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Job Title:Communications Specialist-GS-0301-13

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:MG-2012-T0256-JSC-651390DE

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

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$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year


Friday, April 27, 2012 to Friday, May 11, 2012




Full Time - Term NTE 2 years




1 vacancy - Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States


This positon may be extended up to 4 years.


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 ideal for an expert communications professional looking for an opportunity to utilize knowledge of planning, development, coordination, and execution of communications strategies and outreach methodologies.  This position starts at a salary of $89,033 (GS-13).  Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Policy and Programs Team in the DHS/FEMA Logistics Management Directorate.


PROMOTION POTENTIAL: This position is announced at the target grade level, GS-13.


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 Non-sensitive 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.


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In this position, you will become a Communications lead, in a pivotal role developing and executing all Communications and Marketing initiatives for the Logistics Information Technology programs.  Typical work assignments:


·         Plan and develop marketing communications priorities, campaigns, strategies, practices, and metrics for effective outreach initiatives. Project planning includes budget projection and oversight and recommendations for improvements to existing materials based on analyses.


·         Review and analyze technical material for objectivity, style, presentation, coherence, sentence structure, and readability.


·         Collect, edit, and draft, substantive articles that highlight LSCMS accomplishments and “success stories” for the FEMA Weekly, the LSO Quarterly and other appropriate communications vehicles.


·         Review written material for consistency with DHS and FEMA policies and guidelines, and work closely with the FEMA management team to present difficult, detailed information in precise language that explains and meets program requirements and is understandable to the layperson.


·         Perform a wide range of communications and public relations functions.


·         Write and produce videos that are appropriate for posting on FEMA’s external web sites.


·         Liaise with internal communications and media relations offices in FEMA as well as DHS as required.


·         Develop, manage and facilitate development and delivery of team-wide events and meetings including developing plans and schedule for Road Shows.




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Specialized Experience Requirements:   Applicants must have one of the following:


Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is in or related to the work of the position to be filled.


For GS-13 grade level, applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience that includes developing, managing and evaluating both short and long term communications strategies with adherence to defined project schedules and budgets; producing, editing and reviewing a wide range of written, verbal, and video communications materials to include but not limited to brochures, publications, issue papers, on-line content, PowerPoint presentations, newsletters, and videos; and planning, developing and implementing marketing and public relations communications priorities, campaigns, strategies, practices, and metrics for effective outreach initiatives in support of an organization’s information technology systems.


Selective Placement Factor:  There is no selective placement factor for this position.


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 Public Trust, Non-sensitive background investigation 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 communicate orally and serve in a representational role with management levels of internal and external stakeholders.

2.  Ability to communicate in writing in performing communications and outreach efforts in support of an organization.

3.  Ability to manage, plan, and execute work involving a variety of communications programs and projects.

4.  Knowledge of management principles and evaluation techniques related to information technology programs and/or systems.


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 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 


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.


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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 Friday, May 11, 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.


Jimmy Clark
Phone: (202)646-2513
TDD: (800)877-8339
Agency Information:
DHS FEMA HCD Talent Acquisition and Processing
1201 Maryland Avenue Portals III
Mail Stop 3715
Washington, DC


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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