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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Program Specialist (Planning)-GS-0301-12/13

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:MG-2013-02617-EAH-879220DE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$81,460.00 to $125,926.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, May 01, 2013 to Tuesday, May 07, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0301-12/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Oakland, CA 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. 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.

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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 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. 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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You qualify for this position at the GS-12 level if you possess the following:

One full year of specialized experience. Specialized experience is described as experience assisting in the coordination efforts of others in performing studies or implementing projects regarding emergency management; providing technical advice on emergency management principles, processes, and procedures; participating in outreach services to national, state, or local evaluation exercises as it relates to hazards and unsafe conditions; recommending and assisting in developing training programs and education curricula on disaster-related topics; and applying the principles, concepts, and practices to National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) in order to plan, coordinate, and assist in the preparation for and response to all-hazards.

You qualify for this position at the GS-13 level if you possess the following:

One full year of specialized experience. Specialized experience is described as experience leading the efforts of others in performing studies or implementing projects regarding emergency management; providing expert advice on emergency management principles, processes, and procedures; performing outreach services to national, state, or local evaluation exercises as it relates to hazards and unsafe conditions; recommending and developing training programs and education curricula on disaster-related topics; and serving as a technical authority on the principles, concepts, and practices to National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) in order to plan, coordinate, and assist in the preparation for and response to all-hazards.

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

Candidates must have a working knowledge of the Incident Action Planning (IAP) process.  Specifically, you must possess a working knowledge of the required Incident Command System (ICS) forms and the essential meetings necessary to develop a thorough IAP.

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 Public Trust 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.  Experience as a member of a NIMS/ICS compliant organization.

2.  Ability to manage a large incident planning organization.

3.  Ability to prepare an Incident Action Plan (IAP) in response to a large scale incident.

4.  Knowledge of Emergency Management Information Requirements used for displaying situation awareness in disaster-related incidents using NIMS/ICS.

5.  Applied knowledge of the roles and interaction of the Federal, State, and local governments in responding to disasters.

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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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Requested Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, May 07, 2013 to receive consideration.

Applying Online:

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
  3. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
  4. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 879220.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, May 07, 2013 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.
  3. Fax all six pages of the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


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:

Kathy Delauter
Phone: (800)879-6076
TDD: 800-877-8339
Email: KATHERINE.DELAUTER@FEMA.DHS.GOV
Agency Information:
DHS FEMA HCD Talent Acquisition and Processing
16825 S Seton Ave
Emmitsburg, MD
21727

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-2013-02617-EAH-879220DE

Control Number:

342158100