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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Emergency Management Specialist (NDRS Recovery Coordination Crew Leader)

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:FEMA-LW068-IMCORE-14

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$34,319.00 to $44,615.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, July 16, 2014 to Thursday, July 31, 2014




Full Time - Excepted appointment not to exceed [2 years]




2 vacancies - Location Negotiable After Selection, United States


U.S. citizens and nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.


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.

This position is being announced under FEMA’s Incident Management 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: 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.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to be considered for this position.
  • Travel will be required.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Government credit card.


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National Disaster Recovery Support (NDRS) Cadre

The NDRS Cadre supports the Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) and Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator (FDRC) in planning and executing all matters concerning disaster recovery under the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF). The NDRS Cadre assists in facilitating disaster recovery coordination and collaboration between the Federal, Tribal, State and local governments, the private sector and voluntary, faith-based and community organizations. The NDRS Cadre assists Federal leadership in developing partnerships with stakeholders to support the Local Disaster Recovery Managers (LDRM) and the State and/or Tribal Disaster Recovery Coordinator (SDRC/TDRC) to facilitate disaster recovery in the impacted State or Tribal areas.

As a Recovery Coordination Crew Leader, you will be responsible for overseeing the provision of NDRS technical assistance. Primary duties include the following:

  • Assists in implementing the NDRS coordination function.
  • Establish external and Recovery Support Function (RSF) coordination structures as directed.
  • Determines if the organizational structure is appropriate based on supervisor’s direction and ensures that the structure and staffing are Incident Command System (ICS) compliant.
  • Provides support for organizational development of Tribal-, Territorial-, State-, and community-level coordination structures.
  • Establishes communications between response, recovery, and other internal partners that may affect the recovery mission.
  • Establish internal Joint Field Office coordination relationships.
  • Synthesizes information gathered to identify gaps, overlaps, conflicts and other issues that may affect the recovery mission.
  • Prepares analysis of recovery information and progress toward RSS objectives.
  • Ensures support of the community-based teams for Federal community recovery assistance resources, and subject matter expertise.
  • Prepares facilitators to lead group processes.
  • Mobilizes facilitators to lead multi-stakeholder meetings and collaborative problem-solving of diverse audiences as requested.
  • Ensures adherence to and support of the Recovery Communication Strategy and message delivery.


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you must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

There is no educational substitution for this position.

To qualify for this position, you must possess:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of various types and levels of government and the basis of their authority. (E.g. Federal, State, Local, Tribal, Territorial, etc.).
  • Demonstrated basic knowledge of various government programs to assist establishing external and internal coordination structures to support state and community disaster recovery including those of the Recovery Support Function (RSF) lead agency partners under NDRF (FEMA, HUD, US ACE, DOI, HHS, and EDA).
  • Extensive equivalent experience in at least one area related to coordination in state, community or private sector coordination. (e.g. engineering, planning, architecture, health care systems, social services, housing, infrastructure, environmental, education, historic preservation, archeology, anthropology, economic development, natural resources, public administration, inter-governmental relations, communications, public finance, non-profit management, etc.).
  • Ability to assist with the implementation mission management plans.


Your application includes your:

1.  Resume,
2.  Responses to the online questions,
3.  Required supporting documents;

Your application must show that you meet all requirements for this position.  You may be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position.

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 will be referred to a selection panel for consideration.

We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process. 
To preview questions please click here.


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  • Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.
  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
  • You may be required to work overtime, shift and weekend work with little advance notice.
  • You will be subject to a one-year trial period (unless already completed)
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • 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. When activated and deployed, you serve in a federal travel status and are entitled to lodging, transportation and per diem reimbursements for authorized expenses in accordance with federal travel regulations.
  • 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.
  • All candidates will be considered without regard to any non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, parental status, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.


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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. - 4:00 p.m. ET, 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 (
We suggest you go to the end of the "Qualifications & Evaluations" section of the job announcement to preview the online questions. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Resume Tips 

Step 2 - Apply Online
Click the "Apply Online" link on this page. You will then be directed to USAJOBS where you must select a resume. After selecting a resume, click on the "Apply for this position now!" link, and follow the prompts to register (if you have not already done so). You will then be required to answer a few questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Apply Online" to continue.

Step 3 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application
If this is your first time on FEMA's 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. You may also track your application status from your USAJOBS account.

Step 5 - Submit Required Documents
You can submit any required or optional documents (described 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 social security number from anything 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 have already loaded on USAJOBS. OR

2. You may upload a document to an existing application by logging in to your USAJOBS account. Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy. Once you have located the vacancy, click on it and select "Apply Online." Move through your existing application until you reach the "Documents" page and select "Upload" to add a document to your application. Be sure to review your complete application to confirm that the document(s) uploaded properly.

In the "Application Review" section, you should see your uploaded documents listed on the "Vacancy Documents" screen. Once you see them, click "Finished;" you will then be returned to USAJOBS.

Fax: Create a fax cover-sheet in CareerConnector by following the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions. The fax number is on the cover-sheet.


We recommend that you submit the following documents:

1.  Your résumé

2.  Your responses to the job questionnaire. You can preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process. Please refer to the link under the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section of this announcement.

3.  Are you a veteran?  Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty). Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out the SF-15 (click">here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. Click">here for more veterans’ information.


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


You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging into your account at We also recommend you opt to receive status change emails through USAJOBs. Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate, or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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