External Affairs Specialist (External Affairs Officer)
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. Please visit www.fema.gov for additional information.
This position is located on a Type I, National Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) in the Office of Response and Recovery and starts at a salary of $112,028 to $124,110; however based on performance, the maximum salary possible over the 4-year appointment is $161,900. Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the National IMAT East team within FEMA.
EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: 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 to include performance of manual labor to support the establishment of team facilitated, subsistence of team members, and distribution of commodities to incident survivors; 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).
This is a temporary appointment in the Excepted service, not to exceed 4 years in duration. Veterans’ preference does not apply to the IMAT program selection process.
- 50% or Greater
- IMAT members will deploy to emergency sites. Non-emergency travel may be required.
- A relocation bonus may be authorized. NOTE: Relocation must be requested upon receipt of tentative offer.
The qualification requirements listed below must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.
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.
You qualify for this position at the AD-05 level (starting salary $112,028 to $124,110) if you possess the following:
One full year of specialized experience at the AD-04, equivalent of the GS 11/12 level in Federal Service, that demonstrates the following:
- Advising managers and decision makers on public information strategies and complex issues relating to communications during major incidents or disasters.
- Serving as a principal spokesperson within an incident to lead disaster communications and emergency management communications.
- Supervising and developing subordinates and training peers and managers to provide effective leadership to accomplish program objectives.
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.
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