FEMA seeks public assistance program specialists in Louisiana

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is seeking four public assistance program specialists in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, according to a hiring notice posted on Monday on usajobs.gov.

The temporary full-time position is scheduled to end within two years and may require extensive travel. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may occur with little advance notice and may require employees to relocate to operationally challenging conditions.

The position will be located in FEMA's Louisiana Recovery Office in the Public Assistance Section in Baton Rouge. The individuals hired for the position will serve as public assistance program specialists for the recovery of Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita and any other declared disasters as assigned by FEMA Region 6.

The specialist will conduct direct interface with work units and other agency departments to understand the audience and manage correspondence expectations. The person hired will gather information, formulate and deliver letters to management for approval before distribution, track progress of letters, coordinate with multiple teams to compile information and respond to all formal inquiries.

Qualified candidates must possess one year of specialist experience at the general schedule-9 level that demonstrates experience developing and implementing formal correspondences related to federal grant programs. Candidates must also have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education. Individuals considered for the position may have a combination of education and experience as described above.

The FEMA Louisiana Recovery Office was established to support the state after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The office transitioned into a longer term recovery office in April 2006.