Institute for Building Technology and Safety

  • FEMA Disaster Recovery Specialist - Contractor

    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(3 weeks ago)
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    Disaster Recovery
  • Responsibilities




    IBTS is a major partner to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) supporting its mission under various prime and/or sub-prime contracts for Public Assistance, Individual Assistance, Hazard Mitigation Assistance, and Risk Analysis. The Public Assistance program supports recovery operations primarily for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly-owned facilities, such as: roads, bridges, municipal buildings, police and fire stations, water/wastewater treatment plants, etc., including Private Non-Profit facilities such as hospitals. The Hazard Mitigation assistance program supports operations to reduce the risk to life and property; including the existing build environment and future construction, in the pre and post disaster environments through regulations, local ordinances, land use and building practices.



    About the Work:


    The initial disaster recovery work can be 10-12 hours per day, 6-7 days per week. Rotations home of 3-5 days, approximately every 30 days, are provided to each deployed staff as approved by FEMA management. Most expenses, i.e., travel, per diem (food and lodging), are covered by the project and reimbursed directly to the deployed staff in a timely fashion. We attract the best people in the industry, supporting their efforts to learn and grow. We strive to create a challenging and progressive work environment. We provide career opportunities that span a variety of disciplines and geographic locations, with projects that our employees plan, design, build and operate—as diverse as the needs of our clients.


    ***** We are currently accepting resumes and building a pool of qualified candidates for future project work.  Qualified candidates will be contacted once next steps have been identified. *****


    General Responsibilities May Include:

    • Conducting preliminary damage assessments (PDAs) in the field with Federal, State and

      Local officials. 
    • Writing Project Worksheets (PWs) for the purposes of determining project eligibility,scopes of work and estimating costs to repair or replace a facility or structure in order to restore it to its pre-disaster design.
    • Offering technical, cost estimating, disaster recovery, or management services with an emphasis on Architecture or Historical Architecture.
    • Providing knowledge of building design or historical architectural design during recovery efforts.
    • Contributing to recovery team by providing a variety of building elements including, but not limited to, structural design knowledge, aesthetics, functionality, historic preservation, etc.


    • Must have knowledge and experience in FEMA’s Public Assistance program
    • Strong multitasking and organizational skills
    • A working knowledge and understanding of construction and repair of public infrastructure
    • Working knowledge of resources and web-based tools and databases
    • Excellent written, communication and public liaison/customer service skills






    Minimum Requirements:

    • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent years of disaster related experience


    • A minimum of 2 years of FEMA Public Assistance experience including project worksheet development.
    • Strong proficiency in FEMA Public Assistance program policies and eligibility requirements.
    • Must be proficient with Microsoft Office Suite applications (Word, Outlook, and Excel)
    • Must be able to work in a team environment
    • Must have already received or be willing to receive certification in the following FEMA online courses within the first 30 days of employment:

    IS-101: Preparing for Federal Disaster Operations

    FEMA-IS-393: Introduction to Hazard Mitigation

    IS-547: Introduction to Continuity of Operations

    IS-634: Introduction to FEMA’s Public Assistance Program

    IS-800b: National Response Framework, an Introduction

    IS-700a: A National Incident Management System (NIMS), an Introduction

    IS-632: Introduction to Debris Operations

    IS-403: Introduction to Individual Assistance

    IS-200b: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents

    IS-100: Introduction to Incident Command System

    • Preference will be given to candidates with one or more of the following FEMA Public Assistance classroom trainings: Public Assistance Operations I (PA Ops I), Public Assistance Operations II (PA Ops II), Project Worksheet (PW) Development, Cost Estimating Format (CEF), Debris Management/Operations, 404 Hazard Mitigation, and 406 Hazard Mitigation. 
    • Ability to mobilize within 24-48 hours; commit to a minimum 90-day assignment in remote locations and disaster conditions. 


    Who Should Apply?

    • Emergency Management
    • Financial Analyst and Accountants
    • Data Analyst
    • Planning and Development
    • 406 Hazard Mitigation Specialist
    • Economic Development
    • FEMA Program Specialist
    • Construction Management
    • 404 Hazard Mitigation Specialist
    • HUD/CDBG/CDBG-DR Coordinators
    • Engineering
    • Public Administration and Policy
    • Debris Management
    • Cost Estimating
    • Disaster Housing
    • Buyout/Acquisition Specialist

    In addition, the selected candidates must be a US Citizens and will be required to pass a background investigation as a condition of employment. Items that may be examined in a background check include but are not limited to: credit records, criminal records, fingerprint records, driving records, and vehicle registration.



    Bring your passion, expertise, and experience to IBTS!


    The Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization established to provide unbiased professional building code compliance services, while enhancing the communities in which we work. At IBTS, our mission is to deliver quality services to meet the challenges of governance at all levels while enhancing public safety, economic development, and the general welfare of the community. Our services include Building and Community Development, Energy and Sustainability Services, Disaster Planning and Recovery, Quality Assurance, as well as Compliance and Risk Monitoring.


    IBTS is headquartered in Ashburn, VA, with additional offices in Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington, DC.


    We are committed to building a community of experts with diverse backgrounds, disciplines, and perspectives who are passionate about our mission. IBTS is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. This opportunity is open to Section S3 Residents.


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