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Title:  Public Assistance Coordinator - FEMA Disaster Relief

Application Deadline Date:  06/06/2022
Req ID:  21465
Department:  Public Safety

Waterbury, VT, US

Position Type:  Temporary
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $23.35


The Public Assistance Coordinator (PAC) is responsible for coordination of technical support for FEMA disaster Public Assistance applicants and is responsible for assisting the State Public Assistance Officer in the grant process to successfully close out the disaster. This position supports state sub-applicants in the response and recovery phase of a disaster. The PAC ensures that timely payments are made to sub-grantees. The position is also responsible for collecting the required data and information for projects through coordination of meetings with the applicant, FEMA and other required personnel. The Coordinator is responsible for managing an applicant’s request for assistance from the beginning of the disaster recovery process through approval of the applicant’s projects. In this role as the case manager, the PAC functions as the applicant’s primary representative within State, providing accurate and consistent information concerning State and FEMA policies and procedures.


Additionally, The PAC educates the applicant on the Public Assistance Program processes and reviews applicant submissions to help the applicant develop projects. The Public Assistance (PA) Program is administered through a coordinated effort between the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the State, and the applicants. While all three entities must work together to meet the overall objective of quick, effective program delivery, each has a different role. FEMA’s primary responsibilities are to determine the amount of funding, participate in educating the applicant on specific program issues and procedures, assist the applicant with the development of projects, and review the projects for compliance. The State Public Assistance Coordinator is the primary State representative responsible for helping FEMA accomplish these tasks. The preferred candidate will have engineering and/or emergency management experience, and strong interpersonal skills. 


When a disaster hits Vermont the PAC would be assigned to applicants to work with in their area (work is done remotely from home and applicant’s office). The PAC would meet with FEMA and the applicant to collect damage information including dimensions, photos and more. This data would be used by FEMA to create a grant to reimburse for the damages incurred at the federal share of 75%.


This position is considered "temporary" because it does not guarantee a full 40 hours of work per week, although there often is enough work to fill a full work week. There is no set end date for this position.


Please note: candidates must live in Vermont and familiarity with local cities and towns is strongly preferred as in-person work will be required during a disaster event.

Who May Apply

This position, Public Assistance Coordinator (#21465), is open to all State employees and external applicants. This is a temporary position. Temporary work is typically for variable hours, and is not expected to be full-time. The State does not guarantee 40 hours of work per week.

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Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.


PUBLIC SAFETY BACKGROUND CHECKS: Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position to include Motor Vehicle/Criminal Records, Personal History, Credit and any additional background check(s).

Environmental Factors

Normal office working conditions generally prevail with some required travel to various localities throughout the State for which private means of transportation must be available.

Minimum Qualifications

High School diploma or equivalent and two (2) years or more of industry experience or industry related education in emergency management.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor's degree.

Special Requirements

Emergency Management Institute Incident Command Structure 200-level training required within 6 months of hire


Note: Applicants will undergo a background check consisting of motor vehicle and criminal records.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.

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