Job Overview


About the Agency

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. Please visit for additional information.

This position is ideal for a senior emergency manager with experience leading and managing the timely delivery of Federal disaster assistance to Federal, State, Local, and Tribal governments and communities.This position starts at a salary of $121,423 (GS-15) for the Denton,TX location, and a salary of $120,034 (GS-15) for the Atlanta, GA location. Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Office of Response and Recovery, Federal Coordinating Officer Operations team within FEMA.

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.

Appointments to the Federal Coordinating Officer program are made under the Schedule A, Excepted Service Authority, and are without time limits.


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking applicants for the Federal Coordinating Officer Program to perform top management functions and provide leadership in disaster field operations. As a Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) you will be responsible for the critical operations of the disaster as well as coordinating federal efforts during the response and recovery phase. Candidates must have knowledge and experience in emergency management programs and disaster operations; knowledge of Federal, State, and Local government processes; expert management skills and experience with organizational leadership in crisis situations.

Specific Duties:

The Federal Coordinating Officer serves as the principal staff advisor to the FEMA Administrator in leading and coordinating the timely delivery of all Federal disaster assistance to support state and local governments and affected communities.

The Federal Coordinating Officer establishes the Federal presence as the President's representative at the disaster operation site. The FCO coordinates the relationships among Federal, State, and Local  and FEMA personnel in partnership with the State Coordinating Officer (SCO) and advises the Governor on the status of the Federal response.

Manages media, community and other external relations to communicate the availability of assistance to Congress, applicants and the general public as well as establishing communications links with the media and elected officials.

Appointments to the Federal Coordinating Officer program will be Schedule A, Excepted Service appointments without time limitations.

Travel Required

  • 50% or Greater
  • Position can require up to 60% Extended Travel.

Relocation Authorized

  • No