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Job Title:Emergency Management Specialist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:LP-13-MZa-834760

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$76,644.00 to $99,636.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, February 05, 2013 to Tuesday, February 12, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Los Angeles, CA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


VacancyID: 834760 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

America's Veterans need you!

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  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.


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The Emergency Management Specialist will be working at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, West Los Angeles, CA. This position is located in the Occupational Safety and Health Service.

Major duties and responsibilities include:

  • Maintains intimate knowledge of a medical centers variety of essential emergency, contingency and operations plans, policies, directives and regulations for local, state and federal response governments and agencies.
  • Serves as subject matter expert in the area of contingency plans, Comprehensive Emergency Management Program (CEMP) and planning.
  • Provides advice and assistance to the senior Emergency Preparedness Specialist (EMS) in planning concepts, objectives and plans in addition to preparing revisions or directs revisions/updates by the appropriate action Medical Center Healthcare Group/Service or agency.
  • Assures that special surety, security and safety requirements in support of an all Hazards’ event(s) including Chemical, Biological and Nuclear are identified and adequately addressed.

WORK SCHEDULE: M - F 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM 




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MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR GS-12: You must have specialized experience directly related to this position, which has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the assigned duties. When answering the questionnaire, remember that your experience is subject to verification by investigation. You may be asked to provide specific examples or documentation of experience or response by a practical demonstration of your claimed ability to perform a task.

You must possess one (1) full year of specialized experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of this position. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience may include but are not limited to: maintains a working knowledge of all regulatory agency requirements as they pertain to the Emergency Management Medical Center Program; assists the Senior Emergency Management Specialist (EMS), Network and Area Emergency Manager in maintaining a daily bed availability inventory contingency as deemed appropriate in the reception area; serves as the primary resource to the Senior Emergency Management Specialist (EMS) for Emergency Preparedness/ Management; develops Medical Centers Emergency Operations Plan, Hazard Vulnerability Analysis, and Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP). Manages a Hospital Command Center (HCC); operates and maintains the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) and the training and orientation of others in the Facility Community regarding the operation and utilization of the HICS program; maintains and oversees the management of equipment, inventory and assets; including research, writing performance improvements funding documentation, management of purchasing and deliveries. Serves as an expert advisor to all levels of management involved in disaster training or operations, etc.

A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week.  Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities.  Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAO's) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position: (Narrative Responses Not Required)





The work during non-crisis times is primarily sedentary, but may involve moderate physical effort including walking, climbing, light lifting, etc., when at field locations. During crisis, emergency situations and on site disaster operation, conditions will be likely be primitive with little or no shelter, electricity, and water, requiring the incumbent to "campout" and fend for self in basic needs. Additionally in times of emergency, long periods of exposure to both cold and hot weather, the elements, lack of adequate food and water, need to heavy lift, bend and reach while caring for patients, staff or movement of heavy objects may be necessary on an intently long period basis. Emotional stability, ability to effectively and efficiently function during a crisis; ability to make important recommendations and decisions and provide critical information in a professional and unbiased manner are essential.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC.  WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.  If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications.  Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.

Veteran's Preference:

When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.  If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," (go to and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit



Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:

  • Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
  • Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
  • Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
  • Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.

After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group.  Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group.  Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group.  The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview.  The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.


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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities (go to   For additional information on these, and other special appointing authorities, refer to this checklist or contact the hiring Human Resources Management Service at: 11301 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90073


Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at  

VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

You may be required to serve a probationary period. 


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application (See "Required Documents" section below).  The complete Application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, February 12, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button on the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

Note: To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date.  To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: .
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 834760.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


The following documents are required:

  1. Resume
  2. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire
  3. Other documents - use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for well-qualified, displaced Federal employees), or documentation to support Veterans Preference claims.  You will not be contacted for additional information.


Phone: (501)257-4134
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
APPLY ONLINE wwwusajobsopmgov OR
90073 Fax: (478)757-3144


After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address.  Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

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