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This is an excepted service position located on a Type I, National Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT), Response Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This position starts at a salary of $74,392 to $86,400. Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the National 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).
The incumbent will serve on an IMAT General Staff as the Tech Corps Specialist. The incumbent will coordinate federal support in response to natural or man-made incidents, including terrorism, that result in extraordinary levels of mass causalities, damage, or disruption severely affecting the population, infrastructure, environment, economy, national morale, or government functions. Typical assignments include the following:
When deployed, the incumbent reports to the Disaster Emergency Communications Branch Director in the Operations Section and is responsible for assisting in the integration of private sector partners into a National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliant process to provide both virtual and field level services and equipment that support disaster technology services to State, local, tribal, territorial (SLTT) communities.
In coordination with FEMA’s Private Sector Division, Office of External Affairs, builds a network of technology partners that are prepared, trained, and certified to engage in disaster response on a voluntary basis. Facilitates collaboration between public and private sector resources to help solve identified technology issues during disasters. Technology issues requiring a coordinated effort may include, but will not necessarily be limited to: Computer and telecommunication nodes, network infrastructure, Internet connectivity and applications, cellular service, satellite and land mobile radio communications. This may also include mobile technology, social media and non-conventional technology platforms to establish or restore communications with survivors and the emergency responders after a disaster, or other critical technology gaps identified in coordination with local leaders.
Engages appropriate partners to develop procedures and processes for identifying technology restoration and support service requirements; identifies mission critical skills to meet those requirements; and works with FEMA’s Private Sector Division to engage the voluntary technology entities that have the capability to support technology needs and requirements.
Identifies creative solutions to help overcome obstacles and achieve program, agency or disaster objectives. Collaborates with program partners and technology stakeholders to provide guidance on deployment readiness so that supporting entities and individuals are prepared to respond to a federally declared disaster based on previously identified requirements and mission-critical skills.
During disaster operations, leads the identification, assessment, and prioritization of technology related community and survivor disaster response and recovery needs that can appropriately be addressed by voluntary resources. Serves as the federal point of contact to coordinate referral and, as appropriate, facilitate deployment of voluntary technology resources to SLTT through the incident action planning process.
When not deployed, during steady state, the incumbent reports to the Operations Section Chief and will:
(1) participate in exercises at the national, regional and state levels; (2) participate in: all training as required by the position with states and other federal agencies, professional development as required for team member development and FQS certification, and emergency management training and workshops; (3) provide input for the development of and participates in the execution and documentation of functions and plans that affect critical aspects of FEMA’s mission, operational responses and programs; (4) provide basic instruction on disaster-related topics to regions, state and local authorities; (5) participate in the development of regional catastrophic planning for all-hazard responses; (6) assist in the development of plans, goals, and objectives for new initiatives and programs; (7) evaluate and provide recommendations for improving effectiveness of existing programs and activities.