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    The ideal candidate has experience as a legislative staffer, monitoring pending legislation, conducting research, drafting legislation, giving advice/ counsel and recommendations, for a Member of US House of Representatives, United States Senator, or Congressional Committee. This position starts at a salary of $102,663 (GS-13). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Congressional Affairs team within FEMA.

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    Responsibilities

    When disaster strikes, America looks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. 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: 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.

    In the position of Congressional Affairs Specialist, you will be responsible for assisting the Director, Deputy Director and Branch Chiefs of the Congressional Affairs Division in designing short and long-term proactive strategies to engage Members of Congress and their staffs and communicating the Agency's mission, program, policies and procedures. Typical duties include:

    • Recommending policy changes for review and ultimate distribution to Members of Congress and their staffs; participating with counterparts in the development and implementation of congressional and legislative program strategies for highly visible or national priority programs.
    • Drafting and recommending responses for supervisors and senior staff on the appropriate response to various issues, questions, and comments that relate to Agency program, policies, authorities and issues which may be of sensitive nature to the Agency.
    • Collecting background information and conducting casework analysis for purpose of responding to inquiries from Members of Congress and their staff, which may include working with FEMA senior program officials and/or Regional contacts, or other Federal agency officials.
    • Attending meetings and conferences, which require close coordination with professional colleagues in holding in-depth discussions and negotiating policy issues.
    • Coordinating with the Office of Chief Counsel to identify, track, and summarize proposed legislative actions having a direct impact on FEMA, its policies and programs.
    • Coordinating and prepares senior agency officials for hearings, briefings and speeches, (e.g. Authorization, appropriations and oversight for assigned areas of responsibility).

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - This position may require non-emergency travel (5%)

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    13

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/568630700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.