Emergency Support Function Specialist

Arlington, VA

As a Consultant at Partner Forces, you act as a trusted advisor to our clients’ day in and day out. You have the opportunity to collaborate with your colleagues, our partners and our clients to ideate, initiate and complete task, projects, and initiatives. You work on mission-oriented projects, during which we want you to bring forward actionable insights, solve complex problems, and thrive on delivering meaningful solutions.

What we are looking for:

Partner Forces is seeking a Emergency Support Function Specialist to support a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) client. This position will play a key role in supporting strategic initiatives for this agency. The primary responsibility set for this position involves conducting research and analysis, creating high quality deliverables, stakeholder engagement, and website management. The ideal candidate is someone who is proactive, able to work independently, and possesses a growth mindset.

What you will do as a Emergency Support Function Specialist:

  • Establish and maintain partnerships with infrastructure, business owners and operators, and private sector partners.
  • Participate in rapid planning and coordination by providing ESF #14 – Cross-Sector Business and Infrastructure support during multiple activations.
  • Plan and participate in disaster response exercises at all levels.
  • Research, write and assemble products in support of steady state and incident management postures, and in support of special events.
  • Prepare and present oral briefings for senior executive-level audiences based on the synthesis and detailed research of information.
  • Provide analysis to support integrated cross-sector response planning by infrastructure owners and operators, and local, state, tribal, and territorial government partners. 
  • Serve as the interface with businesses, industries, and critical infrastructure sectors not aligned to other ESFs.
  • Support coordinated responses to RFIs and RFAs to provide accurate and timely information related to an actual or potential incident.
  • Provide rapid planning and coordination by providing support during multiple activations. Assist in review of current plans and the development of new operational documents to ensures all successful plans and actions are continued and that continuous improvement is implemented.
  • Coordinate information flow between multiple stakeholders and federal agencies. 
  • Attend scheduled and unscheduled meetings to provide insight into identified issues and keep Senior Leadership abreast of current and upcoming operations.
  • Partner with public and private organizations such as the All-Hazards Consortium and the National Council of ISACs.
  • Leverage extensive public and private sector contact lists.
  • Provide support to public and private organizations.

Minimum Qualifications

  • U.S. citizenship and an Active Top Secret Security Clearance w/ SCI.
  • Must also be able to obtain and maintain a favorably adjudicated DHS background investigation (EOD). 
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related discipline such as Homeland Security, Emergency Management, Public Policy, or Public Administration. 
  • Minimum of three (3) years of related experience with at least three (3) years of specialized Operations Center experience. 
  • Experience in researching, writing and assembling briefing products for a wide variety of clients to include senior leaders.
  • Experience in preparation and presentation of oral briefings for a wide variety of clients, to include senior leaders, based on the synthesis and detailed research of information.
  • Experience in 24×7 operations center activities focusing on incident response involving critical infrastructure and/or FEMA Lifelines.
  • Experience in facilitating and coordinating communications, plans and responses across multiple entities/offices.
  • Ability to comprehend and assess a vast amount of highly technical information in a time constrained environment.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to produce high quality results under tight deadlines.
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office; including but not limited to: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and other general software applications.
  • Strong facilitation skills, verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team in a fast-paced, high-intensity work environment.


The Company

Partner Forces, LLC., is a WOSB focused on helping homeland security partners with their most pressing and complex challenges and opportunities. The company provides management consulting services for the homeland security and national security enterprise. We offer clients holistic and integrated solutions to their current and emerging homeland security requirements related to program development and analysis, stakeholder engagement and outreach, strategic planning, technology implementation, security and preparedness assessment, and business process design and improvement.

Partner Forces values a diverse, inclusive workforce and we provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. It is the policy of Partner Forces to comply with all federal and state laws concerning the employment of persons with disabilities and to act in accordance with regulations and guidance issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and state agencies. All qualified applicants for employment will be considered without regard to an individual’s race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local laws. If you are unable to submit your application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at recruiting@partnerforces.com.