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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Program Assistant

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:FEMA-14-BLG-17609-COR

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$38,363.00 to $49,867.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, January 22, 2014 to Saturday, January 25, 2014




Full Time - Temporary - Not to Exceed 2 Years




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map


All U.S. citizens

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Public Trust - Background Investigation




About the Agency

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. Please visit for additional information.

This position is located in the Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). ODIC’s mission is preparing individuals and families and strengthening communities before,during and after a disaster by providing guidance, tools, methods and strategies to integrate and coordinate emergency management efforts to meet the access and functional needs of all individuals, including children and adults with disabilities. This position starts at a salary of $37,983  (GS-06).
EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: 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.

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. 


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  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • Selective Service registration is required for males born after 12/31/59.
  • This position may require occasional non-emergency travel.


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In this position, you will be responsible for administrative support functions as they relate to the Disability Integration Advisor Cadre assisting the Reservist Program Manager (RPM) with the development of consistent and standard methods for the recruitment, deployment, and maintenance of the team members and to ensure a constant state of readiness for the team. Typical assignments include:

  • Assist RPM with Disability Integration Advisor Cadre reasonable accommodation requests for Incident Management CORE and Reservist employees.
  • Provide administrative support to RPM in the management of Reservist staffing including recruiting, hiring, on-boarding, re-appointing, terminating and resigning.
  • Assist in editing reports for deployments, disaster field offices, staffing levels.
  • Assist in the development, refining and implementation of FQS for the Disability Integration Advisor Cadre members.
  • Assist in coordinating Cadre training, assuring appropriate design, development, and delivery of needed training on an annual basis. This includes working with the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) and the Training section within IWMD.
  • Assists RPM in reporting cadre readiness, capabilities, force structure, management, and unmet needs or cross-program policy matters requiring resolution at least annually.



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The qualification requirements listed below must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

You qualify for this position at the GS-06 level (starting salary $37,983) if you possess one of the following: One full year of specialized experience at the GS-5 level supporting technology-based programs; and experience with handling the logistics and administrative needs of a moderately sized organization , as well as familiarity with project management principles and experience with collecting and tracking technical data.
Posess (1) academic year of graduate education in a field directly related to the position (business, business management).
Combination of specialized experience and education. This will be calculated using your resume and unofficial transcripts or a list of courses/course hours submitted with your application.


We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. 

If you are found qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.
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  • 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.
  • This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.
  • All candidates must be able to deploy with little or no advance notice to anywhere in the United States and its territories for an extended period of time.
  • A one year trial period is required unless already completed.


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The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday) - see Agency Contact Information. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us as soon as possible.
Step 1 - Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS (
You may create a resume in USAJOBS or upload one of your own choosing. Although you must enter your Social Security Number (SSN) for USAJOBS, we will only see the last four digits for identification purposes.
Step 2 - Apply Online
Click the "Apply Online" link of this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the CareerConnector website to complete the application process.
Step 3 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application
If this is your first time on the CareerConnector website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. Select "Take me to the assessment" and click on the "Continue" button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finished" button.
Step 4 - Review and Confirm Your Submission
You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for your required documents (see step 5 for details). Once you click "Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also print a copy for your records. When you click "Finished" at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted and track your application status.
Step 5 - Submit Required Documents
You can submit any required documents (discussed below) by document upload or fax. Whichever method you choose, please include the job announcement number with your documents. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your SSN from any documents that you submit.
Document Upload:
You may upload supporting documents in one of two ways:
1. Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process or you can select a document that you've already loaded on USAJOBS. or
2. You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy. Once you've located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select "Apply Online." Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select Upload in order to add a document to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded.
In the Application Review section, you may verify acceptance of your documents in CareerConnector if you see them listed on the "Vacancy Documents" screen. Then, click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS.
Fax: Create a fax cover-sheet in CareerConnector by following the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions. The fax number will be on the cover-sheet.


1.  Your resume
2.  Your responses to the job questionnaire 
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


Beverly Grant
Phone: 202-646-3319
Fax: 999-999-9999
Agency Information:
FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency
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Please apply online
Washington, DC
Fax: 999-999-9999


Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the 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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