- Announcement Number:
- Hiring Agency:
- FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Position Title:
- Emergency Management Specialist (Situational Unit Leader)
- Open Period:
- 04/17/2020 - 05/01/2020
This vacancy is limited to a certain number of applicants and may close before the close date listed here if that limit is reached.
- IT - 0089 2
- USD $29.91 - USD $56.38
- Work Schedule:
- Full-time -
- Promotion Potential:
- Duty Location(s):
Oakland, CA, US
- Telework Eligible:
- For More Info:
- Kristi Levoy
- Hiring Path:
- • Open to the public
- Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
- This announcement will close at 11:59 pm EST on May 1, 2020 OR at 11:59 pm EST on the date the 100th application is received, whichever comes first.
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- Security Clearance Required:
- Appointment Type
- Term appt, NTE 4 yrs
- Appointment Type Details:
- Temporary - Not to Exceed 4 Years
- 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.
This position is being announced under FEMA's Incident Management Assistant Team (IMAT) Program. This is a 4-year temporary appointment in the Excepted service. This position is located on a Regional/National IMATteamand has a starting salary range of $29.91 per hour to $34.40 per hour; however, the maximum salary possible in this position is $56.38 per hour. Salary listed includes locality pay.
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- Supervisory Position:
- Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
- Travel Required:
- 75% or less
IMAT members will deploy to emergency sites. IMAT members will travel to disasters, offices, trainings, meetings, or for other job related reasons. Non-emergency travel may be required.
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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. Please visit www.fema.gov for additional information.
EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: IMAT employees are subject to a 24-hour on call work schedules in the event of an emergency and be willing to be relocated to emergency sites with little notice. The teams deploy as soon as notified to respond and are on the scene within 12 hours. Once on scene, the teams operate and function under intense physical and mental stress until the response mission is accomplished. This service will require irregular and/or long working hours which may be under austere environments that include living and working in temporary facilities such as tents, warehouse, or other expediently established facilities, significant damage to critical infrastructure that prevents ready access to potable water (other than for drinking), other than basic medical care, and other routinely available services. Work may include duties other than those specified in the employee’s official position description and may involve some physical exertion including activities such as long periods of standing; walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; recurring bending, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities; carrying and lifting of moderately heavy items (up to 50 pounds).
In this position, the incumbent will serve in the IMAT Planning Section as the Situation Unit Leader.
When deployed, the Situation Unit Leader reports to the Planning Section Chief and is responsible for situational awareness and the collection, processing, and organizing of all incident information. The incumbent will draw upon existing national and regional plans and apply analytical processes to adapt those plans to the incident at hand. Typical assignments include:
- Preparing, implementing, and maintaining the information collection plan; identifying the appropriate Essential Elements of Information (EEI).
- Developing the incident information collection strategy and collecting and analyzing incident data; obtaining the Critical Information Requirements.
- Gathering, updating, and applying situational information relevant to the incident; ensuring the information is processed, analyzed, posted, and distributed appropriately.
- Conducting analysis related to incident management. Developing trends analysis charts related to incident management.
- Utilizing information systems for incident information management.
- Preparing incident objectives for the Incident Action Plan (IAP).
- Coordinating with State's Incident Management Team Situation Unit Leader and other appropriate State planning section.
- During deployments, the incumbent can manage up to seven personnel, responsible for the collection and vetting of disaster specific information.
When not deployed, the incumbent reports to the Planning Section Chief. Typical assignments will include:
- Participating in exercises at the national, regional and state levels; to include all training as required by the position with states and other federal agencies, professional development and emergency management training and workshops
- Providing input for the development of and participates in the execution and documentation of functions and plans that affect critical aspects of FEMA’s mission, operational responses and programs
- Providing basic instruction on disaster-related topics to regions, states and local authorities; participating in the development of regional catastrophic planning for all-hazard responses
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Qualifications and Evaluations
- Please ensure you meet the qualification requirements described below and that you clearly describe how your experience meets these requirements within your resume.
- Key Requirements:
- You must be a U.S. citizen to be considered for this position
- You must successfully pass a background investigation.
- 24 hour on-call work schedule during emergency response periods required.
- You must be able to obtain and maintain a Government credit card.
- Selective service registration is required for males born after 12/31/59.
- Please review "Other Information" section for additional key requirements.
- Education Requirements:
NOTE: If you are qualifying based on education and/or are selected for a position which requires a college degree to meet minimum qualification requirements, you will be required to submit your official college transcript(s) at time of selection.
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. Applicants whose assessment score rates 90 and above, may be considered for furtherreview by subject matter experts, in regards to the criteria defined in the vacancy announcement.
Veterans’ preference does not apply to the IMAT program selection process.
We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.
Interview Requirement: Interviews may be required for this position. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from consideration.
To qualify for this position at the IT-02 level your resume must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience at the next lower equivalent in federal service. This experience may have been gained in the federal government, a state or local government, a non-profit organization, the private sector, or as a volunteer; however, your resume must clearly describe at least one year of the following specialized experience:
- Supporting planning programs by performing special studies or projects to identify, prepare, and implement data collection plans; and
- Maintaining situational information in support of a disaster field operations at the Federal, State, or local level.
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- Master's or equivalent graduate degree; or
- 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or
- LL.B. or J.D., if related
A combination of specialized experience and related graduate level education that, when combined, meet the qualification requirements for this position.
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.
Your application must show that you meet all requirements for this position. You may be found “not qualified” if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position.
NOTE: It is recommended you include in your resume any Position Task Book(s) you have completed and date(s) of completion in MM/DD/YY format.
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/DD/YY to MM/DD/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.
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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 and successfully pass a background investigation for Public Trust 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.
- This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
- STAFFORD ACT EXCEPTED SERVICE APPOINTMENTS: Cadre On Call Response Employee – Incident (CORE-I) is an appointment type granted under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Section 306 (b), which authorizes FEMA to appoint such temporary employees as necessary to accomplish work authorized under the Act. Appointments under this authority within FEMA are made to the excepted service and are nonpermanent in nature.
- 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. Deployments may include working in excess of eight hours a day, or in excess of 40 hours per week, including weekends and holidays, and under stressful, physically demanding, and austere conditions. When activated and deployed, you serve in a federal travel status and are entitled to lodging, transportation, and per diem reimbursements for authorized expenses in accordance with federal travel regulations.
- If selected for this position, you will be required to complete FEMA’s onboarding program and a subsequent orientation program. Additional orientation information will be provided post selection.
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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:
- Your resume.
- Your responses to the job questionnaire- You will be directed to the online job questionnaire once you begin the application process for this position.
- Are you a current or former federal employee? Submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that verifies the Federal service indicated on your resume e.g., length of time you have been in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions or within-grade/range increases); your current promotion potential; proof of permanent appointment, etc.
- Are you qualifying based on education? Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. For example, specific courses accepted for college-level credit by an accredited U.S. college or university, or foreign education evaluated by an organization recognized for accreditation by the Department of Education as education equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. college or university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications for more information.
- Next Steps:
Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify thequalified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. We expect to make a job offer within 30 days after the deadline for applications.
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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.
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