Job Overview


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
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  • This position opportunity is also being advertised under Merit Promotion Procedures. Please see vacancy announcement numbers MG-2013-02617-EAH-879718MP for additional information.

This position is ideal for an expert program specialist professional looking for an opportunity to be a part of the Regional Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT).  The IMAT is a rapidly deployable resource to assist State and local officials in managing large-scale incidents.  This position starts at a salary of $81,460 (GS-12), with promotion potential to $98,867 (GS-13). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Response Division in the DHS/FEMA Region 9 Office.

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.


 In this position, you will become a key member of a team of professionals in a pivotal role from day one. You will serve as the Planning Section Chief on the Region 9 Regional IMAT and will be responsible for the collection, evaluation, analysis, dissemination  and use of information about the development of the incident and status of resources. Typical work assignments include:

  • Assisting in the development, execution, and documentation of functions and plans that affect critical aspect of FEMA's mission, operational responses, and programs.
  • Collaborating with the Regional Operations Planning Branch Chief and integrating with Region "steady state" operations to ensure continuity and compliance with operational planning strategies and policies as the impact on disaster operations.
  • Coordinating with program official to evaluate difficult and complex organizational operations and activities and recommending improvements.
  • Recommending and developing training programs and education curriculum for the individual team member' development and certification.
  • Determining size and required skill sets of staff needed for the activation of the Planning Section that is Incident Command System/National Incident Management System (ICS/NIMS) compliant and makes appropriate requests.