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Job Title:Response Division Director, GS-0301-15

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:MG-2012-90625-LDC-606616-DM

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

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$121,337.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, February 14, 2012 to Tuesday, February 28, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Philadelphia Metro Area, PA United States


US Citizens and Status Candidates


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
  • Current federal employees serving under a career or career-conditional appointment
  • Persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under special hiring authorities
  • Persons eligible under an Interchange Agreement (click here to view a list of covered agreements)
  • Veterans’ preference eligibles or veterans who have been separated from the Armed Forces under honorable conditions after substantially completing at least three consecutive years of active duty (click here for information on veterans)
  • For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here

This position serves as the Response Division Director for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Region III, in Philadelphia, PA. The Response Division Director is responsible for managing, directing and supervising a staff composed primarily of program and technical specialists and subject matter experts. The incumbent provides leadership, direction, guidance and coordination to the state and local governments of the Region in developing, planning and implementing FEMA Disaster Operations programs. When directed, serves as Federal Coordinating Officer, overseeing the Federal response to presidentially declared disasters and possesses Disaster Recovery Manager Authority to expend funds for this purpose. The employee in this position, as directed, may also serve as the Regional Response Coordination Center (RRCC) Director, and serve as acting Regional Administrator (RA) in the absence of the RA and the Deputy RA.

This position starts at a salary of $121,337 (GS-15, Step 1), with advancement potential to $155,500 (GS-15, Step 10). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of FEMA Region III's Response Division.

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.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must be able to obtain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • You may be required to undergo periodic drug testing.
  • This position will require occasional non-emergency travel.
  • Direct Deposit is mandatory.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 - Selective Service Registration required.


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The Response Division responsibilities include: managing an operational planning function, executing the Agency’s logistics function, the mission assignment process, the RRCC and its 24/7 Regional Watch Center, teams to support emergency operations, such as Incident Management Assistance Teams, and all related staff planning and operational needs that enhance regional readiness.  Management of the RRCC and the response teams includes ensuring adequate staffing, equipment, and training are in place and maintained to successfully respond to emergencies and disasters of any kind.  The development of operational response plans for the Region, providing assistance and coordinating with states and local governments, nonprofits and the private sector during both peacetime and during disasters and emergencies.  The Division Director is also responsible for management of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and emergency communications functions that supports planning and emergency response operations.


1. Exercises full managerial authority to direct, coordinate and administratively control the activities of Divisional staff and assure implementation of program goals and objectives.   Develops and maintains a Division operating plan that clearly outlines division priorities, goals, objectives, and budget. Monitors the implementation of the Divisional operating plan and execution of the Divisional budget, and adjusts as needed. The incumbent will perform the following supervisory duties:

a.      Uses subordinate supervisors, team leaders, and/or group coordinators to direct, coordinate or oversee work.

b.      Uses subordinate supervisors, team leaders, and/or group coordinators to execute Agency and regional administrative functions.

c.     Exercises significant responsibility in dealing with officials of other Divisions and Agencies and in advising the Regional Administrator on program issues.

d.     Reviews and rates performance, initiates personnel actions, approves leave, interviews and selects key subordinates, provides necessary training, settles employee grievances and recommends disciplinary actions as required.

e.      Carries out the Division’s Equal Employment Opportunity Program. 

2. Serves as consultant and principal staff advisor to the Regional Administrator/Deputy Regional Administrator on all program meetings; represents Regional Administrator at top level meetings and serves as the Region’s authority on the interpretation and application of FEMA’s policies and directives for Disaster Operations related functions. Advises the Regional Administrator on new developments, changing emphasis, or other events which could greatly impact on the effectiveness of program delivery. Finds and implements ways to eliminate or reduce significant bottlenecks and barriers to production; promotes team building or improves business practices.

3. Ensures that the Regions’ logistical requirements are met, in coordination with the FEMA Logistics Management Directorate, including pre-positioned disaster supplies and immediate response resources.

4. Responsible for the management of all Disaster Assistance Employee (DAE) cadres within the Regional Response Division.  Responsibilities include establishing staffing requirements, monitoring deployments, recruitment and hiring, career management (promotions), training, policy enforcement, and implementation of the FEMA Qualifications System (FQS).  May delegate individual cadre management duties down to the Branch Chief level.



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You qualify for this position at the GS-15 level if you possess one of the following: One full year of specialized experience at the GS-14 grade level in federal service, or equivalent experience. Specialized experience is described as experience

analyzing and applying emergency management policies, management programs, policies, regulations and in-depth understanding of how to apply advanced management principles for compliance and reporting purposes; technical knowledge and experience in organizational analysis and studies programs; and experience producing detailed deliverables that do not contain grammatical, mathematical, or typographical errors.

Selective Placement Factor:  In addition to the minimum qualifications described above, you must meet the following requirement(s) to be considered qualified for the position:

Emergency management experience working in a Federal, State, or Local government emergency management agency.

Time-in-Grade Requirements for Federal employees:  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 calendar days of the closing date of this announcement.

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 a TOP SECRET security clearance 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.


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 or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job:


1. Ability to manage federal disaster assistance programs.

2. Knowledge of disaster assistance related statues, regulations, and guidelines.

3. Knowledge of budget and financial process to effectively plan for program delivery.

4. Ability to coordinate and integrate operational preparedness, readiness, and execution of activities with Federal, State and local emergency management organizations responding to incidents, disasters, and/or other emergencies.

5. Skill in communicating technical information and policy based guidance related to disaster operations to a diverse audience group.

6. Ability to supervise and manage a professional and administrative staff.


 If you are applying under Delegated Examining (All U.S. Citizens), we will use your job questionnaire to place you in one of three categories based on your experience, education, and training. If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

1. Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.

2. Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.

3. Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

If you are applying under Merit Promotion, you will be given the minimum earned rating of 70 points and a maximum of 30 points may be awarded based on your responses to the questionnaire.

If you are best 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 

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here to access OPM’s Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ ICTAP, you must be placed in the Well Qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

Veterans: Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific, professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. This position is not considered scientific/professional. For information on veterans’ preference, please click here.

Certain veterans are eligible to apply as a status candidate under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA). For more information, please click here.


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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 and select “benefits.”


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


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Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on Tuesday, February 28, 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 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.
  4. Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)?  You must submit:
      • a copy of your agency notice, and
      • a copy of your most recent performance rating, and
      • a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.
  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".)
  6. Are you a Peace Corps/ VISTA volunteer or a person with a disability?  Click on the link above to view the required supporting documentation to submit with your application.


Lon D. Cabot
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.

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