Federal Emergency Management Agency
$78,482.00 to $90,859.00
Open & closing dates
Opening and closing dates
$78,482 to $90,859 per year
Pay scale & grade
Full-Time - Full Time
Term - Temporary - Not to Exceed 4 Years
1 vacancy in the following location:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
A relocation bonus may be authorized.
NOTE: Relocation must be requested upon receipt of tentative offer.
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
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
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This position is in Region 6 Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) and starts at a salary of $78,482 to $90,859; however based on performance, the maximum salary possible over the 4-year appointment is $121,323. Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Region 6 IMAT team within FEMA.
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 to include performance of manual labor to support the establishment of team facilitated, subsistence of team members, and distribution of commodities to incident survivors; 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 being announced under FEMA's Incident Management Assistant Team (IMAT) Program. This is a temporary appointment in the Excepted service, not to exceed 4 years in duration. Veterans’ preference does not apply to the IMAT program selection process.
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The incumbent serves on an IMAT General Staff as the Planning Section Chief.
When deployed, the incumbent of this position 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
When not deployed, the incumbent of 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 planning efforts.
Establishing an internal IMAT preparedness program and implementing the necessary information and knowledge management processes and procedures necessary to support planning and preparedness activities
50% or less - IMAT members will deploy to emergency sites.
Non-emergency travel may be required.
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This announcement will close at 11:59 pm EST on March 23, 2018 OR at 11:59 pm EST on the date the 200th application is received, whichever comes first.
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0089 Emergency Management Specialist
Conditions of Employment
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.
Please review Other Information section for additional key requirements.
Please ensure you meet the qualification requirements described below.
The qualification requirements listed below must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.
You qualify for this position at the AD-04 level (starting salary $78,482 to $90,859) if you possess the following:
One full year of specialized experience at the AD-03 level or GS 9/11 level in Federal service that demonstrates the following:
Coordinating with internal and external stakeholders to establish, organize, and manage unified planning efforts to meet the emergent needs of State and local jurisdictions in response to natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other man-made disasters.
Managing the Incident Action Planning process and workforce; including development of incident objectives and identifying operational resources or work assignments.
Collecting and analyzing information to support incident management; including resource tracking, GIS mapping, and preparation of correspondence.
Managing and supervising staff, to include establishing work assignments, providing advice and counsel, and setting priorities necessary for accomplishing the work of the unit.
Credentialed and qualified as a FEMA Planning Section Chief Type III
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.
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.
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.
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/
If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment
, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.
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This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
STAFFORD ACT EXCEPTED SERVICE APPOINTMENTS: Cadre On Call Response Employee – Incident (CORE-I) 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.
Performance Based Awards: IMAT members may be eligible for awards annually based on their performance individually as well as a team. Awards may be up to 10% (5% individual, 5% team) of their salary and up to a $6,000 bonus.
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 per 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.
If selected for this position you will be required to attend a one week Emergency Manager Orientation in Leesburg, Virginia. Travel is at FEMA’s expense and will occur from Sunday to Saturday.
This position has been identified as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) because of its security, public health, and/or public safety sensitivity, therefore you are subject to random drug testing under FEMA's Drug-Free Workplace Plan (DWP). Refusal to be tested will result in disciplinary action up to and including removal from federal service.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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. Applicants whose assessment score rates 90 and above, may be considered for further review by subject matter experts, in regards to the criteria defined in the vacancy announcement.
If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education, and training will be rated using a job questionnaire that is based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job:
Supervising a diverse workforce to include creating a culture that fosters high standards of ethics and diversity among staff members.
Managing functional, incident action, contingency, strategic and management plans and production of key Incident Action Plan components.
Overseeing incident information to include collection, analysis and reporting of relevant materials, including GIS mapping, geospatial and remote sensing capabilities.
Coordinating with state, tribal, and/or territorial partners to establish a unified approach to organize and manage Planning Section products and processes.
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Background checks and security clearance
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Your responses to the job questionnaire - You will be directed to the online job questionnaire once you begin the application process for this position.
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.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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How to Apply
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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.
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