximizing grant funds in the urban area. The UASI jurisdictional service area includes the City of Atlanta and the five core counties (Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett). The Senior Manager will lead a professional team while working with no less than 200 hundred of the region’s jurisdictional subject management experts toward accomplishing strategic projects. 

The HSRG Senior Manager will oversee the design and implementation of innovative programs to reduce risk and vulnerabilities identified through training and exercises. In an inclusive and continuous improvement manner, the Senior Manager’s primary management responsibilities will include creating and executing a strategic vision for regional preparedness; leveraging the capacity of multi-jurisdictional and multi-discipline teams; working closely with the Urban Area Working Group (UAWG), a 25-member advisory board of senior management public safety law enforcement, fire, emergency management, public health and private sector leaders while reporting to Agency leadership; and reporting to the Senior Policy Group (SPG), an elected body of governing officials from the UASI member jurisdictions.  The Senior Manager will report to the Senior Director, Center for Community Services.


  • Supports the agency’s mission by building enduring, authentic relationships with key stakeholders to support long-term success and drive positive, lasting public safety impact;
  • Participates in the development, review, and management of the annual budget; reviews financial and operational data and make recommendations related to operational impacts and/or business conditions; manages applicable contracts and grant funding;
  • Develops strategic direction for staff, program, and project management;
  • Oversees the supervision of staff and provides direct supervision including conducting performance evaluations, training, hiring, and discipline and termination procedures;
  • Serves as a liaison and Agency representative with internal and external stakeholders; provides specialized and technical guidance regarding operations, processes, programs, functions, and initiatives; delivers presentations to the SPG, UAWG, the Executive Director, Center Directors, Board, and other agencies and/or organizations;
  • Develops presentations, policy documents and reports; responds to requests and inquiries; gathers, analyzes, frames, and summarizes complex information used in executive decision-making and communications; convenes and facilitates meetings;
  • Works closely with key partners, the State Administrative Agency, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency & Homeland Security, DHS, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to create a prepared and resilient urban area for all residents and visitors in the Atlanta region;
  • Provides oversight and/or management for the Atlanta UASI program to ensure smooth operation from planning to implementation under tight deadlines in a fast-moving environment;
  • Manages financial budget and procurement functions including preparation of Request for Proposals solicitations, grants management funding and investment justifications, contract administration, and project management;
  • Oversees and/or manages enhanced preparedness training for law enforcement specialty teams, conducts planning efforts, and creates regional response protocols and operations plans through the UAWG and its 4 functional committees and various sub-working groups;
  •  Provides oversight and/or management of the Atlanta UASI program in streamlining processes and procedures and managing outreach efforts to partners and potential partners;
  •  Provides project status updates and situational awareness to the Office of the Executive Director and the Senior Center Director;
  •  Perform other duties as assigned to support agency goals and objectives.


  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of governmental organization and administration, homeland security, law enforcement, fire, EMS, and public health;
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, problems, and techniques of organizing, planning, and coordinating municipal emergency management programs;
  • Knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field of Homeland Security;
  • Knowledge of project management principles and practices;
  • Skill in managing grant programs, including application development and financial activities;
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality with discretionary knowledge;
  • Ability to simultaneously manage and prioritize many tasks and projects, communicate effectively, and organize using a project management platform;
  • Ability to communicate information effectively, both orally and in writing, to a broad range of audiences; ability to prepare and deliver visually appealing written reports, public presentations, and recommendations to a variety of audiences;
  • Ability to coordinate diverse groups toward a common goal;
  • Ability to foster open communications with and among staff, leading people, and change, as well as being results driven;
  • Ability to manage high performance teams/ professionals and manage a variety of different disciplines for one common goal;
  • Ability to develop rapport and positive relationships with officials and staff of other agencies and other stakeholders;
  • Ability to plan, coordinate, and organize work to meet deadlines with accuracy, thoroughness, and attention to detail;
  • Ability to inspire staff and leverage team strengths and foster continuous improvement;
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.


  • Master’s degree in public or business administration, homeland security, emergency management, public policy, or related field
  • Four (4) years of progressively responsible related experience in homeland security, public safety, emergency management programs, project or program management, government/legislative affairs
  • Four (4) years of management experience
  • NIMS/ICS certified

An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above, unless otherwise subject to any other requirements set forth in law or regulation.


  • Selected candidate will be subject to a criminal background check
  • Selected candidate will be required to present documentation of COVID-19 vaccination certification or be required to present a weekly negative COVID test.

In addition to the detailed examples of responsibilities and abilities contained herein, all employees of the Atlanta Regional Commission are expected to model behavior consistent with the guiding principles outlined in our Evolution Strategy. Specifically, incumbents are responsible for demonstrating work habits that are:  

  1. Interdisciplinary by promoting professional and interpersonal connections and integration across functional disciplines;
  2. Holistic by seeking expertise within the team, Group, or Agency to produce his/her work output, and demonstrating a strong understanding of and support for interrelationships between their work and the work of others in the team, Group, or Agency;
  3. Actionable by continuously striving to improve his/her capabilities to produce sustainable outcomes, and displaying a strong need for achievement and a high energy level to attain goals;
  4. Outcome Based by taking the initiative to meet goals and expectations, and consistently striving to produce tangible results with significant visible impact, and;
  5. Targeted toward Ensuring Colleagues' Success by willingly and deliberately providing his/her expertise to others in an effort to build and sustain effective internal and external working relationships, and by modeling behaviors that consistently demonstrate concern for colleagues' success, needs, respect, trust, and integrity.