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This position is a type II Incident Management appointment type. The position starts at a salary of $80,237 to $93,193; however based on performance, the maximum salary possible over the 4-year appointment is $124,034. Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Region II IMAT team within FEMA.

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: IMAT employees are subject to a 24-hour on call work schedules in the event of an emergency and be willing to be 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 position 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).

This position is being announced under FEMA's Incident Management Assistant Team (IMAT) Program. This is a temporary appointment in the Excepted service, not to exceed 4 years in duration. Veterans’ preference does not apply to the IMAT program selection process.


When deployed: The incumbent of this position reports to the Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) or IMAT Team Leader in the absence of a designated FCO and is responsible for the collection, evaluation, dissemination, and use of information about the incident and status of resources as the Planning Section Chief. 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 supervisor's direction and ensures the structure and staffing are Incident Command System (ICS) compliant
  • Coordinates with the State/Territory to establish a unified planning effort to include coordinating with the State/Territory Planning Section Chief
  • Ensures required/requested reports, briefings, and geospatial information products are complete, accurate, and distributed properly to provide a geospatial information capability

    When not deployed: The incumbent of this position reports to the IMAT Team Leader and is responsible for implementing, directing, and coordinating the development of deliberate and crisis action strategic, operational, and tactical plans during steady-state operations and deployments.
  • Coordinates the implementation of a full-cycle preparedness program (training, exercise, and evaluation) aligned with the concepts and methodologies of the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program and Agency guidance to support the maintenance of team readiness
  • Provides planning technical expertise, coordinates internal/external planning efforts, and participates in and at times leads large intra/inter-agency planning efforts
  • Establishes an internal IMAT preparedness program and implements the necessary information and knowledge management processes and procedures necessary to support planning and preparedness activities

Travel Required

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

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • A relocation bonus may be authorized. NOTE: Relocation must be requested upon receipt of tentative offer.