Emergency Management Specialist
Department Of State - Washington, DC

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This position is located in the Planning and Preparedness Division, Office of Emergency Management (A/OEM/PPD), Bureau of Administration (A), Department of State (DOS). The Division's mission is to prepare DOS domestic personnel and facilities for emergencies through education, training, planning, drills, exercises and program assessment. The Division's responsibilities involves coordination with national security emergency preparedness involving mobilization, civil defense, assurance of continuity of government, response to technological disasters, and other issues. The office coordinates planning within DOS and with other federal Departments/Agencies. The office also responds to emergency and disaster situations that affect DOS personnel and facilities.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.

DUTIES: The incumbent performs, but is not limited to, the following duties:

Coordinates and synchronizes emergency preparedness plans and strategies with other Department of State domestic plans.

Serves as an expert advisor on emergency planning and preparedness activities to a broad range of Departmental and external managers and professionals involved in these activities.

Support and/or prepares and designs plans, planning strategy, plans maintenance, and publications to ensure that personnel are provided rapid and appropriate domestic notification.

Identify/determine shortfalls and variations between actual resources availability and emergency response requirements and recommends appropriate corrective action.

Researches, prepares and presents briefings to select Department of State officials on the spectrum of contingency and emergency preparedness plans.

Serves as Department's representative at exercise coordination groups. Recruits, selects volunteers to serve as exercise controllers and evaluators and trains them.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement. Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.
GS-13: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in theFederal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.
Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

Experience performing and leading a variety of studies, investigating and evaluating facts and trends related to emergency planning and response in order to recommend appropriate corrective action.

Experience conceptualizing, developing and implementing a broad range of emergency drills and exercises to test existing emergency plans.

Experience preparing briefs and briefing management on the total spectrum of contingency and emergency preparedness plans.

Experience utilizing regulations, policies, precedents and practices pertaining to various emergency preparedness. Experience with drills and exercises including the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) program.

There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-13
position.

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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection procedures. Based on your responses to the job-specific self-assessment questions, eligible candidates are placed for selection consideration into one of three pre-defined quality categories as described below:
Highly-qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications for the position, candidates must fully demonstrate proficiency in all major aspects of the position.
Well Qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, candidates must demonstrate proficiency in some but not all of the major aspects of the position.
Qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, applicants must demonstrate a basic level of knowledge, skill and ability of the position.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:

Ability to develop and implement emergency response plans.

Knowledge of regulations, policies, precedents and practices in emergency preparedness.

Knowledge of the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP). Knowledge of diverse media technologies.

Knowledge of, and experience in responding to requests for information.

Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. In order to fully evaluate your application and receive proper credit, your resume should include: (1) paid and non-paid experience, job title, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary (2) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position; (3) specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work; and (4) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. This information should be clearly identified in your resume. Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of consideration. For tips on writing your resume, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center.
If, after reviewing your resume and self-assessment questionnaire responses and a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, a score will be manually determined that reflects your documented experience. This may result in a lower score, which may also eliminate you from consideration for this position.
Application of Veterans Preference: The Category Rating Method does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each pre-defined quality category. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent (i.e., CPS and CP) must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.
Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) candidates must be rated "Well Qualified" for the position to receive consideration for special priority.
Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any required supporting documentation by the closing date of this announcement. Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview.


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BENEFITS: The Department of State offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to these benefits, we also offer the Student Loan Repayment Program, Child Care Centers, Child Care Subsidy, Flexible work schedule, Transit Subsidy Program. For additional information on Federal benefits click here .

OTHER INFORMATION: SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you. Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application materials will result in your application not being processed.
SELECTIVE SERVICE - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify at the time of appointment that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION - This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Office of Employee Relations, Disability/Reasonable Accommodations Division, at (202) 261-8180. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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