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Variable Hours Officer - Senior Trainer

  • Requisition no: 524892
  • Work type: Part Time
  • Location: Morningside
  • School/Department: Earth Institute
  • Grade: Grade 13
  • Categories: Research (Lab and Non-Lab)
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Temporary
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 10 - 20
  • Salary Range: Commensurate with experience

Position Summary

Reporting to the Deputy Director, the National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP) of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, the trainer will teach one day courses for the National Center for Disaster Preparedness about FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance and Disaster Case Management programs and HUD’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery program, as well as provide best practices for establishing and sustaining disaster housing task forces. Course content about financial literacy, pandemic planning, and mass care will also be incorporated. The trainer will focus on steps that learners can take before and after major disasters to plan for long term community recovery and resiliency. 


  • Teach one-day courses (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM) in all 10 FEMA regions of the U.S. pertaining to post-disaster housing recovery by following a FEMA sponsored curriculum. Administer pre- and post-test assessments for each training.
  • Provide input and analysis on course curriculum and assessments as requested
  • Travel to different training sites throughout the U.S.
  • Perform other duties as assigned 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Management, Economics, Urban Planning, Public Administration, or other related discipline is required
  • Minimum of 4-6 years of experience teaching in front of very large audiences.
  • Must be willing to travel throughout the 10 FEMA regions of the U.S. to conduct trainings.
  • Must be able to conduct PowerPoint based lectures about economic recovery / housing while also facilitating group discussions and activities outlined within a FEMA approved curriculum.
  • Must also be able to manage basic classroom technology, including a desktop computer and projector.
  • Able to lift at least 15 pounds.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's Degree with a familiarity with emergency and/or financial management.
  • Strong oratory and leadership skills.
  • Experience and proficiency conducting trainings for large audiences.

Other Requirements

  • Very strong oral communication, teaching, and leadership skills required; The incumbent will have knowledge and experience with county / municipal emergency financial management and/or housing and long-term disaster recovery policies at the federal, state, and local levels. Additionally, the ability to collaborate with private / public sector and volunteer community groups in one classroom setting is essential along with the capability to conduct full day trainings according to the guidelines specified by NCDP and FEMA. Experience describing FEMA oriented laws and regulations, such as the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, and FEMA / SBA / HUD disaster relief programs, are also essential.

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