Job Overview


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (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.

Who May Apply

  • All U.S. Citizens
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This position is ideal for an Emergency Management Specialist under the supervision of the Individual Assistance (IA) Branch Chief looking for an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of all programs which provide assistance to individuals, household and businesses for losses sustained in presidentially declared disasters or emergencies. This position starts at a salary of $51871.00 (GS-09), with promotion potential to $81583.00 (GS-11). Apply for this opportunity to become a member of the Recovery Division, Individual Assistance Branch in the Region I located in Boston, MA.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL: Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.

This position is being announced under FEMA's CORE Program (Cadre of On-call Response/Recovery employees).  These positions are authorized under P.L. 93-288 to perform temporary disaster work and are funded from the Disaster Relief Fund.  Appointments are excepted service, temporary appointments.  This is a 2 year temporary appointment in the Excepted Service. 

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT:  For all nonbargaining unit positions, the following applies:  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.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency, (FEMA), Individual Assistance Branch, Region I in Boston MA.  The incumbent will serve as an Individual Assistance program specialist and must be knowledgeable about programs offered by other federal and voluntary agencies such as the US Small Business Administration, US Department of Labor and the American Red Cross.  When delegated the incumbent will direct the implementation of disaster assistance programs, provide leadership and serve as a coordinator for the delivery of disaster assistance.


  •  Manages and coordinates various disaster assistance components of the organization required for rapid Federal response to presidentially declared major disasters and emergencies under the provisions of public law 93-288.
  •  Monitors and analyzes developing situation to determine the potential for a gubernatorial request for Federal assistance and a Presidential declaration of an emergency or major disaster.
  • Establishes and maintains contact with counterparts in the various Federal, State, local and voluntary agencies and organizations participating in the disaster response and recovery efforts in order to ensure overall coordination.
  • Provides input to the summary, analysis, and recommendations on the incident based on the combined damage assessment for the Regional Administrator's approval.
  • Provides programmatic technical advice and serves as program specialist for all IHP (Individuals and Households Program) components and and all other IA programs.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.