Disaster Recovery Engineer @ Innovative Emergency Mgmt - Morrisville, NC

Disaster Recovery Engineer

Why Join IEM?
We are a woman owned company in Emergency Management that embraces teamwork, collaboration, flexible performance, actionable solutions and integrity/ethics. Our work touches everyone. We produce results that matter. Results that save lives – join us while we build a safe, secure and resilient world.



Our culture:
IEMers believe in the greater good and it is our commitment to attract those who have excellent technical skills, creative minds and innovative ideas to keep propelling us forward.



Primary Location:
Remote w/ Deployment to client sites



Travel Requirements:
  • This position may require some work to be conducted onsite and may require work on weekends or in excess of 40 hours per week. Travel and other expenses are reimbursable in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations.
  • All interested candidate must be willing to work for the duration of each disaster assignment. Assignments typically may last up to 12 months with potential for extension
  • Situational Awareness: During site assessments, conditions may be austere including prolonged exposure to excessive heat and cold, prolonged sun exposure and no electricity, heat or air conditioning. Other potential risks include air quality issues, standing water, mosquitos, snakes, debris and other potential exposures
  • Physical Requirements: Site assessments may require extensive walking and standing for long periods of time; working in small spaces, tunnels and ditches; climbing ladders.

Sector/Organization:
International Homeland Security



Job Summary:

The DRS II will support IEM’s State and Local Disaster Response and Recovery Team with its FEMA disaster recovery efforts, working hand-in-hand with the state /local government and private non-profit representatives to guide them through the Public Assistance process.
IEM’s FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Disaster Recovery Specialist prepares FEMA Project Worksheets which involves identifying eligible damage caused by a disaster, documenting the extent and type of damage, determining the scope of work to repair the damage and developing a cost estimate for the repair.
The Disaster Recovery Specialist must possess knowledge on the technical aspects of FEMA PA grant programs and will be expected to exercise independent judgement in coordination and advice to FEMA PA recipients/subrecipients within the limits of applicable Federal and State statutes, regulations, policies and procedures. The Disaster Specialist works closely with Federal, State and local representatives and must be able to clearly communicate aspects of the FEMA PA program.

Essential Functions:
  • Provide general programmatic assistance to applicants and maintain currency of and compliance with applicable state and federal grant management policies and procedures relating to the Public Assistance Grant Program

  • Identify
    potential impacts / implications of policy changes to Federal/State/local programs and provide briefings as required.

  • Conduct
    meetings and briefings with applicants
  • Perform damage assessments to establish potential eligibility for FEMA funding and extent of applicable damages
  • Conduct detailed cost estimates of damages

  • Perform
    project validation reviews and address any inconsistencies, special considerations, and compliance issues with management
  • Make hazard mitigation determinations and recommendations to reduce or eliminate the chance of damages occurring in the future.
  • Provide technical guidance and recommendations to management.
  • Review supporting documentation for the assigned subawards to ensure that each subrecipient receives appropriate reimbursements.

  • Develop, maintain and implement
    plans and procedures associated with the effective and efficient delivery and monitoring of grant performance of the Public Assistance Grant Program.
  • Perform quality control review procedures over work performed by other Disaster Recovery Specialists and Grants Management Specialists.
  • Collaborate with IEM’s Disaster Recovery Grants Management Specialists to identify and elevate financial or administrative issues for resolution, including responding to Federal Awarding Agency or Recipient Request for Information.



Minimum Qualifications:
  • At least 7 years' experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from an accredited college or university with a major in engineering, public administration, emergency management, insurance, business administration, or related field. An equivalent combination of training and experience may substitute for a degree.
  • Intermediate level of experience in FEMA Public Assistance grant program or other FEMA grant program
  • Experience working in FEMA New PA Delivery Model

  • Intermediate
    understanding of Public Assistance, 428, 404 and 406 Mitigation.

  • Demonstrated ability
    to interpret grant policy and procedures, to read and interpret grant guidelines and contracts, and to communicate effectively orally and in writing. The ability to assist with preparing written reports and conducting analysis.

  • Intermediate level
    of knowledge of disaster recovery, emergency management and associated state/federal legislation with the ability to research and organize data. Novice level ability to use provided IT tools and document management tools to create, organize and maintain project documents
  • The ability to write reports, conduct analysis, and prepare/conduct briefings.
  • The ability to assist with the development of and provision of training to support the recovery process.

  • Intermediate level
    experience using FEMA and State and Local grants management workflow software and documentation management systems at either the Federal (preferred FEMA), State, Local Recipient/Subrecipient level.

  • Intermediate level
    ability to use provided IT tools and document management tools to create, organize and maintain project documents

  • Intermediate level
    knowledge of standard office procedures and intermediate computer operations to include a working and functional use (preferred intermediate to advanced) of all Microsoft Office applications including Word, Outlook, and Excel as well as smartphone /text usage
  • Ability to effectively communicate (written and orally) with team members and local, state and federal stakeholders.
  • Solid written, verbal and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision as well as within a team framework to accomplish objectives under a tight deadline
  • Able to remain flexible and adapt quickly to changes during each assignment
  • Must be willing and able to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance through an extensive government background check with fingerprints.


Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience within the commercial and/or public industries including, but not limited to, government entities/facilities (including military), medical facilities, schools, transportation (roads and bridges), coastal entities, water/waste treatment and utilities/power.
  • Professional Registration or Certification including Professional Engineer (PE), Registered Architect, Project Management



Benefits and more:
  • 10 paid holidays
  • Vacation pay
  • Sick pay
  • 401 (K) plan with matching
  • Company paid STD and LTD