Emergency Management Specialist

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Pittsburgh, PA

Posted Date 11/06/2019
Description The Emergency Manager performs, prepares, plans and strengthens VAPHS medical emergency management responses through; mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery associated with internal, external, and natural disasters. In this role, the Emergency Manager serves as subject matter expert for the execution and integration of VAPHS's response with federal and/or public response to national, regional, and or local area emergencies.
Program Development and management 50%
  • Develop, implement, evaluate and improving the VA Pittsburgh Medical Center Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan to ensure it meets NDMS and VHA CEMP requirements.
  • Evaluate HVAs to ensure preparedness and continuity of coverage.
  • Developing an annual NIMS ICS training plan for emergency operations.
  • Establish and regularly test VAPHS emergency operating plans and procedures.
  • Enter data from assessment exercises and events with the use of automated systems.
  • Develop and maintain a Federal Coordination Center (FCC) operations plan.
  • Ensure integration of operation plans with other Federal, State and local stakeholders.
  • Manage and report upon Emergency Management Performance Improvement funds.
  • Serve as fund control point official for emergency operational funds.
Planning and Response Coordination 50%
  • Coordinate VAPHS CEMP and FCC activities with state, regional, local and private emergency planning counsels (LEPC).
  • Coordinate VAPHS participation and resources in support of VHA, VISN, AEM, state, regional, local and private coalition training, exercises as well as real-world emergency operation responses.
  • Serve as NIMS ICS during incidents which affect or involve VAPHS, VISN 04, national, state, regional, and/or local public emergencies.
  • Act as alternant Disaster Emergency Medical Personnel Systems (DEMPS) Coordinator.
  • Providing support to leadership related to VAPHS Emergency Management, serve as subject matter for the Emergency Management Committee and for working groups designated by VAPHS ELT.
  • Serve as Live Process Emergency Management System Administrator.
  • Plan, schedule, conduct and evaluate emergency drills and exercises.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Compressed/Flexible: Not available
Telework: Not available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Emergency Management Specialist/PD01217-0
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 11/27/2019.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-09. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade.

Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.



You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:
  • Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-09 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include: You must experience serving as a technical authority and subject matter expert with responsibility for program oversight and assuring adequacy of its emergency programs; ensuring emergency response analysis lead to continual improvement of emergency management program at a facility.
OR
  • Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have obtain a PHD or three years of substantially higher education leading to such a degree .
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
  • Emergency Management
  • Incident Management
  • Planning and Evaluating
  • Vulnerabilities Assessment


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; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Physical Requirements: The work during non-crisis times is primary sedentary. However, the work periodically requires the employee to carry, erect/install and maintain equipment and involves lifting, walking, standing, bending, climbing or crawling during surveys, drills or activation/ implementation of emergency procedures. Work is normally performed in an office environment but may during emergency response
coordination be performed in a wide range of environments and involves exposure to potentially hazardous conditions such as asbestos, chemicals, extreme temperatures and damaged or defective buildings and structures. Work activity may involve prolonged periods of sitting, standing, climbing, work in cramped spaces, walking and bending. Incumbent occasionally lifts and moves moderately heavy objects.


For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/.

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