Emergency Management Specialist

Washington, D.C
Oct 15, 2020
Oct 17, 2020
Full Time


The Department of the Interior is devoted to protecting and preserving the natural resources of this great nation, including National Parks, Landmarks, and the well-being of communities, including those of Native American, Alaska Natives and affiliated Islanders.
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This position is located within the Department of the Interior (DOI), Office of the Secretary (OS), Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Interior Operations Center (IOC) in Washington, DC. The incumbent serves in an advanced level capacity in an Emergency Management Training Certification Program. Performs duties characteristic of the Emergency Management Specialist, accomplishing a variety of duties in support of the overall work of the organization.

At the full performance level GS-13, the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

1) Serves as the manager on watch team shifts. As the Senior Watch and Warning Manager, the incumbent is responsible for exercising principle leadership and managing team members, including but not limited to, prioritizing and distributing the workload among employees in accordance with established work-flow or job specialization and assure timely accomplishment of the assigned workload.
a. Oversees the monitoring of multiple information sources to collect, analyze, verify, prepare and disseminate information to ensure immediate notifications and alerts are made to key personnel regarding significant events that are affecting or could affect DOI facilities and/or personnel.
b. Oversees tracking and reporting of critical incidents, monitoring ongoing events for new and updated information, execution of standard operating procedures and maintenance of comprehensive watch office logs and vital records.
2) Maintains communication and coordination with emergency management, law enforcement, intelligence and other inter-agency partners.
3) Coaches personnel in the selection and application of appropriate problem-solving methods and techniques, provides advice on work methods, practices and procedures, and assists team members in identifying the parameters of viable solutions for program success.
4) Perform headquarters-level emergency operations planning and coordination, as well as represents the Division during national level exercise planning efforts.
5) Performs as an expert analyst in support of the Interior Operations, Office of Emergency Management, the Department's emergency management program, and the Secretary of the Interior in operational areas such as analysis and productions, modeling, innovation, and tools development.
6) Applies mastery of a wide range of qualitative and/or quantitative methods to identify, assess, analyze, and improve Interior Operations Center effectiveness, efficiency, processes, systems, and work products.
7) In coordination with management, identify innovative ways to resolve unique operational issues where no policy exists, or existing policies require changes.
8) Interfaces regularly with inter and intra-agency counterparts to coordinate the accomplishment of organizational goals.

Individuals must be able to operate in austere and operationally challenging environments during activations or deployments. Demanding travel and/or work schedules may be required during emergencies. The incumbent must be prepared to work extended hours during emergency operations with little or no notice. The position may also require the incumbent to don respiratory or other personal protective equipment.

Position requires a Secret security clearance. This is a drug-testing designated position.
The incumbent is designated as an Emergency Employee and is subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations or situation dealing with national security emergencies or may be required to remain at work during dismissal or closure situations. Emergency Employees are expected to remain in contact with their agencies at all times during emergency situations. The Mission-Critical employee reports for work at regular or alternate worksites, as needed. Incumbent serves as a member of a Continuity of Operations team.

NOTE: This position has been identified for Emergency Operations Division Position Development and Qualification System certification established by the Office of the Secretary, Office of Emergency Management. Upon meeting regulatory and performance requirements incumbent may be non-competitively reassigned to the position of Emergency Management Specialist (Senior Watch and Warning Manager). The incumbent must submit to a Top Secret - SCI background investigation upon entering this position. Failure to obtain the certification or TS/SCI background investigation may subject the incumbent to adverse action up to and including removal.

Salary Range Information:
GS-13: 102,663 - 133,465 per annum
First time hires to the federal government typically start at the beginning salary in the range for their respective grade level.

The Office of the Secretary has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval.

This vacancy may be used to fill additional positions as vacancies become available.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position. Occasional travel, 1-5 nights per month.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit
  • You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire
  • Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See http://www.sss.gov/.


Minimum Qualification Requirements:

To qualify for this position you must meet the Specialized Experience for the series to which you are applying.

Specialized Experience:

To qualify for the GS-13, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience:

1) Maintaining Department-wide and/or organization-wide situational awareness and common operating picture.
2) Applying concepts, principles and practices of emergency management in order to collect and analyze data from a variety of sources and develop specialized reports, summaries and briefings that highlight organizational impacts and activities.
3) Leading, coaching, and mentoring team members in an emergency management organization.
4) Managing and instructing employees on specific emergency management and/or operations center tasks and job techniques.
5) Applying concepts, principles and practices of program and project management to meet the goals and initiatives of an emergency management organization.

Candidate must meet all specialized experience requirements.

Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Merit Promotion candidates must also meet Time-in-Grade requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at this grade level and there are no positive education requirements.

Additional information

Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.

Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.

The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

Important Note: All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report. In addition, DOI employees, GS-15 and above, who work in the Office of the Secretary; along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) employees (at ALL grade levels), are further restricted concerning their interests in Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in energy corporations which lease Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). If you have any such investments you should contact the DOI, BOEM or BSEE Ethics Office before accepting employment. DOI employees are held to the highest level of integrity. Employees must be objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work-related interactions with friends, family members, or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.

NOTICE: This employer participates in E-Verify and will utilize your Form I-9 information to confirm you are authorized to work in the U.S.
A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior. The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete. If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check. Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation and responses to the online questionnaire will be made. Your responses to the online assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for this position. However, your resume must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:
1) Emergency Management - Comprehensive knowledge of emergency management directives, policies, regulations, procedures, methods and the relationships between Federal, State, Tribal, and local governments; non-governmental organizations; and the private sector and their emergency response mechanisms and authorities.

2) Project Management - Knowledge of principles, methods, and tools to develop, schedule, coordinate and manage projects and resources.

3) Analytical - Ability to collect data, analyze and evaluate operational reports, after action reviews, plans, and procedures to deconflict reported information; and to formulate accurate reports and summaries including conclusions and recommendations.

4) Interpersonal Skills - Demonstrated skill in organizing and coordinating the efforts of others, motivating and leading teams, managing projects, completing studies and executing programs that contribute to the continuous improvement of operations and activities within the program area and work unit and building constructive relationships with partners.

5) Leadership - Ability to oversee the work of a team, monitor and evaluate performance, and assist in coaching and mentoring team members.

Please submit 1) a copy of your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation and 2) a list of any awards (e.g. superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increase, etc.) you received in the last 5 years. Any performance appraisal/evaluation and award documentation you provide will be forwarded to the selecting official. The selecting official will review this documentation and give it due weight consideration during the overall selection process.

If you do not have your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation, please submit a statement as to why it is not available. Please indicate if any prior performance appraisals/evaluations were at an acceptable level.

To preview the assessment questionnaire click: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10929683

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness , National security

Required Documents

Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. It is strongly recommended that you use the USAJobs Resume Builder as it was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is available at

Your application package must include: (1) Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words; (2) Completed online Assessment Questionnaire; (3) SF-50's showing (1) your highest FPL, and (2) most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station. Please note that all SF-50's submitted must show that you are a status candidate or eligible under this announcement. Please refer to the eligibility in the online questionnaire for more information; (3) College transcript (if applicable) for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; (4) Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable); (5) Form DD-214 OR VA letter and Standard Form 15, if eligible under VEOA; (6) Proof of eligibility if applying under a special appointing authority; (7) Current or former Government employees are strongly encouraged to submit a recent performance appraisal.
NOTE: Applicants claiming eligibility under VEOA, must submit a copy of your DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," (Member 4 copy is preferred), showing the dates of active duty, type of discharge, and character of service (must be honorable); OR acceptable proof of verification of your preference (i.e., official document, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veterans total combined serviced-connected disability rating is 10% or more).
NOTE: Applicants claiming eligibility based on 30% or more service connected disability, you are required to submit documentation that is indicated on the SF-15 as acceptable proof of verification of your preference (i.e., official document, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veterans total combined serviced-connected disability rating is 30% or more.
You will find additional information on the following topics: (1) e-Verify; (2) Selective Service; (3) CTAP/ICTAP; (4) Education - accreditation; (5) Foreign education; (6) Veterans preference; (7) Special appointing authority documentation; and more can be found on our web site: https://www.bsee.gov/careers/usajobs-assistance OR http://www.boem.gov/USAJobs-Assistance/ .

If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty station. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 or above (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference) on the rating criteria for this position.

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 schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

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.

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