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.
FEMA offers developmental opportunities, competitive compensation, and networking opportunities.
This position is also being advertised at the GS-9 grade level. To apply for that position, please refer to announcement # MG-201090967-LDC-424368-D/M
This position is located in the Individual Assistance Branch of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Region X in Bothell, WA. The incumbent serves as a program specialist under the supervision of the Chief, Individual Assistance Branch. When delegated, the incumbent directs the implementation of individual assistance programs, and provides leadership in and serves as coordinator for various specialty areas and/or in the various program areas.
EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: FEMA employees are subject to 24 hour on-call in the event of any emergency. This service 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 that require functioning under intense physical and mental stress.
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
You must be a U.S. citizen to be considered for this position.
You may be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.
Background and/or Security Investigation required.
This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
Additional Duty Location Info:
1 vacancy - Bothell, WA
Organization: This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Region X, Bothell, WA.
Primary Purpose: The incumbent serves a program specialist for Individual Assistance programs.
Serves as a program specialist for Region X Individual Assistance activities;
Assists in the management and coordination of various individual assistance components of the organization required for rapid Federal response to Presidentially declared major disasters and emergencies under the provisions of Public Law 93-288;
Participates with senior managers in the administration, coordination and delivery of disaster assistance operations;
Provides technical and management oversight to Federal agencies under FEMA mission Assignment and to those agencies performing direct Federal assistance under Public Law 93-288;
Participates in conducting on-site training for individual assistance personnel, to include permanent full-time and temporary hire personnel, Disaster Assistance Employees (DAE's) local hires, and selected personnel from State, local and volunteer agencies;
Responds to various correspondence concerning individual assistance operations and programs from governmental officials and agencies, individuals or groups of the general public and volunteer organizations;
Performs additional assignments in support of other FEMA programs as directed by the Regional Administrator.
Qualifications and Evaluations
Specialized experience requirements: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service.
Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is in or related to the work of the position to be filled.
Specialized experience is described as experience working with Individual Assistance Regulations, and books, manuals, policies and procedural quidance.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Applicants meeting the basic qualification requirements and any selective placement factor stated in this employment opportunity will be rated and ranked on the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA's).
Selective Placement Factor: None
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
1. Knowledge of the relationship between Federal State, local and voluntary agency emergency management officials gained through experience in disaster operations..
2. Skill in the systematic analysis and evaluation of federal, state, and local emergency management response and recovery activities and requirements, and subsequent development of options and action plans recommendations.
3. Ability to communicate effectively making presentations and discussing issues with varied audiences.
4. Skill in communicating in writing developing presentations and creating written messages for varied audiences.
5. Ability to manage information via reporting, tracking, and monitoring activities in conditions often encountered during response operations.
Time-in-Grade Requirements: Status applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade in the Federal service. To be creditable, one (1) year is required at the GS-09 level for the GS-11, and one (1) year is required at the GS-11 level for the GS-12.
All qualifications and grade equivalency requirements must be met within 30 calendar days of the closing date of this announcement.
To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link: View Assessment Questions
There are no education requirements for this position.
REGISTRATION FOR SELECTIVE SERVICE: The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12-31-59, who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment within this Agency.
CITIZENSHIP: Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position.
PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You may be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.
DIRECT DEPOSIT: Mandatory Direct Deposit/Electronics Funds Transfer (DD/EFT) for salary payment is a condition of employment at FEMA. Selectee will be required to participate in DD/EFT.
SECURITY CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS: This is a Public Trust position. You will be required to pass a background and fingerprint check.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
All applicants will be evaluated based on responses to the Job Questionnaire for the announcement. These questions measure the extent to which an applicant meets basic eligibility for employment, minimum qualifications as described in the announcement (either through experience and/or education), and the extent to which applicants possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with the position. If applicants meet the minimum qualifications, they will be given the minimum earned rating of 70 points. Candidates must respond to all questions; a maximum of 30 points may be awarded based on the applicants responses to the questionnaire. Candidates who are found to be highly qualified will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.
Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. 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. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.
VETERAN'S PREFERENCE: Eligible veterans who meet established criteria will receive additional points (5 or 10) added to their total score as a result of their military service as appropriate.
INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (ICTAP): Federal Career and Career-Conditional Displaced employees in the local commuting area who are rated "well qualified" will receive special selection priority. If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit a copy of your recent performance appraisal (at least "Meets or Exceeds", or equivalent), proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location. Please do not submit a cash/time off award SF-50, as this does not verify grade. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, you must meet the well qualified standards for the position. A well qualified applicant must satisfy the following criteria: In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, including selective placement factors, education, and experience requirements, the applicant must score at least an 85 (prior to veterans preference being applied) on the application questions as established and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry.
Benefits and Other Info
Our career opportunities feature competitive starting salaries and the potential for performance-based increases, flexible hours, and the ability to achieve and maintain a balanced lifestyle. You will enjoy a range of comprehensive and competitive employment benefits that, among others, include: a fully portable Thrift Savings Plan, similar to a 401(k); personal leave days for vacation, illness, and family care; ten paid holidays per year; flexible work schedules; defined benefit retirement plan; a wide choice of health insurance programs, non-taxable Flexible Spending Accounts for out-of-pocket medical or dependent care expenses; life and long-term care insurance; transportation subsidies; and Employee Assistance Programs. Other benefits that may be available include: a uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; fitness centers; and telework. For more information on federal benefits, please visit www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#FEHB .
Note regarding salary range: Appointees are only guaranteed the minimum salary of the grade for which they are selected. For current and former Federal civilian employees, highest previous rate (matching previous government salary) is at the discretion of management. The minimum rate on this vacancy announcement is the minimum for the lowest grade being announced. For additional information on the minimum rate for any additional grades, please see http://www.opm.gov/oca/10tables/index.asp .
PROMOTION POTENTIAL: When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.
RE-EMPLOYED ANNUITANTS: If you left federal employment and received a buyout and you are selected for this position, you may be required to repay the full amount of the buyout to the agency that paid you.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All candidates will be considered regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, status as a parent, lawful political affiliation, marital status, physical/mental disability (if not a job factor), membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factor.
FEMA also provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Applicants should notify the point of contact on this vacancy announcement if a reasonable accommodation is needed for any part of the application and hiring process. For more information, please visit www.opm.gov/disability/reasonableaccomodation.asp .
How To Apply
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your Résumé
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)
The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, February 08, 2011.
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Please ensure you click the Apply for this position now! button at the end of the process. You will be redirect to Application Manager, https://applicationmanager.gov/ , to complete your application package. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire.
Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status , and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID MG424399. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144 .
If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire ,
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf , and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1 -478-757-3144 . Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
Veterans Preference documentation
If you upload your documents using Application Manager, DO NOT FAX the same documents. To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account https://applicationmanager.gov/ for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.
Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. To fax documents, you M UST use the special cover page. Print the pre-populated cover page on the upload documents screen of Application Manager. Or, you may click this link http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf to print a copy of the cover page. When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.
Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number MG424399
Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
You may submit multiple documents for the same vacancy announcement using one cover page.
Fax your cover page and documents to 1-478-757-3144 .
Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed:
Not using the special cover page mentioned above.
Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number
Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name
Note: If you have documents in your Application Manager account from a previous vacancy announcement they can be opened, copied and saved then reused as an upload file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.
Your resume, curriculum vitae, the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612), or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications can be submitted electronically using the document upload process or fax. Please be sure to include all of the following information in your resume:
- Vacancy Identification Number, title, grade and location for which you are applying.
- Full name, mailing address (with zip code) and day/evening telephone numbers (with area code).
- Country of Citizenship.
- If ever employed by the Federal Government, please show the highest Federal civilian grade held, job series, and dates of employment in grade.
Work Experience for each paid or non-paid position held related to the job for which you are applying (do not provide copies of job descriptions):
- High School name, city, state and zip code, date of diploma or GED.
- Colleges and/or Universities attended, city, state and zip code.
- Major field(s) of study.
- Type and year of degree(s) received. If no degree received, show total credit hours received in semester or quarter hours.
- Job title.
- Duties and accomplishments.
- Number of hours per week.
- Employer's name and address.
- Supervisor's name and phone number.
- Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year).
- Indicate if your current supervisor may be contacted.
Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.
- Job-related training courses (title and year).
- Job-related skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.)
- Job-related certificates and licenses.
- Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments. (e.g., publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.) Do not send copies of documents unless specifically requested.
Instructions for answering the questions in the Occupational Questionnaire: If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.
If applicable, candidates must attach the latest report of Separation from Active Duty (DD-214) to establish honorable discharge from military service. If appropriate documentation is not received by the closing date, preference will not be granted. Applicants who are active military duty will not have a DD-214. Prior to appointment we will verify your eligibility for veteran's preference and that your military service was honorable. To be entitled to preference, a veteran must meet the eligibility requirements in section 2108 of title 5, United States Code. This means that: An honorable or general discharge is necessary. Military retirees at the rank of major, lieutenant commander, or higher are not eligible for preference unless they are disabled veterans. Guard and Reserve active duty for training purposes does not qualify for preference. When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on their application or resume. Applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete form SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. The SF-15 is available online at: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf .
Merit promotion and non-competitive eligible candidates:
Candidates must attach a copy of an SF-50 that documents the highest grade held, salary, tenure group, service computation date, and competitive service appointment. Failure to provide these documents may result in non-consideration for this position.
Competitive status is not required for qualified handicapped individuals eligible for appointment under 5 CFR 213.3102(u); qualified 30% or more disabled veterans eligible for appointment under 5 CFR 316.402(b)(5); those eligible under the Veteran`s Recruitment Act; and, those eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998, provided that these individuals otherwise meet the description of 'Who May Apply.'
Veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three (3) years or more of continuous active service may apply. (Veterans applying under this category must provide proof (DD 214) of service with submission of application). If a DD-214 Form is not available at the time of application, applicants must submit proof of honorable discharge or terminal leave status.
AGENCY CONTACT INFO:
Lon D. Cabot
DHS FEMA HCD Talent Acquisition and Processing
PO Box 9900
Winchester, VA 22604
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
Once your complete application is received, you will receive correspondence indicating that your application has been received. We will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome.
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