Community Planner, GS-0020-11/12
Department Of Homeland Security - New York, NY

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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 at the GS-11/12 levels. Please see vacancy announcement numbers MG-2013-01882-SEG-833713MP, for additional information.
This position is ideal for a candidate who has experience with the principles, concepts and practices associated with the field of Mulit-Hazard for Mitigation Planning and providing technical advisory assistance and guidance to States, Tribal and local governments for the development and implementation of mitigation plans under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster and Emergency Assistance Act of 1988 (P.L. 93-288). This position starts at a salary of $64,729 (GS-11 step 1) if selected at the GS-11 grade level, with the promotion potential to the GS-12 grade level and at a salary of $77,585 (GS-12 step 1) if selected at the GS-12 grade level. The full performance level of this position is at the GS-12 grade level. Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Mitigation Division, Risk Analysis Branch, Region II, New York, NY!

PROMOTION POTENTIAL: 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.

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 Public Trust background compliance.
  • 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.

DUTIES: In this position, you will deliver technical assistance and training to support State, Tribal and local hazard mitigation planning, and provides information for solving regional planning issues. Typical work assignments include:
  • Reviews and evaluates multi-hazard mitigation plans submitted by State, Tribal and local governments for Agency approval in accordance with Section 322 of P.L. 93-288 and provisions of PL 108-264.
  • Provides technical advice and guidance to State, Tribal and local officials in the development of sound mitigation strategies through plans to reduce vulnerability to future hazards, including floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, tornadoes, and other related events.
  • Attends and conducts a variety of meetings and delivers training workshops throughout the Region with Federal, State, and local government officials.
  • Provides mitigation planning expertise in support of Hazard Mitigation disaster field operations.

    You qualify for this position at the GS-11 level if you possess one of the following: One full year of specialized experience at the next lower grade in the Federal government. Specialized experience is described as experience in applying principles, concepts and practices associated with working with multi-hazard planning programs in mitigation, generating reports on multi-hazard planning programs, and arranging and conducting conferences with community planner or groups.


    I have a Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited college or university.

    I have at least 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited college or university.

    I have a combination of successfully completed graduate level education beyond the second year and experience. This will be calculated using your resume and unofficial transcripts or a list of courses/course hours submitted with your application.

    To be creditable, graduate level education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position.

    You qualify for this position at the GS-12 level if you possess one of the following. One full year of specialized experience. Specialized experience is reviewing and evaluating multi-hazard mitigation plans; providing technical advice and guidance to officials in the development of sound mitigation strategies through planning to reduce vulnerability to future hazards, including floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, tornadoes, and other emergency related events; consulting and developing partnerships with partners; and/or establishing priorities for mitigation planning and activities to reduce the impacts of natural hazards to both lives and property.

    Educational Requirements for the Community Planner Position:

    Basic Requirements.

    1. Degree: community planning; or related field such as urban affairs, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, sociology, geography, economics, political science, or public administration that included at least 12 semester hours in the planning process, socioeconomic and physical elements of planning, urban and regional economic analysis, and development finance.


    2. Combination of education and experience--courses equivalent to a major in one of the above disciplines, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the above disciplines of which at least 12 semester hours were in the planning process and socioeconomic and physical elements of planning, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    Selective Placement Factor: In addition to the minimum qualifications described above, you must meet the following requirement.

    Knowledge of multi-hazard mitigation planning programs and mitigation projects.

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

Candidates may substitute education for the required specialized experience in order to qualify at the GS-11 grade level. Please see the above requirements.

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 Public Trust 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.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: 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. Knowledge in emergency management and hazard mitigation, and authoritative knowledge of multi-hazard mitigation planning and supporting legislation.

2. Knowledge of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Pre-Disaster mitigation, Flood Mitigation Assistance program mission and functions to plan, coordinate and integrate floodplain management and hazard mitigation principles into the community planning process.

3. Knowledge of, and direct experience with pertinent laws, regulations, and policies in order to manage complex disaster and mitigation recovery programs.

4. Ability to speak effectively with diverse groups on technical and potentially highly and controversial issues.

5. Knowledge or background in project design, management, or administration.

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 .

BENEFITS: 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.”

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

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