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Job Title:Supply Management Specialist (Regional IMAT Support Branch Director)

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:MG-2013-MJH-839173-IMAT

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


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


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




Full Time - Temporary NTE 4 Years


2 vacancies 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).

The salary within the pay bands will be set based on the level of responsibility and experience.


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 may 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) background check.
  • 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 reports to the Logistics Section Chief and is responsible for providing logistical support for all FEMA operations. Supervises the Facilities, Ordering, and Supply Unit Leaders. The incumbent will coordinate federal support in response and recovery to natural incidents, that result in considerable levels of damage, or disruption, severely impacting the affected population, infrastructure requiring sustained federal recovery support.


·          Determines if the organizational structure is appropriate based on supervisor's direction and ensures that the structure and staffing are Incident Command System (ICS) compliant. Ensures that subordinates are qualified to perform assigned positions.

·          Makes organizational adjustments based on the complexity of the incident and requests additional personnel, supplies, services, and equipment as needed. Establishes work assignments and sets priorities. Ensures subordinates are briefed on information relevant to their assignments and discusses any special safety considerations or hazardous situations.

·          Monitors performance to assess the need for possible rest or rotation. Ensures that subordinates receive needed training and coaching.  

·          Evaluates performance, communicates any deficiencies and takes corrective action. Prepares and discusses formal performance evaluations. Ensures continuity of operations and a complete and effective closeout and/or transition at the termination of activities.

·          Oversees the supply functions and establishment of supply facilities. Ensures that the warehouse storage and material handling equipment requirements are identified and met. Oversees the receipt, processing, and distribution of assets.

·          Ensures accountability for government-owned equipment and materials in accordance with Federal Property Management Regulations and FEMA property management policies. Oversees the ordering functions and ensures that funds are available for procurement.

·          Ensures the implementation of the Single Point order Tracking (SPOT) system. Ensures that receiving documents are provided and applied to facilitate payments. Oversees the ground support functions. Determines ground support resource requirements for the incident. Ensures that appropriate contracts are in place to facilitate ground support operations (fueling, maintenance and road service repair).



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You qualify for this position if you possess one of the following:

Specialized experience is described as experience Executing and developing standard operating procedures for supply management functions, providing research, assuring accountability of personal property in emergency management crises, and advising of property management issues to managers and supervisors during disaster response and recovery field operations.

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.

    The work may require irregular and/or long working hours under austere conditions and 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; and may involve the carrying and lifting of moderately heavy items (up to 50 pounds) and include items such as laptops, printers, keyboards, scanners, general office supply items, doctrinal manuals and records, weather radios, batteries, etc.).


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 specialized methods and techniques in the area of supply management, including personal property management/disposal; acquisition; requirements determination; and maintenance of adequate inventory/stock levels and records.

2.Ability to analyze requirements for space and facilities based on known or anticipated changes in functions, workflows, and plans for expansion or contraction of operations.

3.Ability to analyze and resolve difficult issues and problems in areas related to supply management.

4. Ability to research and analyze various products and conduct cost analyses.

5. Skill in written communication.


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


Melissa Hardy
Phone: (202)212-4782
Agency Information:
DHS FEMA HCD Talent Acquisition and Processing
1201 Maryland Avenue Portals III
Mail Stop 3715
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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