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Plans Manager - This Job is Now Closed 1/03/2022

Global Support and Development

Job Title:   Plans Manager

Reports to:   Director of Operations 

Location:  Washougal, Washington


Responsible for overseeing collection, evaluation, and dissemination of response information. Oversee Plans section and the specialists that work within. Supervises, develops and disseminates planning efforts information, including daily action plans (IAP or similar), prepares status reports (SitReps or similar), displays/disseminates situation information and ensures appropriate mapping and GIS products. Assures response team mobility from a planning perspective.

About Our Team

The strength of this organization lies in the quality of the teams, the breadth of experience, and the relevant specializations team members bring to every response. Our team members have operational skill sets rivaling the most specialized emergency response organizations and agencies, but GSD’s smaller size and greater flexibility means the organization can mobilize and arrive on the scene of a disaster faster than larger organizations, carrying everything needed to be effective. GSD teams can deploy within 24 hours of a disaster when the need for lifesaving emergency assistance is most critical.       

Essential Functions 

  • Supervises and approves the development and implementation of planning SOPs for cross-departmental coordination and communication for GSD response and engagement sets - plans training (internal and external).
  • Oversees the coordination and distribution of the response information (IAP or similar) for response and exercises.
  • Ensures a GSD plans section can function within any command structure with potential stakeholders and partners as well as comply with formal United Nations or other governmental emergency operation centers or command posts.
  • Ensures coordination and communication across the Plans section and also responsible for GIS, Information analysis, and security planning efforts and assignments. 
  • Oversees and prepares After Action Reviews (AARs) and supports resolution of action items resultant of the AAR.
  • Oversees Resource, Situation, and Documentation units in formal Incident Command System (ICS) or other command systems.
  • Ensures that GSD’s Plans section is filled with qualified people in the Emergency Operations Center in a disaster response.      
  • Supports the training department’s responsibility of providing GSD Awareness, Technician, and Specialist training to provide depth within the plans department.
  • Documents impact of GSD operational activities as directed.
  • Provides for daily briefings during deployments or mission sets.
  • Responsible for team mobility through a check in process prior to response that ensures the team is rostered and prepared for international travel. 
  • Oversees Plans budget.
  • Provides quarterly updates and prepares annual budget in advance of each fiscal year.

Other Duties  

  • Managing special projects assigned
  • Serving as a representative of the organization in various venues as directed.
  • Participate in ongoing training and educational programs.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of emergency operations, international humanitarian response and disaster relief theories, principles, and practices is preferable. Training in ICS 100, 200, is required ICS 300, 400 is preferred and required as part of the first year of employment.

Requires the ability to make decisions, plan, implement, and evaluate the achievement of organizational goals and objectives; to see issues in a broad perspective; to have the ability to work through ambiguity.


The ideal Plans Manager has at least eight (8) years of experience working with emergency response organizations in international settings. The Plans Manager must have a strong understanding of the operational and organizational planning requirements necessary to improve efficiencies and reach organizational goals.

Candidate should have:

  • Strong organizational skills, the ability to shift tasks rapidly, be self-motivated, and have strong verbal communication skills.  
  • Strong interpersonal skills with professional coaching experience in communication styles preferred.
  • Three (3) or more years in a supervisory role in a civilian, military, NGO, or government organization. 
  • Bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university or equivalent combination of education and experience is desirable.
  • A combination of the following:   
    • Four (4) or more years in a branch of the armed services or government agency;
    • Four (4) or more years in a non-profit humanitarian organization;
    • Four (4) or more years in a firefighter, paramedic, or search and rescue organization.

Computer Skills & Communications Equipment 

  • Proficiency using the internet.
  • Proficiency with basic office software (i.e., Microsoft Office, Google Docs, etc.).
  • Proficiency in the basic use of various types of communications equipment (mobile radios, Satellite phones, BGAN, etc.).

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

The Plans Manager is a Tier 1 role that requires the physical ability to perform the essential functions of the job.  At the time of job offer prior to employment, the candidate will be required to complete the arduous pack test for wildland firefighters within the allotted time of 45 minutes. Tier 1 roles constitute the forward deployed team in the field and may operate in austere environments.  

  • Able to lift ground to waist height 100 pounds occasionally;
  • Able to lift waist to shoulder height 50 pounds occasionally;
  • Able to lift ground to overhead 50 pounds occasionally;
  • Able to push or pull 75 pounds occasionally.  
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outdoor weather conditions and occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions (non-weather); work near moving mechanical parts; work in high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; risk of electrical shock; work with explosives and vibration.
  • Able to travel and work irregular or extended hours.
  • Able to stand for prolonged periods;
  • Able to walk, jog, and run on flat terrain for five miles within 55 minutes;
  • Able to sit for prolonged periods;
  • Able to use hands / exercise manual dexterity, reach or stretch, stoop, kneel, crouch, climb, balance, and crawl;
  • Able to speak and hear;
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

The physical requirements for this position may be modified over time.  Reasonable accommodations that do not result in undue hardship will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties of the job.


Global Support and Development
1700 Main St Ste 248
Washougal, WA 98671
United States

Full Time
Mid Level