Program/Project Coordinator
CenterCenter for Community Services
GroupHomeland Security and Recovery
Salary Range$74,063-$99,985


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 and workforce solutions. 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 the involvement of the community in collaborative partnerships.

The Program/Project Coordinator will be responsible for liaising between federal and local law enforcement agencies and overseeing projects for law enforcement specialty teams (i.e., SWAT, EOD, Aviation, JRHT, etc.) along with developing recommendations to close inter-agency gaps through training, exercises and equipment purchases.


  • Liaises between federal, state and local public safety agencies (Police Depts, Fire Depts., EMA’s etc.) to ensure completion of preparedness and capability reports, such as the National Counter-IED Capabilities Analysis Database (NCCAD), the Stakeholder Preparedness Report (SPR), and others as required;

  • Works within the federal guidelines of preparedness which includes prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery to identify Special Operations Team gaps within the core jurisdictions and through one or more of the federal guidelines for Planning, Organization, Equipment, Training or Exercise (POETE), and develops recommendations to close those gaps;

  • Oversee multiple projects of public safety specialty teams (i.e., SWAT, EOD, Aviation, JRHT, etc.  including those within fire services, (i.e., GSAR, HazMat, CBREN) along with developing recommendations to close inter-agency gaps;

  • Serves as project coordinator over consulting contractor for training and exercises and other grant administrative duties as assigned;

  • Provide support and key contributor to the procurement process for goods and services to build and sustain core capabilities, and other duties as assigned;

  • Analyzes, understands and complies with all grant guidance available to support preparedness enhancements;

  • Builds and maintains a positive relationship with all public safety agencies, and all other stakeholders within the core jurisdictions;

  • Secures and protects all sensitive information; and

  • Perform other duties as assigned to support agency goals and objectives.


  • Knowledge of all Public Safety specific operations to include; Interoperable Communications, CBRNE, Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention, Critical Infrastructure/Key Resources, and Medical Surge;

  • Knowledge of the following: Threat Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment, the Stakeholder Preparedness Report, and Investment Justifications;

  • Knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field of Homeland Security;

  • Ability to manage grant applications, project management, procurement and coordinate with GEMA/HS, GBI, FBI and others regarding specialty team development and sustainment;

  • Ability to deduce voluminous information and apply relevant facts/lessons to current situations;

  • Ability to develop, sustain and coordinate training and exercise projects;

  • Ability to solve problems effectively; think independently, prioritize needs and maintain effective working relationships with others;

  • Skill in developing strategies and programs to ensure capability enhancement to include measurable goals and objectives;

  • Possess strong verbal and written communication skills;

  • Possess excellent interpersonal skills and have the ability to maintain strong relationships with external and internal partners; and

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).


  • Master’s degree in business or public administration, human services or directly related field

  • Five (5) years of program administration experience

  • Two (2) years of supervisory experience

  • NIMS/ICS Certified (will obtain within 6 months after hire date)

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.



  • Previous Homeland security experience 

  • Previous experience as a police officer or firefighter

  • Project management experience

  • Experience with or knowledge of the following: Threat Hazard Identification and Risk (THIRA) and Stakeholder Preparedness Report (SPR)


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 below guiding principles which constitute ARC’s 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 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.