The ideal candidate serves under the immediate supervision of the Federal Insurance Mitigation Legal Division's (FIMLD) Deputy Associate Chief Counsel for Litigation, working closely other counsel in the Office of Chief Counsel. This position starts at a salary of $103,690 (GS-13) with promotion potential to the $159,286 (GS-14). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Office of Chief Counsel team within FEMA.Learn more about this agency
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FIMLD advises the Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration (FIMA), a component in the office of Resilience, and the Litigation Branch represents FIMA in litigation relating to or arising out of FIMA’s programs and activities. FEMA established the Write Your Own Oversight Team (WYOT) after Hurricane Sandy to ensure robust oversight of participating Write Your Own (WYO) insurance companies selling and administering National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) flood insurance policies, particularly over claims in litigation. The Team works closely with in-house insurance counsel and outside litigation counsel to ensure that NFIP litigation is aligned with FEMA’s programmatic goals and strategic vision for litigation and that Federal funds are properly expended in litigation.
Candidates must have experience in litigation; strong research, writing, and communication skills; the ability to coordinate with flood insurance subject matter experts; the ability to work independently; the ability to develop strong relationships with NFIP partners and stakeholders, and the ability to represent the agency to insurance executives and litigation counsel for carriers involved in the NFIP’s WYO program.
In this position, you serve as an Attorney Advisor within the Office of the Chief Counsel will perform oversight and advisory functions, such as providing programmatic guidance to outside counsel, managing outside litigation, and engaging in other oversight responsibilities, reviewing WYO requests for litigation expense reimbursements, assisting in the development of audit controls for WYO litigation expenditures, and incorporating litigation expense software into the oversight program. You will work with a team of FIMLD attorneys and FIMA staff and the ability to communicate effectively and interact with FIMA’s leadership, partners and stakeholders in a respectful manner is critical.
Typical assignments include the following:
- Developing litigation strategies and oversight measures designed to implement the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) mission and overall programmatic goals, and communicating litigation strategies to Write Your Own (WYO) companies and outside litigation counsel, in coordination with Federal Insurance Mitigation Administration (FIMA) litigators and Program officials;
- Identifying and improving fiscal controls and other factors that impact the FIMA-WYO relationship;
- Collaborating with WYO team members and program subject matter experts to analyze outside counsel bills and requests to reimburse;
- Developing and applying guidance on eligible costs, assessing reasonableness of costs, and approving requests for payment; and
- Managing relationships with NFIP partners and stakeholders, including government, industry, and private counsel, to become an "honest broker."
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.
Occasional travel - Occasional non-emergency travel may be required.
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