Insurance Specialist-Austin

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General Information

Job Posting ID 3029892 Creation Date Sep 05, 2017
Employer Posting No 0016 Closing Date Oct 17, 2017
Job Site Address AUSTIN, Texas 78753 Employer Type Federal Government
Openings 1

Job Description

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the Department of Homeland Security is seeking a limited number of applicants for temporary jobs in Austin, TX.
When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable and a high performance workforce.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

JOB DUTIES:
Serve as subject matter specialist and respond to request for information from Disaster Recovery Centers, Joint Field Offices (JFO) and HM Floodplain Management Group on NFIP insurance questions, issues, or problems. Communicates HM program information to internal partners and external audiences. Provide technical assistance to internal and external partners on insurance issues. Respond to inquiries from internal and external partners such as insurance agents, lenders, adjusters, and Federal, State, and local government officials regarding insurance issues; in a timely manner with accurate information. Distribute National Flood Insurance Program information to disaster-affected communities and local insurance offices. Supports the floodplain management program and process by attending as needed community coordination meetings with local government officials to explain flood insurance implications of new or revised flood insurance studies and or flood insurance rate maps and floodway maps. Provides technical assistance and advisory solutions to problems relating to the NFIP as received by telephone, correspondence, media, or personal visits from individuals, groups, community leaders, Congressional requests, and various Federal and State officials. Provides to insurance agents, real estate firms, community officials, property owners and others specific solutions to problems on the writing and rating of flood insurance policies. Supports efforts to enroll communities in the National Flood Insurance Program by communicating with stakeholders and local officials while coordinating efforts with Floodplain Management and Risk Reduction branches. Supports the efforts to Assess, evaluate, and determine the actual flood hazard and potential growth of selected small communities for the purpose of converting to the lower, actuarial rates for insurance those communities with minimal flood hazards and growth.
Educates a diverse audience, such as local government leaders, lending institution officials, and other interested groups, on the many aspects of the National Flood Insurance Program through conducting workshops, seminars, speeches, as needed. Coordinates with insurance servicing contractor to assure broad understanding of insurance rate structure and rating policies and procedures by participating in workshops for insurance agents and working through the contractor to resolve insurance related problems for individuals.

Relevant Experience Required:
Experience with: Community coordination activities and meetings, Community Assistant and Program Evaluations, Coastal area flood plain management, Comprehensive community planning. A minimum of 3 years’ experience is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
• Prepares reports and maintain records of work accomplishments and administrative information, as required, and coordinate the preparation and communication of work-related information to the supervisor;
• Experience in the sales, servicing, or educating individuals in flood, property or casualty insurance policies or programs

Local Hire employees are eligible for the following benefits:
• Health insurance for individual or family coverage - Employer contribution is 75% of premium
• Ability to earn 4 hours of paid Sick Leave per pay period
• Holiday pay
• Worker’s Compensation

We request that all applications be sent via e-mail to: FEMA-DR4223TX-LocalHires@fema.dhs.gov with the following subject line: #0016- Insurance Specialist-Austin

Resume MUST contain your current and/or former job information, including employer’s name, address, dates of employment (month and year) and a contact telephone number. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for an interview.

Selected candidates will be required to complete a background investigation which includes finger printing.

You must provide two forms of ID: such as a VALID Driver License, Social Security Card, Birth Certificate etc. or Passport. (We will not accept if expired.)
Eighteen years of age and US CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED.
Direct deposit of salary is a condition of employment.
Salaries are comparable to local prevailing wages.
FEMA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. FEMA has a 'zero tolerance' discrimination policy and is committed to nondiscrimination in hiring, assignment, management of the Joint Field Office, guidance to the State, presentations to the public, and the provision of disaster assistance. This commitment specifically includes sensitivity to providing reasonable accommodation for people with a disability and a clear statement that any appearance of sexual harassment will not be tolerated in FEMA.
Supervisory Experience Required No
Pay Between $31.00 / HR and $31.00 / HR
Shift Days (First) Duration Temp OR Temp to Hire
Workweek Full Time
Additional Workweek Details This is a TEMPORARY position and it may be terminated at any time for any reason. A Local Hire appointment does not entitle you to federal civilian status.
You may be required to work 10-12 hour a day 7 days a week.
The work is primarily sedentary. Travel is required for meetings, interviews and may include site visits.
You must provide two forms of ID: such as a VALID Driver License, Social Security Card, Birth Certificate etc. or Passport. (We will not accept if expired.)
Benefits
  • Medical/Health Insurance Plan
  • Sick Leave
Veterans Only No
Federal Contractor No
Eagle Ford Shale Job No
Is this job related to Hurricane Harvey Clean-up/Restoration? Yes

Job Requirements

Occupation Insurance Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators
Minimum Experience and Education  3 yrs   0 mos and High School Diploma/GED


Additional Requirements

Basic Computer Skills
  • EMail Software (Outlook, Thunderbird, etc)
  • Spreadsheet Software (Calc, Excel, etc)
  • Word Processing Software (Word, WordPerfect, etc)
Specific Computer Skills Proficiency in MS Office software such as MS Word and Excel.
Language
  • English; Fluency - Good (Read, Write, Speak)
Driver's License Type Class C - Standard Driver's License

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Job Title Insurance Specialist-Austin
0016
State Agency Name FEMA
Job Closing Date Oct 17, 2017
Open Until Filled No

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