Witt O'Brien's
  • 18-Dec-2017 to 01-Jan-2019 (PST)
  • Disaster Services
  • VIR
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Company Profile

Witt O'Brien's is the leader in crisis and emergency management. We help our clients prepare for, respond to and recover from disaster. Our mission is to make them readyRESILIENT.

Our highly skilled experts protect lives, communities and businesses in both the private and public sectors. We do that with innovative services that combine decades of front-line disaster experience with out-of-the-box thinking, to generate the best outcome for our clients. As the threat of disruption from both man-made and natural disasters increases, our solutions have never been in greater demand.

Are you looking for an opportunity to join a team that makes a real difference? Do you want to be part of a collaborative team that protects and strengthens communities and businesses? If you are looking for all these opportunities and more, then Witt O'Brien's is the right fit for you.

We are seeking the best and brightest talent to help us take our organization to the next level. We offer a stimulating work environment with a growth-oriented dynamism. Our compensation and benefits package is highly competitive, to encourage happy and motivated employees.

Position Summary:

We are currently recruiting for Disaster Recovery Specialist-Public Assistance Staff.  The Disaster Recovery Specialist-Public Assistance Staff will provide technical assistance to the client in relation to the FEMA regulations associated with the Public Assistance program.

This position description incorporates the core responsibilities of the job.  It recognizes that other related duties not specifically mentioned might also be performed, and that not all responsibilities may be carried out depending on operational needs.


  • Establish partnerships with FEMA, State and applicant
  • Provides program oversight and expert technical assistance on recovery planning and community development related policies, principles, and procedures
  • Conducts site visits representing the state/local agency or as a member of a negotiation team
  • Coordinates with FEMA and State Environmental agencies on all environmental issues and historic guidance
  • Independently performs technical work of a high degree of difficulty requiring the exercise of originality, initiative, and practical judgment in the application and adaptation of standardized engineering techniques and methods
  • Performs technical services functions and provides advice in the management of long-term community recovery components such as; disaster damage and impact assessments teams, and long-term community recovery operations within the disaster field offices, regional offices and public assistance closeout offices
  • Analyzes and evaluates selected project applications, supporting documentation, and federal agency inspection reports for accuracy and compliance with applicable FEMA policies and procedures

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in business or a related field
  • BS/BA degree in related field. Post graduate degree in and a post graduate degree in homeland security, emergency management/planning or other related subject is desirable
  • 3+ years of experience as a FEMA, State or Local Public Assistance Officer
  • Relevant professional certification (i.e., P.E., CFM, AIA, PCM, PMP)
  • Completion of FEMA/EMI Advanced Professional Series or Professional Development Series, ICS series

Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of Federal and State Recovery Programs and Initiatives, Public Assistance and its implementing regulations
  • Knowledge and experience with engineering principles and practices as they relate to PA programs
  • Knowledge and skill in applying analytical and evaluative techniques to the identification, consideration, and resolution of a wide variety of grants administration issues and problems
  • Significant experience addressing strategic issues in disaster recovery operations including issues that have complex political and programmatic elements
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects in a changing work environment
  • Ability to work independently and/or on a team
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Exceptional research skills
  • Comfortable interacting with Clients and Client Stakeholders-
  • Proficient computer skills: (including MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint; Adobe Acrobat Professional)

Working Conditions:

  • May require deployment within 24 hours of notification
  • May be asked to work irregular/extended work hours
  • May work at other locations than assigned TDY
  • May require relocating to emergency sites that require functioning under intense physical and mental stress


Hourly; Commensurate with experience

Commitment to Diversity:

Witt O'Brien's is always looking for the most qualified and experienced professionals with a passion for public safety, emergency management, homeland security, disaster response, and continuity of operations.

We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. www.wittobriens.com



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