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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Watch Analyst

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:MG-2013-02187-WLW-868406-D

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$62,909.00 to $98,022.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, April 01, 2013 to Monday, April 15, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0343-11/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Chicago, IL United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

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 numbers MG-2013-02187-WLW-865614-M for additional information.

The Watch Analyst performs research, conducts analysis, and provides advice on complex program issues. The Watch Analyst supports FEMA's all-hazard mission by accomplishing reporting activities and assisting in ensuring proper methodology is used in responding to the various products developed within the Watch team.

 

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 (Top Secret) 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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The individual serving as a Watch Analyst ensures the organization's strategic plan, mission, vision and values are communicated and integrated into work products and services. The Watch Analyst performs research, conducts analysis, and provides advice on complex program issues. The Watch Analyst supports FEMA's all-hazard mission by accomplishing reporting activities and assisting in ensuring proper methodology is used in responding to the various products developed within the Watch team. Other duties include, but are not limited to:

·         Prepares input for the Daily Situational Awareness Report (DSAR) and other Watch reports.

·         Performs analysis to assess the magnitude of an incident or potential incident to include analyzing initial impact and the resources available for response.

·         Clarifies problems and identifies appropriate and suitable problem-solving tools, techniques and applications.

·         Incorporates maps and other analytical products into standard and special projects related to response operations.

·         Assists the Senior Watch Officer and Watch Officer in analyzing current trends, state-of-the-art, and cutting-edge technology in order to develop or improve Watch programs.

·         Independently plans and prepares reports or other working documents related to complex program issues.

·         Performs other duties as assigned.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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You qualify for this position at the GS-11 (starting salary $62,909.00) if you possess one of the following:

A.  One full year of specialized experience at the GS-09 level, or equivalent, that demonstrates the ability to perform research, conduct analysis and provide advice on recurring program issues; OR,

B. A  Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree; OR,

C. Three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree,  or LL.M., if related.

 

You qualify for this position at the GS-12 (starting salary $75,403.00) if you possess the following:

A.  One full year of experience at the GS-11 level, or equivalent, that demonstrates the ability to perform research, conduct analysis and provide advice on complex program issues.

 

 

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 Top Secret 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. Ability to independently collect and analyze data from a variety of sources and distribute information in a manner that facilitates information sharing between emergency management stakeholders.

2. Knowledge of Federal, State, and local government structures, organizations, and functions, as they relate to disaster response.

3. Knowledge of FEMA disaster program, emergency response teams; and the ability to determine the information each needs initially during the course of the disaster, including changing needs in a breaking disaster.

4. Knowledge and application of the operational concepts of the National Response Framework as they relate to emergency operations, procedures, and emergency notification.

5. Ability to identify and communicate vulnerabilities in critical areas of 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 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 Monday, April 15, 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:

Whitney L. Hill
Phone: (800)879-6076
TDD: (800)877-8339
Email: WHITNEY.HILL@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-2013-02187-WLW-868406-D

Control Number:

340831200