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Emergency Manager Exchange

Program Details

Nomination Instructions

Available Exchange Assignments

FEMA now accepts nominations for its new Emergency Manager Exchange program. The exchange will bring state, local, tribal and territorial emergency managers and government officials to Washington, D.C. to work with FEMA leadership on the development and implementation of policies and programs.

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The next application period opens soon. Please stay tuned to this page for updates.

Program Details

This staff exchange strengthens the bond between FEMA and its state, local, tribal and territorial partners. These stakeholders will contribute to federal emergency management and have opportunities to see the impact of the contribution from another government perspective. 

Additional information about the program is below.

  • Each participant’s host government organization must nominate their applicant.
  • These are full-time, paid assignments and participants should expect to work 40 hours per week. 
  • Depending on the nature of the work assignment, participants will work in-person at FEMA headquarters in Washington DC or share the time between their home organization’s work location and FEMA headquarters.  
  • FEMA will reimburse the participant’s home organization for the cost of the participant’s salary, (up to $66.54 per hour) plus benefits, for the duration of the assignment. FEMA will also cover travel costs and federal per diem, to the extent authorized under the Federal Travel Regulation.
  • The exchange is authorized under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act Mobility Program, which allows for temporary assignment of personnel between the federal government and other governmental entities and eligible organizations.  
  • Anyone selected to participate will be required to enter into an Assignment Agreement (OF-69) with FEMA outlining the specific requirements of the assignment.

Nomination Instructions

To nominate an employee from your state, local, tribal or territorial government organization for the exchange, please prepare a nomination package that includes the following information: 

  1. The nominating office point of contact. This should be the nominee’s supervisor or someone in a higher-level leadership position. 
  2. A letter of nomination from the leadership of the governmental program or organization. The letter should explain why the candidate is nominated for the exchange. The letter should also contain the nominator’s contact information to include phone number and an email address.
  3. Please indicate the specific FEMA role your candidate would fill from the assignments available (see Available Exchange Assignments below).
  4. The nominee’s resume. It should include contact information for the nominee, including phone number and email address.
  5. Submit the completed package to FEMA-EMX-Nominations@fema.dhs.gov
  6. After your governmental organization submits a nomination, a member of the FEMA team will contact your office to confirm the nomination and may later contact your nominee directly if they are selected for an interview. 

Available Exchange Assignments

Recovery Directorate

Response Directorate

Resilience: Climate and Equity

Recovery Directorate

The FEMA Recovery Directorate exchange program participant will help deliver disaster recovery assistance to survivors and communities. Duties may include: 

  • Provide advice and guidance on how to deliver disaster recovery programs and services.
  • Manage components of emergency management programs and activities.
  • Administer programs and plans impacting the delivery of recovery services to support people and communities affected by disasters.
  • Make significant contributions to the coordination and development of recovery program doctrine, tools, and training.
  • Evaluate and make substantive recommendations on streamlining recovery program delivery and measuring program performance and outcomes.

Response Directorate

The FEMA Response Directorate exchange program participant will be split between the Operation Capability Office, which is responsible for administering and maintaining the agency's Crisis Management System and Mission Assignment Program, and the National Response Coordination Branch, responsible for the readiness and operations of the National Response Coordination Center.

Duties may include:

  • Serve as an advisor for the notification, communication, dissemination of information, and the mobilization and direction of emergency response resource capabilities.
  • Coordinate and assist activities so they can continue essential functions during any event or incident.
  • Build emergency management and support capabilities and maintain and ensure the readiness of the capabilities by analyzing risk and need.
  • Assess, oversee, report and manage the readiness of capabilities.
  • Capture lessons learned and identify corrective actions.
  • Assist in creating guidance covering core emergency response principles; roles and responsibilities of first responders, local law enforcement, and other stakeholders in immediate response.
  • Work toward the preparedness policy objective of achieving a shared understanding and a common, integrated perspective across all mission areas.
  • Address issues raised by regional partners and provided recommended solutions.

Resilience: Climate and Equity

FEMA Resilience is seeking two exchange program participants to work out of its front office, one focused on climate adaptation and the other on equitable implementation of Resilience’s programs. Ideal candidates may have backgrounds in climate adaptation, equity, social science, public health, sustainability, etc.

Climate

This exchange program participant will work with FEMA programs to implement Goal 2: Lead Whole of Community in Climate Resilience of FEMA’s new strategic plan and coordinate climate adaptation activities throughout the Resilience organization. This will include coordinating with partners internally and externally on climate adaptation policy, programming and public information and services.

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Nominees should have experience integrating climate adaptation and sustainability into program delivery.

Duties may include:

  • Supporting Resilience and agencywide climate adaptation efforts, including coordinating across FEMA programs and regions, government partners, and other federal agencies, to ensure coordinated efforts on climate adaptation policy, programming and public information and services.
  • Providing FEMA programs with government-partner perspectives in the development of climate related policies and programs to improve implementation success.

Equity

This exchange program participant will help implement Goal 1: Instilling Equity as the Foundation of Emergency Management of FEMA’s new strategic plan and coordinate equity-related activities throughout the Resilience organization. 

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Nominees should have experience that can facilitate the further integration and ongoing coordination between FEMA’s disaster prevention and post-disaster programs.

Duties may include:

  • Supporting Resilience and agencywide equity efforts, including coordinating across FEMA programs and regions, government partners, and other federal agencies to improve equitable delivery of FEMA’s programs and services.
  • Providing Resilience programs with government-partner perspectives as FEMA strives to improve disaster outcomes for underserved communities and ensure equitable delivery of FEMA’s programs and services.
  • Coordinating with Resilience programs to provide targeted assistance to disadvantaged communities to help them access and leverage FEMA programs.