Emergency Management Specialist

Washington, D.C
Oct 16, 2020
Oct 23, 2020
Full Time


The Emergency Management Center (EMC) within the Office of Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management (OASAM), serves as the Department of Labor's focal point for all emergency management policy, planning, preparedness, and response coordination.

This position is outside the bargaining unit.

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The Director is responsible for the efficient and effective management of all emergency preparedness, response and recovery coordination at DOL as it relates to all continuity programs managed by the Emergency Management Center for the entire Department.

Major duties for this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Serves as Program Manager for the Department's nationwide emergency planning and preparedness programs.
  • Develops programmatic links between the Department of Labor's national response plan programs, continuity of government programs, and continuity of operations, with national level regulations, guidance, and requirements.
  • Develops programmatic links for business continuity and recovery, evacuation and shelter in place programs, disaster recovery systems, and critical infrastructure development, to ensure DOL's programs are cohesive and supportive.
  • Develops and recommends policy relative to emergency preparedness and continuity programs, maintain visibility of the diverse aspects of emergency management, mission assurance, and continuity of operations. These include the development of policy, plans, and procedures related to mission essential functions and the coordination of mission-critical information technology systems required to support them.
  • Develops requirements and ensures the effectiveness of training programs and sessions relating to emergency management, mission assurance, and continuity of operations as they apply to the DOL.
  • Represents the Department of Labor at various interdepartmental or interagency conferences addressing complex issues relating to emergency management, mission assurance, and continuity of operations or continuity of government, and participates in system planning, emergency staff management, and emergency planning in critical and sensitive as well as classified national programs.
  • Responsible for intra-agency coordination, product development coordination and oversight, budget formulation, and contract development and monitoring. The incumbent serves as Contracting Officer Technical Representative (COTR) for one or more contract vehicles.

This position is designated Mission Critical Emergency. Participates as a key member of the DOL Emergency Response Group (ERG) team in response to emergencies and is subject to 24-hour on-call in the event of an emergency.

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 Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel is required for this position on an adhoc bases.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
15 - This position is at the Full Promotion Potential.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.
  • Requires supervisory probationary period if requirement has not been met.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a TOP Secret/SCI security clearance.
  • Subject to pre-employment and random drug tests.
  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.

Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection.

Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50.

Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

You may not be aware, but in the regulations for agency ethics programs, there are requirements for supervisors. Section 2638.103 of Title 5 of the CFR states:

Every supervisor in the executive branch has a heightened personal responsibility for advancing government ethics. It is imperative that supervisors serve as models of ethical behavior for subordinates. Supervisors have a responsibility to help ensure that subordinates are aware of their ethical obligations under the Standards of Conduct and that subordinates know how to contact agency ethics officials. Supervisors are also responsible for working with agency ethics officials to help resolve conflicts of interests and enforce government ethics laws and regulations, including those requiring certain employees to file financial disclosure reports. In addition, supervisors are responsible, when requested, for assisting agency ethics officials in evaluating potential conflicts of interest and identifying positions subject to financial disclosure requirements.


Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-14, in the Federal Service.

For the GS-15: Specialized experience includes performing the following:
  • Mastery in national, and homeland security issues, continuity of operations including continuity of government, as required by Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 40, supporting guidance in Federal Continuity Directives (FCD) 1 and 2, and Executive Order (EO) 12656.
  • A high degree of skill in providing management oversight in the administration of the nationwide emergency management programs in reviewing its effectiveness for obvious and obscure deficiencies and working with key management officials in an effort to persuade officials to accept new theories and practices.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of government-wide emergency operations, continuity communications , COG, and COOP theories, principles, concepts, policies, regulations and procedural directives promulgated by GSA, FEMA, NSC, OSTP/OMB, etc., in order to develop segments of policies, procedural guidelines and operational standards for use in the Department.
  • Expert knowledge of Departmental test, training, and exercise program management and a Departmental corrective action program.


Education cannot be substituted for experience at the GS-15 grade level.

Additional information

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

Position Telework eligibility is determined by management based on position duties during the recruitment process. Employee participation in telework on a routine or situational basis is determined by management primarily based on business needs. Employees participating in telework are subject to the terms and conditions of the Department of Labor's Telework Program.


How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Click here for Evaluation details. For Displaced Employees ONLY: if you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP / CTAP , you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles will be considered "well-qualified" if they attain at least a rating score of 85 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #24 to reflect that you are applying as a ICTAP or CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

Technical - Continuity Program Management - managing a program that prevents, protects and mitigates against life-threatening situations and incidents impacting DOL staff, facilities and assets.

Leadership - lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission and goals. Provides an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork.

Organizational Awareness - keeps abreast of organization's mission and functions, and how its social, political and technological systems work and operates effectively within them; this includes the program, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations of the organization.

Interpersonal Skills - Maintains effective relationships with others, relates to people with varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.

Written Communication - recognizes or uses correct English, grammar, punctuation and spelling; communicates information (i.e. facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material that is appropriate for intended audiences.

Oral Communication - expresses information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). Your evaluation may also include a review by an HR Specialist or panel and may include other assessment tools (ex. interview, structured interview, written test, work sample, etc.). The examining Office of Human Resources (OHR) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your vacancy question responses. If not, the OHR may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password protected documents.

The following documents are required from all applicants (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY):

ARE YOU A CURRENT OR FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE? If applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service, please provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" which shows your appointment eligibility for the position for which you are applying. Your SF-50 must identify the highest grade you held on a permanent basis, Pay Plan/Pay Schedule, Series, and Grade/Pay Band, and career status. Multiple SF-50 may be submitted to demonstrate your highest previous rate and eligibility.

*WARNING: An award SF-50 (ex. cash or time off award) may not indicate grade, step and competitive status. For current DOL employees, an award SF-50 DOES NOT indicate grade and step.

- Resume are required to provide a resume by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of your choosing. Cover letters are optional. To receive full consideration for relevant and specialized experience, please list month, year, and the number of work hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to the vacancy questionnaire.

- Most recent performance appraisal/evaluation signed and dated within 18 months is requested by the agency, but will not disqualify candidates if not submitted. If not submitted during the application process, one may/will be requested at the time of the interview if the opportunity is extended. Applies to current and former Federal employees.

- Land Management Eligibles: a copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) proving your eligibility for appointment under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act. This service must have been performed in the competitive service, under a time limited appointment in a Land Management Agency, as defined by P.L. 114-328. For more information, click here .

The following documents are required if applicable:

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under ICTAP / CTAP Eligibility.

- DD-214 - verifying military service, eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) and showing character of discharge (ex. Member Copy 4 and 2 are acceptable vs. Copy 1 which is not acceptable to adjudicate veteran's preference)

Special/Non-Competitive Appointing Authority Documents

- Applicants who are eligible for consideration, and wish to be considered, under one of the following non-competitive hiring authorities must submit appropriate documentation (click on the links below to see the documentation requirements): Military Spouses (MISP)

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship , and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

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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