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 moderate supervision, at the full performance Level, this position prepares and reviews grant applications and ensures regulations are followed. Specifically, this position will assist disaster grant applicants with program delivery through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) web-based grants portal; will review vendor invoices and reimbursement requests; prepare final grant awarded packages; negotiate terms and conditions of grant awards, which includes project plans, cost estimates, cost schedules, and oversight responsibilities; determine availability of funding prior to completing letter of credit payments; conduct project site inspections and preliminary damage assessments; and monitor post-award compliance with contract procurement, environmental, historic preservation, and insurance requirements and scope of work changes. Performs related work as required.

Salary:         $51,000 - $59,000

Please include posting number EMD2300031 on application.


​Acts as liaison between Emergency Management Division and Department of Administrative Services in regard to all HR related matters. Prepares letters for the director's signature to be submitted to the Cabinet Secretary for review and approval. Submits letters and related human resource documents to DAS (Division of Administrative Services) for new hires, promotions, resignations, and transfers. Submits vacant position announcements to DAS (Division of Administrative Services) for job postings. Receives and retains applications for open positions. Schedules interviews for hiring managers. Performs orientation with new employees. Enters and updates information in Oasis for new hires and current employees. Provides guidance and information to staff regarding employee benefits and payroll issues. Analyzes timecards for accuracy, approves and submits timecards in Kronos for processing. Maintains accurate personnel files.

Salary:         $35,000 - $43,000

Please include posting number EMD2300030 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.


Coordinates stakeholder meetings to collect information, review stakeholder comments, conduct after-action reviews and related activities. This includes the integration of all federal guidelines for the mitigation plan. Coordination with regional planning organizations on the development of standard hazards to evaluate.

Develop standards for data collection to ensure appropriate content. Creates uniform template for plan development at state and local level. Develops schedule for updating and maintaining compliance with federal guidelines.

Writes and edits WV State Hazard Mitigation plan to include the development of guidelines for writing local mitigation plans. Develops standard guidelines for compliance with CPG-101 and federal hazard mitigation plan requirements.

Conducts training on development of Hazard Mitigation plans for employees of the Emergency Management Division and other stakeholder agencies.

Provides support to training and exercise programs. Provides training to local units of government related to the development of WV State Hazard Mitigation plans. Works with regional Planning and Development Councils, LEPCs, emergency management agencies, and other stakeholders on proper plan development techniques.

Salary:            $38,000 - $48,000

Please include posting number EMD2300024 on application.


​Performs specialized communications work involving the receipt, analysis and reporting of information and notifications within the centralized watch center of the Emergency Management Division. The Watch Center is staffed 24/7/365.

Monitors emergency/tip-lines, radio frequencies and various data collection systems in order to provide first-line, proactive awareness of on-going events. Receives and reviews time-critical information and notifications in order to provide early warning, response and recovery information and guidance. Work involves obtaining, analyzing, prioritizing, recording, and reporting incoming data and notifications and communicating relevant information to applicable individuals and organizations including federal, state, county and local agencies.

Coordinates resources and communications regarding local, regional and statewide incidents of interest in conjunction with municipalities, counties, emergency management agencies, military authorities and various departments to ensure timely implementation of emergency management plans, policy and regulations.

Employees in this position may be required to work for extended periods of time under stressful conditions as a result of emergency situations or disaster events. Perfor​ms other duties as assigned.

Salary:         $28,000 - $34,000

Please include posting number EMD2300023 on application.​


​Under general supervision, performs professional and technical work in the planning, development, coordination, implementation and evaluation of training programs for the Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) program in the Emergency Management Division.

Assists with the development of policies and procedures for the REP unit and interpretation thereof. Assists with the development and revision of the state REP plan. Coordinates planning work and exercises in disaster preparedness and emergency response training as part of the state REP plan. Interacts effectively with representatives of federal and state agencies and stakeholders to advance state and local capabilities for prevention, response and recovery related to radiological disaster emergencies.

Assists in facilitating nuclear power plant off-site emergency response training and evaluation of nuclear power plant off-site emergency response plans through training exercise preparation and execution.

May be required to work for extended periods of time under stressful conditions as a result of radiological emergencies. Performs other duties as assigned.

Salary:         $30,000 - $37,000

Please include posting number EMD2300021 on application.


Performs complex administrative and professional technical work at the advanced level in managing a major emergency management component with the Safe Schools Program of the Emergency Management Division.

Programs are managed statewide with specific program elements alternating over a specified geographic location or region of the state and vary in size and complexity. Complexity level is evidenced by the variety of problem-solving demands and decisions required within programmatic and local specific project areas.

Program issues and decisions may be controversial in nature and may involve comment from all levels of public and private sectors. Work requires the ability to liaise with federal, state and local government officials, representatives of the media and other agencies and organizations, and the general public.

Position may require overnight travel. Position requires work after normal business hours due to emergent school safety related matters. Work requires the ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information regarding students, staff, plans, facilities, incidents and reports. Performs other duties as assigned.

Salary:         $40,000 - $48,000

Please include posting number EMD2300022 on application.​


LOCATION: Brooke, Doddridge, Hancock, Harrison, Marion, Marshall, Monongalia, Ohio, Preston, Taylor, Tyler, Wetzel

Under executive direction, manages an organized section providing administrative and support services in the highly complex and sensitive infrastructure protection and public safety sections. Manages the delivery of services that address all hazards across all mission sets focusing on improving the state's capabilities and capacity to detect, prevent, respond, and mitigate natural and man-made emergencies or disasters.

Liaisons serve as the agency's senior field-officials and engage with other federal, state, local and private sector officials. The operations, policy, work processes, and regulatory requirements of the section are complex, varied, dynamic and require substantial depth of analysis and interpretation of theory, principles, practices, and regulations of a professional field. Involves the supervision of professional, technical, and clerical employees.

The scope of responsibility includes planning the evaluating operations; researching new procedures and improvements; interpreting statutes, regulations, and policies. Serves as the division's liaison during major emergency responses within the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division. 

Salary:         $38,000-$46,000

Please include posting number EMD2300018 on application.​


​Analyzes user organization functional requirements and develops GIS application designs. Writes and tests GIS application programs; prepares documentation of GIS application programs. Prepares GIS application user manuals, trains user staff in the operation of GIS applications.

Provides user support for GIS application programs. Performs GIS hardware and software operations; performs activities associated with implementation, operation, and enhancement of the GIS software. Performs analysis with geospatial data to provide information as needed by WV EMD or partners to support emergency management and disaster preparedness.

Designs and maintains data resources and operation of GIS software, including database management. Updates and maintains the WV EMD geospatial data inventory to ensure accurate data for analysis in preparedness for planning or disasters including critical infrastructure, address points and centerlines, and writing metadata.

Salary:         $42,000-$54,000

Please include posting number EMD2300014 on application.​


​This work involves the full span of technical duties in the programming, implementation, operation, repair and 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 technical work at the full-performance level on the full range of UHF digital P25 trunked statewide radio and IP/TDM microwave radio network operational issues. Analyzes and resolves issues relating to connectivity between agencies, multiple locations 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 as network switches, servers, routers, dispatch consoles, network alarm systems, communication tower lighting, base stations, 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 or situations 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

Please include posting number EMD2300012 on application.​


​The technician works on a highly technical complex data and voice system, running over an Internet Protocol (IP) network. The technician performs installation and maintenance on the network equipment. This position requires advanced level training and experience in the technical specialty in IP networking equipment and technologies, broadband technologies and radio frequency operations.

These systems are very complex systems with integrated solutions between various platforms of operations and software, and require connectivity between various agencies (federal, state, county and local).

The technician works with various types of broadband connectivity, such as microwave, cellular, broadband internet, radio frequency, and T1 circuits for the transmission of information between the agencies and related equipment operating on the network. The technician utilizes diagnostic and monitoring equipment for troubleshooting issues within the WAN/LAN networks and various components of the system and network. The technician provides technical guidance and assistance to users.

Please include posting number EMD2300016 on application.​

Salary:         $38,000-$46,000


Performs accounting technician and administrative support work in the Finance and Administration Section of the Emergency Management Division. Duties include the maintenance of accounts, ledgers, journals, funds records and related financial records; reconciliation and preparation of various financial statements and documents and the preparation of standard financial reports. Performs administrative support work in the areas of travel reimbursement, the preparation of adjusting accounting entries and providing needed documentation during audits. Will draw down federal grant funds from various programs and process grant reimbursement requests. Will prepare agency revenue deposits. Work requires the use of personal computer and related business office automation software and spreadsheets in performing daily activities. Requires familiarity with the state financial management system (WVOASIS). Perform other duties as assigned.

Please include posting number EMD2300010 on application. Download posting for additional information. 

Salary:         $30,000-$38,000​​


This is professional work as a Grants Program Specialist in the Public Assistance Technical Assistance Program in the Emergency Management Division (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 - $54,000

Please include posting number EMD23000011 on application. Download posting for additional information. 


Performs complex professional accounting, financial management, budgeting and grants management work in the Emergency Management Division. Duties involve professional accounting and financial management work in the areas of general accounting, financial reporting, financial analysis, budget preparation and execution, grants financial management, financial transaction review and approval and the monitoring of cash balances and budget balances. The work involves the application of generally accepted accounting principles in the maintenance of accounting journals, general ledgers, recapitulation and analysis of financial transactions, accounts and financial reports in order to control and account for federal and state funds. Ensures compliance with generally accepted accounting principles, office of management and budget (OMB) circulars, and all applicable federal and state laws and guidelines. Assists EM Financial Manager in the drawdown of federal funds, financial transaction review and approval, maintaining accounting ledgers, agency appropriation request and expenditure schedule, and during federal and state audits. Trains and leads lower-level accountants and accounting technician employees. Performs other duties as assigned.

Salary:         $32,000 to $57,000  Download posting for additional information. 

Please include posting number EMD2300007 on application. 

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

​WV Emergency Management Division
​2403 Fairlawn Avenue
​Dunbar, WV 25064

Please include job title and posting number on application.