Training Specialist, GS-1712-13
Department Of Homeland Security 1,249 reviews - Washington, DC

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Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

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.

Who May Apply

All U.S. Citizens

For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here

This position opportunity is also being advertised under Merit Promotion Procedures. Please see vacancy announcement number MG-2013-T0042-GBH-812255MP for additional information.

This position is ideal for a senior Training Specialist looking for an opportunity to establish a professional development program. This position starts at a salary of $89,033 per annum at the GS-13 level. Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Response Directorate, Office of the Assistant Administrator, Business Management Division, Human Resources Management Branch.


EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: For all nonbargaining unit positions, the following applies: 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.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.

You must be able to obtain a (Public Trust) security clearance.

You may be required to undergo periodic drug testing.

You may be required to serve a one year probationary period.

Direct Deposit is mandatory.

Males born after 12/31/59 - Selective Service Registration required.

In this position, the incumbent serves as the Professional Development Coordinator and is responsible for establishing a professional development program for the Response Directorate employees. Serves as the Response Directorate training program coordinator for professional development in collaboration with directorate program offices. Determines existing opportunities, curriculum, policies and procedures, and conducts informal and/or formal program need/opportunity assessments for professional development of the Response Directorate workforce.

Specific Duties:
  • Plans and evaluates a Professional Development system based upon core competencies and identified priority issues. Coordinates professional development training with appropriate offices to include identification of vendors, processing payment documents, identification of training locations, dissemination of training announcement to staff, scheduling of participants, and maintaining records of attendance and evaluations.
  • Establishes criteria for the Individual Development Plan (IDP) development process and instructs employees and supervisors on how to properly complete. Follows up with supervisors to ensure completion of all IDP’s. Establishes a system for receipt and tracking of IDP’s. Reviews IDP’s for content and applicability for new course development.
  • Coordinates the development of a Managers Training Course within the Response Directorate. Develops a process for course development that includes establishment of staff training and audit procedures for annual updates.
  • Recommends alternatives or modifications to existing programs as necessary. Provides professional advice and recommendations for the conceptualization and development of any non-disaster related training.
  • Prepares presentations and provides in-depth briefings for managers and supervisors as needed. Attends meetings and working groups on behalf of the supervisor and makes recommendations on training and employee development related issues.
  • Conducts research and analysis of assigned training programs and staff proposals to ensure efficiency and effectiveness in meeting established goals and objectives of the directorate and the strategic goals of the agency.
You qualify for this position at the GS-13 level if you possess the following :

One full year of specialized experience. Specialized experience is described as experience developing, implementing and evaluating training processes and/or programs. In addition, developing written documents such as: guidance materials, position papers and general correspondence.

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 In addition to the minimum qualifications described above, you must meet the following requirement(s) to be considered qualified for the position.

The qualification requirements listed above must be met within 30 calendar days of the closing date of this announcement.

Background Investigation : 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 Public Trust clearance level as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a review of financial issues, such as delinquency, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. 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:

1. Working knowledge of current trends and programs involved with professional development education.

2. Skill in developing, implementing and evaluating training processes and/or programs and presenting recommendations for improvements.

3. Ability to facilitate meetings and work groups in order to identify, develop and coordinate training related programs.

4. Skill in organizing, managing and prioritizing multiple demands and projects efficiently and ability to complete assignments in a meticulous and timely manner.

5. Knowledge of quality assurance measures as applied to training programs and demonstrable experience in developing, implementing, and managing a quality assurance program for training.

Under Delegated Examining (All U.S. Citizens), we will use your job questionnaire to place you in one of three categories based on your experience, education, and training. If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

1. Best Qualified : Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.

2. Well-Qualified : Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.

3. Qualified : Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link: View Assessment Questions

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles : If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here to access OPM’s Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ 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.

Veterans : 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. 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, professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. This position is not considered scientific/professional. For information on veterans’ preference, please click here .

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 and select “benefits.”

This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.

Occasional travel may be required.

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