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Announcement Number:
FEMA-17-KML-132950-RSV
Hiring Agency:
FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency
Position Title:
Disability Integration Advisor
Open Period:
02/22/2017 - 05/16/2017

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
IM - 0089 00
Salary:
USD $40.77 - USD $40.77
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Temporary
Promotion Potential:
IM-00
Duty Location(s):
MANY
in
Location Negotiable After Selection, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Kimberly Lytle
202-212-1399
kimberly.lytle@fema.dhs.gov

Overview

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
 All U.S. Citizens

View common definitions of terms found in this announcement. 

This announcement will close at 11:59 pm EST on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Term appt, NTE 2 yrs
Appointment Type Details:
Intermittent employment not to exceed 2 years.
Marketing Statement:
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

 
Summary:
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.

A Disability Integration Advisor is responsible for providing subject matter expertise, guidance and resources to all FEMA programs and services during response and recovery for disasters to ensure programs and services are integrated and fully accessible to survivors with disabilities and other individuals with access and functional needs. The salary for this position is $40.77 per hour. Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Disability Integration team within FEMA.

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.

This position is being announced under FEMA's Reservist Program.  This is a temporary appointment in the Excepted Service, not to exceed 2 years.  Employment is on an intermittent basis.  Veterans’ preference does not apply to the reservist program selection process.

STAFFORD ACT EXCEPTED SERVICE APPOINTMENTS: The Reservist Program is an appointment type granted under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Section 306 (b), which authorizes FEMA to appoint such temporary employees as necessary to accomplish work authorized under the Act. Appointments under this authority within FEMA are made to the excepted service and are nonpermanent in nature.
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
75% or less

This position requires travel to emergency sites. Non-emergency travel may be required.

Duties

As a Disability Integration Advisor in FEMA's Reservist Program, some of the duties you will be responsible for include:

  • Participating as part of a team in facility site evaluation for Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) within 48 hours of a validated State's request.
  • Working collaboratively and providing guidance to External Affairs, Disaster Survivor Assistance, Individual Assistance, Recovery and other program areas that interface with the community.
  • Providing guidance for State and local governmental agencies to assist with ensuring people with disabilities and/or other access and functional needs have equal access to programs and services.
  • Providing Support Services Branch or designee guidance and technical assistance to establish accessibility at Disaster Recovery Center and other field locations pursuant to establish Agency policy guidance.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills, and provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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.
Key Requirements:
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to be considered for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • Travel will be required.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Government credit card.
  • Selective service registration is required for males born after 12/31/59.
  • Education Requirements:
    Evaluations:
    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. 

     
    Qualifications:
    The qualifications requirements listed below must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

    To qualify for this position, you must possess:

    • At least three (3) years of experience in disability as it relates to civil rights, laws and regulations, integration, full inclusion, or independent living philosophy vs. medical model.

    NOTE: Qualifications are based on breadth/level of experience. In addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from MM/YY to MM/YY) and the number of hours worked per week if part time. As qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. Applicants are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to develop their federal resume. For a brief video on How to Create a Federal Resume, click here.

    Current or former FEMA Reservists/DAE employees: To accurately credit your experience for these intermittent positions, make sure to list the dates (from MM/YY to MM/YY) of each deployment, along with the job title and specific duties you were responsible for during each deployment.  Failure to provide this information may result in disqualification.

     

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits:
    This position is temporary and intermittent and you will work during disaster declarations.
    • You will be paid only during times of deployment.
    • You will be paid sick leave and earn one hour of sick leave for every 20 hours in a pay status, up to four hours each pay period.
    • You will be eligible to enroll in Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) when in a pay status of 14 days or more. Enrollment in FEHB terminates upon entering a non-pay status.
     
    Other Information:
    • 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 credit check after initial job qualifications are determined (Mythbuster), review of financial issues, such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. For more information on background investigations for Federal jobs please visit the OPM website at https://www.opm.gov/investigations/background-investigations/.
    • DHS uses E-verify, an internet based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.
    • This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
    • 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. Deployments may include working in excess of eight hours a day, or in excess of 40 hours in a given week, including weekends and holidays, and under stressful, physically demanding, and austere conditions. 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.
    • All candidates must be available to deploy at all times during the term of this appointment unless pre-approved through authorized Reservist leave. Reservists may take up to 90 days of unpaid Reservist Leave per year.
    • FEMA Reservist employees must maintain an address of primary residency (which will serve as the official duty station of the employee), in a Stafford Act “State”, as defined by Section 102(4) of the Stafford Act.
    • If selected for this position you will be required to attend a two week Emergency Manager Orientation (EMO) in Anniston, AL or Emmitsburg, MD. Travel is at FEMA’s expense and will occur from Sunday to Friday.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents. See Required Documents section for more detail.

    We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online or do not have access to the internet (e.g., applicant experiencing documented system issues, applicant does not have access to the internet, etc.), you may be able to submit a paper application and the required forms.  To do so, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed in the Agency Contact Information prior to the close of this announcement.

     
    Required Documents:
    1. Your resume
    2. Your responses to the job questionnaire
    3. Are you a current or former federal employee? Submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that verifies the Federal service indicated on your resume e.g., length of time you have been in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions or within-grade/range increases); your current promotion potential; proof of permanent appointment, etc.
    Next Steps:
    Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. We will notify you by email after each of these steps has been completed. We expect to make a final job offer within 30 days after the deadline for applications.

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