Supervisory Emergency Management Specialist

Washington, D.C
Oct 30, 2020
Nov 06, 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, Office of the Secretary, Office of Emergency Management, Continuity Programs Division, Washington, DC.

At the full performance level (GS-15) the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:
  • As the Departmental Continuity Manager, manages the Continuity Programs Division of the Office of Emergency Management. Provides overall supervision and management of division personnel, equipment, programs, operations, schedules and acquisitions to meet the requirements of the Department's Continuity programs. Supports the Departmental Continuity Coordinator (Assistant Secretary, Policy, Management, and Budget), Alternate Continuity Coordinator (Director, Office of Emergency Management) and advises the Department's key officials and provides leadership to the staff during continuity emergencies.
  • Manages policy, planning, and implementation efforts required by national continuity policy for the DOI Continuity of Operations (COOP) activities and the Department's support of Continuity of Government (COG) programs, including the formulation of Department-wide policy. Maintains and updates the Department's COOP Plan, assuring compliance with interagency policies. Represents the Department on interagency policy committees and working groups to address government-wide policy and operational issues.
  • Manages the coordination of Continuity Programs across all DOI bureaus and offices and serves as the designated Emergency Point of Contact in the Department of the Interior for continuity program requirements with the National Security Council, White House Military Office, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other Departments and Agencies.
  • Manages the Secretary's COOP Team planning and preparedness activities and projects to maintain a level of readiness which permits the Department to respond to emergencies in a coordinated and proactive manner including planning and conducting training, tests, and exercises.
  • Manages the development of the Department's primary mission essential and mission essential functions, coordinates these functions with the senior leadership of the Department, the White House and other Departments and Agencies, and include these functions as an integral part of the COOP Plan.
  • Provides overall supervision and management of personnel, equipment, and budgets for the division, including the Minnesota Federal Executive Board.
  • This position is a drug testing designated position. The incumbent will be subject to background investigation and must be able to obtain and maintain a Top-Secret clearance with SCI endorsement.

    The incumbent is designated as a Mission Critical Emergency Employee and is subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations or may be required to remain at work during dismissal or closure situations. Mission Critical Emergency Employees are expected to remain in contact with their agencies at all times during emergency situations.

    OS/Office of Emergency Management has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

    Salary Range Information:
    GS-15: $142,701 - $170,800 per annum
    First time hires to the federal government typically start at the beginning salary in the range for their respective grade level.

    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


    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-15, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 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:
  • in emergency management and/or continuity program management with responsibility for department-wide and/or organization-wide facilitation of planning, preparedness, and response activities for disasters and other emergencies such as natural disasters, wild land fire, technological emergencies, oil spills and hazardous materials, and National Special Security Events;
  • planning, managing and evaluating programs related to emergency management and/or continuity program management;
  • developing plans, reviewing and interpreting interagency policies, and generating management policy; and,
  • preparing and presenting briefings to senior management on program activities.
  • Must meet all Specialized Experience to be found minimally qualified.

    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:

    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 are no positive education requirements for this position. Also, education can not be substituted for experience to qualify for this position.

    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:

    Emergency Management - Ability to apply principles, practices, policies, and regulations, and use this knowledge to develop new approaches, or procedures to plan for, coordinate, and manage emergency management programs, response activities, continuity programs, and devolution planning (activities activated outside of normal COOP site and ancillary activities regarding secure communications capabilities).

    Project Management - Knowledge of the principles, methods, or tools for developing, scheduling, coordinating, and managing projects and resources, including monitoring and inspecting costs, work, and contractor performance.

    Leadership - Plan and carrying out assignments, delegating tasks to other personnel, resolving the conflicts that arise, coordinating the work with others as necessary and interpreting policy on his or her own initiative in terms of established objectives.

    Written Communication - Ability to document and utilize analysis findings and results in a manner that is clear and appropriate for the target audience.

    Oral Communication - Ability to effectively communicate complex technical security requirements to non-technical personnel to include the leadership team as well as to other DOI and bureau security representatives at all levels of officials and staff.

    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:

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Sensitive Compartmented Information

    Drug test required

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

    Trust determination process
    Credentialing , 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: OR .

    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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