Job Advertisement - Disaster Recovery Manager



JOB TITLE:                            Costilla County Spring Fire Disaster Recovery Coordinator


REPORTS TO:                       County Administrator


CLOSING DATE:                  January 25th, 2019 COB


ANNUAL SALARY:             $55,000 - $70,000 depending on experience/qualifications


FLSA STATUS:                     Exempt


POSITION PURPOSE:          The purpose of this two-year position is to assist Costilla County in executing the disaster recovery work plan developed by Costilla County, the state Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) and the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM).  The Recovery Manager will perform project and program management tasks and activities related to the Spring Fire and the affected communities and landscape in Costilla County.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Serve as the chief liaison to impacted citizens and communities, the private sector, and local, state and federal officials.


Identify, prioritize and share essential life safety and property protection strategies post-disaster.


Maintain a complete understanding of all applicable post-fire and flood mitigation programs, policies, requirements and procedures.


Work with engineers, contractors and landowners to implement flood mitigation projects to protect at-risk properties due to burn-scar related flooding.


Represent the interests of the county in construction management, environmental permitting, grant management, contract development, procurement and project management of NRCS Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program projects and other watershed/mitigation programs and projects.


Identify policy or program related compliance issues.


Coordinate local efforts to identify and secure funding from state, federal and non-governmental agencies to support local recovery efforts.


Make recommendations for program efficiencies and improvements.


Coordinate the Costilla County Recovery Committee and maintain a multi-stakeholder alliance.  The Costilla County Recovery Committee includes county departments, special districts, HOAs, non-governmental organizations and citizens that are stakeholders in fire/flood recovery.


Reports to County Administrator and works closely with the Emergency Manager.


Produces monthly reports for the County Administrator and State and Federal Agencies.


Responds to and resolves inquiries and complaints from the public.  Maintains effective and efficient public relations when dealing with citizens and other agencies.


SKILLS AND ABILITIES:   Must have proven Project Management skills.


Develop and maintain a complete understanding of all applicable post-fire and flood mitigation programs, strategies, policies and requirements to meet regulations of each.


Excellent oral and written communication skills.  Strong critical thinking and conflict resolution abilities.


Ability to learn and apply policy to specific circumstances, provide administrative and clerical support of project related activities


Must be organized and be able to handle multiple tasks.  Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment.


Must be available for overnight travel and must possess a valid driver’s license.  Work is subject to after-hours meetings.


TRAINING/EDUCATION:   Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree required.  Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is a plus.


                                                Computer applications for word processing, information storage and retrieval, spreadsheets, publishing, communications, scheduling and presentations.


WORKING CONDITIONS: Work may be performed in office setting, but also requires on-site inspection. Travel to sites may be on rough roads in remote areas.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS:      This position requires that the person be able to walk distances over varied terrain. Also requires sitting and driving for extended periods.


OTHER DEMANDS:             The duties listed above are intended only as an illustration of the various types of work that may be performed.  Other duties may be assigned.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.


CLOSING DATE:                  January 25th, 2019 COB


HOW TO APPLY:                 Submit a professional resume and cover letter highlighting skills and qualifications.  Must include three (3) references. 


Send via email to, or mail to:


Ben Doon, County Administrator, Costilla County, P.O. Box 100, San Luis, CO  81152.


Email any questions to or call 719-672-3372.


Costilla County is an equal opportunity employer.


Costilla County reserves the right to reject any and all applications should it be determined that applicants do not meet the criteria herein set forth.


Must pass background check (traffic and criminal) and maintain valid Colorado driver’s license.