FEMA-Disaster Response Specialists (Architects)
Join the Dewberry Team! Are you looking for a rewarding opportunity to help your country with disaster recovery work? Dewberry is a leading, market-facing professional services firm with more 50 locations and 2,000 professions nationwide. What sets us apart from our competitors is our outstanding employees and more than 30 years of experience supporting FEMA. Our proven experience gives us unique insight into how national disaster events are prepared for, managed, and applied to communities. At Dewberry, we seek out exceptional talent and strive to deliver the highest quality of services to our clients. As one of our Disaster Specialists, you will have the chance to collaborate with the best and brightest and work on meaningful assignments in impacted disaster locations. Our commitment to excellence stems from our personal integrity and from our defining attributes, which we call “Dewberry at Work,” that have inspired our employees to be successful for more than a half-century.
Dewberry is currently searching for highly qualified professionals with prior FEMA Public Assistance (PA) experience. Candidates must be U.S. Citizens and able to successfully pass a Federal background investigation which includes disclosing personal information such as criminal, credit, residential, employment, social and medical history. Applicants with an active FEMA badge or Moderate Background Investigation (MBI) clearance are encouraged to apply. Selected candidates must be able to commit to a minimum 120-day assignment in remote locations working in excess of 50 hours per week. Additionally, candidates must be disciplined and able to work from home, if required.
Disaster Specialists must be ready to travel to disaster site to support FEMA's response and recovery missions, but also be flexible and disciplined to work remotely from home, if needed. They will assist local government agencies and other Program-eligible entitles in the preparation of grant applications for the restoration of a variety of damaged public infrastructure to include roads, bridges, buildings and utilities. The work includes but is not limited to: site assessments of disaster-damaged infrastructure; documenting damages and developing restoration scopes of work, formulating detailed and accurate cost estimates, and assisting with hazard mitigation planning.
Required Skills & Required Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from an accredited university
Professional License and/or Registration is preferred
Minimum of 2 years of full-time professional experience in field of architecture, project management or construction management
Prior FEMA Public Assistance experience preferred:
Program Delivery Manager, Site Inspector, Policy Advisor, Cost Estimator, FEMA Certified Trainer, Hazard Mitigation Specialist (Sections 404/406); or
Knowledge of the FEMA Public Assistance Program
Candidates trained in new FEMA PA delivery model are preferred
Experience in design construction of commercial and government buildings, preparing construction documentation, bid and contract documents, and change orders
Experience with modern construction practices, facility assessments, construction inspection, project scope development and cost estimating
Working knowledge of International Building Code (IBC), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), historic preservation, and other governmental regulatory compliance
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Must be computer literate and proficient with MS Office Suite applications (Word and Excel) and FEMA proprietary software
Experience using FEMA Grants Management Portal preferred
Must be able to work both independently and in a team environment under stressful conditions
Ability to work 8-12 hours/day, 5-6 days a week
Must have a clean driving record and able to maintain a valid driver's license in order to operate a company, personal, or rental vehicle
- At this time, Dewberry will not sponsor a new applicant for work authorization.
- Dewberry is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.
- Prior to a final offer of employment, the selected candidate will be required to submit to a background screening which may include, but is not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, driving record check, criminal background check, and an investigative consumer report. These screenings will be conducted by Dewberry’s background vendor of choice and will be conducted in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local law.