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Job Title:Financial Management Specialist (Finance and Admin Section Chief)

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:FEMA-14-LAW0181IMAT

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$72,620.00 to $112,261.00 / Per Year


Monday, March 03, 2014 to Wednesday, March 12, 2014




Full Time - Temporary - Not to Exceed 4 Years




1 vacancy - Atlanta, GA View Map


All U.S. citizens

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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 is an excepted service position located on a Type II, Regional Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT), Response Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This position starts at a salary of $72,620 to $84,343. The starting salary within the pay band will be set based on the level of responsibility and experience. Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Regional Incident Management Team.

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT:  IMAT employees are subject to a 24-hour on call work schedules in the event of an emergency and be willing to relocated to emergency sites with little notice.  The teams deploy as soon as notified to respond and are on the scene within 12 hours.  Once on scene, the teams operate and function under intense physical and mental stress until the response mission is accomplished.  This service will require irregular and/or long working hours which may be under austere environments that include living and working in temporary facilities such as tents, warehouse, or other expediently established facilities, significant damage to critical infrastructure that prevents ready access to potable water (other than for drinking), other than basic medical care, and other routinely available services.  Work may include duties other than those specified in the employee’s official positions description to include performance of manual labor to support the establishment of team facilitated, subsistence of team members, and distribution of commodities to incident survivors; and may involve some physical exertion including activities such as long periods of standing; walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; recurring bending, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities; carrying and lifting of moderately heavy items (up to 50 pounds).


  • 50% or Greater
  • IMAT members will deploy to emergency sites. Non-emergency travel may be required.


  • Yes
  • A relocation bonus may be authorized.


  • 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.


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When deployed the incumbent of this position reports to the IMAT Team Leader and manages the Human resources, Procurement, Training and Cost Units for the incident.  Functional responsibilities include funds control, document control, personnel actions, travel voucher preparation, acquisitions, and the financial aspects of mission assignments. Incumbent will coordinate federal support for response and recovery to natural and man-made incidents, that result in considerable levels of damage, or disruption severely impacting the affected population and infrastructure requiring sustained federal recovery support.

  • Determines appropriate organizational structure based on the supervisor's direction and ensures the structure and staffing are Incident Command System (ICS) compliant.
  • Manages the incident funding process; directs the review of funding documents ensuring correctness, proper authorization, justification, and appropriateness of expenditures
  • Provides guidance, expertise, and analysis on financial and administrative management to the FCO/Operations Section Chief and Command and General Staff
When not deployed the incumbent of this position reports to the IMAT Lead and is responsible for performing various finance and administrative duties in support of the team. 
  • Establishes and maintains an integrated financial management system
  • Maintains the micro-purchase card for the team ensuring proper procedures are followed when making purchases
  • Serves as Contracting Officer Representative (COR) for the team


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The qualification requirements listed below must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

You qualify for this position if you possess the following:

Experience that clearly demonstrates ability to lead a Finance and Administration Section in a NIMS/ICS-compliant, self-sufficient, highly mobile, rapidly deployable emergency response team organized and equipped to effectively manage all Federal support to a State, tribal, territorial or local government during natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other man-made disasters; includes equivalent experience with Federal government financial and accounting principles and standards, establishing and operating financial, accounting and reporting systems, and providing advice to financial and program managers on difficult financial and accounting problems and providing solution alternatives to control and report issues and problems; demonstrated experience with funds control, acquisition, compensation and claims process, contracting, employee services and relations, payroll, procurement, purchasing, recruitment and hiring, training, travel, safety and security.

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. Knowledge of Federal government financial and accounting principles and standards and FEMA/DHS policy and procedures.
2. Knowledge and expertise to establish and operate financial, accounting, reporting systems, and to provide advice to financial and program managers on difficult financial and accounting problems and provide solution alternatives to control and report issues and problems.
3. Analytical skills and the ability to examine accounting documents, reports, and records to assure conformance with DHS/FEMA policy and generally accepted principles.
4. Ability to communicate clearly both orally and by writing letters, memoranda and operating procedures to convey information related to financial management activities.
5. Interpersonal skills necessary to implement financial policies and procedures to resolve problems and to negotiate solutions on unpopular financial processes when needed.
6. Ability to provide supervision, guidance and oversight to subordinates to ensure successful completion of program goals and objectives.
7. Ability to plan, organize, monitor and control the administrative and monetary resources for disaster operations both internal and external to the section to ensure adherence to applicable laws and regulations. 
8. Ability to establish and maintain internal controls.                                                                            
9. Ability to establish and maintain interpersonal and inter-agency working relationships.


For consideration in hiring, applicants must be available to complete all portions of the hiring process to which they are invited and on the dates specified. Failure to complete any portion will eliminate an applicant from consideration. Participation in all phases of the assessment is mandatory. The phases for the assessment are:

Phase I:  All applicants will be ranked based on their responses to the job questionnaire for this announcement. Applicants whose assessment score rates 90 and above, may be considered for further review. Qualified candidates will be referred for a review of their resume and other supporting documentation, by subject matter experts, in regards to the criteria defined in the vacancy announcement. Candidates who are referred by the subject matter experts will then complete Phase II of the assessment. 

Phase II: Qualified candidates referred at the end of Phase I of the review process, will be invited to attend a one day, in-person assessment at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Alabama. The assessment will include a panel interview and a series of exercises to evaluate candidates in the following areas:

  • Oral Communication Skills
  • Writing Skills
  • Physical Fitness
  • Technical Skills
  • Teamwork & Leadership Skills
You will be required to travel to Anniston, Alabama (CDP) for a one-day assessment during the week of May 4-10, 2014. Specific day of travel to be determined. Travel to CDP will be at government expense. Tentative job offers will made in Anniston, Alabama upon completion of the one-day assessment. Candidates, who receive a tentative offer in Anniston, must accept or decline the offer at that time.

Newly hired IMAT members will be required to attend a 16 week academy (July 6, 2014 - September 27, 2014) that will include but is not limited to:
  • Basic on-boarding and equipment issuance
  • Position-specific emergency management training and education
  • Management and leadership development
  • Assessments and capability validation exercises
  • Engagement with subject matter expert professionals at the local,  state, and Federal levels of emergency management
  • Team building activities
The aforementioned activities will build upon and refine the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to effectively execute the Agency mission and operate as a cohesive unit. All travel and per diem expenses will be covered.

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  • STAFFORD ACT EXCEPTED SERVICE APPOINTMENTS: Cadre On Call Response Employee – Incident (CORE-I) is an appointment type granted under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Section 306 (b), which authorizes FEMA to appoint such temporary employees as necessary to accomplish work authorized under the Act. Appointments under this authority within FEMA are made to the excepted service and are nonpermanent in nature.
  • 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 Secret Clearance 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.
  • 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.
  • All federal employees are required to have federal payments (salary) made by direct deposit.
Performance Based Awards: IMAT members may be eligible for awards annually based on their performance individually as well as a team. Awards may be up to 10% (5% individual, 5% team) of their salary and up to a $6,000 bonus.


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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 


Lorraine Whilden
Phone: 800-879-6076
Fax: 999-999-9999
TDD: 800-877-8339
Agency Information:
FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency
Please read entire announcement
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. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

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