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Job Title:Civil Engineer GS-810-13/14

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:MG-2013-T0090-BLG-834737D

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$89,033.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year


Friday, February 08, 2013 to Monday, March 4, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC 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.


***This annoucement has been updated ***


Who May Apply


  •  All US Citizens
  • For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here

This position opportunity is also being advertised under Merit Promotion at a GS-13/14. Please see vacancy announcement numbers MG-2013-T0090-BLG-834614MP  for additional information.

This position is located in the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA), Risk Reduction Division, Building Science Branch, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA),Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  This Branch is responsible for the development of program technical policies, technical and policy guidance, technical standards on strategies and techniques to minimize the risk of damage to the built environment from natural hazards, (earthquakes, floods, wind, fire and tornados).This position is being announced at the GS-13 salary level of $89,033 and the GS-14 salary level starting at $105,956.00. Grade levels are determined based on qualifications.


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 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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This position is to serve as an architect/civil engineer/physical scientist in the Building Science Branch, Risk Reduction Division. The incumbent serves as an advisor to the organization on issues, policies, and programs pertaining to the Robert Stafford Act and the technical authority with responsibility for advising, developing, and evaluating the technological and economic feasibility of built environment policies, procedures, guidance standards, strategies and techniques.  Typical work assignments include:

·         Develops project plans for projects and studies to reduce the exposure of the U.S. built environment to natural hazards and manages multiple projects to their completion.

·         Manages and leads the Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT), a forensic engineering team that conducts post disaster forensic analysis to determine causes of structural failure and success.

·         Provides significant input in the development, review, and recommendations of guidance and strategies in the field of engineering, architecture and risk assessment to provide for a more hazard resistant built environment in support of the National Flood Insurance Program, the Nations’ model building codes and standards, and FEMA policies and guidance.

·         Selects appropriate guidelines for the development of technical training materials for courses to be conducted at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI).

·         Prepares responses to a variety of correspondences and inquires often involving complex and sensitive issues, by members of Congress, Office of Management and Budget, the General Accounting Office, and various private sector constituency groups.


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 You qualify for this position at the GS-13 (starting salary $89,033) level if you possess the following:

One full year of specialized experience.   Specialized experience is described as having one full year at the GS-12 or equivalent providing technical expertise on building codes, engineering theory, principles, methods and practices, and techniques of project evaluation, analysis and management; and providing expertise on the effects of natural hazards on buildings, infrastructure and lifelines.

You qualify for this position at the GS-14 (starting salary $105,211) level if you possess the following:

One full year of specialized experience.   Specialized experience is described as having one full year at the GS-13 or equivalent providing technical expertise on building codes, engineering theory, principles, methods and practices, and techniques of project evaluation, analysis and management; and providing expertise on the effects of natural hazards on buildings, infrastructure and lifelines.


Selective Placement Factor:  Applicant must have a working knowledge of effective hazard mitigation processes, policies, and practices used within both the government and the private sector. This knowledge includes building design and construction expertise as it relates to effective hazard mitigation
techniques and the development process for the nation's model building codes and

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

Individual Occupational Requirements

In order to qualify for this series you must have the following:

Basic Requirements:   CIVIL ENGINEER

A.   Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1)   be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.


B.   Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering.

In addition to having the Individual Occupational Requirements IOR above you must also possess the specialized experience listed below.

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 technical principles, practices, activities, and relevant organizations for all aspects of hazard risk reduction.

2.     Knowledge of theories, methods and findings in the area of natural disasters and their social, economic and legal implications.

3.     Knowledge of building codes and building science, land-use and planning techniques and their application at the state and local level.

4.     Ability to direct many simultaneous projects and communicate ideas effectively, orally and in writing, and to organize people, programs and materials practically and productively.

5.     Understanding FEMA’s procurement, budget, and financial management procedures.


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 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:  TAG:Link to Questions Only 

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.

For additional information regarding Special Hiring Authorities, please click on the following links: Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, individuals with disabilities.


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Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on Friday, March 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 veteran?  Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty). 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.
  6. Are you a current or former Federal employee? Submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that shows your 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".)
  7. Are you a Peace Corps/VISTA volunteer or a person with a disability? Click on the link above to view the required supporting documentation to submit with your application.


Beverly Grant
Phone: (202)646-3319
TDD: 800-877-8339
Agency Information:
DHS FEMA HCD Talent Acquisition and Processing
1201 Maryland Ave SW
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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