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Announcement Number:
FEMA-16-SDC-100670-DE
Hiring Agency:
FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency
Position Title:
Emergency Management Specialist (Preparedness)
Open Period:
07/13/2016 - 07/19/2016

Format MM/DD/YYYY


This vacancy is limited to a certain number of applicants and may close before the close date listed here if that limit is reached.
Series/Grade:
GS - 0089 13
Salary:
USD $86,260 - USD $112,142
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full Time
Promotion Potential:
GS-13
Duty Location(s):
1
in
Honolulu, HI, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Shuntonya Clark
202-212-5292
shuntonya.clark@fema.dhs.gov

Overview

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
This announcement will close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) Tuesday, July 19, 2016 OR at 11:59 p.m. ET on the date the 200th application is received, whichever comes first.
Security Clearance Required:
Secret
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
Permanent
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.

The ideal candidate should have demonstrated experience in the design, development, and implementation of emergency management exercises that involve federal, state, territory, and/or local governments in accordance with the Homeland Security Exercise & Evaluation Program (HSEEP); and have demonstrated experience organizing meetings and conferences and facilitating participation by federal, state, territory, tribal and local governments and volunteer organizations. This position starts at a salary of $86,260 (GS-13). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Region 9 Pacific Area Office 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.
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Occasional non-emergency travel may be required.

Duties

In this position, you will serve as a Pacific Area Office Training & Exercise Specialist. Typical assignments include:

  • Serving as a functional proponent of emergency preparedness, providing advice and guidance on regionalized planning and execution of emergency management services.
  • Carrying out or coordinating emergency response and preparedness training course development, exercise design, conduct, evaluation, and other preparedness program deliveries for stakeholders. Executing preparedness program activities to ensure all stakeholders are engaged in efforts designed to reduce the frequency, severity, and cost of disasters, injuries, fatalities, and impact on critical infrastructure and the environment.
  • Evaluating efficiency issues and major administrative aspects of substantive, mission-oriented programs.
  • Assessing, inspecting, and evaluating emergency management processes, execution plans, and standard operating procedures for compliance with established emergency management directives, regulations, policies, laws, standards, and guidance.
  • Performing technical writing functions, requiring substantial knowledge of the various areas of emergency management and of the specialized terminology required.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
You qualify for this position at the GS-13 level (starting salary $86,260) if you possess the following:
One full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level, that demonstrates the following:  1) designing, developing and implementing emergency management exercises that involve federal, state, territory and/or local governments in accordance with the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP); 2) developing technical emergency disaster preparedness reports, policies and/or procedures; 3) providing solutions and making recommendations regarding program issues to senior officials.


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 provides valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
 
Key Requirements:
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • Selective Service registration required.
  • Education Requirements:
    Evaluations:
    We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will use your responses to the job questionnaire to place you in one of three categories based on your experience, education and training. The competencies needed to perform this job are:
    • Technical Proficiency
    • Communication
    • Customer Service
    • Representing the Agency
    • Teamwork and Cooperation
    If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
    1. Best Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate high proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all Selective Placement Factors (SPF) and appropriate Quality Ranking Factors (QRF) as determined by the job analysis.
    2. Well Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates acceptable proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all SPFs and appropriate QRFs as determined by the job analysis.
    3. Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate basic proficiency in most of the critical competencies, including all SPFs and appropriate QRFs as determined by the job analysis.
    If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. 

    Veterans:  Qualified veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best-qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher.  This position is not considered scientific/professional.  Other 10-point preference eligibles and veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify.  View information on veterans' preference.

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. View information about ICTAP eligibility on OPM’s Career Transition Resources website. To be considered eligible under ICTAP, you must be placed in the "well-qualified" category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.
    Qualifications:
    The qualification requirements listed below must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits:
    DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays.  Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities.For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select “benefits.”
    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 a Secret clearance as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a credit check after initial job qualifications are determined (Mythbuster), a 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.
    • 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.
    • A one year probationary period is required for new Federal competitive service employees and new supervisors and managers.
    • 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 Saturday.
    • Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the documentation that is required, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

    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 a computer, you may 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 veteran? Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) or other acceptable documentation (i.e., a letter from your Command reflecting rank, dates of service, and type of discharge), which verifies veteran’s status and type of discharge prior to the closing date of this announcement. Those applying for 10-Point preference may fill out the SF-15 and/or provide documentation that demonstrates preference eligibility. If applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. This must indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable or general conditions. View more veterans' information.
    4. Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)?  Submit: 
    • a copy of your agency notice,
    • a copy of your most recent performance rating, and
    • a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.
    Next Steps:
    Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best 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. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

    View more information on applying for federal employment.