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Emergency Management Specialist

Company name
United States Department of Veterans Affairs


Boise, ID, United States

Employment Type

Healthcare, Emergency, Manager

Posted on
Mar 19, 2020

Valid Through
Jul 02, 2020

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Serves as the Emergency Manager (EM) for the Boise VA Medical Center (BVAMC) and is responsible for the formulation, preparation, coordination and maintenance of a variety of mission essential emergency, contingency, and operations plans, policies, directives, regulations, and overall disaster readiness. The Boise VAMC's primary service area has a radius of approximately 160 miles with an estimated veteran population of over 100,000.

**Current VISN 20 VA Employees Only**,educationRequirements:A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:,employmentType:FULL_TIME,hiringOrganization:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration,jobLocation:[{@type:Place,address:{@type:PostalAddress,addressLocality:Boise,addressRegion:ID }}],responsibilities:Maintains intimate knowledge of mission essential emergency, contingency, and operations plans, policies, directives, and regulations for local, state, and federal response. Senior technical advisor to the Emergency Management Committee and the BVAMC Director and is responsible for all aspects of the VHA Comprehensive Emergency Management Programs, Environment of Care Standards dealing with Emergency Management outlined in The Joint Commission (TJC), the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), and the Long-Term Care Institute (LTCI) guidebooks. Assures that special surety, security, and safety requirements in support of an \All Hazards\ event(s) including Chemical, Biological, Nuclear, and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) are identified and adequately addressed. Work closely with the Area Emergency Manager (AEM) of the VHA Office of Emergency Management and the VISN 20 Emergency Management Coordinator on a variety of Comprehensive Emergency management issues and concerns.

The EM is responsible for coordinating the preparedness and response efforts of medical center leadership, the Emergency Management Committee, and staff involved with emergency management to ensure the affiliated programs are developed and implemented in accordance with VHA and Federal policies and guidance. The EM serves as the primary resource to the BVAMC Director for emergency preparedness and is the technical expert for Hospital Incident Command Systems (HICS), emergency operations procedures, decontamination, continuity of operations, and Disaster Management Personnel Systems (DEMPS). The EM is further responsible for ensuring that the response during drills, exercises, real-life events and deployments result in findings and conclusions that lead to continual improvement of emergency preparedness programs at the facility. The EM is responsible for applying knowledge and technology to demonstrate relationships between the operation of the medical center during normal operations and those times when the facility is under additional stress during abnormal operations.
The EM provides leadership and direction to management, professional, and technical personnel regarding the development and implementation of the facility Emergency Management Programs. The EM is also responsible for managing emergency management program(s) and coordinating the efforts of the organizations that relate to emergency preparedness matters. Some responsibilities of the EM related emergency management program(s) are:

\tDevelop and implement comprehensive emergency management policies, procedures, systems, and trainings.
\tAdvise management on how emergency management policies, procedures, and systems will affect the operation of the facility.
\tEvaluate, modify, and implement emergency preparedness alternatives to reduce the loss of life during emergency response and recovery.
\tManage and/or provide technical advice regarding response to emergencies requiring the use of decontamination procedures.
\tFacilitate the exchange of emergency response information to local staff, including the development and implementation of training and educational programs related to emergency management programs.
\tManage computer programs and databases to enhance management of emergency management programs.
\tMeasure the effectiveness of existing emergency preparedness programs, recommend additional programs as needed to meet changing requirements, and request funding through grants and other means to facilitate acquisition of resources deemed essential for resiliency and preparedness.
\tDevelop promotional and educational activities to promote stakeholder awareness of local emergency management issues.
\tIdentify potential disasters and related hazards, assess vulnerabilities to staff and infrastructure, and stratify prioritization of remedial and preparedness efforts in order to maximize available resources and training.
\tTest, inspect, and manage maintenance of emergency communications equipment (e.g.: satellite phones, HAM and UHF radios, mass notification system, etc.).
\tCoordinate an effective healthcare decontamination team in compliance with FEMA, VA, VHA, OSHA, EPA, and TJC.
\tServe as a technical and program management expert for the medical center, with responsibility for providing leadership, guidance, technical assistance, and evaluation for matters involving decontamination, technology, and compliance, including emergency management systems.

Preferred Experience: FEMA IS100, IS200, ICS300, ICS400, IS700, IS800 courses completed.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00a-4:30p
Telework: Not available.
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Emergency Management Specialist/PD60582O
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.,qualifications:To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 04/08/2020.

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-9. 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 as described below:

\tSpecialized Experience: You must have one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of this Emergency Management Specialist position to be filled. Specialized experience includes developing programs and policies for extraordinary emergency conditions; performing risk management assessments and analysis; developing and delivering training to staff; overseeing disaster response related exercises and events; ensuring goals and mission requirements are met through effective budgeting and budget planning; and planning and coordinating Continuity of Operations Programs (COOP). OR,
\tEducation: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a degree in hospital administration, public health administration, or related fields such as business or public administration with course work in health care administration). TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED. OR,
\tCombination: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate-level education (beyond 36 semester hours) as described above and specialized experience.

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:Customer ServicePlanning and EvaluatingPublic Safety and SecurityRisk ManagementTechnical Competence

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 requires the employee to carry a good deal of equipment and involves walking, standing, bending, climbing, and crawling during surveys.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at

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