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    This position is being announced under FEMA's Incident Management Assistant Team (IMAT) Program. This is a 4-year temporary appointment in the Excepted service. This position is located on a Type II, Regional/National IMAT and has a starting salary range of $51.58 per hour to $69.63 per hour; however, the maximum salary possible in this position is $79.23 per hour.  Salary listed includes locality pay.

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    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 www.fema.gov for additional information.

    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 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 located within the Regional Offices, Region Nine, Response Division, IMAT Branch in Oakland, CA. In this position, you will serve as the Planning Section Chief, Type II to lead the collection, evaluation, dissemination, and use of information about the incident and status of resources in Level II Incidents.

    When deployed, the Planning Section Chief 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. Typical duties include:

    • Coordinating 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.
    • Determining appropriate organizational structure based on supervisor's direction and ensures the structure and staffing are Incident Command System (ICS) compliant
    • Coordinating with the State/Territory to establish a unified planning effort to include coordinating with the State/Territory Planning Section Chief
    • Ensuring required/requested reports, briefings, and geospatial information products are complete, accurate, and distributed properly to provide a geospatial information capability
    • Develop innovative, non-standard planning products, with the permission of leadership, using unique thought processes and advanced data and geospatial analytics tools to demonstrate a clearer vision of success at a disaster.

    When not deployed, 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. Typical duties include:

    • Coordinating 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
    • Providing planning technical expertise, coordinating internal/external planning efforts, and participating in and at times leading large intra/inter-agency deliberate and crisis action planning efforts.
    • Represent FEMA Region IX in the development of FEMA incident management, situational awareness, and planning doctrine.

    Travel Required

    75% or less - IMAT members will deploy to emergency sites. IMAT members will travel to disasters, offices, trainings, meetings, or for other job related reasons. Non-emergency travel may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/541889900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.