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    Duties

    Summary

    The ideal candidate should have a basic understanding of the laws and regulations relevant to the delivery of Individual Assistance Programs to U.S. states, tribes, and territories. This position starts at $87,198 for Hyattsville, MD, Washington, DC, and Winchester, VA or $83,523 for Denton, TX. Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Individual Assistance Division team within FEMA.

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    Responsibilities

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

    When disaster strikes, America looks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. 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. Please visit www.fema.gov for additional information.

    EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites. All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which 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 with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions.

    In this position, you will serve as an analyst for Individual Assistance policy, providing advice to senior level and professional staff in FEMA HQ and Regional Offices on tribal issues related to Individual Assistance implementation. Typical assignments include:

    • Preparing a variety of reports, information papers, and briefings which identify recovery emergency management operating practices to gain program support and describe program accountability.
    • Administering programs and plans impacting the delivery of recovery assistance.
    • Serving as a spokesperson at regional conferences, meetings, committees, and working groups to promote continuity and maintain a proactive recovery posture.
    • Translating programmatic requirements into specific project plans.
    • Planning and organizing annual and long-range budgeting oversight of assigned programs.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional nonemergency travel may be required.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    12

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
    • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
    • Selective Service registration required.
    • Current federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements.
    • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Government credit card.
    • Please review "Other Information" section for additional key requirements.

    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, successfully pass, and maintain a background investigation for Public Trust - Moderate Risk as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a credit check after initial job qualifications are determined, a review of financial issues, such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs (please visit: Mythbuster on Federal Hiring Policies for additional information). For more information on background investigations for Federal jobs please visit OPM Investigations.

    Please ensure you meet the qualification requirements described below.

    Qualifications

    Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the Federal service. The time-in-grade requirement must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

    The qualification requirements listed below must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

    You qualify for this position at the GS-12 level (starting salary at $87,198 for Hyattsville, MD, at $83,523 for Denton, TX, at $87,198 for Washington, DC , and at $87,198 for Winchester, VA) if you possess the following: One full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-11) in the Federal Service.  This experience may have been gained in the federal government, a state or local government, a non-profit organization, the private sector, or as a volunteer; however, your resume must clearly describe at least one year of specialized experience.  Specialized experience for this position includes:

    • Developing policies, plans or guidance documents for operational improvements; and
    • Analyzing or evaluating difficult issues involving programmatic activities, missions, policies, or objectives; and
    • Communicating verbally and in writing to internal and external stakeholders.

     

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills, and provides valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    NOTE: Qualifications are based on breadth/level of experience. In addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from MM/YY to MM/YY) and the number of hours worked per week if part time. As qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. Applicants are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to develop their federal resume. For a brief video on How to Create a Federal Resume, click here.

    Current or former FEMA Reservists/DAE employees: To accurately credit your experience for these intermittent positions, make sure to list the dates (from MM/YY to MM/YY) of each deployment, along with the job title and specific duties you were responsible for during each deployment.  Failure to provide this information may result in disqualification.

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees.  If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office. 

    Education

    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    • If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.
    • DHS uses E-verify, an internet based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.
    • The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.
    • This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
    • All candidates must be able to deploy with little or no advance notice to anywhere in the United States and its territories for an extended period of time.
    • A one year probationary period is required for new Federal competitive service employees and new supervisors and managers. 
    • If selected for this position, and you have not previously completed these requirements, you are subject to (1) completion of a 2 day onboarding program at your primary duty location; and, (2) completion of a subsequent, multiple day orientation program within 90-120 days of hire, at a location to be determined.  Travel associated with the orientation portion of this requirement may be at FEMA’s expense.
    • This is a Bargaining Unit position.
    • Due weight will be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards in merit promotion selection decisions in accordance with 5 CFR 335.103(b)(3).
    • Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.
    • Applicants who are referred to the selecting official for further consideration may be subject to assessments during the selection process.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using a job questionnaire that is based on the following competencies needed to perform this job:

    • Technical Proficiency
    • Communication
    • Customer Service
    • Representing the Agency
    • Teamwork and Cooperation

    If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. 

    We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.

    Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, the veteran must 1) be a preference eligible; or 2) be a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement. (Note: Veteran’s preference does not apply under Merit Promotion procedures. View VEOA information on Feds Hire Vets.)

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP/CTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP/CTAP eligible. View information about ICTAP/CTAP eligibility on OPM’s Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under ICTAP/CTAP, you must be rated at a minimum score of 85.00 for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement. 

    Interview Requirement:  Interviews may be required for this position.  Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration.


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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process

    Suitability/Fitness

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    Required Documents

    1. Resume.
    2. Responses to the job questionnaire. You will be directed to the online job questionnaire once you begin the application process. 
    3. Current/former federal employee? Submit copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action that demonstrates your eligibility for consideration, e.g., length of time you have been in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, with-in grade/range increases); your current promotion potential; proof of permanent appointment if applying based on an interchange agreement; etc. (see Note 1).
    4. Current/former FEMA Stafford Act employee who has served continuously for three or more years since August 1, 2014, and eligible for consideration? Submit copy of your applicable SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing your employment in a Stafford Act position on or after August 1, 2014 (see Note 1).  If you are selected for this position, your records will be reviewed to verify you meet the three continuous years of service requirement prior to appointment.
    5. Reservist Stafford Act Employees will be required to submit a copy of their most recent SF-50 as well as a copy of the “DRRA Notice of Eligibility” issued by FEMA. Applicants who believe they are eligible, but have not received a “Notice of Eligibility,” should contact the FEMA representative listed in the “Agency contact information” section of this announcement.
    6. Current FEMA Stafford Act employee with competitive status? Submit copy of your applicable SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing you have previously served in a permanent or conditional competitive service position.  You may meet this requirement if your applicable SF-50 shows the following and you meet reinstatement eligibility requirements contained in 5 C.F.R. 315.401:
    • Block 24 (Tenure).  Code is either “1” – Permanent, or “2” – Conditional; and,
    • Block 34 (Position Occupied). Code is “1” – Competitive Service
    1. Current or former Land/Base Management Agency employee eligible for consideration under the Land/Base Management Hiring Path? NOTE: If selected for this position, you will be required to submit supporting documentation to validate your eligibility for Land/Base Management consideration.  Validation of your eligibility will be conducted prior to appointment.
    2. Are you a veteran? Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 or other (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) and/or documentation of service connected disability. If applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. Certifications must be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service (e.g. honorable, dishonorable, general etc.). View more veterans’ information.
    3. Claiming special priority selection rights under the Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP/CTAP)? Submit copies of your:
    • Agency Notice
    • Most recent performance rating, and
    • Most recent SF-50, Notification of personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level and duty location.
    1. Boren Awardee?  Submit a copy of your National Security Education Program (NSEP) certification letter.
    2. You may be asked to provide a copy of your recent performance appraisal and or incentive awards.
    3. Current/former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? Submit copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:
    • Position title
    • Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee)
    • Agency
    • Beginning and ending dates of appointment

    Note 1:  Examples of applicable SF-50's for submission include appointment, promotion, and with-in-grade/range increases – award SF-50’s will not be accepted.

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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    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 the DHS Careers website and select Benefits. Disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

    https://www.dhs.gov/homeland-security-careers/benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    To begin your online application, click "Apply Online" to create a USAJOBS account and follow the prompts or log in to your existing account. Your application packet must include a completed assessment questionnaire, a resume, and any applicable and or required supporting documentation. Please see the "Required Documents" section for additional information. All application materials, including transcripts, must be in English.

    Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or email. You must submit your resume, your online questionnaire, and any supporting documents by 11:59 PM eastern standard time on the posted closing date of this job opportunity announcement, or the date the application limit has been reached, whichever comes first.

    It is your responsibility to verify that any information entered or uploaded is received and is accurate. Determining your eligibility and qualifications is dependent on the supporting documentation and information provided, which may impact your referral for further consideration. If a document is not legible, Human Resources will not be able to view it in your application.

    We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online or do not have access to the internet (e.g., applicant experiencing documented system issues, applicant does not have access to the internet, etc.), you may be able to submit a paper application and the required forms. To do so, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed in the Agency Contact Information prior to the close of this announcement.

    NOTE: Current FEMA Stafford Act employees with prior competitive status AND current or former FEMA Stafford Act employees applying for consideration for this Merit Promotion announcement MUST change their current, default response to Eligibility Question #8 "If you are a Federal Employee, under what type of appointment are you currently serving?" to “Term (Time-Limited Appointment - more than one year, not more than 4 years)”, in order to successfully submit an application for this position.

    Agency contact information

    Calvin Griffin

    Phone

    202-717-1485

    TDD

    800-877-8339

    Fax

    999-999-9999

    Email

    calvin.griffin@fema.dhs.gov

    Address

    FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency
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    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

    Next steps

    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 possible interviews. We will notify you by email after each of these steps has been completed. 

    We expect to make a tentative job offer within 30 days after the deadline for applications.

    If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

    View more information on applying for federal employment.

    Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring.  These authorities are subject to change.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/613443900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.