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Job Title:Emergency Management Program Specialist (Individual Assistance), GS-0301-11/12

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:MG-2013-02236-LDC-865692DE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$61,245.00 to $73,408.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, April 02, 2013 to Sunday, April 07, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0301-11/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Philadelphia, PA 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-11/12 grade levels. Please see vacancy announcement number 864836 for additional information.

This position is ideal for an Emergency Management Program Specialist with expertise in Individual Assistance programs looking for an opportunity to serve as a program specialist for all programs which provide assistance to individuals, households and businesses for losses sustained in presidentially declared disasters or emergencies.  This position starts at a salary of $61,245 (GS-11), with promotion potential to $73,408 (GS-12). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Individual Assistance Team in FEMA's Region III Recovery Division, Philadelphia, PA.

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.

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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This position is ideal for an Emergency Management Program Specialist with expertise in Individual Assistance programs looking for an opportunity to serve as a program specialist for all programs which provide assistance to individuals, households and businesses for losses sustained in presidentially declared disasters or emergencies.  This position starts at a salary of $61,245 (GS-11), with promotion potential to $73,408 (GS-12). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Individual Assistance Team in FEMA's Region III Recovery Division, Philadelphia, PA.

This position may be filled at either the GS-11 or GS-12 grade level.  If selected at the GS-11 level, the incumbent may be non-competitively promoted to the next grade level in the time frame allowed by regulations and upon management's request. Promotion is contingent upon regulatory requirements, demonstrated ability to perform the duties of this position at a higher grade level, and administrative approval.  

Duties and responsibilities associated with this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

---Coordinating various Region III program components required for rapid Federal response to Presidentially declared disasters and emergencies under the provisions of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Public Law 93-288, as amended ("the Stafford Act."). 

---Coordinating and/or reporting on the administration and delivery of disaster assistance operations, including: analyzing information relative to developing situations to determine the potential for a gubernatorial request for Federal assistance and a Presidential declaration of an emergency or major disaster.

--Providing Branch leadership, direction, guidance and coordination to Individual Assistance program staff and the state when implementing disaster assistance programs under the Stafford Act. 

--Providing technical assistance on Federal regulations, policies, and procedures and ensures that all programs and projects meet regulatory requirements. 

 Duties of the GS-11 are identical to those outlined above, but are accompanied by more detailed instructions and performed under closer supervision than duties performed at the GS-12 full performance level.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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You qualify for this position at the GS-11 level if you possess the followingone full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-9 level in Federal Service which demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of and skill in the administration and management of Individual Assistance and Human Service programs to the general public under Public Law 93-288 (the "Stafford Act)" and the implementing regulations, policies and procedural guidance for these programs under the Stafford Act.

You qualify for this position at the GS-12 level if you possess the following: one full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-11 level in Federal Service which demonstrates knowledge of and skill in the administration of Individual Assistance and Human Service programs to the general public under Public Law 93-288 ("the Stafford Act)" and the implementing regulations, policies and procedural guidance for these programs under the Stafford Act.

Selective Placement Factor:  In addition to the minimum qualifications described above, you must meet the following requirement to be considered qualified for the position:

Experience working in the Individual Assistance section at presidentially declared disasters that demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the National Incident Management System, the Incident Command System, and the Emergency Support Functions.

 

Examples of specialized experience include, but are not limited to:

--Conducting detailed analysis to determine the impact of an incident on individuals and families, homes, businesses, farms, etc.,

--Identifying recovery capabilities through coordination with representatives from Emergency Support Functions and other Federal, State, local and private sector representatives and           

--Preparing evaluation summaries, conclusions and recommendations. 

--Leading and/or participating in preliminary damage assessments.

--Managing and/or coordinating financial and direct disaster housing operations.

--Researching and interpreting laws, regulations and policies related to emergency management planning, implementation and evaluation.

--Leading and/or coordinating disaster recovery operations with emergency management agencies at the Federal, State and local levels.

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.

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 and experience in the administration and delivery of Individual Assistance programs to the general public, including legislative authorities, program regulations, policies and procedural guidance.

2. Knowledge of, and experience with, the relationships between Federal, state and local emergency management officials.

3. Skills in the systematic analysis and evaluation of Federal, State and local emergency management recovery issues and problems resulting in clear presentations of the results with options and recommendations concerning Individual Assistance recovery requirements or capabilities.

4. Knowledge of the National Response Framework in order to coordinate, oversee and evaluate emergency preparedness, planning, response, and recovery activities including damage assessment procedures and criteria.

5. Ability to effectively communicate with senior-level officials of other Federal agencies, senior representatives of State and local governments, the general public, and private organizations having responsibilities in emergency management.

 

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 positionm 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 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.



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:

Lon D. Cabot
Phone: (800)879-6076
TDD: 1-800-877-8339
Email: LON.CABOT@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-2013-02236-LDC-865692DE

Control Number:

340520100