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Office of Disaster Assistance Employment

If you are interested in seeking temporary full-time employment, please consider joining the SBA Disaster Program.

Temporary Full-Time Employment

The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the Federal Government's primary source of funds for homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private, non-profit organizations throughout the United States, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Puerto Rico, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the U. S. Virgin Islands who have suffered property damage in a disaster. SBA makes these low-interest, long-term disaster loans to help pay for repairs to damaged real estate, personal property, and businesses.

Because disasters are unpredictable, the number of SBA employees needed to respond varies greatly. To accomplish our mission of helping disaster victims in floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, wildfires, and other disasters, SBA hires most staff on a temporary, full-time appointment that can last anywhere from one month to several years, depending on the number and severity of disasters and the resulting workload.

Substantial paid overtime, up to seven days a week and twelve to fourteen hours a day, may be required without flexibility in scheduling such overtime. Also, substantial travel to disaster areas is required. Travel assignments are expected to involve both extended duration and extensive frequency with very short notice at any time of the year. Employees must report for duty whenever assigned within 48 hours.

Disaster Reserve Team 

The Disaster Reserve Team is a group of fully qualified and trained SBA employees (including re-employed military and federal retirees) on a seasonal work schedule, available to respond to disaster emergencies anywhere in the United States and its territories, often within 48 hours or less.

The mission of SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance is to help homeowners, renters, and businesses throughout the U.S. affected by natural disasters recover and rebuild their lives. We accomplish this goal not just through providing affordable, timely, and accessible financial assistance but through the efforts of our dedicated and passionate national team of professionals.

The Disaster Reserve (DR) Program was created to meet SBA’s goals to have a group of reservist in a stand-by mode, ready to be called to duty on short notice to deploy to disaster areas. We are looking to hire and train hundreds of talented people with varied skill sets. If you are dedicated, hardworking, have a passion for people and a heart to serve, we encourage you to apply to become a member of our team.

Disaster Reserves Construction Analyst

As a Construction Analyst, you will serve as a member of the Disaster Reserve personnel in the Loss Verification department of a Field Office location. Your main duties will be to conduct field examinations and perform a variety of tasks directed at verifying cause, determining extent, and estimating the repair/replacement cost of damage to personal, real, and business property that resulted from a catastrophe that was declared a disaster by either the President or the Administrator of the Small Business.

Disaster Reserves Paralegal Specialist

As a Paralegal Specialist, you will serve as a member of the Disaster Reserve personnel either at the Processing and Disbursement Center or at a Field Office location. Your main duties will be to assist attorneys in disbursing disaster loan proceeds and act as an advisor to disaster office personnel on legal and policy matters concerning the lending process.

Disaster Reserves Legal Assistant

As a Legal Assistant, you will serve as a member of the Disaster Reserve personnel either at the Processing and Disbursement Center or at a Field Office location. Your main duties include being responsible for one or more aspects of creating loan closing documents and disbursing funds to borrowers. The position requires knowledge of a variety of legal forms and documentation and extensive use of office automation software to create review or assemble disaster loan closing documents.

Disaster Reserves Attorney Advisor

As an Attorney Advisor (General), you will serve as a member of the Disaster Reserve personnel either at the Processing and Disbursement Center or at a Field Office location. Your main duties will be to provide legal advice and services to assure the legality and legal sufficiency of all actions and instruments in the processing, closing, and disbursing of disaster home and business loans.

Disaster Reserves Loan Specialist

As a Loan Specialist, you will serve as a member of the Disaster Reserve personnel either at the Processing and Disbursement Center or at a Field Office location. Your main duties will be to process residential and business disaster loan applications by applying standards, and accepted financial and credit analysis techniques.  You will also be tasked with assisting loan applicants that are seeking funds for repair, rehabilitation, or replacement of disaster-damaged personal, real, or business property to offset economic injury which results from a physical disaster.

Disaster Reserves Specialist

As a Disaster Reserve Specialist, you will serve as a member of the Disaster Reserve personnel responsible for communicating the SBA Disaster Assistance Program to the public in person or via the telephone.  You will also be tasked with the resolution of complex application dilemmas or delays.

Disaster Reserves Technician

As a Disaster Reserve Technician, you will serve as a member of the Disaster Reserve personnel responsible for communicating the SBA Disaster Assistance Program to the public in person or via the telephone. You will also be tasked with the resolution of routine application dilemmas such as missing information.

Disaster Reserves Information Technology

As an Information Technology Specialist, you will serve as a member of the Disaster Reserve personnel responsible for developing, implementing, operating, and maintaining information technology (IT) equipment and systems at a Field Office location.

Program Support Technician

As a Program Support Technician, you will serve as a member of the Disaster Reserve personnel at the Processing and Disbursement Center (PDC) whom performs technical and administrative support to various departments within the PDC in Texas.

To apply for positions with the Office of Disaster Assistance please go to USAJOBS.

Contact Us

For Questions Concerning Employment Opportunities:

Agency Contact: Disaster Reserve Human Resources Specialist
Phone: 1-866-407-7795
Fax: 202-292-3876
Email: ODAHireMe@sba.gov

Or Write:

Small Business Administration
Office of Disaster Assistance
Agency Contact: Disaster Reserve Human Resource Specialist
13221 Woodland Park Road, 5th Floor
Herndon, VA 20171
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