Emergency Management Specialist (Recovery)

Federal Emergency Management Agency | Harrisburg, PA

Posted Date 6/29/2020
Description

This position is being announced under FEMA's Cadre of On-call Response/Recovery Employee (CORE) Program.  This is a temporary appointment in the Excepted Service, not to exceed 2 years, with the option to extend based on workload and funding availability. Veterans Preference does not apply to the CORE selection process.

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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.

The primary purpose of this position is to perform emergency management work including managing, and coordinating with other entities the recovery efforts from disaster declarations. The candidate will review policies and related directives, regulations, procedures, and methods to apply the Public Assistance program. The candidate will collaborate with Federal, State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial partners. This position requires strong communication skills to be utilized on a daily basis - written and oral. Typical assignments include:

  • Using customer service skills to facilitate the delivery of all aspects of the Public Assistance program to applicants; to include applying policy and procedure to damage assessments, disaster surveys, and public assistance recovery operations.
  • Meeting with applicants throughout all phases of the disaster recovery process to provide advice, guidance and technical assistance on laws, policies and regulations.
  • Managing recovery programs and projects; to include site inspections, summarizing damages, communicating requirements for assistance, managing applicant expectations, and using FEMA’s delivery model to track projects.
  • Coordinating with stakeholders on emergency management initiatives; to include participating in informational meetings and gatherings to the general public to communicate program eligibility requirements to larger audiences.

Promotion Potential: Positions filled under Stafford Act regulations generally do not have documented promotion potential; however, dependent on an employee’s ability to perform higher level duties, the continuing need for an employee to perform work associated with a higher level position, and administrative recommendation and approval, promotions may be earned by CORE employees.

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

You qualify for this position at the IC-11 level 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:

  1. Identifying organizational or operational problems and developing solutions; and
  2. Providing technical guidance to stakeholders on emergency management related activities.

OR

Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree;

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 IC-12 level 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:

  1. Coordinating with stakeholders to achieve organizational goals;
  2. Developing programs and strategies related to emergency management; and
  3. Analyzing policies, regulations and guidance related to emergency management.


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: 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. NOTE: If you are using the USAJOBS Resume Builder, please insert the dates of employment in MM/DD/YY format at the top of the “Duties, Accomplishments, and Related Skills” text field for each period of employment included on your resume. 

Current or former FEMA Reservists/DAE employees: To accurately credit your experience for these intermittent positions, make sure to list the dates (from MM/DD/YY to MM/DD/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.

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