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  1. Overview
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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Financial Management Specialist - Disaster Comptroller

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:12-FEMA-242X

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$81,823.00 to $112,434.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, October 05, 2012 to Friday, October 19, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0501-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted appointment not to exceed 2 years; may be extended up to 4 years.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

3 vacancies in the following location(s):
Atlanta, GA, USView Map
Biloxi, MS, USView Map
Denton, TX, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

U.S. citizens and nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.

JOB SUMMARY:

Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation?  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.

This position is being announced under FEMA's Reservist Program.  This is a 2 year appointment in the Excepted Service.  

 

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:  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.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to be considered for this position.
  • This position may require occassional non-emergency travel.

DUTIES:

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The Financial Management Specialist's primary duty is the assignment in disaster field offices as the Finance Section Chief to perform financial, administrative and accounting management.  Reviews, and processes and oversees financial actions in the National Emergency Management Information System (NEMIS), and the integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS).  S/he also prepares, processes, and oversees routine and ad hoc financial reports and analysis. Specifically, the incumbent performs the following duties:

  • Manages and ensures timely Allocation, Obligation and Recovery of Disaster Relief Funds in accordance with Federal Laws and Regulations, Department and Agency Policy and Procedures.
  • Ensures timely and accurate review, concurrence, approval and certification for all financial transactions proposed for the assigned disaster.
  • Establishes and maintains a system of internal controls, in accordance with Agency practices and policy to minimize the occurrence of fraud, waste or abuse.
  • Acts as the Senior Financial Advisor to the Federal Coordinating Officer and his staff, providing accurate financial activity reports and guidance with respect to policy and sound fiscal management.
  • Designs and executes reporting formats and techniques of presentation; analysis and evaluation of financial data including the design of analysis technique or process; and provision of financial management support for Disaster Relief Fund activities.

NOTE: Travel required for assignments to disaster field office in excess of 70% of the work year is anticipated and may approach 100% depending on the needs of the Agency.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 calendar days of the closing date of this announcement.


Eligibility Requirement:  You must be at least 18 years of age at the time of appointment or 16 years of age and have graduated from high school or been awarded a certifiate equivalent to graduating from high school, have completed a formal vocational training program, or have received a statement from school authorities agreeing with their preference for employee rather than continuing education.

 

Specialized experience:  You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position must include: 

reviewing reports, financial analyses and statements, legislation, and other background information in order to identify issues covering such areas as administrative and program controls, program procedures, allocation and expenditure of funds, potential fraud and/or waste, adherence to program requirements.

 

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 Public Trust 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.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application includes your:

1.  Resume,
2.  Responses to the online questions, and
3.  Required supporting documents.

 

We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:

1.  Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You may be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we may rate you as ineligible.

 

2.  Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas: 

  • Ability to review and analyze financial and budgetary data.
  • Ability to apply fact-finding and analytical techniques and methods used to gather, evaluate, and summarize information and draw conclusions. 
  • Ability to communicate orally and/or in writing to members of all levels of an organization, to present information, defend rationale, negotiate with and persuade the audience, and respond to questions.

Your application will be rated and ranked among others, based on the extent and quality of your experience, education, training, performance appraisals and awards relevant to the duties of this position.

 

3.  Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application will be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview.

 

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


To preview questions please click here.


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:

  • Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.
  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
  • You may be placed in non-duty/non-pay status when disaster workload diminishes.
  • You may be recalled within 48 hours or appointment may be terminated at management's discretion.
  • You may be required to work overtime, shift and weekend work with little advance notice.
  • You will be subject to a one-year trial period (unless already completed)
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • 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. When activated and deployed, you serve in a federal travel status and are entitled to lodging, transportation and per diem reimbursements for authorized expenses in accordance with federal travel regulations.
  • 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.
  • All candidates will be considered without regard to any non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, parental status, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.
  • This position has a security designation of "Low Risk" and requires a Public Trust Minimum Background Investigation (MBI).



  • HOW TO APPLY:

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    The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday) - see Agency Contact Information. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us as soon as possible.

    Step 1 - Create or Upload a Resume with USAJOBS (www.usajobs.com)
    We suggest you go to the end of the "Qualifications & Evaluations" section of the job announcement to preview the online questions. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Resume Tips 

    Step 2 - Apply Online
    Click the "Apply Online" link on this page. You will then be directed to USAJOBS where you must select a resume. After selecting a resume, click on the "Apply for this position now!" link, and follow the prompts to register (if you have not already done so). You will then be required to answer a few questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Apply Online" to continue.

    Step 3 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application
    If this is your first time on FEMA's CareerConnector website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for federal employment. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. Select "Take me to the assessment" and click on the "Continue" button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finished" button.

    Step 4 - Review and Confirm Your Submission
    You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for your required documents. (See Step 5 for details.) Once you click "Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also print a copy for your records. When you click "Finished" at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted. You may also track your application status from your USAJOBS account.

    Step 5 - Submit Required Documents
    You can submit any required or optional documents (described below) by document upload or fax. Whichever method you choose, please include the job announcement number with your documents. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your social security number from anything you submit. Document Upload: You may upload supporting documents in one of two ways:

    1. Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process or you can select a document that you have already loaded on USAJOBS. OR

    2. You may upload a document to an existing application by logging in to your USAJOBS account. Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy. Once you have located the vacancy, click on it and select "Apply Online." Move through your existing application until you reach the "Documents" page and select "Upload" to add a document to your application. Be sure to review your complete application to confirm that the document(s) uploaded properly.

    In the "Application Review" section, you should see your uploaded documents listed on the "Vacancy Documents" screen. Once you see them, click "Finished;" you will then be returned to USAJOBS.

    Fax: Create a fax cover-sheet in CareerConnector by following the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions. The fax number is on the cover-sheet.



    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

     

    APPLICANTS CLAIMING VETERANS' PREFERENCE:
    If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. An SF-15 may be found at: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf. For more information on veterans' preference, click here.

     

    CURRENT AND FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES -- Documentation Relating to Your Federal Employment
    Submit an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current (or most recent) grade and 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".) If you are currently on a Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA), submit an SF-50 showing that.

    Indicate on your application the highest permanent grade you have held; if this grade is different from your current grade, please submit an additional SF-50 showing this grade in order to receive credit.

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Applicant Call Center
    Phone: 304-480-7300
    Fax: 000-000-0000
    Email: femainquiries@bpd.treas.gov
    Agency Information:
    FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency
    Please read entire announcement
    Please apply online
    Washington, DC
    20472
    US
    Fax: 000-000-0000

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging into your account at www.usajobs.gov. We also recommend you opt to receive status change emails through USAJOBs. Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate, or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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    Job Announcement Number:

    12-FEMA-242X

    Control Number:

    328166900