Emergency Management Specialist

Federal Emergency Management Agency | Philadelphia, PA

Posted Date 11/06/2019

The ideal candidate for this position will be have a background developing processes and procedures of an emergency operations center to support diverse stakeholder needs during a disaster. This position starts at a salary of $96,089 (GS-13). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Response Division Region III team within FEMA.

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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 be responsible for supporting and building response operational capacities coordinating the resources of Federal, State, local, tribal, territorial, nongovernmental organizations, and private sector governments needed to effectively plan for, manage, and implement disaster response activities in large, unique, or catastrophic incidents. Typical assignments include:

  • Implementing Response Operations to include Mission Assignment management and coordinating with Federal and/or State agencies during a consequence management event.
  • Coordinating with operational staff of Federal agencies and/or State representatives during an emergency/crisis/disaster management response.
  • Working in a Regional Response Coordination Center or Emergency Operations Center integrated with Emergency Support Function partners.
  • Preparing project papers and staff reports and skill in organizing and delivering briefings to managers to encourage understanding and acceptance of findings and recommendations.

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-13 level (starting salary $96,089) if you possess the following: One full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-12) in the 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 specialized experience.  Examples of specialized experience would typically include but are not limited to:

  • Coordinating disaster operations in an emergency operations center environment.

  • Developing processes and procedures of an emergency operations center to support diverse stakeholders needs during a disaster.

  • Coordinating with Federal Agency and/or State emergency management organizations responding to incidents, disasters and other emergencies.

  • Preparing and managing mission assignments, task orders and resource requests in support of an organizations all-hazards mission.

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. 

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