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Job Title:CORE Deployment Program Specialist

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:MG-2013-T0043-LFR-817071COR

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$62,467.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year


Monday, December 31, 2012 to Tuesday, January 08, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Term NTE 2 years




1 vacancy in the following location:
Round Hill, VA 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


This position is ideal for a disaster deployment specialist interested in providing support in the administration and implementation of a comprehensive disaster deployment program and system that provide an efficient and effective means of deploying FEMA staff to support emergency response and recovery disaster operations nationwide. This position starts at a salary of $62,467 per annum at the GS-11 step 1 level. Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of Response Directorate, Office of the Assistant Administrator, Incident Workforce Management Office, Deployment Unit.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:   GS-12  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.


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:  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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 The incumbent assists the supervisor and senior deployment program specialists in providing support in the administration and implementation of a comprehensive disaster deployment program and system that provide an efficient and effective means of deploying FEMA staff to support emergency response and recovery disaster operations nationwide.



·         Assists the supervisor and senior deployment program specialists in coordinating all day-to-day operational aspects of the disaster deployment systems and developing new or modified work methods for administering system procedures and/or upgrades of system components.

·         Provides information to management officials, deployment system users and other contacts within the agency involved with staffing disaster activities and operations.

·         Identifies the need for disaster deployment system enhancement and upgrades of system components.  Tracks and conducts follow up to ensure that system changes requests are completed in accordance with specifications.

·         Establishes schedules for database management activities (imports of current personnel data). Ensures testing is completed before data is imported and orders the migration of date from test to live database.

·         Coordinates with the agency’s Information Technology staff to provide technical assistance on software set-up and installation. Identifies related equipment and software issues for the Deployment Unit and coordinates with the agency’s IT staff for resolution.


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To qualify for this position at the GS-301-11 level you must possess one of the following:

GS-301-11: Applicants must have one full year of specialized experience at the level of complexity and responsibility equivalent to GS-9 in the Federal Service in applying in-depth knowledge of policies and practices related to disaster response and recovery operations to evaluate and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of disaster response and recovery operations and disaster deployment systems and in applying in-depth knowledge of  database management, computer and telecommunications software and hardware to identify the need for disaster deployment system enhancement and upgrades of system components.

 OR Qualifying Education

GS-301-11:   Ph.D. degree or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a major field related to the position.  Education at the graduate level must be in an accredited college or university and must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.

OR Qualifying Combination of Education and Experience

GS-301-11: Combination of successfully completed graduate education and experience described above may be used to meet total qualification requirements. In order to qualify based on a combination, graduate education must be in excess of 2 full years.

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.


All applicants will be evaluated based on responses to the Job Questionnaire for the announcement. Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire.

You will be referred to the subject matter expert and hiring manager for qualification evaluation and consideration and may be called for an interview.  To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link: 


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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, January 08, 2013. 


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 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 current or former Federal employee?  You are encouraged to submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that shows your current/former grade and step.


Lila Renchard
Phone: (202)400-3189
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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