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Job Title:Logistics Management Specialist (Service Branch Director)-AD-0346-03

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:MG-2013-01986-KAS-836222COR

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

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$61,860.00 to $88,349.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, February 06, 2013 to Wednesday, February 13, 2013




Full Time - Temporary NTE 4 Years




1 vacancy in the following location:
Oakland, CA 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

We are seeking hard working, creative, and results oriented candidates who embody core values of compassion, fairness, integrity, and respect; and who will maintain FEMA’s core principles of teamwork, preparation, empowerment, flexibility, accountability, and stewardship. Throughout the selection process, candidates will be evaluated not only on their experience and knowledge, but by their ability to personify these values and principles.

This position is ideal for an experienced emergency management professional, with disaster field operations management experience. The position is located within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Office of Response and Recovery, Regional Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT).

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.

STAFFORD ACT EXCEPTED SERVICE APPOINTMENTS:  Cadre of On-call Response Employee - Incident (CORE-I) is an appointment type granted under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Section 306 (b), which authorizes FEMA to appoint such temporary employees as necessary to accomplish work authorized under the Act.  Appointments under this authority within FEMA are made to the excepted service and are nonpermanent in nature. 

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) employees are subject to 24-hour on call work schedules in the event of an emergency and be willing to relocate to emergency sites with little notice.  The teams deploy as soon as notified to respond and are on the scene within 12 hours. Once on-scene, the teams operate and function under intense physical and mental stress until the response mission is accomplished. This service will require irregular and/or long working hours which may be under austere environments that include living and working in temporary facilities such as tents, warehouse, or other expediently established facilities, significant damage to critical infrastructure that prevents ready access to potable water (other than for drinking), other than basic medical care, and other routinely available services. Work may include duties other than those specified in the employee’s official position description to include performance of manual labor to support the establishment of team facilitated, subsistence of team members, and distribution of commodities to incident survivors.

The work may involve some physical exertion, including activities such as long periods of standing; walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; recurring bending, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities; carrying and lifting of moderately heavy items (up to 50 pounds).

Relocation Expenses will not be paid

Relocation Bonus may be authorized.


  • 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.
  • Travel required up to 75% of the time.
  • Must be able to pass a medical readiness exam
  • Males born after 12/31/59 - Selective Service Registration required.


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When deployed the incumbent of this position is under the supervision of the Logistics Section Chief and is responsible for the management of all service activities at the incident.  Incumbent will coordinate federal support for response and recovery to natural incidents, that result in considerable levels of damage, or disruption severely impacting the affected population and infrastructure requiring sustained federal recovery support.  

  • Oversees the setup of the Joint Field Office (JFO), ensuring JFO facilities and communications requirements are identified; assists in identifying and selecting the site location; coordinating with MERS for communications resources (personnel and equipment)
  • Coordinates the closeout of the JFO; coordinating with others the demobilization timeline; ensuring FEMA furniture, fixtures, and equipment are recovered, staged, and loaded for transport; ensures proper closeout of contracts
  • Determines appropriate organizational structure based on supervisor's direction; ensuring structure and staffing are Incident Command System (ICS) compliant 

When not deployed the incumbent of this position reports to the Logistics Section Chief and will:

  • Participate in exercises at the national, regional and state level and all required training with states, territories and other federal agencies
  • Provide input for development of and participate in the execution and documentation of functions and plans affecting critical aspects of FEMA's mission, operation response and programs
  • Provide basic instruction on disaster-related topics to regions, states, and local authorities.
  • Assist in the development of plans, goals, and objectives for new initiatives and programs.
  • Evaluate and provide recommendations for improving effectiveness of existing programs and activities


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You qualify for this position if you possess the following:

Experience that clearly demonstrates ability to lead the Service Branch within the Logistics Section of a NIMS/ICS-compliant, self-sufficient, highly mobile, rapidly deployable emergency response team organized and equipped to effectively manage all Federal support to a State, tribal, territorial or local government during natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other man-made disasters; includes experience managing service activities at an incident site; demonstrated leadership potential to supervise the operations of the Communications Unit and, if assigned, the Food Unit and Medical Unit; experience setting up and closing out response facilities and meeting communications requirements for deployed staff; experience with facilities services contracting.

If selected, incumbents will be required to attend a 16 week academy that will include but is not limited to:

  • Basic on-boarding and equipment issuance;
  • Position-specific emergency management training and education;
  • Management and leadership development;
  • Assessments and capability validation exercises;
  • Engagement with subject matter expert professionals at the local, state, and Federal levels of emergency management; and
  • Team building activities.
  • The aforementioned activities will build upon and refine the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to effectively execute the Agency mission and operate as a cohesive unit. All travel and per diem expenses will be covered.

    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.  Demonstrate experience overseeing the setup of the Joint Field Office (JFO) to ensure facility and communication requirements are identified.

2.  Ability to interpret Incident Action Plan (IAP) and identify resources needed within the ordering processes; ability to assist branch personnel with preparations of incident plans.

3.  Experience supervising teams, delegating authority and communicating basic work guidelines and assignments.

4.  Ability to establish a demobilization timeline and ensure proper closeout of facility leases and contracts.

5.  Knowledge of computer networks, software, electronic messaging, and other types of automation and technology. 

For consideration in hiring, candidates for positions on the IMATs will complete a two part assessment. For consideration in hiring, applicants must be available to complete all portions of the hiring process to which they are invited and on the dates specified. Failure to complete any portion will eliminate an applicant from consideration. Participation in all phases of the assessment is mandatory.

The phases for the assessment are:

Phase I: All applicants will be ranked based on their responses to the Job questionnaire for this announcement. Applicants whose assessment score rates 90 and above, may be considered for further review. Qualified candidates will be referred for a review of their resume and other supporting documentation, by subject matter experts, in regards to the criteria defined in the vacancy announcement. Candidates who are referred by the subject matter experts will then complete Phase II of the assessment.

Phase II: Qualified candidates referred at the end of Phase I of the review process, will be invited to attend a one day, in-person assessment at the Center for Domestic Preparedness(CDP) in Anniston, Alabama. The assessment will include a panel interview and a series of exercises to evaluate their problem solving skills and their ability to work cooperatively with others in a stressful environment. Travel to CDP will be at government expense.

Selection: All applicants will be notified once final selections are made.


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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.

Direct Deposit is required.


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Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on Wednesday, February 13, 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 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.


Katie A. Short
Phone: (800)879-6076
TDD: 1-800-877-8339
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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