Work with WVEMD

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Careers that make a difference

The West Virginia Emergency Management Division seeks exceptional people to join our team to help the citizens of West Virginia before, during and after natural or man-made disasters. 

WVEMD manages disaster preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery efforts throughout the state by coordinating with all responsible local, state and federal agencies.

The division contains multiple branches that work seamlessly together to achieve WVEMD's overall mission. In addition to these branches and the Watch Center, which is staffed 24/7, the division operates the State's Emergency Operations Center when the Governor orders an activation.

During activation, WVEMD coordinates resources and support as requested by local emergency management agencies who administer direct assistance to citizens.​​

All applicants must pass a criminal background screening and complete a Division of Personnel application​. 

WVEMD is seeking candidates for the following positions:​ 


Under general supervision, this position will support federal and state emergency preparedness objectives and national security priorities by managing grants mainly funded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FEMA. This position will oversee grant activities throughout the entire life cycle of the grant funding and will monitor and evaluate projects/grant applications, track financial expenditures, and ensure proper use of funds. This position is collaborative in nature, and the specialist will work extensively with both internal and external entities on a variety of issues. This position provides guidance to sub-grant applicants and ensures compliance with federal and state regulations and guidelines. The specialist will maintain documentation, prepare reports, conduct field visits, and other duties as needed to support the mission of the WV Emergency Management Division.

Salary:       $49,000.00 - $57,000.00 annually

Please include posting number EMD2400012 on application.


***EXEMPT POSITION*** This is professional work as a Grants Program Specialist in the Public Assistance Technical Assistance Program in the Division of Emergency Management (EMD). Provides technical assistance and guidance to sub-grantees on federal and state grants used for debris removal, emergency protective measures and the repair, restoration, reconstruction or replacement of public facilities or infrastructure damaged or destroyed in natural disasters. Monitors the progress of grant projects and ensures compliance with federal and state regulations and guidelines. Assists sub-grantees throughout the grant cycle including project scoping, project development, project review, project Implementation/monitoring and project closeout. Conducts field assistance visits, project site inspections and audits. Maintains spreadsheets and other financial documentation for assigned subgrants; prepares reports on grants delivery as required. Delivers technical assistance training to local government and community organization personnel. Performs other duties as assigned.

Salary:       $46,000.00 - $54,000.00 annually

Please include posting number EMD2400011 on application.


This work involves the full span of technical duties in the programming, implementation, operation, repairand maintenance of the Statewide Interoperable Radio Network, and IP/TDM, UHF digital P25 trunked statewide radio network for the use of municipal, county, state and federal public safety agencies and organizations. This is technicalwork at th​e full-performance level on the full range of UHF digital P25 trunked statewide radio and IP/TDM microwaveradio network operational issues. Analyzes and resolves issues relating to connectivity between agencies, multiplelocations and multiple platforms. Effectively identifies and resolves network technical issues emanating from the SIRN network environment and user community. Analyzes and repairs various telecommunications equipment such asnetwork switches, servers, routers, dispatch consoles, network alarm systems, communication tower lighting, basestations, microwave radios, backup systems and repeater network sites. Programs radio networks client subscribers,microwave client circuits and radio frequency antenna combiners. May deal with network operations issues orsituations of unusual difficulty where time and resource loss are critical and network recovery is of primary importance.Assists in testing, evaluation and installation of new hardware and software upgrades.

Salary:         $43,000- $50,000 annually 

Please include posting number EMD2400009 on application.


This position will develop, implement, and manage the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program to ensure that federalobjectives are achieved while looking out for state and national security interests. Candidates will maintain StateCybersecurity Plan, Cybersecurity Committee membership and Cybersecurity Committee Charter as required by federalguidelines. Ensure adequate focus on priorities and objectives from the federal grant guidance and complete grantrequired capabilities assessments. Develop and manage shared services contracts. Work with key stakeholders and subjectmatter experts to provide input in the development of state policies for sub-grants to state and local partners. Ensure stateand local sub-grantees maintain services and memberships as required by federal grant guidance, ensuring grantconditions and assurances are met. Support the completion and submission of the annual National Cybersecurity Review byall funded recipients to the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC). Monitor and report all activitiesrelated to the administration and management of the grant as required by federal guidance.

Salary:         $49,000- $58,000 annually 

Please include posting number EMD2400010 on application.


​These positions provide technical support to homeland security training and exercise programs. Facilitate the development, coordination, evaluation and process methodology for preparedness and response training and exercise programs.

This includes work related to developing standards and protocols related to the National Qualification System (NQS).

These positions conduct HSEEP Workshops and other exercise development courses. Conduct and facilitate preparedness and response exercises. This includes attending exercise planning meetings, reviewing exercise documentation, and providing necessary support during all phases of exercise development.

Attend training courses to maintain the knowledge of current trends and developments in homeland security and emergency planning/response training and exercise development. This includes professional development training. Generate policy/guidance on determining the ability and progress of NIMS implementation required by the National Preparedness System (NPS).

Salary:         $45,000 - $52,000

Please include posting number EMD2400008 on application.​


​Conduct formal monitoring of recipient and sub-recipients of various federal grant awards to include both programmatic and financial compliance. Use federal grant monitoring standards including prior notice of the monitoring session and written follow-up. This may involve desk monitoring, virtual monitoring, and on-site field monitoring. Manages and may develop a comprehensive accounting program which integrates federal and state guidelines and procedures with agency policies. Interprets and applies agency policies and procedures.

Prepares or reviews a variety of professional accounting and auditing reports such as they relate to policies, procedures and operational results. Identify and assign specific monitoring activity to the agency's monitoring contractor, including awards and sub-awards made to WV EMD. Prepare and disseminate written monitoring reports and as needed, corrective action plans to entities monitored to improve the management and implementation of grant funding for intended purposes.

Suggests improvements or solutions; evaluates and approves selection of information to be included in reports of examination. Review monitoring reports completed by the agency monitoring contractor. Follow up on the implementation and resolution of corrective actions and improvement plans to ensure compliance. Develop progressive sanctions for failure to complete required actions. Perform annual risk assessment for all sub-grant awards and cooperative agreements for all grant programs in the WV EMD.

Complete and annual monitoring schedule for awards across all grant programs. Develop and conduct training for WV EMD staff and grant sub-recipients. Participate in related duties including the completion of required federal assessments and development of grant policies, application, and evaluation as needed to support the overall WV EMD grant program.

Salary:         $57,500 - $64,000

Please include posting number EMD2300025 on application.​

​To apply, send West Virginia Division of Personnel applications to: 

Melanie Thomas 
​WV Emergency Management Division
1700 MacCorkle Avenue, 6th Floor
Charleston, WV 25314
Please include job title and posting number on application.