Emergency Management Specialist

Fairfax, Virginia
Jun 01, 2022
Jul 06, 2022
Full Time
Dewberry is currently seeking an Emergency Management Specialist for our Fairfax, VA office. This position will support the Disaster Recovery Services (DRS) Group with a variety of tasks for local, state, and Federal clients. related to preparedness and operations support: planning, training, research, analysis, and recovery support missions. Related areas of technical focus for this position include but are not limited to: planning, training, and recovery mission.

Dewberry is a leading, market-facing professional services firm with more than 50 locations and 2,000 professionals nationwide. What sets us apart from our competitors are our people. At Dewberry, we seek out exceptional talent and strive to deliver the highest quality of services to our clients. Whether you're an experienced professional or a new graduate, you'll have the chance to collaborate with the best and brightest and work on innovative and complex projects at the forefront of the industry. Our commitment to excellence stems from our personal integrity and from other defining attributes, which we call "Dewberry at Work," that have inspired our employees to be successful for more than a half-century.


  • As needed, be prepared to deploy to disaster locations to support direct housing planning and execution for disaster survivors.
  • Conduct analysis of data for direct housing execution including spreadsheets used in tracking various inputs and outputs from FEMA and LOGHOUSE contractors.
  • Apply knowledge of technical principles related to emergency management to projects.
  • Support strategic, operational and tactical planning process from concept to client acceptance.
  • Support the collection, manipulation, analysis, and reporting of various data to support client requirements.
  • Support the design and development of all-hazards trainings, to include plans of instruction, training visuals, instructor guides, and student manuals.
  • Support the design, conduct, and evaluation of exercises, to include exercise materials, exercise control and evaluation, and after-action reports.
  • Support studies, reports and other technical documentation and guidance documents.
  • Must be able to interpret information from many sources and deliver ab product on firm deadlines.
  • Analyze policies and procedures and make recommendations on policy or process improvement
  • Research subject matter and prepare papers, presentations, charts, talking points, briefings and reports to support deliverable requirements.
  • Work on other related projects within Dewberry to acquire supplementary technical and programmatic knowledge/skills .
  • As necessary, deploy as part of a team to support disaster-specific task orders.

Required Skills & Required Experience


Bachelor's Degree in Emergency Management, Engineering, Planning, or other related field.

One to three years of progressively responsible experience, which demonstrates:
  • Understanding of all-hazards emergency management;
  • Excellent writing, grammar, and stylistic skills. Significant writing experience required;
  • Strong oral communication and interpersonal skills with ability to participate in productive discussions through various forums;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel; and
  • Proficiency in research, analysis, and creative thinking.

Specialized experience directly related to the line of work of the position that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position successfully:

Understand FEMA's National Incident Management System (NIMS), the Incident Command System (ICS), Presidential Policy Directive 8, the National Response Framework, the National Disaster Recovery Framework, and other relevant federal policies and/or documents, such as FEMA's Stafford Act; and Knowledge of Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 101: Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans
  • Ability to work independently with time management skills, especially the ability to complete high-quality, detail-oriented deliverables on tight timelines amid competing deadlines within a diverse work group.
  • Ability to perform an expanded array of tasks assigned by higher level staff, designed to broaden experience and familiarization with methods, practices, and programs applicable to the department.
  • Some experience with client interactions and task management. No project management or staff management experience required.
  • Ability to exercise initiative, resourcefulness, and tact in obtaining and analyzing information related to projects.
  • Ability to get along with coworkers and superiors.
  • Ability to be self-motivated and function in a team environment.

Work Environment
  • Responsibilities may occasionally require an adjusted work schedule, overtime, and evening/weekend hours in order to meet deadlines.
  • Occasionally, will be required to lift/carry up to 25 lbs.
  • Telephones, faxes, copiers, printers and computers are all used frequently to perform tasks.
  • Work is typically performed within the office and via telework although field/site visits are occasionally required as well as deployment to disaster areas in support of task order work
  • Works under direct supervision of higher-level staff. Work is often reviewed for accuracy by senior level staff.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Public Trust security clearance.

Must have a valid driver's license, good driving record and ability to pass a driving record background check.

*In accordance with applicable Executive Order 14042 and related requirements, all prospective hires for this position, performing work for the federal government, will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, or qualify for an exemption to this vaccination requirement. Such proof of vaccination, or written request for exemption, will be required, following receipt of written offer.

*At this time, Dewberry will not sponsor a new applicant for work authorization.

*Dewberry is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation.

*Only recipients of an offer of employment from Dewberry, will be required to submit to a background screening which may include, but is not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, driving record check, criminal background check, and an investigative consumer report. These screenings will be conducted by Dewberry's background vendor of choice and will be conducted in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local law .

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