Community Recovery Assistance Specialist (Community Planning Expert)
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The mission of the National Disaster Recovery Support (NDRS) cadre is to help coordinate federal post-disaster recovery planning and implementation. The Community Recovery Assistance Specialist (Community Planning Expert) is responsible for providing expert advice related to community & urban planning, as well as leading stakeholders through the post-disaster visioning process by identifying projects that will help an impacted community recover. This position starts at an hourly salary of $24.65. Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the National Disaster Recovery Support 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.
STAFFORD ACT EXCEPTED SERVICE APPOINTMENTS: The Reservist Program 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. This is a temporary appointment in the Excepted Service, not to exceed 2 years. Employment is on an intermittent basis. Veterans’ preference does not apply to the reservist program selection process.
- 75% or Greater
- In addition to frequent travel related to deployment(s), occasional non-emergency travel may also be required.
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.
To qualify for this position, you must possess:
- A Bachelor's or Master's degree in Urban, Regional, Community, or Environmental Planning, or a related field
- Five years of progressively responsible experience in any of the following: land use planning, zoning or zoning administration, comprehensive planning, transportation planning, or general planning.
- One year of experience in a managerial or supervisory role;
- Demonstrated experience collaborating with internal and external partners to develop and implement community plans.; and
- Demonstrated experience using Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
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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In this position, you will advise stakeholders and provide technical expertise through the recovery process. Typical assignments include:
- Providing expertise in technical planning such as zoning, land use, and transportation.
- Assessing the capacity of local government to implement comprehensive recovery plans.
- Managing and coordinating the work of a planning support team.
- Recruiting community members to participate in the recovery planning process.