Supervisory Emergency Management Specialist (Mitigation)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Location
    Oakland, California
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  • Posted
    Nov 19

Position description

The ideal leader for this position will possess the professional experience to address long-term risks caused by disasters through mitigation planning efforts, application of building codes and environmental standards to enhance the resiliency of states, tribes, territories, and communities. Oversight of $1 billion in grant programs.  This position starts at a salary of $154,687 (GS-15). 

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

When disaster strikes, America looks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce. Please visit for additional information.

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites. All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions.

In this position, you will serve as the Mitigation Division Director within FEMA Region 9, advancing disaster resilience through innovative partnerships and creative application of federal and other resources. The ideal candidate for this position will be well-versed in pre- and post-disaster mitigation efforts, urban planning, architecture or building sciences, and have experience in leading people within an organization. Typical assignments include:

  • Managing all aspects of the regional Mitigation Division, overseeing programs related to: Risk Analysis, Hazard Mitigation Assistance, Floodplain Management and Insurance, and Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation.
  • Serving as the resilience subject matter expert in the region, bringing a wealth of knowledge in the fields of urban planning and building sciences to ensure the region applies a resilience lens across all activities, identifying the region’s resilience challenges and bringing together cross-sector stakeholders to develop solutions.
  • Advocating for the implementation of resilience programs to engage all stakeholders in reducing the frequency, severity, and cost of disasters.
  • Providing direct oversight on funding for eligible mitigation projects that reduce disaster losses to disaster-impacted State, local, tribal, territorial, nongovernmental organizations, and private sector partners.
  • Ensuring regional mitigation operations are executed in accordance with agency guidance and that they follow emergency management-related directives, federal regulations, and environmental and historic preservation laws and executive orders.


Travel Required

50% or less - Travel up to 50% may be required. 

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • Selective Service registration required.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Government credit card.
  • Please review "Other Information" section for additional key requirements.


To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo, successfully pass, and maintain a background investigation for a Non-critical Sensitive/Moderate Risk suitability level  as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a credit check after initial job qualifications are determined, a review of financial issues, such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs (please visit: Mythbuster on Federal Hiring Policies for additional information). For more information on background investigations for Federal jobs please visit OPM Investigations.

Please ensure you meet the qualification requirements described below.



The qualification requirements listed below must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

You qualify for this position at the GS-15 level (starting salary $154,687) if you possess the following:  One full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-14) in the Federal Service.  This experience may have been gained in the federal government, a state or local government, a non-profit organization, the private sector, or as a volunteer; however, your resume must clearly describe at least one year of specialized experience.  Specialized experience for this position includes:

  1. Advising senior leadership on disaster mitigation efforts to build stronger and safer infrastructure, homes, and/or communities;
  2. Supervising and/or leading employees performing hazard related mitigation activities;
  3. Integrating hazard mitigation assistance such as flood mitigation and insurance, risk analysis, and/or environmental planning and preservation activities; and
  4. Coordinating cross-sector and/or interagency risk assessments.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

NOTE: Qualifications are based on breadth/level of experience. In addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from MM/YY to MM/YY) and the number of hours worked per week if part time. As qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. Applicants are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to develop their federal resume. For a brief video on How to Create a Federal Resume, click here.

Current or former FEMA Reservists/DAE employees: To accurately credit your experience for these intermittent positions, make sure to list the dates (from MM/YY to MM/YY) of each deployment, along with the job title and specific duties you were responsible for during each deployment.  Failure to provide this information may result in disqualification.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees.  If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office. 

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