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Job Title:  Supervisory Emergency Management Program Specialist, GS-301-13
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Federal Emergency Management Agency
Job Announcement Number:  MG-2013-01701-SLC-829011DEU

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$86,489.00 to $112,434.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 to Friday, February 08, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Denton, TX 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. Please see vacancy announcement number MG-2013-01701-828982MP for additional information.

This position is ideal for a candidate who has experience as a key advisor in emergency operations and disaster response functions in order to provide effective and timely assistance during major emergencies and disasters.  This position starts at a salary of $86,489.00 (GS-13 step 1).  The full performance level of this position is at the GS-13 grade level.  Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Operations Integration Branch of the Response Division in the Regional Office!   

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 Top Secret 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 serve as a senior advisor to the Operations Integration Branch Chief and will be responsible to the Branch Chief for the Branch's emergency operations an disaster response functions as well as coordination with the operational planning activities.  Typical work assignments include:
  • Supervises a group of employees performing work at the GS-12 level and below, and provides administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the Branch.
  • Provides leadership to the Operations team in performing tasks in support of assigned emergency programs supporting the Regional Response Coordination Center (RRCC) and the field and as such articulates and communicates relevant project and program assignment information such as plans of action and milestones.  Coordinates with emergency response personnel during activations of the RRCC and Joint Field Offices (JFO).  May be deployed as the Deputy or Operations Section Chief, Branch Director or other positions in the JFO structure.
  • Assists with the priorities and allocation of resources to accomplish the goals of the emergency response operational projects.
  • Provides a leadership role in negotiating and coordinating with key Federal, State, and local governments on issues of controversy, or to gain acceptance of new initiatives and/or programs.
  • Provides key assistance to the Branch Chief in overseeing the fiscal and physical assets of FEMA. 


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

One full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 grade level.  Specialized experience is described as demonstrated knowledge and experience with the principles, theories, constructs, and concepts of emergency management to include response operations activities.  Applicant must have experience in at least five of the six areas listed below:

  • Planning and coordinating Federal, State or local government, volunteer organizations, and/or private sector efforts in disaster response operations.
  • Leading teams of subordinate operational staff in project and program assignments.
  • Determining the priorities and the allocation of resources necessary to successfully accomplish team and individual assignments.
  • Identifying, distributing and balancing workload and tasks among others in accordance with established workflow, skill level, and/or occupational specialization.
  • Developing both present technical information to high level officials, private sector, and general public audiences.
  • Communicating in writing to develop operational documents and written reports pertaining to policies, programs and or operational issues involving emergency management.

The qualification requirements listed above must be met within 30 calendar days of the closing date of this announcement.

Candidates may not substitute education for the required specialized experience in order to qualify for this position. 

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 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 the interrelationships of governmental entities with shared emergency response and/or recovery responsibilities.

2. Knowledge of the principles, theories, constructs, and concepts of emergency management to include response operations activities.

3. Knowledge of the FEMA Mission Assignment process in order to ensure mission assignments are being issued appropriately and that the expenditures of Federal assistance funds accords with agency, Office of Management and Budget, and statutory mandates.

4. Writing ability sufficient to prepare specific operational documents and written reports.

5. Ability in oral communication that will enable incumbent to deliver briefings and make presentations to high level government, private sector, and general public audiences.

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.


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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, February 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 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.


Sherry Cook
Phone: (800)879-6076
TDD: (800) 877-8339
Agency Information:
DHS FEMA HCD Talent Acquisition and Processing
PO Box 9900
Winchester, VA


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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