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Announcement Number:
FEMA-19-MVC-249027-DE
Hiring Agency:
FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency
Position Title:
Program Specialist (National Hurricane Program)
Open Period:
11/28/2018 - 12/11/2018

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
GS - 0301 14
Salary:
USD $114,590 - USD $148,967
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
GS-14
Duty Location(s):
1
in
Washington, DC, US
Telework Eligible:
Yes
For More Info:
Miranda Christiano
202-465-0599
miranda.christiano@fema.dhs.gov

Overview

Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
This announcement will close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on Tuesday December 11, 2018
Status candidates may also apply under FEMA-19-MVC-249027-MP
This job is open to: U.S. citizens
Security Clearance Required:
Secret
Appointment Type
Permanent
Marketing Statement:
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.
Summary:

Ideal candidate has experience analyzing behavior, transportation, shelter, and vulnerability factors for tropical cyclones, analyzing hurricane threat and providing technical assistance on evacuation decision making and hurricane preparedness. This position starts at a salary of $114,590 (GS-14). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Response Directorate team within FEMA.


View common definitions of terms found in this announcement. 

 

 

Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Occasional non-emergency travel may be required

Duties

When disaster strikes, America looks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. 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. Please visit www.fema.gov for additional information.

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: 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.

In this position, you will serve as the National Hurricane Program (NHP) Manager.


Typical assignments include:




    • Advising the Planning and Exercise Division Director, other senior managers within FEMA, and other Federal agency managers on all emergency management activities related to hurricane evacuation planning and operations.

    • Independently developing annual National Hurricane Program budget and spend plan. Provides budget input to the Division Director for program requirements and monitors budget expenses for responsible programs.

    • Providing management, policy, and guidance direction for all national Hurricane Program activities, and makes program decisions and recommendations that result in significant changes in public policy and program direction.

    • Coordinating hurricane evacuation activities as related to the development of the technical information supporting preparedness and evacuation planning with other federal agencies and State partners.

    • Analyzing risk mitigation as it relates to transportation, shelter, hazard and vulnerability factors for tropical cyclones, analyzing hurricane threat and risk data.


Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
Please ensure you meet the qualification requirements described below.
Key Requirements:
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • Selective Service registration required.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Government credit card.
  • Please review "Other Information" section for additional key requirements.
  • Education Requirements:
    Evaluations:

    We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will use your responses to the job questionnaire to place you in one of three categories based on your experience, education and training. The competencies needed to perform this job are:




      • Technical Proficiency

      • Communication

      • Customer Service

      • Representing the Agency

      • Teamwork and Cooperation



    If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:



    1. Best Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate high proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all Selective Placement Factors (SPF) and appropriate Quality Ranking Factors (QRF) as determined by the job analysis.

    2. Well Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates acceptable proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all SPFs and appropriate QRFs as determined by the job analysis.

    3. Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate basic proficiency in most of the critical competencies, including all SPFs and appropriate QRFs as determined by the job analysis.


    If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. 

    Veterans:  Qualified 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 or professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher.  This position is not considered scientific/professional.  Other 10-point preference eligibles and 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.  View information on veterans' preference.

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. View information about ICTAP eligibility on OPM’s Career Transition Resources website. To be considered eligible under 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.

    Qualifications:

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

    You qualify for this position at the GS-14 level (starting salary $114,590) if you possess the following: One full year of specialized experience at the GS-13 level that demonstrates the following: Regional and state planning and development of national preparedness guidance and National Hurricane Program methodologies.
     
    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills, and provides valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    NOTE: Qualifications are based on breadth/level of experience. In addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from MM/YY to MM/YY) and the number of hours worked per week if part time. As qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. Applicants are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to develop their federal resume. For a brief video on How to Create a Federal Resume, click here.

    Current or former FEMA Reservists/DAE employees: To accurately credit your experience for these intermittent positions, make sure to list the dates (from MM/YY to MM/YY) of each deployment, along with the job title and specific duties you were responsible for during each deployment.  Failure to provide this information may result in disqualification.

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees.  If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office. 

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
    Review our Benefits
    Agency 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 the DHS Careers website and select “Benefits.” Disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.
    Other Information:

    • 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, successfully pass, and maintain a background investigation for Secret clearance as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a credit check after initial job qualifications are determined (Mythbuster), review of financial issues, such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. For more information on background investigations for Federal jobs please visit the OPM website at https://www.opm.gov/investigations/background-investigations/.

    • If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

    • DHS uses E-verify, an internet based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

    • Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

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

    • All candidates must be able to deploy with little or no advance notice to anywhere in the United States and its territories for an extended period of time.

    • A one year probationary period is required for new Federal competitive service employees and new supervisors and managers.

    • If selected for this position, and you have not previously completed these requirements, you are subject to (1) completion of a 2 day onboarding program at your primary duty location; and, (2) completion of a subsequent, multiple day orientation program within 90-120 days of hire, at a location to be determined.  Travel associated with the orientation portion of this requirement may be at FEMA’s expense.

    • This is a Bargaining Unit position.

    • If this position has been identified as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) because of its security, public health, and/or public safety sensitivity, you are subject to random drug testing under FEMA's Drug-Free Workplace Plan (DWP). Refusal to be tested will result in disciplinary action up to and including removal from federal service.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents. See Required Documents section for more detail.

    We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online or do not have access to the internet (e.g., applicant experiencing documented system issues, applicant does not have access to the internet, etc.), you may be able to submit a paper application and the required forms.  To do so, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed in the Agency Contact Information prior to the close of this announcement.
    Required Documents:

    1. Your resume

    2. Your responses to the job questionnaire -You will be directed to the online job questionnaire once you begin the application process for this position. 

    3. Are you a veteran? Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) or notice form. Those applying for 10-Point preference may fill out the SF-15 and/or provide documentation that demonstrates preference eligibility. If applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. This must indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions. View more veterans’ information.

    4. Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)?  Submit:

      • a copy of your agency notice,

      • a copy of your most recent performance rating, and

      • a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.



    5. Are you a current or former federal employee? Submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.

    6. Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:Position Title

      • Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee)

      • Agency

      • Beginning and ending dates of appointment



    Next Steps:

    Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. We will notify you by email after each of these steps has been completed. We expect to make a tentative job offer within 30 days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

    View more information on applying for federal employment.

    Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders. interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring.  These authorities are subject to change.

    Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.