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Job Title:Emergency Management Program Specialist (Public Assistance)

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:MG-2013-01990-KCD-862809DEU

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$57,408.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 to Wednesday, April 10, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0301-11/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Kansas City, MO 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-11 and GS-12 grade levels. Please see vacancy announcement numbers MG-2013-01990-KCD-863048MP for additional information. 

 

This position is ideal for a person who will perform assignments involving the delivery of the Public Assistance Program before, during and following federally declared emergencies and Presidential declared disasters.  This position starts at a salary of $57,408 (GS-11), with promotion potential to $89,450 (GS-12).  Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Region Seven, Recovery Division, Public Assistance Branch in the DHS/Federal Emergency Management Agency.

 

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 an emergency Manager in the Disaster Recovery Division and will focus on efficient delivery and program management of the Public Assistance and Fire Management Grant Program in the Regional Office, as well as activities in cooperation with our partners in the various states which comprise the Region, and finally serves as the Group Supervisor/Infrastructure Branch Director for Public Assistance in the Joint Disaster Field Office. Responsibilities will include analysis and answer of appeals, as well as all other forms of correspondence related to the Public Assistance Program, provides guidance and training to others and the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing to accomplish the multitude of diverse tasks to increase efficiency and utilization.  Typical work assignments include:

  • Under supervision of the Branch Chief, manages various public assistance components of the organization required for rapid Federal response to Presidentially-declared disasters and emergencies under the provisions of PL 93-288, to provide assistance to the affected communities and States, and Indian Tribes.
  • When delegated, directs the operations of the public assistance elements of the integrated Federal, State, local, Tribal and damage assessment teams, collating and evaluating the resultant findings to determine the impact of the incident on public facilities, structures and systems.  Provides input to the analysis, summaries, conclusions and recommendations in the incident, based on the damage assessment.
  • Following a Presidential declaration, ensure adequacy of operational facilities, staff, and communications for effective program support.
  • Provides coordination and oversight for the public assistance branch disaster reserve workforce program.
  • Conducts the review of project applications and supplements, with associated Project Worksheets, for conformity to regulations and established eligibility criteria and procedural funding requirements.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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You qualify for this position at the GS-11 level if you possess one of the following: One full year of specialized experience. Specialized experience is described as experience and in-depth knowledge of the engineering and construction field, public assistance programs and its project repair and reconstruction process.  Experience in emergency management at the local, state or federal levels.  

OR

A  Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in political science, sociology, public administration, business administration or related fields which provided me with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work of the position.

OR

A combination of experience as described above and graduate education as described above which, when combined, is equivalent to 100% of the qualification requirement.  Only graduate education in excess of the Master’s level may be used in the calculation.  To calculate your percentage of graduate education, first determine the total number of graduate hours that exceed the Master’s level, and divide the total number of your excess graduate semester hours by 18 (or your school’s definition of one year of graduate study). To calculate your percentage of qualifying experience, divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by 12.  Now, add the two percentages together.  The sum of the percentages must be equal at least 100%.

 

You qualify for this position at the GS-12 level if you possess one of the following: One full year of specialized experience.  Specialized experience is described as experience in the principles, concepts, and practices of the engineering and construction field, and the demonstrated ability to evaluate the reconstruction and repair of public assistance program project damaged in disaster situations.  Experience in emergency management at the local, state or federal levels with an emphasis in disaster response and recovery operations.

 

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:

Experience implementing the Public Assistance Program as provided under Public Law 93-288 (Stafford Act) and the Fire management Assistance Grant Program.

 

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 level 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. Comprehensive, in-depth knowledge or experience in the principles, concepts, and practices of the engineering and construction field, and the demonstrated ability to evaluate the reconstruction and repair of public assistance program projects damaged in disaster situations.

2. Knowledge of Federal, State, Tribes and local government organizational structures, and their relationship to emergency management programs.

3. Working knowledge of FEMA's Public Assistance Program to include eligibility, policies, rules and regulations.

4. Knowledge of management strategies and supervising personnel in disaster response and recovery environments.

5. Ability to analyze and manage complex projects to ensure legal and technical compliance and rapidly identify and recommend solutions to issues that may arise in a field setting.

 

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 Wednesday, April 10, 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:

Karla C. Denney
Phone: (800)879-6076
TDD: 800-877-8339
Email: KARLA.DENNEY@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-2013-01990-KCD-862809DEU

Control Number:

340225600