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Job Title:  Emergency Management Program Specialist (Public Assistance), GS-301-11/12
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Federal Emergency Management Agency
Job Announcement Number:  MG-2013-01991-LDC-863510DE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$61,255.00 to $95,444.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 to Sunday, April 07, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Bothell, WA 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

·        This position opportunity is also being advertised at the GS-11/12 grade levels under Merit Promotion. See announcement number 2013-01991-LDC-863198MP; for the GS-09 grade level please see vacancy announcement numbers MG-2013-01991-LDC-862800MP and MG-2013-01991-LDC-863019DE for additional information.

This position is located in the Recovery Division, Public Assistance Branch of the Region X office of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Emergency Management Program Specialist, Public Assistance (EMPS-PA), serves under the direction of the Branch Chief, Public Assistance Branch, Recovery Division. The selected applicant will assist in directing implementation of public assistance programs. During disaster field operations and follow-up activities in the regional Office, in the absence of the Branch Chief, the EMPS (PA) may be required to supervise, manage, or coordinate the activities of Federal, State and local technical personnel, other permanent full-time staff at lower grades within Public Assistance and Disaster Assistance Employees (DAEs).  This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated disaster assistance professional with a background in Public Assistance.

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 non-bargaining 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.


  • 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.


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The Emergency Management Program Specialist, Public Assistance (EMPS-PA) manages various public assistance components of the organization required for rapid Federal response to Presidentially declared major disasters and emergencies under Public Law 93-288, to provide assistance to the affected people, States and local governments.  These components include, but are not limited to, disaster damage assessment teams, public assistance field offices, and other field offices and operations elements as directed. In this position you will become a key member of a team of Public Assistance professionals in a pivotal policy role from day one. You will build project teams and collaborate closely with others throughout the federal and non-federal disaster assistance community. Typical work assignments may include, but not be limited to:

·        Evaluating numerous Public Assistance projects simultaneously

·        Analyzing and answering appeals and preparing regional analysis, with particular attention to laws, policies, regulations and other directives.

·        Formulating federal  Public Assistance Project Worksheets, with particular emphasis on development of accurate damage descriptions and quality scopes of work

·        Leading, facilitating and collaborating in the performance of Public Assistance close out activity.


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You qualify for this position at the GS-11 level (starting salary of $61,255) if you possess the following:

At least (1) one year of specialized experience in the federal government, other state, local or non-profit organization, or the private sector that is equivalent to at least the GS-09 level. Specialized experience includes specialized knowledge of Public Assistance in disaster programs.  

You qualify for this position at the GS-12 level (starting salary of $73,420) if you possess the following:

At least (1) one year of specialized experience in the federal government, other state, local or non-profit organization, or the private sector that is equivalent to at least the GS-11 level. Specialized experience includes specialized knowledge of Public Assistance in disaster programs.  


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 in implementing, administering and coordinating Public Assistance disaster programs.

Time-in-Grade Requirements for Federal employees:  Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the Federal service. The time-in-grade requirement must be met within 30 calendar days of the closing date of this announcement.

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 a Public Trust security clearance 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. Comprehensive knowledge of the principles, concepts, and practices of the engineering and construction field and the ability to apply that knowledge to the review and evaluation of projects covering the repair, reconstruction and rehabilitation of public and private nonprofit facilities which were damaged in disaster situations.

2. Comprehensive knowledge of management techniques and skills, as well as other basic administrative and fiscal principles.

3. Knowledge of computer systems. 

4. In-depth knowledge of principles and techniques of intergovernmental and interpersonal relations.  

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.


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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.


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Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on Sunday, April 07, 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 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.


Lon D. Cabot
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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