Job Opening: Fire Program Specialist

The following is an Job Announcement for a Fire Program Specialist, GS-0301-13.

This position is located in the National Fire Programs Division, Emergency Response Support Branch. 

Job Title: Fire Program Specialist, GS-301-13

Department: Department Of Homeland Security

Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number: MG-2012-90286-KJD-582861D/M

SALARY RANGE:

$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 to Tuesday, January 10, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0301-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time – Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy(s) – Emmitsburg, MD

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

JOB SUMMARY:

Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (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.

Who May Apply

  • All U.S. Citizens
  • Current federal employees serving under a career or career-conditional appointment
  • Persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under special hiring authorities
  • Persons eligible under an Interchange Agreement (click here to view a list of covered agreements)
  • Veterans’ preference eligibles or veterans who have been separated from the Armed Forces under honorable conditions after substantially completing at least three consecutive years of active duty (click here for information on veterans)

For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here

This position is ideal for an expert in fire programs.  This position starts at a salary of $89,033.00 (GS-13). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, United States Fire Administration, National Fire Programs Division in Emmitsburg, MD.

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: FEMA employees are subject to 24 hour on-call in the event of any emergency. This service 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 that require functioning under intense physical and mental stress.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must be able to obtain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance.
  • You may be required to undergo periodic drug testing.
  • Occasional travel may be required.
  • Direct Deposit is mandatory.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 – Selective Service Registration required.

DUTIES:

In this position, you will become a member of the Emergency Response Support Branch. Typical assignments for this National Preparedness and Exercise program include:

  • Developing position papers and budget issues on a variety of topics;
  • Preparing requests for proposals and evaluates unsolicited proposals;
  • Determining the content and design of specific programs and project goals;
  • Identifying research needs, criteria standards, guidelines and requirements for research;
  • Conducting and/or attending conferences and meetings with representatives of public interest groups;
  • Providing sound advice to professional educators/course developers.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

You qualify for this position at the GS-13 level if you possess: One full year of specialized experience. Specialized experience is described as experience in a position assisting with a variety of fire program planning implementation, and monitoring activities.

Time-in-Grade Requirements for Federal employees:  Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the Federal service. The time-in-grade requirement must be met within 30 calendar days of the closing date of this announcement.

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

 

Background Investigation: 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 and successfully pass a background investigation for Top Secret/SCI clearance level as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a review of financial issues, such as delinquency, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education, and training will be rated using a job questionnaire that is based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job:

  1. Knowledge of program administration procedures and principles in order to analyze, plan, implement, and develop programs for National Response Framework (NRF), National Incident Management System (NIMS), Incident Command System (ICS), and National Preparedness Levels (NPL).
  2. Knowledge of program issues surrounding Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) and Exercise and Evaluation Guides (EEG) administration at the federal, state, tribal, or metropolitan levels; establishing foundation, design & development, conduct, evaluation, and improvement planning of multi-agency/jurisdiction discussion-and operations-based exercises.
  3. Knowledge of analytical application and evaluative methods and techniques to issues or practices concerning the efficiency and effectiveness of single or multiple jurisdiction exercises, conducting briefings to participants, and documenting results in the Exercise Improvement Plan. 

If you are applying under Delegated Examining (All U.S. Citizens), we will use your job questionnaire to place you in one of three categories based on your experience, education, and training. If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

1. Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.

2. Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.

3. Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

If you are applying under Merit Promotion, you will be given the minimum earned rating of 70 points and a maximum of 30 points may be awarded based on your responses to the questionnaire.

If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link:  View Assessment Questions 

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here to access OPM’s Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ ICTAP, you must be placed in the Well Qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

Veterans: Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific, professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. This position is not considered scientific/professional. For information on veterans’ preference, please click here.

Certain veterans are eligible to apply as a status candidate under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA). For more information, please click here.

BENEFITS:

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 www.dhs.gov/careers and select “benefits.”

OTHER INFORMATION:

This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.

Incumbent represents the United States Fire Administration and periodically works at or in support of the National Operations Center (NOC) Fire Watch Desk. 

 

HOW TO APPLY:

Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on Tuesday, January 10, 2012. 

To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents. See Required Documents section for more detail.

We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your résumé, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX, document your responses to the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire and use the official FAX coversheet found here.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Your résumé

Your responses to the job questionnaire View Assessment Questions

Are you a veteran?  Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty). Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out the SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. Click here for more veterans’ information.

Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)?  You must submit:

a copy of your agency notice, and

a copy of your most recent performance rating, and

a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.

Are you a current or former Federal employee?  Submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that shows your competitive service status. (The “position occupied” block on the SF-50 should show a “1” and your “tenure” block should show a “1” or “2”.)

Are you a Peace Corps/ VISTA volunteer or a person with a disability?  Click on the link above to view the required supporting documentation to submit with your application.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Kathy Delauter
Phone: (800)879-6076
TDD: (800)877-8339

Agency Information:
DHS FEMA HCD Talent Acquisition and Processing
16825 S Seton Ave
Emmitsburg, MD
21727

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. We will notify you by email after each of these steps has been completed. Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on “Application Status,” and then click “More Information.” We expect to make a final job offer within 30 days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

For more information on applying for Federal employment, please click here

Control Number: 305843400

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