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Job Title:Realty Specialist, GS-1170-13

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:MG-2012-T0244-PYJ-658366-D

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


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


Friday, May 4, 2012 to Friday, May 18, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


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 opportunity is also being advertised under Merit Promotion Procedures and at the GS-13 grade level. Please see vacancy announcement numbers MG-2012-T0244-PYJ-658090-M for additional information. 

This position is ideal for an expert realty professional looking for an opportunity to lead a facility program. This position starts at a salary of $89,033 (GS-13). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Support Services and Facilities Management Division in the DHS/FEMA Office of the Chief Administrative Officer (OCAO).

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 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 provide support to ensure that FEMA maintains a real property inventory that is cost-effective and efficient in supporting the FEMA mission.  Typical duties include:

  • Serves as the technical lead for the Agency's facility repair program; works with field staff and contractors to perform facility condition assessments, compiles the five year facility repair project list and supporting budget documents, maintains and manages repair projects in the Agency's facility database and manages the database and associated support contracts, and calculates compliance with performance measures related to the program.
  • Serves as a point-of-contact for Program Offices and Regional Offices in identifying real property options to meet their repairs and facility condition assessment program needs and provides specific information on operations, maintenance, developing and implementing standards to support facility estimates, and other costs necessary to develop a thorough and complete business case.
  • Analyzes real property issues and makes recommendations to senior officials by undertaking complete thorough analyses and summarizing information in presentations and briefing papers for managements.
  • Evaluates current real property portfolio and business practices that support and implement the facility repair program and makes recommendations for changes.
  • Serves as project manager for the Real Property Management System and facility condition assessment program.


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You qualify for this position at the GS-13 level if you possess one of the following:

One full year of specialized experience. Specialized experience is described as experience in serving as the technical lead for an Agency facility repair program, acquisition and disposition of land, property and space working with headquarter, field staff contractors, and other agencies to perform facility condition assessment program needs on operations, maintenance, facility build-out estimates, and compile five year facility repair projects in a facility database and calculate compliance with performance measures related to the realty program needs.


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.


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. Knowledge of procedures, requirements, and regulations related to the operation, repair, and maintenance of building systems, repair needs, real estate principles, policies, and methods necessary to support a national portfolio of buildings and land.
  2. Knowledge of contracting rules, regulations, and procedures to acquire facilities, land, and/or services from property management agents, engineering contractors or appraisers of Federal, State and local government procedures and statutes to process routine transactions, determine the need for a cost of standard modification to a property or space prior to acquisition or disposal, provide advice or assistance to routine relocation issues, and negotiate the terms of routine leases.
  3. Knowledge of administrative, budget, and real property principles.
  4. Ability to communicate orally sufficient to present briefings to top management and to resolve problems, questions, or situations, budget justification, negotiations, for organizations in standard office space and/or routine leases, licenses, permits or rights-of entry.
  5. Ability to communicate in writing sufficient to present briefings to  top management and to resolve problems, questions, or situations, budget justification, negotiations, for organizations in standard office space and/or routine leases, licenses, permits or rights-of entry. 
        1. 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 

      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 Friday, May 18, 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.


      Patrice Jefferson
      Phone: (202)646-0000
      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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