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Job Titles and Position Qualifications

This collection contains a set of NQS Job Titles/Position Qualifications, which define minimum qualifications criteria for personnel serving in defined incident management and support positions.

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Urban Search and Rescue Task Force Leader - NIMS 509

The Urban Search and Rescue Task Force Leader provides general leadership, direct supervision, wellness, and safety to task force members.

Access and Functional Needs Advisor - FEMA NIMS 509

The Access and Functional Needs (AFN) Advisor supports and assists incident management personnel on matters related to people with disabilities and AFN.

Air Operations Branch Director - FEMA NIMS 509

The Air Operations Branch Director maintains full operational control over air and support assets for the incident or coordinates the employment and support for air operation resources.

Air Support Group Supervisor - FEMA NIMS 509

The Air Support Group Supervisor assists with flight crew ground needs and coordinates with the Air Tactical Group Supervisor to help ensure the mission's success and crew safety.

Air Tactical Group Supervisor - FEMA NIMS 509

The Air Tactical Group Supervisor coordinates with the Air Support Group Supervisor, monitors missions in-flight to ensure safety, and updates aircrews of changes, diverts, or recalls.

Communications Technician - FEMA NIMS 509

The Communications Technician (COMT) maintains and repairs communications equipment.

Communications Unit Leader - FEMA NIMS 509

The Communications Unit Leader (COML) designs, orders, manages, and ensures the installation and maintenance of all communications systems.

Compensation/Claims Unit Leader - FEMA NIMS 509

The Compensation/Claims Unit Leader reviews and coordinates procedures for handling compensation and claims related to the incident.

Cost Unit Leader - FEMA NIMS 509

The Cost Unit Leader collects, records, and develops recommendations related to the incident costs.

Damage Assessment Coordinator - FEMA NIMS 509

The Damage Assessment Coordinator (DAC) serves as the principal representative overseeing damage assessment, verification, and validation activities in coordination.
with the Federal counterpart

Demobilization Unit Leader - FEMA NIMS 509

The Demobilization Unit Leader leads the development of and coordinates the implementation of a demobilization plan.

Division/Group Supervisor - FEMA NIMS 509

The Division/Group Supervisor (DIVS) implements the portion of the Incident Action Plan (IAP) pertaining to his or her Division/Group, supervises assigned resources, reports on the progress of operations and the status of assigned resources, and provides assessment and context as input to the shared situational picture.

Documentation Unit Leader - FEMA NIMS 509

The Documentation Unit Leader maintains accurate, complete, and up-to-date incident files.

Donations Coordination Task Force Leader - FEMA NIMS 509

The Donations Coordination Task Force Leader has knowledge of all aspects of donations coordination and manages solicited and unsolicited goods, funds, and services
from the private sector and the public.

Donations Specialist - FEMA NIMS 509

The Donations Specialist helps create and implement the volunteer and donations portion of the operations plan and helps manage the flow of donated goods, funds, and services.

Disaster Portable Morgue Unit Leader - FEMA NIMS 509

The Fatality Management (FM) Disaster Portable Morgue Unit (DPMU) Leader coordinates DPMU efforts, monitors DPMU personnel, and manages equipment.

Disaster Portable Morgue Unit Supply Specialist - FEMA NIMS 509

The Fatality Management (FM) Disaster Portable Morgue Unit (DPMU) Supply Specialist manages equipment and supplies for the incident.

Environmental and Historic Preservation (EHP) Environmental Specialist - FEMA NIMS 509

The Environmental and Historic Preservation (EHP) Environmental Specialist assists senior Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), local, state, tribal and
territorial officials with environmental preservation activities.

Incident/Exercise Evaluator - FEMA NIMS 509

The Incident/Exercise Evaluator performs any or all of the following tasks related to an incident or exercise:
1. Observes activities and collects data
2. Synthesizes and analyzes data
3. Provides written evaluations
4. Lead assigned personnel

Facilities Unit Leader - FEMA NIMS 509

The Facilities Unit Leader coordinates the setup, maintenance, and demobilization of all incident facilities.

Finance/Administration Section Chief - FEMA NIMS 509

The Finance/Administration Section Chief Is responsible for all financial, administrative, and cost analysis aspects of an incident.

Food Unit Leader - FEMA NIMS 509

The Food Unit Leader manages the Food Unit for emergency response and disaster response and relief personnel.

Forensic Group Supervisor - FEMA NIMS 509

The Forensic Group Supervisor oversees forensic operations and coordinates with other groups and authorities regarding forensic needs.

Geographic Information Systems Analyst - FEMA NIMS 509

The Geographic Information System (GIS) Analyst conducts an analysis of GIS data and products, maintains, and manages GIS products and resources

Geographic Information Systems Specialist - FEMA NIMS 509

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist coordinates to prepare incident maps and displays by collecting and interpreting information.

Geographic Information Systems Supervisor - FEMA NIMS 509

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Supervisor provides oversight for GIS activities of multiple GIS teams during expanding and complex incidents.

Ground Support Unit Leader - FEMA NIMS 509

The Ground Support Unit Leader plans, staffs, and manages the Ground Support Unit to meet incident needs safely.

Hazard Mitigation Community Education and Outreach Specialist - FEMA NIMS 509

The Hazard Mitigation (HM) Community Education and Outreach Specialist serves as a general liaison between the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) and related agencies/organizations and the public during mitigation operations. This position is responsible for understanding and interpreting a wide range of potentially complex programmatic and technical information and conveying information to individuals and organizations.

Hazard Mitigation (HM) Community Planner Specialist - FEMA NIMS 509

The Hazard Mitigation (HM) Community Planner Specialist provides expertise in a range of subject areas related to HM planning, including long-term recovery plans and HM plans that conform to the requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. This position serves as a liaison for various technical disciplines that have roles in HM, with the purpose of integrating various elements into a mitigation plan.

Hazard Mitigation Engineering and Architect Specialist - FEMA NIMS 509

The Hazard Mitigation (HM) Engineering and Architect Specialist provides a full range of technical services in support of mitigation program activities, including initial project development, building performance, post-disaster damage evaluations, benefit-cost analysis, and programmatic eligibility reviews.

Hazard Mitigation Floodplain Management Specialist - FEMA NIMS 509

The Hazard Mitigation (HM) Floodplain Management Specialist supports internal and external stakeholders to ensure the implementation of floodplain management best practices in a post-disaster environment. This position also supports various mitigation programs, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) HM assistance, HM grant, and Public Assistance (PA) mitigation programs.

Housing Task Force Leader - FEMA NIMS 509

The Housing Task Force Leader leads the development of strategies for short-term and innovative, resilient long-term recovery housing and oversees their implementation.

Environmental and Historic Preservation (EHP) Historic Preservation Specialist - FEMA NIMS 509

The Environmental and Historic Preservation (EHP) Historic Preservation Specialist Assists senior Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), local, state, tribal, and territorial officials with historic preservation activities.

Housing Task Force Field Coordinator - FEMA NIMS 509

The Housing Task Force Field Coordinator coordinates short-term housing efforts as part of a Housing Task Force resilient long-term recovery housing coordination.

Fatality Management Human Remains Recovery Team Leader - FEMA NIMS 509

The Fatality Management (FM) Human Remains Recovery Team Leader oversees, conducts, and directs recovery efforts for human remains at the disaster site.

Human Services Disaster Assessment Team Leader - FEMA NIMS 509

The Human Services Disaster Assessment Team Leader leads a team performing post-disaster assessments to determine the needs of disaster survivors.

Human Services Recovery Support Specialist - FEMA NIMS 509

The Human Services Recovery Support Specialist assists emergency management agencies with claims for human services assistance.

Incident Commander - FEMA NIMS 509

The Incident Commander (IC) has overall management responsibility for the incident.

Intelligence and Investigations Section Chief - FEMA NIMS 509

The Intelligence/Investigations (I/I) Section Chief coordinates intelligence and investigation efforts.

Intelligence Group Supervisor - FEMA NIMS 509

The Intelligence Group Supervisor manages and coordinates the gathering and dissemination of intelligence and information.

Investigative Operations Group Supervisor - FEMA NIMS 509

The Investigative Operations Group Supervisor manages and directs the overall investigative effort, including management of plans, leads, evidence, and documentation.

Investigative Support Group Supervisor - FEMA NIMS 509

The Investigative Support Group Supervisor manages and coordinates support for the Investigative Operations Group.

Liaison Officer - FEMA NIMS 509

The Liaison Officer is the single point of contact for those that are not part of the command staff.

Logistics Section Chief - FEMA NIMS 509

The Logistics Section Chief manages logistical needs and provides facilities, services, people, and materials in support of the incident.

Mass Fatality Management Group Supervisor - FEMA NIMS 509

The Mass Fatality Management Group Supervisor oversees the disaster portable morgue and forensic morgue operations.

Medical Unit Leader - FEMA NIMS 509

The Medical Unit Leader manages a Medical Unit aid station, which provides treatment, care, and stabilization for ground or aeromedical transportation.

Missing Persons Group Supervisor - FEMA NIMS 509

The Missing Persons Group Supervisor coordinates and manages Missing Persons Group functions.

Fatality Management Morgue Admitting Specialist - FEMA NIMS 509

The Fatality Management (FM) Morgue Admitting Specialist processes human remains entering the morgue.

Fatality Management Morgue Forensic Team Leader - FEMA NIMS 509

The Fatality Management (FM) Morgue Forensic Team Leader institutes processing procedures and oversees personnel in the FM Morgue Forensic Team.

Fatality Management Morgue Processing Unit Leader - FEMA NIMS 509

The Fatality Management (FM) Morgue Processing Unit (MPU) Leader oversees processing teams in the morgue and provides security for human remains and records.

Last updated September 8, 2020