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Job Title:Training Specialist (COR), GS-1712-9/11

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:MG-2013-9985-TNT-844879DEU

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$47,448.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, February 18, 2013 to Monday, February 25, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1712-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Anniston, AL 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 at the GS-9/11 grade levels. Please see vacancy announcement numbers MG-2013-9985-TNT-844890MP for additional information.

This position is ideal for an entry level Training Specialist with experience overseeing contracts, looking for an opportunity to support the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP).   This position starts at a salary of $47,448 (GS-9).   Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Protection and National Preparedness Team at the Center for Domestic Preparedness.     

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 (High Risk) 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:

·          Provide contracting officer's representative (COR) support and inspect all work for full compliance with contract requirements.

·          Review and verify the contractor invoices, determine the government's agreements or non-agreements with the contractor's percentage of physical completion for progress reports and cost vouchers.

·          Evaluate and monitor contractor work relating to program evaluation, training delivery, medical surveillance, and chemical agent training support functions.

·          Prepare reports, information documents, and presentations in proper format.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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 You qualify for this position at the GS-9 (starting salary $47,448) level if you possess the following:  

A.   One full year of specialized experience. Specialized experience is experience performing training specialist (COR) duties that support the application of procurement regulations, contracting principles, and cost estimating methodologies and analysis; managing changes in the technical requirements, performance specifications, and terms/conditions of contracts; practical knowledge of the full range of complex training needs assessments, program evaluation, and hazardous material (chemical, biological, radiological/nuclear, and explosive)training support functions; and knowledge of commonly used contracting methods and types relating to the performance of pre-award, post-award, and price/cost analysis functions. OR

B.     Master's or equivalent graduate degree  OR

C.     2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree  OR

D.     LL.B. if related  OR

      E.          A combination of successfully completed post-high school education and experience.   This will be calculated using your résumé and unofficial transcripts or a list of courses/course hours submitted with your application.   

You qualify for this position at the GS-11 (starting salary $57,408) level if you possess the following: 

A.   One full year of specialized experience. Specialized experience is described as experience performing training specialist (COR) duties that involve applying procurement regulations, contracting principles, and cost estimating methodologies and analysis; managing changes in the technical requirements, performance specifications, and terms/conditions of contracts; conducting training needs assessments, program evaluation, and hazardous material (chemical, biological, radiological/nuclear, and explosive) training support functions; and applying contracting methods and types relating to the performance of pre-award, post-award, and price/cost analysis functions. OR

      B.     Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree  OR

C.     3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree  OR

D.     LL.M., if related  OR

E.          A combination of successfully completed post-high school education and experience.   This will be calculated using your résumé and unofficial transcripts or a list of courses/course hours submitted with your application

Selective Placement Factor:  In addition to the minimum qualifications described above, you must meet the following requirement(s) to be considered qualified for the position: None

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


In addition to the above qualifications you must also possess the following:

 

Individual Occupational Requirements

EDUCATION

Undergraduate and/or Graduate Education: Major study -- education or a subject area related to the position to be filled.

OR

EXPERIENCE

Specialized Experience (for positions above GS-5): Experience that demonstrated a practical knowledge of the subject area of the position and of the methods and techniques of instruction. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:

·    Teaching or instructing in an adult education program, secondary school, college, military installation, or industrial establishment in the appropriate field(s).

·    Supervising or administering a training program.

·    Development or review of training/course materials, aids, devices, etc., and evaluation of training results.

·    Work in the occupation or subject-matter field of the position to be filled that required training or instructing others on a regular basis.

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.

 

Title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 2635.502, cautions against permitting the performance of Federal duties by a "covered" employee who may not be impartial in the performance of those duties. A "covered" employee is generally one who has a financial or personal interest in the outcome of a particular matter and may be one who has performed services for a company under contract with this Agency during the last year. The particular matter is the contract under which the employee performed. In order to guard against the appearance of impropriety and to ensure that Federal employees perform their duties in an impartial manner, please know that any applicant from the private sector who applies for this position, who is offered the position, and who accepts employment to perform this position will not be permitted to perform duties as a Contracting Officer's Representative or Task (Order) Monitor for their former company and/or the contract under which they performed on the grounds that the employee is a "covered" employee. If you fall within this category, please read Part 2635.502. If you have questions, please ask the Ethics Counselor at this agency or designee.

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 policies and procedures applicable to contract administration.

2.  Knowledge of cost estimating methodologies and cost analysis involving complex technical specifications.

3.  Knowledge of training needs assessments, program evaluation, hazardous material (chemical, biological, radiological/nuclear, and explosive) training support, and medical surveillance functions.

4.  Skill in oral communications.

5.  Skill in written communications.

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 or 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 Monday, February 25, 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 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 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:

Nicki Feagin
Phone: (202)646-7675
Email: NICKI.FEAGIN@FEMA.GOV
Agency Information:
DHS FEMA HCD Talent Acquisition and Processing
1201 Maryland Ave SW
Washington , DC
20472

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-2013-9985-TNT-844879DEU

Control Number:

338061500