This Position Is No Longer Available
  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Continuity of Operations Specialist, GS-301-11/12

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:MG-2013-T0014-MJH-788797DE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$62,467.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 to Tuesday, November 27, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0301-11/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies - Washington DC, DC 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 opportunity is also being advertised under Merit Promotion Procedures and at the GS-11/12 grade levels. Please see vacancy announcement numbers MG-2013-T0014-MJH-788788MP for additional information.

Continuity of Operations (COOP) plans and programs.  This position starts at a salary of $62-467(GS-11) and $74,872(GS-12) with promotion potential to $74,872 (GS-12).  Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Protection and National Preparedness, National Continuity Programs, Continuity of Operations Division.

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.

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 (Top Secret-SCI) 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:

Back to top

In this position, you will perform duties in the area of national security emergency management Federal coordination, and serves as a liaison with counterpart in Federal departments and agencies participating in Continuity of Operations COOP and Continuity of Government Programs (COG) related activities and operations to coordinate overall repsonse.  Typical work assignments include:

·         Provides advice and assistance to established and ad hoc groups of FEMA and other agency planners and analyst.

·         Participates in and/or lead task force(s) in development and implementation of strategies for highly visible national security-related activities.

·         Prepares After-Action Reports and provides follow-up (to completion) for lessons learned to include those items, practices, processes, etc., that worked well and those that need improvement.

·         Represents FEMA at meetings, conferences, and other forums involving COOP and COG policy, program oversight, and agency-wide liaison activities.

·         Reviews COOP and COG plans for effectiveness and integration with national security programs related to Federal departments, agencies, State and Local, and private sector guidelines.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Back to top

You qualify for this position at the GS-11 (starting salary $62,467) level if you possess one of the following:

A.     One full year of specialized experience.  Specialized experience is described as experience in planning concepts, and demonstrates a general understanding of National Security emergency management, such as COOP, COG and Contingency Programs and applies analytical techniques to evaluate aspects of continuity programs; OR

B.     Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; OR

C.     3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; OR

D.     LL.M., if related; OR

E.     A combination of successfully completed post-high school education and experience.   This will be calculated using your résumé and unofficial transcripts or a list of courses/course hours submitted with your application.

You qualify for this position at the GS-12 (starting salary $74,872) level if you possess the following:

 

One full year of specialized experience.  Specialized experience is described as formulates guidance, and establishes objectives, performance measures, and resource requirements for implementation of COOP programs.



Selective Placement Factor: None

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 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.

This is a National Security/Special Sensitive-designated position which requires a Top Secret security clearance based on a single-scope background investigation.  The individual must be capable of receiving and maintaining SCI access.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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 National security emergency management programs such as Continuity of Government (COG), Continuity of Operations (COOP), and contingency planning.

2.     Ability to manage projects.

3.     Ability to work effectively in a team environment and interact with internal and external customers.

4.     Ability to communicate effectively in writing.

           5.     Ability to communicate effectively orally

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.


BENEFITS:

Back to top

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.

VETERANS INFORMATION, EEO POLICY, AND REGISTRATION FOR SELECTIVE SERVICE can be obtained utilizing the links at the bottom of this announcement.

CITIZENSHIP:   Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS:   For more information, please see the link at the bottom of this announcement and www.opm.gov/disability/reasonableaccommodation.asp .



HOW TO APPLY:

Back to top

Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on Tuesday, November 27, 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 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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Melissa Hardy
Phone: (202)212-4782
TDD: 800-877-8339
Email: MELISSA.HARDY@FEMA.GOV
Agency Information:
DHS FEMA HCD Talent Acquisition and Processing
1201 Maryland Avenue Portals III
Mail Stop 3715
Washington, DC
20024

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.

For more information on applying for Federal employment, please click here


Back to top
Dock
Print Preview

Job Announcement Number:

MG-2013-T0014-MJH-788797DE

Control Number:

331409800