This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:Program Specialist -GS-0301-11

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:MG-70106-590248-KST-COR

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$62,758.00 to $81,583.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, January 18, 2012 to Monday, January 23, 2012




Full Time - Temporary NTE 2 years




1 vacancy - Boston, MA United States


Current FEMA Region I employees only.


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce.

Who May Apply

  • All current Region 1 employees.
  • For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here

This position is ideal for a Program Specialist that is also an Incident Workforce Management Office expert  looking for an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of the laws, policies and regulations or other guidance with FEMA’s disaster mission, functions, programs, and procedures.  This professional is responsible for region-wide coordination of the implementation of the full spectrum of workforce programs and standards in preparation for readiness to respond to disasters or national emergency situations.  Apply for this opportunity to become a member in the Office of the Regional Adminstrator in Region 1 in Boston, MA.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL: Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.

This position is being announced under FEMA's CORE Program (Cadre of On-call Response/Recovery employees).  These positions are authorized under P.L. 93-288 to perform temporary disaster work and are funded from the Disaster Relief Fund.  Appointments are excepted service, temporary appointments.  This is a 2 year temporary appointment in the Excepted Service. 

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: FEMA employees are subject to 24 hour on-call in the event of any emergency. This service may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites that require functioning under intense physical and mental stress.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


  • You must be a current Region 1 U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must be able to obtain a (Public Trust ) security clearance.
  • You may be required to undergo periodic drug testing.
  • Occasional travel may be required.
  • Direct Deposit is mandatory.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 - Selective Service Registration required.


This position is located in the U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region I, Office of Regional Administrator   located in Boston, MA.  The incumbent serves as a program specialist with responsibility for region-wide coordination of the implementation of the full spectrum of workforce programs and standards in preparation for readiness to respond to disasters or national emergency situations.  

Typical work assignments include:

·         Serving as a liaison between the headquarters, Incident Workforce Management Office (IWMO), Regional  cadre managers, and Regional management in the development, interpretation, and consistent application of all Stafford Act related policies, programs and standard operating procedures.

·         Assist with administering the recruitment/hiring processes for Stafford Act Employee’s and manage personnel actions.

·         Serves as a regional representative at conferences, meeting, workshops, and committees involving the reserve workforce.

·         Prepare, log and track requests for personnel actions, interacting/interfacing with Human Capital Staff on personnel actions/issues, and processing raises, promotions and terminations.

·         Provide human resources and administrative customer support to the Stafford Act employees relative to time and attendance, pay, travel and deployment policies.

·         Collaborates with the Regional Cadre Managers and Readiness Branch in the IWMO, evaluates the readiness of Regional cadres and analyzes the capacity of the cadre to respond to disasters.

·         Collaborates with the Regional Cadre Managers and Deployment Branch in the IWMO, serves as a regional contact for Automated Disaster Deployment (ADD) system data requirements.

·         Provides responsive customer service to all external and internal stakeholders, troubleshoot information requests, and coordinate critical action items with appropriate staff.



You qualify for this position at the GS-11 level if you possess one of the following:

One year of specialized experience in the federal government, other state, local or non-profit organization, or the private sector that is equivalent to at least the GS-09 level that has given you extensive knowledge of and experience with FEMA’s disaster mission, functions, programs, and procedures.

A PhD or Equivalent.

A combination of experience and education.

(The qualification requirements listed above must be met within 30 calendar days of the closing date of this announcement.

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for Public Trust as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a review of financial issues, such as delinquency, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.


All applicants will be evaluated based on responses to the Job Questionnaire for the announcement. Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire.

If you are qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.  To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link:  View Assessment Questions


DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to and select “benefits.”


This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.

Include any other information not covered elsewhere in the JOA (ex. firearms requirements, travel requirements, mandatory fitness requirements, etc).


Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on Monday, January 23, 2012. 

To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents. See Required Documents section for more detail.

We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your résumé, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX, document your responses to the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire and use the official FAX coversheet found here.


  1. Your résumé
  2. Your responses to the job questionnaire View Assessment Questions
  3. Are you qualifying based on education?  Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed. Those with foreign education, click this link[Remove this bullet if it is not applicable]
  4. Are you a veteran?  Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty). Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out the SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. Click here for more veterans’ information.
  5. Are you a current or former Federal employee?  Submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that shows your competitive service status. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a "1" and your "tenure" block should show a "1" or "2".)


Kym A. Thompson
Phone: (800)879-6076
TDD: (800)877-8339
Agency Information:
DHS FEMA HCD Talent Acquisition and Processing
PO Box 9900
Winchester, VA


Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. We will notify you by email after each of these steps has been completed. Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on “Application Status,” and then click “More Information.” We expect to make a final job offer within 30 days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

For more information on applying for Federal employment, please click here

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