Oakland Office Seeks Analytics Professionals

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Are you an entrepreneurial analytics professional interested in using data to help the government prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters? Region 9 of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be hiring for several new analytics positions to strengthen the Region’s ability to tackle disaster-related challenges. Starting in late spring of 2022, Region 9 will begin accepting applications for nearly a dozen Oakland, CA-based positions. Please send your contact information to FEMA-R9-ANALYTICS@fema.dhs.gov to stay informed as the roles become available.

The analytics positions, which sit at both individual contributor and manager levels, include Geographic Information System (GIS) Specialist, Data Architect, Data Scientist, Data Programmer, Business Analyst, and Analytics Branch Chief. Members of this new analytics team will help shape the culture and vision of analytics within the Region and the agency at large.

While FEMA has traditionally had analytics functions at its headquarters as well as distributed across different divisions within the Region, the Region’s analytics team will consolidate analytics functions to centralize data systems, statistical methodologies, and best practices. Region 9, along with Region 3 – which supports Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia -- will serve as a pilot program in establishing an Analytics Branch at the regional level. If the Analytics Branch in the two regions demonstrates high impact and efficiency gain, the structure may be replicated in all ten FEMA regions across the country.

FEMA Region 9 has partnered with the General Services Administration’s Technology Transformation Services (TTS) to bring in private sector expertise to pave its analytics foundation. Kevin Luo and Andrea Levy, two fellows from TTS’s Presidential Innovation Fellowship (PIF) program, are bringing their experience as leaders building data analytics teams at their previous companies to help lay the foundation and create the vision for how Region 9 uses data management and analysis.

The Analytics Branch will work across Preparedness, Mitigation, Response, Recovery and other programs and offices within the Region, as well as with external partners such as private sector companies and other federal and state government agencies. The COVID-19 response demonstrated the life-saving value for Region 9 to coordinate data efforts both within the agency and with external partners. The Analytics Branch aims to strengthen and leverage these valuable partnerships formed in the past few years to reimagine the potential of data in helping the agency more effectively save lives during disasters and build more resilient communities.

Please send your contact information, or any questions you may have, to FEMA-R9-ANALYTICS@fema.dhs.gov.

FEMA Region 9 is building out its Regional Data Analytics team, and we’re hiring for multiple roles in our Oakland, CA office! 

  • Branch Chief (Management and Program Analyst): GS 14, https://www.usajobs.gov/job/682723300, closes 10/24)
  • Business Analytics Lead (Management and Program Analyst): GS 13, coming soon!
  • GIS Specialist (Management and Program Analyst): IC 12, https://www.usajobs.gov/job/681242600
  • Data Visualization Specialist (Data Scientist): IC 11-12, coming soon!
  • Data Architect (IT Specialist - Data Management): GS 13, coming soon!

Email fema-r9-analytics@fema.dhs.gov to be notified of these future postings.

As part of the Region’s Data and Analytics team, you’ll get to use your data expertise to help the American public before, during, and after disasters:

  • Build decision-making tools for disaster responders and senior leadership
  • Discover insights that lead to better outcomes for the American people
  • Share your findings within FEMA
  • Teach and mentor others about data best practices

New to government hiring, check out this resource for preparing a government resume: https://join.tts.gsa.gov/resume/.

FEMA Region 9 is the authorized lead federal agency for supporting people before, during, and after disasters in the Southwestern and Pacific United States. The Region’s work includes leading and supporting disaster preparedness, grants management, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts in partnership with California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and more than 150 Tribal Nations. Region 9 has processed more than $10 Billion in support of these efforts since 2017.

Last updated October 12, 2022