GS-0301-11/12 Mitigation Planning Specialist (CORE) Position Mitigation, FEMA Region III

 If you are interested in being considered for this position, please email your resume to Jon Janowicz ( by close of business on Friday, September 20, 2013.

Interviews will be conducted shortly after all resumes have been received and processed.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Jon Janowicz at 215-931-5524


The position is located within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management (FEMA), Region III, Mitigation Division, Risk Analysis Branch. The incumbent supports the Mitigation Division’s Multi-Hazard Planning Program for a Regional Office.  The incumbent has responsibility for supporting the review process for the Region for all mitigation plans and mitigation projects for  44 CFR Section 201 compliance,  providing technical advisory assistance and guidance to States, Tribal and local governments in the development and implementation of mitigation plans under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster and Emergency Assistance Act of 1988 (P.L. 93-288) as amended by the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, and the Flood Insurance Act of 1968 as amended by the  Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2004 (P.L. 108-264).

The incumbent works under the supervision of the Risk Analysis Branch Chief and serves as a technical advisor to the Regional Mitigation Division on all hazard mitigation activities and programs related to State, Tribal and local multi-hazard mitigation planning. The incumbent provides direction for program activities; delivers technical assistance and training that support State, Tribal and local hazard mitigation planning, and provides guidance for solving regional planning issues. The incumbent supports the maintenance of a complete regional inventory of approved plans, tracking of the updates and renewal of community plans and ensures adherence to plan maintenance requirements.  The Community Planner provides planning support to regional and field staff during disaster events and supports the preparation of the Mitigation Section of the Regional Analysis and Recommendation for Presidential disaster declarations.

The incumbent supports the Team Leader for the regional planning program to strive to meet the mission, goals and objectives of the Mitigation Strategic Plan.

Major Duties:

Develops, prepares and reviews plans/projects based upon risk studies and assessments.  Reviews and analyzes community master plans, zoning and subdivision regulations, building codes, and other land use management tools and practices.  Assists states in the development of sound mitigation programs through planning to reduce community vulnerability to future hazards to include floods, earthquakes, hurricanes and other events.  Partners with the state in establishing priority projects that reduce or lessen natural hazards which impact the financial obligations to disaster victims.  Works with senior planning specialist in negotiating and resolving controversial problems.  Motivates and influences state and local personnel to implement the NFIP, planned mitigation strategies and other hazard mitigation efforts to reduce risk.  Initiates cost effective solutions to repetitive property loss issues.  Leads effort to collect and record community actions (commitments and advancements) to reduce risk.

Participates in staff reviews and evaluations of multi-hazard mitigation plans submitted by State, Tribal and local governments for FEMA approval in accordance with Section 322 of P.L. 93-288 and provisions of P.L. 108-264.  Provides technical advice and guidance to State, Tribal and local officials in the development of sound mitigation strategies through planning to reduce vulnerability to future hazards, including floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, tornadoes, and other emergency related events.  Consults with and develops partnerships with State, Tribal and local officials, and assists partners in establishing priorities for mitigation planning activities to reduce the impacts of natural hazards to both lives and property.