Core Administrative Assistant-GS-0303-05
Department Of Homeland Security - 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

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This position is ideal for an assistant with administrative experience looking for an opportunity to support an agency perform a variety of administrative and clerical duties. This position starts at a salary of $34,0750 (GS-05). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Records Management Division, Office of the Chief Administrative Officer (OCAO), Mission Support Bureau.

This position is being announced under FEMA's CORE Program (Cadre of On-call Response/Recovery employees). These positions are authorized under P.L. 93-288 to perform temporary disaster work and are funded from the Disaster Relief Fund. Appointments are excepted service, temporary appointments. This is a 2 year temporary appointment in the Excepted Service.

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: For all non-bargaining 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 Top Secret/SCI security clearance.

You may be required to undergo periodic drug testing.

This position may require occasional non-emergency travel.

Direct Deposit is mandatory.

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

In this position, you will become a key member of the Office of Chief Administrative Officer team performing a variety of administrative and clerical duties. Typical work assignments include:

  • Provide administrative and clerical support and coordinate correspondence and personnel actions.
  • Assemble, analyze and summarize information.
  • Type correspondence, forms, and reports using a variety of automated software.
  • Receive telephone and personal callers, screen and make appropriate referrals to staff members as necessary.
  • Arrange meetings and gather necessary material pertaining to such meetings.
  • Take notes of developments, conversations, discussions, and correspondence requiring further follow-up.
You qualify for this position at the GS-05 level if you possess one of the following :

One full year of specialized experience. Specialized experience is described as applying knowledge of office administrative skills, practices and procedures and operating a computer using a variety of computer software. OR

Four (4) years of education above high school from an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university. OR

A combination of successfully completed education above high school beyond the first 60 semester hours and experience. This will be calculated using your résumé and unofficial transcripts or a list of courses/course hours submitted with your application.

Successfully completed education above the high school level in any field for which a high school graduation or the equivalent is the normal prerequisites is creditable.

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 Top Secret/SCI 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.

All applicants will be evaluated based on responses to the Job Questionnaire for the announcement. 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.

If you are 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

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.

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