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Job Title:  Federal Coordinating Officer-GS-0301-15
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Federal Emergency Management Agency
Job Announcement Number:  MG-2013-12908-SSM-896062

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$122,064.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year
Monday, May 20, 2013 to Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Full Time - Indefinite
1 vacancy in the following location:
Denver, CO United StatesView Map
United States Citizens



FEMA offers developmental opportunities, competitive compensation, and networking opportunities. FEMA is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and WELCOMES individuals with DIVERSE backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: FEMA employees are subject to 24 hour on-call in the event of any emergency. This service 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 that require functioning under intense physical and mental stress.



  • Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to be considered for this position.
  • This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
  • You must be able to obtain and keep a top secret clearance.


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Organization:    Department Of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Primary Purpose:  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking applicants for the Federal Coordinating Officer Program to perform top management functions and provide leadership in disaster field operations.As a Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO)you will be responsible for the critical operations of the disaster as well as coordinating federal efforts during the response and recovery phase.

 Candidates must have knowledge/ experience in emergency management programs and disaster operations; knowledge of Federal, State and local government processes; expert management skills and experience with organizational leadership in crisis situations.

 Specific Duties: 
The Federal Coordinating Officer serves as the principal staff advisor to the FEMA Administrator in leading and coordinating the timely delivery of all Federal disaster assistance to support state and local governments and affected communities.  
The Federal Coordinating Officer establishes the Federal presence as the President's representative at the disaster operation site. The FCO coordinates the relationships among Federal, State, local and FEMA personnel in partnership with the State Coordinating Officer (SCO) and advises the Governor on the status of the Federal response.

Establishes a disaster assistance site to administer relief services.
Manages media, community and other external relations to communicate the availability of assistance to Congress, applicants and the general public as well as establishing communications links with the media and elected officials.
 Appointments to the Federal Coordinating Officer program will be Schedule A, Excepted Service appointments without time limits.


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Specialized Experience Requirements:  Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-14) in the Federal service.  
Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is in or related to the work of the position to be filled. 
Specialized experience is described as experience in coordinating the timely delivery of all Federal disaster assistance to support state and local governments and affected communities as well as
coordinating relationships between Federal, State, local and organizational personnel and serving as the advisor to senior leadership on matters of disaster response.


Demonstrate successful experience as a senior leader (ex. State/local Director of Emergency Management, Commanding Officer, Chief of Staff, deputy FCO) in leading and managing significant numbers of staff, with a diverse background,  in a wide range of demanding emergency situations to include large and complex operations.

(Applicants who do not demonstrate experience that supports the Selective Placement Factor will not be eligible to receive further consideration.) 


To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link:  View Assessment Questions

REGISTRATION FOR SELECTIVE SERVICE: The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12-31-59, who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment within this Agency.

CITIZENSHIP: Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position.

DIRECT DEPOSIT: Mandatory Direct Deposit/Electronics Funds Transfer (DD/EFT) for salary payment is a condition of employment at FEMA. Selectee will be required to participate in DD/EFT.



All applicants will be evaluated based on reponses to the Job Questionnaire for the announcement.  These questions measure the extent to which an applicant meets basic eligibility for employment, minimum qualifications as described in the announcement (either through experience and/or education), and the extent to which applicants possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with the position.

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. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


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Our career opportunities feature competitive starting salaries and the potential for performance-based increases, flexible hours, and the ability to achieve and maintain a balanced lifestyle.  You will enjoy a range of comprehensive and competitive employment benefits that, among others, include:  a fully portable Thrift Savings Plan, similar to a 401(k); personal leave days for vacation, illness, and family care; ten paid holidays per year; flexible work schedules; defined benefit retirement plan; a wide choice of health insurance programs, non-taxable Flexible Spending Accounts for out-of-pocket medical or dependent care expenses; life and long-term care insurance; transportation subsidies; and Employee Assistance Programs.  Other benefits that may be available include:  a uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; fitness centers; and telework.  For more information on federal benefits, please visit


PROMOTION POTENTIAL: When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. 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.

RE-EMPLOYED ANNUITANTS: If you left federal employment and received a buyout and you are selected for this position, you may be required to repay the full amount of the buyout to the agency that paid you.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All candidates will be considered regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, status as a parent, lawful political affiliation, marital status, physical/mental disability (if not a job factor), membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factor.

FEMA also provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis.  Applicants should notify the point of contact on this vacancy announcement if a reasonable accommodation is needed for any part of the application and hiring process.  For more information, please visit


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Résumé
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 
Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID  896062.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire ,
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire, and
3. Fax 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.

Step 2

  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Qualifications
  • Veterans Preference documentation
  • Miscellaneous

Submitting Documents


If you upload your documents using Application Manager, DO NOT FAX the same documents. To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.


Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. To fax documents, you MUST use the special cover page. Print the pre-populated cover page on the upload documents screen of Application Manager. Or, you may click this link to print a copy of the cover page. When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.  


  • Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number 896062
  • Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
  • You may submit multiple documents for the same vacancy announcement using one cover page.
  • Fax your cover page and documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed: 


  • Not using the special cover page mentioned above.
  • Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number
  • Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name

Note: If you have documents in your Application Manager account from a previous vacancy announcement they can be opened, copied and saved then reused as an upload file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.

Your resume, curriculum vitae, the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612), or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications can be submitted electronically using the document upload process or fax. Please be sure to include all of the following information in your resume:

Job Information:
-Vacancy Identification Number, title, grade and location for which you are applying.
Personal Information:
- Full name, mailing address (with zip code) and day/evening telephone numbers (with area code).
- Country of Citizenship.
- If ever employed by the Federal Government, please show the highest Federal civilian grade held, job series, and dates of employment in grade.
- High School name, city, state and zip code, date of diploma or GED.
- Colleges and/or Universities attended, city, state and zip code.
- Major field(s) of study.
- Type and year of degree(s) received. If no degree received, show total credit hours received in semester or quarter hours.
Work Experience for each paid or non-paid position held related to the job for which you are applying (do not provide copies of job descriptions):
- Job title.
- Duties and accomplishments.
- Number of hours per week.
- Employer's name and address.
- Supervisor's name and phone number.
- Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year).
- Salary.
- Indicate if your current supervisor may be contacted.
Other Qualifications:
- Job-related training courses (title and year).
- Job-related skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.)
- Job-related certificates and licenses.
- Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments. (e.g., publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.) Do not send copies of documents unless specifically requested.

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

Instructions for answering the questions in the Occupational Questionnaire: If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.


If applicable, candidates should attach the latest report of Separation from Active Duty (DD 214) to establish honorable discharge from military service.  If appropriate documentation is not received by the closing date, preference will not be granted.  Applicants who are on active military duty will not have a DD 214.  Prior to appointment, we will verify your eligibility for veterans preference and that your military service was honorable.

To be entitled to preference, a veteran must meet the eligibility requirements in section 2108 of title 5, United States Code.  This means that:

An honorable or general discharge is necessary.

Military retirees at the rank of major, lieutenant commander, or higher are not eligible for preference unless they are disabled veterans.

Guard and Reserve active duty for training purposes does not qualify for preference.

When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on their application or resume.

Applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete for SF-15, Application for 10-Point Preference.  The SF 15 is available online at:


Shelley S. Miller
Phone: (540)686-3146
Agency Information:
DHS FEMA HCD Talent Acquisition and Processing
PO Box 9900
Winchester, VA


Once your complete application is received, you will receive correspondence indicating that your application has been received.  We will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.

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