Emergency Management Specialist

Federal Emergency Management Agency | Philadelphia, PA

Posted Date 1/09/2020
Description

The ideal candidate for this position will be familiar with the National Flood Insurance Program, have strong communication and customer service skills, be organized, and detail oriented. This position starts at a salary of $69,579 (GS-11), with promotion potential to $108,421 (GS-12). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Mitigation 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 serve as an Emergency Management Specialist (Mitigation) providing advice to FEMA regional staff, as well as other appropriate partners engaged in supporting the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Typical assignments include:

  • Conducting National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) coordination, compliance support, training, and technical assistance to assigned state(s) through direct engagement with property owners, local/Tribal/State elected and land-use officials.
  • Serving as a senior level regional functional program expert in floodplain management activities; knowledgeable of individual and public assistance, hazard mitigation, and environmental and historical preservation programs and processes as they relate to compliance with the NFIP.
  • Enrolling communities in the NFIP and reviews community compliance with other related programs and legislation; conduct community assistance visits/contacts and support flood map adoptions.
  • Engaging in outreach activities and serves as a spokesperson to promote an understanding of floodplain management and flood mitigation measures; serves as a program spokesperson for floodplain management, flood insurance, hazard mitigation, and emergency management at regional conferences, workshops, training, meetings, and committees on the implementation of the floodplain management regulations and other risk reduction programs.
  • Performing technical writing functions, requiring substantial knowledge of the various areas of floodplain management, flood insurance, emergency management, and of the specialized terminology required.

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.

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-11 level (starting salary $69,579) if you possess the following: One full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-09) 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. Specialized experience for this position includes:

  • Writing or administering local land use codes governing development;
  • Evaluating land use development for compliance;
  • Providing technical assistance to ensure that land use requirements and development permits are adopted and implemented appropriately.

OR
Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related

OR
Combination of education and experience

You qualify for this position at the GS-12 level (starting salary $83,397) if you possess the following: One full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-11) 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. Specialized experience for this position includes:

  • Reviewing, writing, or administering local floodplain management ordinances for compliance with 44 CFR 60.3;
  • Evaluating land use development for compliance with floodplain management requirements or building codes;
  • Providing technical assistance on floodplain management to address flood risk and provide favorable insurance rating.

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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