Public Assistance Specialist / Multi-Locations - Ongoing (CK)

Witt O'Brien's - Houston, TX4.3

Full-timeEstimated: $62,000 - $84,000 a year
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.

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.