RFOLD currently has one open position and is seeking applications by COB Monday May 17, 2021. Interested applicants should send a resume and a cover letter stating why you are interested in the position and why you believe you should be selected to Keith Weiner at Keith.Weiner@fema.dhs.gov with a copy to Cynthia Morrison at Cynthia.Morrison@fema.dhs.gov. The duty station for this position is Washington, D.C., however, due to the unique nature of RFOLD, other FEMA fixed facilities may be considered. The DACC for FO-Central will report to Mr. Keith Weiner, Associate Chief Counsel for RFOLD.
(1) IC-15 CORE Deputy Associate Chief Counsel, Field Operations (Central)
The Regional and Field Operations Legal Division (RFOLD) is seeking an extremely organized, competent, personable, and collaborative person to be the next Deputy Associate Chief Counsel for Field Operations – Central (DACC for FO-Central). The DACC for FO-Central will be the first level supervisor to approximately eight Deployable Field Counsel (DFC) attorneys and act as primary POC for the provision of field legal services to about a third of FEMA’s regions. Along with the other DACCs-FO and the OCC Cadre Coordinator, the DACC-FO Central will manage the deployment of our 95-strong cadre to disasters throughout the Nation and its territories.
FEMA’s Deployable Field Counsel team serve as the on-scene, attorneys who deploy to the Joint Field Offices across the Nation from Guam to the United States Virgin Islands. The DFC serve as the principal legal advisors to the Federal Coordinating Officers (FCOs) and field staff. Issues frequently involve complex Public Assistance projects, Individual Assistance, and Hazard Mitigation issues; reviewing documents and correspondence related to major and emergency disaster declarations; reviewing procurement/contracting matters; collaborating with headquarters counsel with respect to personnel law issues; working with headquarters litigators regarding litigation; and serving as an ethics official. The legal issues faced by the DFCs in the field are broad, and include nearly every agency program and operational function. As one of the leaders of this team, the DACC for FO-Central position is faced with unique challenges that are not faced by most OCC supervisors. You must lead and help your team to succeed in an often high stress environment and, yet, rarely have in-person contact.
Candidates must have at least five years of legal experience including at least four years of specialized experience that is directly related to the position being filled. At least two of the four years of specialized experience must be at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to that of an attorney at the GS-14 level. This is a CORE position.