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Job Title:Public Assistance Closeout Specialist-GS-0301-11

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:MG-2012-82222-KAS-604332COR

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$57,408.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 to Wednesday, February 22, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0301-11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Temporary NTE 2 Years

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Biloxi, MS United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

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 U.S. Citizens
  • For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Mississippi Recovery Office (MSRO), Biloxi, MS.  The incumbent will serve as a member of the Closeout Team assisting with Disaster closeout duties for the State of Mississippi.  Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Closeout Team in the Public Assistance Section of the MSRO.

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:  For all nonbargaining unit positions, the following applies:  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.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a 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.
  • This position may require occasional non-emergency travel.
  • Direct Deposit is mandatory.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 - Selective Service Registration required.

DUTIES:

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Responsible for expediting the closeout process and for resolving remaining program issues associated with FEMA program management and funding decisions, and for assisting in developing both the systems and processes necessary to expedite the obligation of disaster relief funds for eligible projects in declared areas.

  • Responsible for a full-range of grants, agreements, disaster assistance determinations, and closeout related operations
  • Responsible for conducting negotiations with States and sub-grantees
  • Provides technical assistance to State officials, project applicants, and sub-grantees
  • Reviews disaster financial status reports, quarterly status reports, and State reports
  • Reconciles and balances funds, responds to questions regarding discrepancies, and reviews expenditures and obligation reports 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the laws, policies, regulations and other directives governing the Public Assistance program
  • Ability to evaluate complex program and situational requirements, and provide solutions to leadership, peers and subordinates in meeting program goals


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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You qualify for this position at the GS-11 level if you possess one of the following:  One full year of specialized experience. Specialized experience is described as experience with public assistance closeout processes and related laws and regulations, or other directives which govern public assistance programs, including one or more of the following: (1) serving in a program role which involves program decision making; (2) evaluating extensive numbers of public assistance projects for both eligibility and for closeout; (3) analyzing and answering grantee and sub-grantee requests for technical assistance to resolve issues.

OR

Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.

OR

Combination of education and experience.

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 - Moderate Risk 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.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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


BENEFITS:

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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 www.dhs.gov/careers and select “benefits.”



OTHER INFORMATION:

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



HOW TO APPLY:

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Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on Wednesday, February 22, 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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  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
  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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Katie A. Short
Phone: (800)879-6076
TDD: (800)877-8339
Email: KATIE.SHORT@FEMA.GOV
Agency Information:
DHS FEMA HCD Talent Acquisition and Processing
PO Box 9900
Winchester, VA
22604

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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.

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Job Announcement Number:

MG-2012-82222-KAS-604332COR

Control Number:

308910600