Supervisory Emergency Management Specialist (Recovery)

Washington D.C.
Jul 14, 2017
Jul 20, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

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 for additional information.
The ideal candidate will have the ability to manage the Individual Assistance Division’s Field Services Section, to include oversight of nationwide, complex disaster assistance programs, partnering with agency stakeholders, and developing and ensuring consistent application of policy guidance and standard operating procedures. This position starts at a salary of $131,767 (GS-15). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Office of Response and Recovery, Individual Assistance Division team within FEMA.

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.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional non-emergency travel may be required

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  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • Selective Service registration required.
  • Please review "Other Information" section for additional key requirements.
  • The qualification requirements listed below must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this 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.

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

    You qualify for this position at the GS-15 level (starting salary $131,767) if you possess the following: One full year of specialized experience at the GS-14 level that demonstrates all of the following: Demonstrated ability to manage large, nationwide disaster assistance delivery operation, including development and execution of field operation strategy, conducting operational analysis, implementing remedial action plans, and oversight of large multifaceted, diverse pool of employees located in different locations.

    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.

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

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    In this position, you will provide supervisory oversight for a staff that performs work involved in managing, and coordinating with other entities the recovery from intentional and/or unintentional crises, disasters, other humanitarian emergencies, hazards, or natural and man-made/technological (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, high-yield explosives) incidents.

    Typical assignments include:

    • Providing coordination and assistance to major activities to ensure the capability to continue essential functions during and recovery from any event, incident or disaster.
    • Assuring that developed guidance is in accordance with The National Disaster Recovery Framework that is consistent with the vision set forth in the Presidential Policy Directive (PPD), National Preparedness, which directs FEMA to work with interagency partners to publish a recovery framework.
    • Developing and issuing emergency management recovery policies and plans, procedures, and risk assessment to include coordination with voluntary organization partners to fulfill requests from declared States in a timely and effective manner.
    • Providing oversight of work that includes resolving a broad range of issues concerning the application of any of FEMA’s enabling statutes, pertinent regulations, and/or general laws affecting the operation of the Federal government including but not limited to Individual Assistance, which provides or coordinates emergency housing, financial assistance, and unemployment assistance for individuals, families, farmers and businesses; Public Assistance, which helps states, local communities and certain nonprofit groups restore and rebuild public systems and facilities, as well as with debris removal and emergency protective measures; the Federal Coordinating Officer Program; emergency and disaster declaration processing; and National Response Plan Emergency Support Functions # 14 (Long-Term Community Recovery).

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