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Job Title:Emergency Management Specialist-GS-0301-09/11

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:Mg-201312497-895465-KST-CO

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$51,871.00 to $81,583.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, May 20, 2013 to Monday, May 27, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0301-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Temporary NTE 2 years

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Boston, MA 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 is ideal for an Emergency Management Specialist under the supervision of the Individual Assistance (IA) Branch Chief looking for an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of all programs which provide assistance to individuals, household and businesses for losses sustained in presidentially declared disasters or emergencies. This position starts at a salary of $51871.00 (GS-09), with promotion potential to $81583.00 (GS-11). Apply for this opportunity to become a member of the Recovery Division, Individual Assistance Branch in the Region I located in Boston, MA.

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.

This position is being announced under FEMA's CORE Program (Cadre of On-call Response/Recovery employees).  These positions are authorized under P.L. 93-288 to perform temporary disaster work and are funded from the Disaster Relief Fund.  Appointments are excepted service, temporary appointments.  This is a 2 year temporary appointment in the Excepted Service. 

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, TS) 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 located in the Department of Homeland Security, (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency, (FEMA), Individual Assistance Branch, Region I in Boston MA.  The incumbent will serve as an Individual Assistance program specialist and must be knowledgeable about programs offered by other federal and voluntary agencies such as the US Small Business Administration, US Department of Labor and the American Red Cross.  When delegated the incumbent will direct the implementation of disaster assistance programs, provide leadership and serve as a coordinator for the delivery of disaster assistance.

 

  •  Manages and coordinates various disaster assistance components of the organization required for rapid Federal response to presidentially declared major disasters and emergencies under the provisions of public law 93-288.
  •  Monitors and analyzes developing situation to determine the potential for a gubernatorial request for Federal assistance and a Presidential declaration of an emergency or major disaster.
  • Establishes and maintains contact with counterparts in the various Federal, State, local and voluntary agencies and organizations participating in the disaster response and recovery efforts in order to ensure overall coordination.
  • Provides input to the summary, analysis, and recommendations on the incident based on the combined damage assessment for the Regional Administrator's approval.
  • Provides programmatic technical advice and serves as program specialist for all IHP (Individuals and Households Program) components and and all other IA programs.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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You qualify for this position at the GS-09 level if you possess one of the following:

At least one year of specialized experience in the federal government, other state, local or non-profit organization, or the private sector that is equivalent to at least the GS-07 level that has given me knowledge of the relationship between Federal, state, local and voluntary agency emergency management officials, gained through experience in disaster operations.
OR

Successfully completed the requirement for a Master's degree or equivalent graduate degree OR have 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B or J.D. that is related to the position.
OR

A combination of education and experience to at least the GS-7 level and some higher level graduate work that is related to this position.
You qualify for this position at the GS-11 level if you possess one of the following:
At least one year of specialized experience in the federal government, other state, local or non-profit organization or private sector that is equivalent to at least the GS-09 level that has given me knowledge of pertinent laws, regulations, and processes that govern the Individual Assistance programs, under the Stafford Act and ESF6 under the National Response Framework, demonstrated through work experience.
OR

Successfully completed the requirements for a PhD or equivalent graduate degree OR have 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M that is related to the position.

OR
C. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level and some higher level graduate education that is related to this position.
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. Additionally, this review will include the verification of your qualifications, as indicated in your resume, based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job. 

1.  Knowledge of damage assessment procedures and criteria.

2. Ability to provide guidance to and manage large numbers of staff in a stressful environment, such as a Joint Field Office or other emergency response.

All applicants will be evaluated based on responses to the Job Questionnaire for the announcement. Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire.

If you are 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


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 Monday, May 27, 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 895465.
  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 Monday, May 27, 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 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[Remove this bullet if it is not applicable]
  4. Are you a current or former Federal employee?  You are encouraged to submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that shows your current/former grade and step.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Kym A. Thompson
Phone: (800)879-6076
TDD: 800-877-8339
Email: KYM.THOMPSON@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-201312497-895465-KST-CO

Control Number:

343935400