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Job Title:Hazard Mitigation Assistance Specialist GS-0301-9-DE

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:MG-2013-01937-WLW-841379-DE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$51,995.00 to $67,589.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, February 15, 2013 to Friday, March 01, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0301-09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Chicago, IL United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

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 level. Please see vacancy announcement numbers MG-2013-01937-WLW-841380 for additional information.

       

 

 In this position, you will serve as a grants management/financial specialist for implementation of the FEMA mitigation grant       programs and as liaison to State counterparts.

 

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.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • 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.

DUTIES:

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In this position, you will serve as a Hazard Mitigation Assistance Specialist for implementation of the FEMA mitigation grant programs and as liaison to State counterparts.  This requires provision of technical assistance, analysis, monitoring, and policy interpretation in support of Federal and State grants management processes, from award, implementation, financial tracking and close-out.  Typical work assignments include:

Serves as a HMA Specialist for program implementation of the FEMA hazard mitigation programs, to include: Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP); Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program; Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program; how the aforementioned hazard mitigation programs relate to State and local hazard mitigation planning per 44 CFR 201; and coordination with the Public Assistance Program’s mitigation activities under Section 406 of the Stafford Act for repair of public facilities.

Maintains and utilizes the Agency’s hazard mitigation data base and other grant systems (NEMIS, eGrants,  SQANet, and unified platforms).  This includes responsibility for assuring the accuracy of the database and the integrity of the data base management system.

Coordinates project reviews with engineers for technical feasibility and adequacy, with Benefit-Cost analysts for cost-effectiveness requirements of OMB A-94, with National Flood Insurance (NFIP) regulations and policies, with floodplain managers and floodplain mapping engineers, and with environmental specialists for compliance under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

Develops and presents materials for briefings, training workshops, and conferences with other FEMA divisions, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, and private organizations promoting hazard mitigation concepts, policies, and procedures.

Prepares responses to a wide variety of correspondence and issue papers requiring  research and preparation of clear and concise replies

 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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You qualify for this position at the GS-9 level if you possess one of the following: One full year of specialized experience at the GS-7 level. Specialized experience is described as experience in Hazard Mitigation Grant programs providing assistance, analysis, monitoring, and policy interpretation in support of grants management processes, from project-scoping through applications development, review, award, implementation, and closeout.  

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


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.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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 Mitigation Grant Programs at the federal level.

2.  Knowledge of the Federal grants management rules, OMB circulars, policies, principles, practices and techniques

3. 
Knowledge of and experience with Mitigation Grant Programs.

4. Knowledge of and direct experience in building partnerships with States, Locals and Tribes to promote mitigation programs.

5. Knowledge of and direct experience with pertinent laws, regulations, and policies in order to manage complex disaster mitigation recovery programs 

6. Ability to speak effectively with diverse groups on technical and potentially highly contentious and controversial issues, and to render information and opinion into an easily understood written form.

 

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.


BENEFITS:

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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 www.dhs.gov/careers and select “benefits.”



OTHER INFORMATION:

This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on Friday, March 01, 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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  1. Your résumé
  2. Your responses to the job questionnaire View Assessment Questions
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Whitney L. Hill
Phone: (800)879-6076
TDD: 800-877-8339
Email: WHITNEY.HILL@FEMA.DHS.GOV
Agency Information:
DHS FEMA HCD Talent Acquisition and Processing
PO Box 9900
Winchester, VA
22604

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

MG-2013-01937-WLW-841379-DE

Control Number:

337874500