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OPPORTUNITY #: PR-04-062 OPENING DATE: 06/10/2004 CLOSING DATE: 07/01/2004








POSITION: Program Specialist, GS-301-12

Number of Positions: 1

Promotion Potential: NONE

SALARY RANGE: $60,638 - $78,826

ORGANIZATION: FEMA, Preparedness Division, Nuclear & Chemical Hazards Branch, Chemical Emergency Preparedness Section


WHO MAY APPLY: All Sources


This employment opportunity is open to all candidates. No prior Federal service is required. Status candidates will be considered under the Agency's Merit Promotion procedures, unless they also request consideration under the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Competitive Procedures and submit two applications.


Veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three (3) years or more of continuous active service may apply. (Veterans applying under this category must provide proof (DD 214) of service with submission of application).


INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (ICTAP): Federal Career and Career-Conditional Displaced employees in the local commuting area who are rated "well qualified" will receive special selection priority. To apply as a displaced candidate, applicant must submit a copy of the Reduction in Force (RIF) or separation notice, a copy of their latest SF 50, a copy of their last performance appraisal, and must address all Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) for this employment opportunity.


Competitive status is not required for qualified handicapped individuals eligible for appointment under 5 CFR 213.3102(u); qualified 30% or more disabled veterans eligible for appointment under 5 CFR 316.402(B)(5); those eligible under the Veteran`s Readjustment Act; and, those eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998, provided that these individuals otherwise meet the description of "Who May Apply."


REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirements as contained in the OPM's Qualification Operating Manual. These are available on line at www.opm.gov. The manual states that one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade in the Federal service is required. Specialized experience is experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of that position.


Applicants meeting the basic qualification requirements and any selective placement factor stated in this Employment Opportunity will be rated and ranked on the following Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities (KSA`s). Applicants must submit a separate written statement addressing any selective placement factor and each KSA. Failure to address the selective placement factor and each KSA separately will result in the applicant receiving no further consideration.


SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: Incumbent is responsible for managing preparedness activities around chemical stockpile sites, provides support to States and local emergency management agencies in developing response plans and attaining readiness to respond to a chemical event. Participates in the assessment of the needs for off-site emergency preparedness and response capabilities for Federal, State and local governments at eight sites where chemical warfare materials are stored and will be disposed. Conducts ongoing analyses of program and staff proposals to assure implementation of policy and to recommend alternatives or modifications to existing policy as necessary. Recommends allocation of funds as necessary, to address program priorities. Travels periodically to the States, local jurisdictions, and regional offices to participate in management reviews and evaluation of the effectiveness of the program. Reviews Federal, State and local emergency response plans to determine level of adequacy. Identifies actual or potential problem areas and recommends improvements or corrections where required. Assists in the development and conduct of readiness exercises. Reviews exercise evaluations and prepares reports on recommendations as appropriate. Develops and presents written and oral briefings and presentations on a variety of subjects related to Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP). Attends meeting, conferences and other forums, and confers with officials from Department of the Army, FEMA regional offices, State and local governments, other Federal agencies, and private and professional groups. Initiates and maintains liaison with outside organizations in order to coordinate program concerns, and disseminate program information as related to the CSEPP. Writes replies to a variety of correspondence and inquiries, often involving complex and sensitive subjects, submitted by Members of Congress, the Office of Management and Budget, and members of the general public.




1. Knowledge of, and experience with Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP).


2. Knowledge of rules, regulations, directives, policies and standards as they are applicable to Emergency Management and Planning..


3. Knowledge of exercise development and evaluation techniques.


4. Knowledge of the DHS and DOD Programming, Planning and Budgeting System.


5. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.


6. Ability to use computer software.



BASIS OF RATING: Applicants meeting basic eligibility requirements will be rated and ranked on the knowledge, skills and abilities, and other characteristics (KSA's) required to perform the duties of the position. Please review KSA's carefully. Include in the write-ups such things as experience in and out of Federal service that gave you the specific knowledge, skill or ability; objectives of your work; and evidence of your success (such as accomplishments, awards received, etc.).







EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: FEMA employees may be subject to 24-hour on-call in the event of an emergency. This service may require irregular working 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. Selectee must be able to relocate to emergency sites with little advance notice and function under intense physical and mental stress.


REGISTRATION FOR SELECTIVE SERVICE: The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12-31-59, who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment within this Agency.


CITIZENSHIP: Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position.


DIRECT DEPOSIT: Mandatory Direct Deposit/Electronics Funds Transfer (DD/EFT) for salary payment is a condition of employment at FEMA. Selectee will be required to participate in DD/EFT.







PUBLIC TRUST: This is a Public Trust position that requires a background investigation. Appointment to the position is subject to the applicant or appointee successfully completing essential security investigation forms, the applicant or appointee cooperating with the investigator, the completion of the investigation, and the favorable adjudication of the investigation. Failure to satisfactorily complete any aspect of this process is grounds for immediate termination. Applicants for this position may be required to submit to a urinalysis for illegal drug use prior to appointment.







If claiming 5 point veterans' preference, a DD-214 reflecting character of discharge must be submitted. If claiming 10 point veterans' preference, both a DD-214 and SF-15 must be submitted along with the required documentation listed on the SF-15.


Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants' who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your SSN is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and other who may know you. Failure to provide your SSN on your application materials, will result in your application not being processed.







Applicants can apply for this position by submitting a resume, the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF-612) or any other written format including the SF-171 (Application for Federal Employment). The resume or application must contain:

The Employment Opportunity number, title and grade of the job for which applying (indicate the lowest grade level that you will accept if applying for a position advertised at multiple grade levels);

Full name, mailing address, day and evening phone numbers, social security number, country of citizenship, branch and date of military service, if applicable;

High school name and location, date of diploma or highest grade completed, college name and location, majors, type and year of any degrees received;

Work experience that includes job titles, duties and accomplishments, employer`s name and address, supervisor`s name and phone number, starting and ending dates, hours per week and salary; and

List of other qualifications such as job related training courses, job related skills, job related certificates and job related honors, awards and special accomplishments.



The Agency is experiencing delays in mail delivery. Therefore, the following options are provided for your convenience when applying for this position. In all cases the application package must be complete.




Mail - Postmarked by the closing date: Use of a postage paid Federal Government agency envelope to mail your application or resume is not allowed and will not be considered. Complete application packages must be postmarked by the closing date of the announcement in order to receive consideration. All forms should be sent to:

Federal Emergency Management Agency


Building E, Room 113

16825 S. Seton Avenue

Emmitsburg, MD 21727




E-Mail - FEMA-Hire-Me@dhs.gov . Complete email packages must be received by the closing date of the announcement. Please list the job opportunity announcement number in the subject line.


Fax: (301) 447-1202. Complete faxed packages must be received by the closing date of the announcement.


Additional information: To obtain additional information about employment opportunities, visit our WEB site at www.dhs.gov , or call (301) 447-1398.


Applicants needing TDD/TTY assistance should call the Federal Information Relay Service on (800) 877-8339.


Be sure to include the job opportunity announcement number on your application or resume. Failure to provide the job opportunity announcement number and social security number will result in loss of consideration for the position. All application packages must be complete in order to receive consideration. This includes the following:

At a minimum, the application or resume and the separate written responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) and selective placement factor(s), if required.

If claiming 5-point veteran preference, member copy 4 of the DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other proof of entitlement.

If claiming 10-point veteran preference, submit SF-15, Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, plus the proof required by that form. The SF-15 form can be obtained from local Federal Job Information/Testing Centers of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (listed in the telephone directory under U.S. Government) or call FEMA`s Examining Unit on (202) 646-4040.

If applying as an ICTAP eligible, submit a copy of the Reduction in Force (RIF) or separation notice and a copy of the last performance appraisal.

Status applicants with career or career-conditional status or reinstatement eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (Standard Form 50) showing tenure group and highest grade held.









THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY IS COMMITTED TO EMPLOYING A HIGHLY QUALIFIED WORKFORCE THAT REFLECTS THE DIVERSITY OF OUR NATION. All applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, political affiliation, non-disqualifying physical handicap, sexual orientation, and any other non-merit factor.


The Federal Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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