Herndon, VA, United States
Mar 24, 2020
This position is being announced under FEMA's Incident Management Assistant Team (IMAT) Program. This is a 4-year temporary appointment in the Excepted service. This position is located on a Type I, National IMAT and has a starting salary range of $58.13 per hour to $78.47 per hour; however, the maximum salary possible in this position is $88.90 per hour. Salary listed includes locality pay.
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IMAT employees are subject to a 24-hour on call work schedules in the event of an emergency and be willing to be relocated to emergency sites with little notice. The teams deploy as soon as notified to respond and are on the scene within 12 hours. Once on scene, the teams operate and function under intense physical and mental stress until the response mission is accomplished. This service will require irregular and/or long working hours which may be under austere environments that include living and working in temporary facilities such as tents, warehouse, or other expediently established facilities, significant damage to critical infrastructure that prevents ready access to potable water (other than for drinking), other than basic medical care, and other routinely available services. Work may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description and may involve some physical exertion including activities such as long periods of standing; walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; recurring bending, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities; carrying and lifting of moderately heavy items (up to 50 pounds).
In this position, you will serve as the Planning Section Chief responsible for managing the baseline planning staffing requirements for catastrophic incidents. Typical assignments include:
Responding to emergency management related directives, policies, regulations and procedures.
Collaborating and fostering relationships between Federal, State, Tribal and local governments, non-governmental organizations (NGO's) and the private sector.
Managing the development of assigned plans and the Incident Action Planning (IAP) process.
Facilitating inter-agency, cross functional, and intra-agency program coordination of strategic, operational, and tactical objectives and situational reporting for the incident.
75% or less - IMAT members will deploy to emergency sites. IMAT members will travel to disasters, offices, trainings, meetings, or for other job related reasons. Non-emergency travel may be required.
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Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. citizen to be considered for this position.
You must successfully pass a background investigation.
24 hour on-call work schedule during emergency response periods required.
You must be able to obtain and maintain a Government credit card.
Selective service registration is required for males born after 12/31/59.
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Please ensure you meet the qualification requirements described below and that you clearly describe how your experience meets these requirements within your resume.
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 IT-05 level (starting salary $58.13)
if you possess the following: One full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (IT-04) 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:
Coordinating with internal and external stakeholders to establish, organize, and manage unified planning efforts to meet the emergent needs of State and local jurisdictions in response to natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other man-made disasters;
Managing the Incident Action Planning process and workforce; including development of incident objectives and identifying operational resources or work assignments; and
Collecting and analyzing information to support incident management; including resource tracking, GIS mapping, and preparation of correspondence.
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.
It is recommended you include in your resume any Position Task Book(s) you have completed and date(s) of completion in MM/DD/YY format.
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 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.
To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo, successfully pass, and maintain a background investigation for Public Trust
clearance as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a credit check after initial job qualifications are determined (), review of financial issues, such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.
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This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
STAFFORD ACT EXCEPTED SERVICE APPOINTMENTS
: Cadre On Call Response Employee (CORE) is an appointment type granted under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Section 306 (b), which authorizes FEMA to appoint such temporary employees as necessary to accomplish work authorized under the Act. Appointments under this authority within FEMA are made to the excepted service and are nonpermanent in nature.
All candidates must be able to deploy with little or no advance notice to anywhere in the United States and its territories for an extended period of time. Deployments may include working in excess of eight hours a day, or in excess of 40 hours per week, including weekends and holidays, and under stressful, physically demanding, and austere conditions. When activated and deployed, you serve in a federal travel status and are entitled to lodging, transportation and per diem reimbursements for authorized expenses in accordance with federal travel regulations.
If selected for this position, and you have not previously completed these requirements, you are subject to (1) completion of a 2 day onboarding program at your primary duty location; and, (2) completion of a subsequent, multiple day orientation program within 90-120 days of hire, at a location to be determined. Travel associated with the orientation
portion of this requirement may be at FEMA's expense.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. If you are qualified, you may be referred to a selection panel for consideration.
Veterans Preference does not apply to the IMAT program selection process.
We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.
Interviews may be required for this position. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration.
Please note: There are multiple phases to the selection process for this position. If you are referred to the hiring manager for selection consideration, you may be required to complete an on-line assessment and/or in-person assessment requirement. Failure to complete any portion of the process will disqualify you from further consideration.
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Are you a current or former federal employee?
Submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that verifies the Federal service indicated on your resume e.g., length of time you have been in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions or within-grade/range increases); your current promotion potential; proof of permanent appointment, etc.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. .
DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers
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