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Job Title:Natural Hazards Program Specialist, GS-301-11/12

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:MG-2013-01478-LDC-830367DEU

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$61,255.00 to $95,444.00 / Per Year


Monday, January 28, 2013 to Saturday, February 02, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Bothell, WA 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-9 grade level. Please see vacancy announcement numbers MG-2013-01478-LDC-830248MP, MG-2013-01478-LDC-830410MP and MG-2013-01478-LDC-830462DEU (only open until February 2, 2013) for additional information.

This position is ideal for a candidate who has experience with the principles, concepts and practices associated with the field of floodplain management and flood mitigation strategies and demonstrated knowledge of the regulations of the National Flood Insurance Program.  This position starts at a salary of $61,255 (GS-11 step 1) if selected at the GS-11 grade level, with the promotion potential to the GS-12 grade level and at a salary of $73,420 (GS-12 step 1) if selected at the GS-12 grade level.  The full performance level of this position is at the GS-12 grade level.  Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Floodplain Management and Insurance Branch of the Mitigation Division of the Regional office!  

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.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must be able to obtain Public Trust background compliance.
  • 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 perform program management duties for the floodplain management elements of the National Flood Insurance Program and will support the Regional Mapping Team at the Regional office.  The principal objective of the program and position is to encourage sound special flood hazard decision-making at the Federal, State, and local levels of government and the private sector.  Typical work assignments include:

  •  Develops and implements strategies to communicate loss prevention information to various audiences by promoting flood insurance and disseminates risk information.
  • Consults with and advises State and local governments on regulations and administrative procedures designed to improve decision-making relative to the existence of flood hazards resulting from natural or man-made situations.
  • Advises private sector  interests, including the real estate and mortgage lending industries, of requirements and impacts of flood insurance and flood hazard mapping.
  • Conducts public meetings and training sessions, makes program presentations and speaks before groups from the public and private sectors to present factual information and promote flood hazard mitigation and the National Flood Insurance Program concepts.
  • Provides technical guidance to State and local public officials on floodplain management standards under the National Flood Insurance Program.  Instructs local public officials in the use of flood hazard studies, both digital and paper Flood Insurance Rate Maps and floodplain regulations.


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You qualify for this position at the GS-11 level if you possess one of the following:

A. One full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-9 federal grade level. Specialized experience is described as experience in working toward the objectives and implementation of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) at the local, regional, or Federal levels. 

B. Have successfully completed the requirement for a Ph.D degree or equivalent graduate degree OR have 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M. The field of study must be related to the position.

C. Have a combination of specialized experience and some higher level graduate education that when combined will total at least one full year of experience. 

You qualify for this position at the GS-12 level if you possess the following:

A. One full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-11 federal grade level. Specialized experience is described as experience in working toward the objectives and implementation of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) at the local, regional, or Federal levels. 

Selective Placement Factor:  In addition to the minimum qualifications described above, you must meet the following requirement(s) to be considered qualified for the position at the GS-12 level:

Demonstrated knowledge of the principles, concepts and practices associated with the field of floodplain management and the regulations of the National Flood Insurance Program.  This would be defined as having at least one year of experience at the Federal, State, or local government level or in private industry, working with the National Flood Insurance Program.

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

Candidates may substitute education for the required specialized experience in order to qualify at the GS-11 grade level.  Please see the above 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 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 floodplain management and flood mitigation strategies and knowledge of the National Flood Insurance Program.

2. Ability to give effective and persuasive presentations to audiences of government of private industry professionals and the general public.  This includes experience managing controversial issues that have wide public interest and explaining requirements and proposals that directly affect the economic interests of the audience.

3. Ability to communicate effectively in writing to present requirements, propose improvements, and advocate concepts and ideas in letters, proposals, and articles for publication.

4. Knowledge of the organization and legal relationship among Federal, State, and local governments and agencies.

5. Knowledge and experience in the use of Geographic Information System tools and software and with digital maps.

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 Saturday, February 02, 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 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.


Lon D. Cabot
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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