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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 I, Regional IMAT and has a starting salary range of $45.65 per hour to $61.62 per hour; however, the maximum salary possible in this position is $70.12 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).

    When deployed, the Public Affairs Specialist reports to the Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) and manages all response-related Federal external affairs elements under the guidance of the Operation Director. Typically duties may include:

    • Establishing and maintaining mutual communication among federal, state, local, tribal and territorial authorities.
    • Work with external affairs specialists at all levels of government, as well as with appropriate representatives in private/non-profit/organizations to implement effective communications plans and policies.
    • Establishing work assignments, monitor and evaluate performance and set priorities for subordinates that are qualified to perform assigned positions.
    • Directing and oversee public information, congressional, intergovernmental, private sector, and community engagement programs as well as development and release of incident information.
    • Monitoring reports from various sources to identify emerging potential external affairs issues.
    • Reviewing communications products, including social media outreach, for publication or release.
    • Providing communications counsel and strategic advice to the FCO and Command and General Staff.
    • Serving as a spokesperson for FEMA in responding to media inquiries from national, regional and local media; providing information to broadcast, print and online reporters on controversial or sensitive topics related to the disaster.
    • Participating in all relevant National Incident Communication Conference Line (NICCL), State Incident Communication Conference Line (SICCL) and Private Sector Incident Communication Conference Line (PICCL) calls through ESF-15 Concept of Operations.

    When not deployed, during steady state, the incumbent reports to the Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) and will work in full coordination with FEMA HQ and Regional External Affairs leadership. Typically duties may include:

    • Participating in weekly conference calls to provide updates in EA activities as well as exercises at the national, regional and state levels; EA Division management; all training as required by the position; development of regional catastrophic planning and designing exercise events to test plans and policies;
    • Ensuring regional disaster EA operations are closed out appropriately and consistently;
    • Provide input for the development of and participation in the execution and documentation of functions and plans for critical aspects of FEMA's mission, operational responses and programs;
    • Evaluating and provide recommendations to improve effectiveness of existing programs and activities and management EA components of any Lessons Learned/Continuous Improvement plans resulting from disaster field operations.
    • Representing EA leadership on task forces, work groups, councils, etc related to incident communications and disaster operations.

    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.

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    1035 Public Affairs

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/547523000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.