Emergency Management Specialist

Washington, D.C
Oct 20, 2021
Oct 22, 2021
Full Time


As an Emergency Management Specialist, you will be responsible for providing expert technical assistance in providing comprehensive agency wide crisis management, continuity of operations, and emergency/disaster management policies and plans.

Location of position: General Services Administration, Office of Mission Assurance, Mission Resilience Division, Washington, D.C.

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As an Emergency Management Specialist, you will perform the following duties:
  • Provide support of logistics; disaster response and nation security special events coordinator; implements and maintains logistics and readiness capabilities in support of agency and national response missions.
  • Provide technical guidance in drafting and reviewing emergency plans, policies, processes and procedures, to include emergency/disaster plans, COOP plans, national security special events concepts of support and other related contingency and resilience programs.
  • Serve as a planner, coordinator, and advisor for GSA regarding Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning to include training employees throughout the Agency on sound continuity principles, employing all subject areas of the common body of knowledge of Continuity.
  • Create continuity strategies utilizing resources provided by Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to ensure the Agency meets standards. Response and recovery efforts may require activation to Regional Response Coordination Center (RRCC) in the event of an emergency/disaster or Presidential Declaration.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship or National (Residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)
  • Meet all eligibility requirements within 30 days of the closing date.
  • Meet time-in-grade within 30 days of the closing date, if applicable
  • Register with the Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/1959

If selected, you must meet the following conditions:
  • Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 5 investigation level). You must be granted this clearance before you can start the job.
  • Submit to periodic and random drug testing where a urinalysis will be used to screen for illegal drug use. A negative test result is required before you start work.
  • Participate in the Continuity of Operations Plan(COOP), which includes attending meetings and planning activities; and carrying out mission-critical work at a designated location other than you primary work site (which may be outside of your commuting area).
  • Have a valid Driver's License.
  • As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal executive branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the agency (if later than November 22, 2021). The agency will provide additional information regarding which forms of documentation can be accepted and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement. If selected and you are a current GSA employee (except in the OIG), you are not required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination if this requirement has already been met.
  • Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within 45 days. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the agency's telework policy.


For each job on your resume, provide:
  • the exact dates you held each job (from month/year to month/year)
  • number of hours per week you worked (if part time).

If you have volunteered your service through a National Service program (e.g., Peace corps, Americorps), we encourage you to include this experience on your resume.

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The GS-13 salary range starts at $103,690 per year. Locality will be determined based on duty location.


To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level or higher in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience providing the following emergency management services: collaborating in preparedness, response, and recovery among diverse stakeholders to meet mission and organizational needs; developing plans and procedures in the subject areas of Continuity of Operations (COOP), emergency management, and Occupant Emergency Planning (EOP); conducting emergency management and COOP training as well as exercises using the Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) standards; and supporting diverse stakeholders on state, local, or federal disaster operations.


Additional information

Bargaining Unit status: Not Applicable

This position is subject to random drug testing.

We are currently filling one vacancy, but additional vacancies may be filled through this announcement in this or other GSA organizations within the same commuting area.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

You will be scored on the questions you answer during the application process, which will measure your possession of the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities. Your responses to these questions must be supported by your resume or your score may be lowered.
  • Ability to apply emergency management and evaluation methodologies and knowledge of organizational theories and research principles necessary to perform broad, far-reaching studies impacting regional and agency operations.
  • Knowledge of Government policies, directive, and other regulatory materials regarding such concerns as operational risk management, critical infrastructure protections, crisis communications, and principles of system resiliency.
  • Skill in communicating effectively in oral and written form to analyze, evaluate, develop, present, defend, implement and oversee the promulgation of agency wide continuity and emergency management plans, directives, processes and procedures.
  • Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative techniques to analyze and monitor the effectiveness, efficiency and productivity of GSA services and support provided to external entities including Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and emergency response entities in the federal community.

  • Additional assessments may be used, and, if so, you will be provided with further instructions.

    If you are eligible under GSA's Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), you must receive a score of 85 or higher to receive priority.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required

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

    Trust determination process
    National security

    Required Documents

    ALL required documents must be submitted before the closing date. Review the following list to determine what you need to submit.

    If you are CTAP eligible - submit a, b, and c: (a) proof of eligibility including agency notice; (b) SF-50, and (c) most recent performance appraisal.

    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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