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Job Title:  Emergency Management Specialist GS-0089-12
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  U.S. Coast Guard
Job Announcement Number:  13-1454-SE-DB-M-R1

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$68,809.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year
Monday, March 25, 2013 to Monday, April 08, 2013
This is a full-time position.
- This is a permanent appointment.
1 vacancy - Norfolk, VA, US  View Map
This vacancy is open to Status Candidates and other eligibles.  

For definitions of terms found in this announcement click here


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.

Apply for this exciting position to support the CG missions of safeguarding our Nation's maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe.

For over two centuries the The U.S. Coast Guard has protected the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America's Maritime Guardian - Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.  

The vacancy is being concurrently advertised under delegated examining procedures for non-status applicants under announcement 13-1454-SE-DB-D-R1.  APPLICANTS WHO WISH TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER BOTH DELEGATED EXAMINING AND MERIT PROMOTION PROCEDURES MUST APPLY TO BOTH VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS.  


This position is located at DHS/U.S. Coast Guard, Atlantic Area, CG Incident Management Assistance Team in Norfolk, VA.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • This position requires a Secret clearance.
  • Frequent long-term deployments and travel is required up to 75%.
  • The position requires a valid state driver's license.


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The Coast Guard Incident Management Assistance Team (CG-IMAT) rapidly deploys response teams comprised of incident management response specialist to provide Type-1/2 surge capability in support of complex national level incidents and events such as natural disasters, a spill of national significance (SONS) or national special security event (NSSE).


Situation Unit Leader: The position oversees the Situation Unit  activities within the Planning Section for incidents of the highest complexity levels, including incidents caused by natural hazards, oil and hazardous material emergencies, terrorist acts radiological hazards, technological incidents, Incumbent implements the directions of the Incident Commander who is under a delegation of authority from the Agency Administrator(s). Candidate must be able to perform the duties and responsibilities listed in the Incident Management Handbook.


Being a Coast Guard (CG) civilian makes you a valuable member of the CG team.  Typical work assignment include:

  • Collecting, processing, organizing and disseminating incident information relating to growth, mitigation, or intelligence activities taking place on the incident.
  • Developing the Information Management Plan, as required including any charts, maps, and overlay imagery necessary.
  • Interacting with peers, section chiefs, and command staff officers in accomplishing the responsibilities of the instant position.
  • Participating in the development of deliberate and crisis action strategic, operational, and tactical plans during both steady-state operations and when deployed.
  • Developing and submitting plans, goals, objectives for new initiatives and programs; and evaluating and providing recommendations for improving effectiveness of existing programs and activities.

NOTE:  The incumbent may be exposed to intense physical and mental stress until the response mission is accomplished.  This environment will require irregular working hours which may be under austere filed environments that include:  living and working in temporary facilities such as tents, warehouses, or other expediently established facilities, significant damage to critical infrastructure that prevents ready access to potable water.


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GS-12 level:  Applicant must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 position (in the Federal Sector).  Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill, and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work.

Candidate must have the following experience:


Developing plans for employment of maritime (or military) forces in security cooperation exercises and activities outside of the continental U.S.; skill in conducting detailed analysis of alternatives to provide decision makers with courses of action to balance costs and benefits of support to security cooperation exercises and activities; ability to interpret and research laws, regulations, and policies relating to security cooperation activities and personnel management; knowledge of contingency planning procedures; experience providing administrative oversight of personnel assigned to distant and remote locations (e.g., overseas embassies, or OCONUS DoD bases); and experience in public speaking, oral and written communications.

This position does not have a positive education requirement.

If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement. This includes Time-In-Grade requirements for current status employees applying through merit promotion procedures.   

Status applicants applying for a promotion must have 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade.


We will review your résumé 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 the on-line self assessment questions that are based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job:

****LIST KSAs****

  1. Ability to lead, facilitate, and participate in the development, execution, evaluation and improvement of planning processes to support large-scale intra and inter-agency exercises.
  2. Ability to gather, assemble and analyze mission critical information, draw conclusions, and devise recommendations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of response operations.
  3. Ability to communicate effectively via all forms of media to include print and electronic to effectively represent agency views and strategies.

Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for the position. Therefore, you must support your responses to the self-assessment questions by providing examples of past and present experience in your resume.     

If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.                                    

To preview questions 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."


Please be aware that applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306.  Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations e.g., an affirmative answer to a conviction of a felony.

If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to a determination of your suitability for Federal employment.

Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit Selective Service Registration

Moving expenses will not be paid.

All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

All selectees are subject to an appropriate investigation.

For Veterans' preference eligibility, visit Veterans' Employment Resources

Competitive status is not required if the person selected is an individual with a disability who is eligible for appointment under Schedule A of the excepted service. Visit Opportunities for People with Disabilities

More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.


The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or  other non-merit factors.

USCG provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact 703-872-6257.  Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation


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Applications (resume and job specific questions) for this vacancy must be received on-line by 11:59 p.m ET on the closing date of the announcement.  There are several parts of the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application

    Responses to on-line core questions
    Responses to on-line self-assessment
    Supporting documents, if requested

High self assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume and/or supporting documents may impact you or eliminate you from consideration.  

Applicants who are claiming eligibility under the VEOA authorities are encouraged to submit a DD-214 Member 4 copy at the time of application.  If you are unable to provide the necessary supporting documents at the time of selection it may impact your selection eligibility.

If applying on-line poses a hardship to you, the Help Desk listed on the announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted on-line by the closing date.  You must contact the Help Desk prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance.  Hours of operation:  Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET, excluding Federal holidays.


30% Disabled Veterans must submit an SF-15, DD-214 which includes Character of Service AND the VA Disability Letter with percentage of disability OR documentation of disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces which reflects a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more.  If currently Active Duty and you do not have a DD-214 you may submit a Statement of Service or Proof of Service letter; however, the statement MUST include Character of Service.

The SF-15 can be found at:

For more information about veterans preference click here.

Eligibles under Executive Order 13473  (noncompetitive appointment of certain military spouses) must submit proof of eligibility. At a minimum to confirm eligibility for purposes of appointment based on relocation under these provisions a spouse of a service member must provide a copy of the marriage certificate or other documentation verifying marriage and a copy of the military PCS orders assigning the service member to a certain post.  The PCS orders must state the member's spouse was authorized on the military orders.  Proof of eligibility based on disability and deaths resulting from active duty service is outlined here.

CTAP or ICTAP Eligibles must submit proof of eligibility consisting of a copy of your agency notice and a copy of your most recent performance rating.  Applicants who have special priority consideration rights under CTAP or ICTAP provisions must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority consideration.  CTAP or ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they attain a cut-off score of 85 or above.

For more information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility click here.

Schedule A Eligibles must submit proof of eligibility.  Federal hiring officials are authorized to use an Excepted Service Hiring Authority, Schedule A, 213.3102(u), to select applicants without going through the competitive examining process, when considering certain people with disabilities (those who have a severe physical, cognitive or emotional disability or a history of having such disabilities or are perceived as having such disabilities).  Visit Opportunities for People with Disabilities

All documentation as outlined above must be received by the closing date of the announcement and must indicate the vacancy announcement number on the documents.  A fax cover sheet will be provided to you from the system, with number and instructions to transmit the requested documents.  The required documents will also be accepted by mail but must be received by the closing date of the announcement.  The mailing address is:
(Jobs) U.S. Coast Guard
Ofc of Civ Human Resources, CG-1211SE
STOP 7130,
ARLINGTON, VA 20598-7130


USCG Applicant Support
Phone: 866-656-6830
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
United States Coast Guard
4200 Wilson Blvd, Suite 800
STOP 7130
Attn: Ofc of Civilian Personnel, CG-1211-SE
Arlington, VA
Fax: 000-000-0000


Once the announcement is closed, we will conduct an evaluation of your application and qualifications to determine your ranking.  The most qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration.

To check the status of your application, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status," and then click "More Information."  You may also opt to receive email notifications of application status changes by logging into your USAJOBS account and enabling notification alerts.   

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