Tuesday, April 30, 2019

FREE....May 13-14, 2019. DC HOMELEAND SECURITY AND PREPAREDNESS SYMPOSIUM.


DC HomEleand Security and Preparedness Symposium

Session 2:  State Panel Facilitated Discussion: Accommodating the Whole Community

Presenters:
§  Dennis Boyd, New York City Office of Emergency Management
§  Dawn Brantley, Virginia Department of Emergency Management
§  Christine Heyser, Department of Human Services, Harrisburg, PA
§  Beth MacDonald, Delaware Department of Health and Social Services

Moderator:
Delores Scott, DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA)

This session will address how disability rights laws apply to emergency management, legal trends and promising practices for accommodating the whole community.

 Registration:  Registration is free, but space is limited. I encourage you to register as soon as you can.  Here is the link: https://attendify.co/symposium-day-one-9am-530pm-YZdUUFF.  




Monday, April 29, 2019

Job Opportunity: Sup. EM Specialist. FEMA Planning and Exercise.

Supervisory Emergency Management Specialist position has been posted to USAjobs with an open date of April 26, 2019 and is scheduled to close on Friday, May 3, 2019. 


and the MP here: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/531864900

Overview

  • Open & closing dates
     04/26/2019 to 05/03/2019
    This job will close when we have received 200 applications which may be sooner than the closing date. Learn more
  • Service
    Competitive
  • Pay scale & grade
    GS 14
  • Salary
    $117,191 to $152,352 per year
  • Appointment type
    Permanent
  • Work schedule
    Full-Time

























The ideal candidate for this position provides supervisory oversight for staff that manages and coordinates with other entities to plan and execute exercise activities, and coordination of emergency response resources in dealing with intentional and/or unintentional crises. 

This position starts at a salary of $117,191 (GS-14). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Planning and Exercise team within FEMA.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

GAO Report: DHS, FEMA Disaster Recovery Contracting Process Needs Major Fixes


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GAO Report: DHS, FEMA Disaster Recovery Contracting Process Needs Major Fixes

April 25, 2019 (WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, announced the release of a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report he requested on the DHS and FEMA contracting process for disaster recovery efforts.

The report, entitled “Actions Needed to Improve the Use of Post-Disaster Contracts to Support Response and Recovery” found that:

  • The contracting process for post-disaster recovery efforts lacks transparency due to “inconsistent implementation of the criteria for” tracking data related to post-disaster Federal procurement.
  • FEMA did not consistently justify awards to vendors outside the disaster area, meaning the agency may have missed opportunities to award contracts to local businesses, which could help jump-start the local economy.
  • FEMA’s contracting workforce has dozens of vacancies, including contracting specialists and other critical leadership positions.

Chairman Thompson released the following statement on the report:
   
“This GAO report makes clear that the federal government still has work to do when it comes to contracting for disaster recovery and response efforts. Spending on disaster contracts lacks much-needed transparency – taxpayers need to know what they’re funding to provide survivors assistance in the aftermath of a disaster.  The GAO also found that disaster recovery contracting is not locally focused, so businesses feeling the pain of loss after a disaster are often not given the chance to help rehabilitate their community and restart their business.

“The GAO report also highlights how FEMA is still undergoing serious staffing challenges that need to be addressed by the Administration.  As we are about to enter the 2019 hurricane season, I urge DHS and FEMA to promptly fill these important vacancies and follow through on the GAO’s recommendations that will increase productivity and transparency in the disaster response and recovery process.”

Following the release of the report, Chairman Thompson sent a letter to Acting FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor to demand answers about the large slate of vacancies in FEMA’s contracting workforce.

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Media contact: Adam Comis at (202) 225-9978


HOT HOT....Job Opportunity....Representative, Partner Relations ARC. Fairfax, Virginia



Representative IV, Partner Relations
**PLEASE NOTE: The position is based in Fairfax, VA.**

Job Description:

This position resides in the Community Engagement and Partnerships team within the Disaster Cycle Services department. The position focuses on creating, implementing and maintaining partnerships across the disaster cycle to support Red Cross field units and mobilize communities across the country. The position reports to the Senior Director, Community Mobilization and Partnerships, who reports to the Senior Vice President of Disaster Cycle Services.

Specific functions of this position include:
•Management support to the partnerships department to develop and implement national-level partnerships with primarily non-governmental organizations and steward relationships with external constituents including federal and corporate partners.
•Provide planning, design and implementation management for partnership activities, including process definition, work prioritization, development of agreements, evaluation, monitoring and record keeping of partnership activities.
•Responsible for providing leadership and direction within Disaster Cycle Services on prioritizing, implementing, maintaining and developing national level relationships with an emphasis on diverse organizations.
•Establishes relationships and collaborates across all departments of the American Red Cross to provide a comprehensive approach to partnership development. Drivers for this work include the number of national partners and required support.
•This position requires participation on disaster relief operations at varied locations as circumstances require.

Responsibilities
•Plans, develops and implements the national partnership process; prioritizing outreach efforts, ensuring partner engagement is focused on organizational capacity, diversity needs, and ensuring successful mutually beneficial and sustainable partnerships.
•Manages ongoing relationships with national organizations, ensuring continued review and evaluation of the effectiveness of the partnerships, identifying and implementing plans for continued growth in the partnerships, providing support to chapters and other national headquarters units in implementing the partnerships, and ensure the partnering efforts are inclusive of all Red Cross departments and lines of service.
•Represents the department at non-government organization and private sector meetings, conferences, seminars and training sessions.
•Develops a program of partner engagement and partnership development that focuses on field/chapter level capacity to respond to disasters in a holistic, effective, diverse and inclusive, and well-coordinated manner.
•Plans improvement programs to analyze, sustain and enhance emphasis on quality goals to include targets.
•Provides management and guidance to Red Cross staff/volunteers for the purpose of executing partnership programs and for development of expertise and knowledge.
•Coordinates within the unit and within Disaster Cycle Services to ensure national partners are integrated into chapter/field capacity building plans, preparedness activities and relief operations.

Qualifications
Education
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Degree in emergency management, public administration, business administration, humanities or organizational development preferred. Master’s degree and bi-lingual abilities in Spanish required.

Experience
•A minimum of 7-10 years demonstrated partner relations experience and program management.
•Track record of leadership results in non-profit and /or for-profit organizations.
•Professional development in partnership and collaboration with demonstrated outcomes.
•Experience in program development, project planning and timetables.
•Experience in working directly with senior-level management, elected officials and interagency collaboratives.

Required knowledge, skills and abilities
•Awareness of American Red Cross programs and procedures.
•Ability to work with and manage volunteers.
•Ability to learn and strategically apply a great deal of policy and guidance information quickly and conversantly with internal and external partners in a disaster response environment.
•Demonstrated skills in community organizing, facilitation, conflict resolution, and relationship development/management.
•Demonstrates excellent, straight forward writing and research skills for various media (web-based; print) for internal and external audiences.
•Strong verbal presentation skills.
•Ability to display tact, political acumen, and diplomacy in difficult or sensitive situations.
•Proficient in MS PowerPoint, Excel and at ease with new technology applications.
•Ability to work with individuals from diverse cultural and political backgrounds.
•Ability to build and continually evolve processes.
•Results oriented.
•Ability to proactively solve problems, innovate, work independently and cultivate a team environment.
•Ability to remain calm under pressure and demonstrate flexibility in very stressful situations
•Occasional travel (25%) to chapters, disaster relief operation sites nationwide and conferences/meetings is required.
•Other duties as assigned

Essential Functions/Physical Requirements
Depending on work assignment, may require ordinary ambulatory skills sufficient to visit other locations; or the ability to stand, walk and manipulate (lift, carry, move) light to medium weights of up to 20 pounds. Requires good hand-eye coordination, arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp, and visual acuity to use a keyboard, operate equipment and read technical information. Overall mobility is essential.  May include sitting for long periods of time, driving a vehicle and working under challenging conditions.

Work Conditions:
Work is performed indoors with some potential for exposure to safety and health hazards related to emergency services relief work. May travel and participate in meetings and conferences throughout chapter jurisdiction, state and Red Cross network and partner events. Because the Red Cross is a disaster response organization, staff may be asked to be on 24-hour call during specified periods and during large scale operations.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.

Apply now!  Joining our team will provide you with the opportunity to make a difference every day.

The American Red Cross is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

The American Red Cross is a diverse nonprofit organization offering its employee’s professional development and growth opportunities, a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits, and a collaborative team spirit environment.

To be considered for this position, please visit www.redcross.org/jobs to apply









American Red Cross: Disaster Cycle Services New and Continued Employment Opportunities: 4/25/2019


Disaster Program Specialist – Rochester, Minnesota

The Disaster Program Specialist is responsible for the implementation of the disaster services program in an assigned geographic territory.  The territory is based on the regional configuration.  Leads and manages a primarily volunteer team responsible for the implementation of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery programs in the local area.  Ensures the development of Disaster Leadership Volunteers in each of the program support functional areas of the disaster cycle in order to meet the needs of the territory, region, state and division. Operates as a part of the Disaster Management Cycle processes.  Responsible for local preparation, response  and recovery management as well as management of government partnerships with assigned territory.  Drivers for this work include the number of municipalities within its coverage area, the amount and complexity of program activity,  presence of significant grant funding, geography, risk, population, frequency of events, and regional structure. Performs these functions according to the guidance provided by the Disaster Program Manager; team leadership is provided by the Disaster Program Manager. This position reports directly to the Disaster Program Manager and may have a dotted line to Community Exec (s) in the territory they cover. This position may have dotted line supervision to program support functions within the Region and/or may also serve as a program support function lead within the Region. This position works closely with,  is supported by and receives technical guidance from program support functions at the regional level.


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Disaster Program Manager – Wausau, Wisconsin

The Disaster Program Manager is responsible for the implementation of the disaster services program in an assigned geographic territory which is based on the regional configuration.  The Disaster Program Manager leads and manages a primarily volunteer team responsible for the implementation of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery programs in the local area and ensures the development of Disaster Leadership Volunteers in each of the program support functional areas of the disaster cycle in order to meet the needs of the territory, region, state and division.  The Disaster Program Manager operates as a part of the Disaster Management Cycle processes.  It is responsible for local preparation, response and recovery management as well as management of government partnerships with assigned territory.  Drivers for this work include the number of municipalities within its coverage area, the amount and complexity of program activity, presence of significant grant funding, geography, risk, population, frequency of events, and regional structure.  The Disaster Program Manager performs these functions according to the guidance provided by the Regional Disaster Program (RDPO) and Disaster Program Officer (DPO); team leadership is provided by the RDPO. This position reports directly to the Senior DPO or the RDPO; and may have a dotted line to Community Executive in the territory they cover. This position may have dotted line supervision to program support functions within the Region and/or may also serve as a program support function lead within the Region.
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Disaster Program Specialist – Oshkosh/Green Bay, Wisconsin

The Disaster Program Specialist is responsible for the implementation of the disaster services program in an assigned geographic territory.  The territory is based on the regional configuration.  Leads and manages a primarily volunteer team responsible for the implementation of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery programs in the local area.  Ensures the development of Disaster Leadership Volunteers in each of the program support functional areas of the disaster cycle in order to meet the needs of the territory, region, state and division. Operates as a part of the Disaster Management Cycle processes.  Responsible for local preparation, response  and recovery management as well as management of government partnerships with assigned territory.  Drivers for this work include the number of municipalities within its coverage area, the amount and complexity of program activity,  presence of significant grant funding, geography, risk, population, frequency of events, and regional structure. Performs these functions according to the guidance provided by the Disaster Program Manager; team leadership is provided by the Disaster Program Manager. This position reports directly to the Disaster Program Manager and may have a dotted line to Community Exec (s) in the territory they cover. This position may have dotted line supervision to program support functions within the Region and/or may also serve as a program support function lead within the Region. This position works closely with,  is supported by and receives technical guidance from program support functions at the regional level.


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Disaster Program Manager – Fairfax, Virginia

The Disaster Program Manager is responsible for the implementation of the disaster services program in an assigned geographic territory which is based on the regional configuration.  The Disaster Program Manager leads and manages a primarily volunteer team responsible for the implementation of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery programs in the local area and ensures the development of Disaster Leadership Volunteers in each of the program support functional areas of the disaster cycle in order to meet the needs of the territory, region, state and division.  The Disaster Program Manager operates as a part of the Disaster Management Cycle processes.  It is responsible for local preparation, response and recovery management as well as management of government partnerships with assigned territory.  Drivers for this work include the number of municipalities within its coverage area, the amount and complexity of program activity, presence of significant grant funding, geography, risk, population, frequency of events, and regional structure.  The Disaster Program Manager performs these functions according to the guidance provided by the Regional Disaster Program (RDPO) and Disaster Program Officer (DPO); team leadership is provided by the RDPO. This position reports directly to the Senior DPO or the RDPO; and may have a dotted line to Community Executive in the territory they cover. This position may have dotted line supervision to program support functions within the Region and/or may also serve as a program support function lead within the Region.
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Disaster Program Manager – Jefferson City, MO

The Disaster Program Manager is responsible for the implementation of the disaster services program in an assigned geographic territory which is based on the regional configuration.  The Disaster Program Manager leads and manages a primarily volunteer team responsible for the implementation of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery programs in the local area and ensures the development of Disaster Leadership Volunteers in each of the program support functional areas of the disaster cycle in order to meet the needs of the territory, region, state and division.  The Disaster Program Manager operates as a part of the Disaster Management Cycle processes.  It is responsible for local preparation, response and recovery management as well as management of government partnerships with assigned territory.  Drivers for this work include the number of municipalities within its coverage area, the amount and complexity of program activity, presence of significant grant funding, geography, risk, population, frequency of events, and regional structure.  The Disaster Program Manager performs these functions according to the guidance provided by the Regional Disaster Program (RDPO) and Disaster Program Officer (DPO); team leadership is provided by the RDPO. This position reports directly to the Senior DPO or the RDPO; and may have a dotted line to Community Executive in the territory they cover. This position may have dotted line supervision to program support functions within the Region and/or may also serve as a program support function lead within the Region.
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Disaster Program Specialist – Romeoville, Illinois

The Disaster Program Specialist is responsible for the implementation of the disaster services program in an assigned geographic territory.  The territory is based on the regional configuration.  Leads and manages a primarily volunteer team responsible for the implementation of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery programs in the local area.  Ensures the development of Disaster Leadership Volunteers in each of the program support functional areas of the disaster cycle in order to meet the needs of the territory, region, state and division. Operates as a part of the Disaster Management Cycle processes.  Responsible for local preparation, response  and recovery management as well as management of government partnerships with assigned territory.  Drivers for this work include the number of municipalities within its coverage area, the amount and complexity of program activity,  presence of significant grant funding, geography, risk, population, frequency of events, and regional structure. Performs these functions according to the guidance provided by the Disaster Program Manager; team leadership is provided by the Disaster Program Manager. This position reports directly to the Disaster Program Manager and may have a dotted line to Community Exec (s) in the territory they cover. This position may have dotted line supervision to program support functions within the Region and/or may also serve as a program support function lead within the Region. This position works closely with,  is supported by and receives technical guidance from program support functions at the regional level.



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RC27407 Sr. Disaster Program Manager (Las Vegas, NV) (Open)

We are currently seeking a Sr. Disaster Program Manager (Las Vegas, NV) to work in our Las Vegas, NV, Salt Lake City, UT or Reno, NV office. This position will work 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday, and some weekends and evenings will be required during times of business need. Travel will also be involved up to 25% of the time. This position is also on call 24/7 in the event of disaster.
This position is responsible for the implementation of the disaster services program in an assigned geographic territory.  The territory is based on the regional configuration.  Leads and manages a team of local Disaster Program Managers responsible for the implementation of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery programs in the local area.  Plans, directs, and implements department, service or program overall strategic goals and objectives. Ensures the development of Disaster Leadership Volunteers in each of the program support functional areas of the disaster cycle in order to meet the needs of the territory, region, state and division.



Regional Disaster Program Office – Indianapolis, IN

The RDPO is responsible for the implementation of the disaster services program throughout the region in alignment with established metrics.  All disaster positions in a region have a solid line reporting relationship to the RDPO.  The RDPO will also ensure that employees and volunteers within a region are assigned specific “relationship management” responsibilities with key emergency management staff, non-governmental organizations and corporate/organizations supporting disaster services (i.e., account management). Serves during times of disaster in an operational leadership role for any scale of disaster. Participates in a leadership role on larger operations regionally, division or nationwide.


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Sr. Disaster Program Manager – Savannah, GA (open to So. GA)

This position is responsible for the implementation of the disaster services program in an assigned geographic territory.  Leads and manages a team of local Disaster Program Managers responsible for the implementation of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery programs in the local area.  Plans, directs, and implements department, service or program overall strategic goals and objectives. Ensures the development of Disaster Leadership Volunteers in each of the program support functional areas of the disaster cycle in order to meet the needs of the territory, region, state and division.


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Disaster Program Specialist – Knoxville, TN

The Disaster Program Specialist (DPS) is part of a team that organizes and facilitates all disaster operations and services in the region. As part of the disaster team covering a busy region, this DPS leads and manages a volunteer teams responsible for the implementation of disaster preparedness, response and recovery programs within their territory.  The DPS ensures proper development of disaster leadership volunteers in each of the disaster cycle support areas in order to meet the needs of the territory, and will take part in volunteer recruitment as well. The DPS is also responsible for local preparation, response and recovery management, as well as management of government partnerships.  The DPS will work to build volunteer capacity for disaster preparedness programs.


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Disaster Program Manager – Tuscaloosa, AL

The Disaster Program Manager (DPM) is responsible for either providing functional expertise to the Regional Disaster Officer and Volunteer Leadership at a regional level or taking full cycle responsibility to provide service delivery programs within a defined geography under the supervision and authority of a Senior DPM or Regional Disaster Officer. To accomplish this, the DPM will be responsible for the development and leadership of volunteers, as well as implementing and developing initiatives to increase Red Cross visibility through program/service delivery. Acts as a program or service subject matter expert (SME) to staff, management, volunteers and external partners.


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Disaster Program Specialist – Montgomery, AL

The Disaster Program Specialist (DPS) is part of a team that organizes and facilitates all disaster operations and services in the region. As part of the disaster team covering a busy region, this DPS leads and manages a volunteer teams responsible for the implementation of disaster preparedness, response and recovery programs within their territory.  The DPS ensures proper development of disaster leadership volunteers in each of the disaster cycle support areas in order to meet the needs of the territory, and will take part in volunteer recruitment as well. The DPS is also responsible for local preparation, response and recovery management, as well as management of government partnerships.  The DPS will work to build volunteer capacity for disaster preparedness programs.


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Regional Mass Care Manager – Fairfield, NJ

The Regional Mass Care Manager is responsible for leading and managing a primarily volunteer team to support and provide Mass Care and Logistics in an assigned geographic area.  The territory is based on the regional configuration.  This position serves as the lead functional expert in a Red Cross Region for the Mass Care and Logistics functions. Tailoring national program offerings for the Region and communities within the Region, providing technical expertise, training, and leading regional implementation of Mass Care and Logistics, this position supports regional employees and volunteers in the disaster territories to build capacity in the local community for the disaster cycle.


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Response Manager – New York, NY

The Response Manager plans, schedules, directs, and implements service or program overall goals and objectives.  Interviews, trains, mentors, and evaluates volunteers and employees on response teams.  Manages response to routine disaster operations.  During disaster response, ensures that services are provided according to Disaster Services policies and Standard Operating Procedures.  Assesses level of response based on Concept of Operations and makes recommendations for further deployment of resources.


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Disaster Workforce Engagement – Portland, ME

The Disaster Workforce Engagement Specialist serves as functional support in a Red Cross Region for supporting the disaster workforce. Provides technical expertise, training, and coordinating regional implementation of Disaster Workforce priorities, this position collaborates with regional employees and volunteers in the disaster territories to build capacity in the local community for the disaster cycle.


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Disaster Program Manager  - Charleston or Huntington, WV

Job Summary: The Disaster Program Manager (DPM) is responsible for either providing functional expertise to the Regional Disaster Officer and Volunteer Leadership at a regional level or taking full cycle responsibility to provide service delivery programs within a defined geography under the supervision and authority of a Senior DPM or Regional Disaster Officer. To accomplish this, the DPM will be responsible for the development and leadership of volunteers, as well as implementing and developing initiatives to increase Red Cross visibility through program/service delivery. Acts as a program or service subject matter expert (SME) to staff, management, volunteers and external partners. The DPM will accomplish this responsibility largely through the development, operational guidance, and support of a team of trained volunteer leaders, volunteers and partners that will stand ready to deliver/support the services of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery programs in the assigned jurisdiction. These teams will operate as part of a tiered mutual aid structure (local/regional/divisional/national), serving as the front line of support to local communities. These services include but are not limited to; response to recurrent local disasters (house fires, floods, etc.), capacity building for mass care service delivery, participation in the Home Fire Campaign, and direct assistance and recovery services to those impacted by disasters.



The American Red Cross is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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