Community Recovery Assistance Specialist (Community Design Expert)
When disaster strikes, America looks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce. Please visit www.fema.gov for additional information.
The mission of the National Disaster Recovery Support (NDRS) cadre is to help coordinate federal post-disaster recovery planning and implementation in support of state, tribal, territorial and local efforts. Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Reservist team within FEMA.
EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites. All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions.
This position is being announced under FEMA's Reservist Program. This is a temporary appointment in the Excepted Service, not to exceed 2 years. Employment is on an intermittent basis. Veterans’ preference does not apply to the reservist program selection process.
STAFFORD ACT EXCEPTED SERVICE APPOINTMENTS: The Reservist Program is an appointment type granted under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Section 306 (b), which authorizes FEMA to appoint such temporary employees as necessary to accomplish work authorized under the Act. Appointments under this authority within FEMA are made to the excepted service and are nonpermanent in nature.
- 75% or Greater
- In addition to frequent travel related to deployment(s), occasional non-emergency travel may also be required.
NOTE: Qualifications are based on breadth/level of experience. In addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from MM/YY to MM/YY) and the number of hours worked per week if part time. As qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. Applicants are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to develop their federal resume. For a brief video on How to Create a Federal Resume, click here.
Current or former FEMA Reservists/DAE employees: To accurately credit your experience for these intermittent positions, make sure to list the dates (from MM/YY to MM/YY) of each deployment, along with the job title and specific duties you were responsible for during each deployment. Failure to provide this information may result in disqualification.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.
To qualify for this position, you must possess all of the following:
- Bachelors or Master’s degree in Architecture, Urban Design or Urban Planning (with an Urban Design specialty), Landscape Architecture, or an allied field from an accredited institution
- Minimum five years of progressively responsible experience as urban designer (or similar field).
- At least one year of experience in a team lead or managerial role that required supervision and mentoring of subordinate staff.
- Experience with design software (i.e Adobe, Sketch-up and CAD) and web based tools (i.e search engines).
Your application must show that you meet all requirements for this position. You may be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position.
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The Community Design Expert provides expert advice to impacted communities related to community design (architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, sustainability). They will be responsible for: guiding community stakeholders to create a vision for post-disaster long-term community recovery. Typical duties include:
- Facilitating and developing concepts of proposed recovery projects.
- Providing expertise on design strategies that increase resilience and mitigate against future disaster impacts.
- Encouraging participation in the design process through facilitated meetings, i.e., design workshops.
- Providing community design assistance on behalf of recovery efforts
- Providing renderings of proposed recovery projects at various scales.
- Offering design strategies or methods for post-disaster rebuilding that will increase community resiliency or mitigate future damages.
- Working directly with recovery stakeholders to visualize and design their proposed recovery initiatives, such as, new/renovated buildings, improved streetscapes, and neighborhood plans.
- Supporting CPCB partnership development and outreach with planning and design agencies and organizations disaster-wide.