Emergency Management Specialist (Situation Unit Leader)

Department Of Homeland Security Oakland, CA
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When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce. Please visit www.fema.gov for additional information.

This position is being announced under FEMA's Incident Management Assistant Team (IMAT) Program. This is a 4-year temporary appointment in the Excepted service. This position is located on a Type II, Regional Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) and has a starting salary range of $29.26 per hour to $33.65 per hour; however, the maximum salary possible in this position is $55.18 per hour. Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Region 9 IMAT team within FEMA!

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: IMAT employees are subject to a 24-hour on call work schedules in the event of an emergency and be willing to be relocated to emergency sites with little notice. The teams deploy as soon as notified to respond and are on the scene within 12 hours. Once on scene, the teams operate and function under intense physical and mental stress until the response mission is accomplished. This service will require irregular and/or long working hours which may be under austere environments that include living and working in temporary facilities such as tents, warehouse, or other expediently established facilities, significant damage to critical infrastructure that prevents ready access to potable water (other than for drinking), other than basic medical care, and other routinely available services. Work may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description to include performance of manual labor to support the establishment of team facilitated, subsistence of team members, and distribution of commodities to incident survivors; and may involve some physical exertion including activities such as long periods of standing; walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; recurring bending, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities; carrying and lifting of moderately heavy items (up to 50 pounds).

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In this position, the incumbent will serve in the IMAT Planning Section as the Situation Unit Leader.

When deployed, the Situation Unit Leader reports to the Planning Section Chief and is responsible for situational awareness and the collection, processing, and organizing of all incident information. The incumbent will draw upon existing national and regional plans and apply analytical processes to adapt those plans to the incident at hand. Typical assignments include:

* Preparing, implementing, and maintaining the information collection plan; identifying the appropriate Essential Elements of Information (EEI).

* Developing the incident information collection strategy and collecting and analyzing incident data; obtaining the Critical Information Requirements.

* Gathering, updating, and applying situational information relevant to the incident; ensuring the information is processed, analyzed, posted, and distributed appropriately.

* Conducting analysis related to incident management. Developing trends analysis charts related to incident management.

* Utilizing information systems for incident information management.

* Preparing incident objectives for the Incident Action Plan (IAP).

* Coordinating with State's Incident Management Team Situation Unit Leader and other appropriate State planning section members.

When not deployed, the incumbent reports to the Planning Section Chief. Typical assignments will include:

* Participating in exercises at the national, regional and state levels; to include all training as required by the position with states and other federal agencies, professional development and emergency management training and workshops

* Providing input for the development of and participates in the execution and documentation of functions and plans that affect critical aspects of FEMA's mission, operational responses and programs

* Providing basic instruction on disaster-related topics to regions, states and local authorities; participating in the development of regional catastrophic planning for all-hazard responses

Travel Required

50% or less - IMAT members will deploy to emergency sites.Non-emergency travel may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply This job is open to…

* U.S. citizens

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This announcement will close at 11:59 pm EST on Friday, July 20, 2018 OR at 11:59 pm EST on the date the 200th application is received, whichever comes first.

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0089 Emergency Management Specialist

* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* You must be a U.S. citizen to be considered for this position

* You must successfully pass a background investigation.

* Travel will be required.

* You must be able to obtain and maintain a Government credit card.

* Selective service registration is required for males born after 12/31/59.

* Please review "Other Information" section for additional key requirements.

Please ensure you meet the qualification requirements described below.


The qualification requirements listed below must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

To qualify for this position at the IT-02 level (starting salary $29.26 per hr to $33.65 per hr), your resume must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in federal service. This experience may have been gained in the federal government, a state or local government, a non-profit organization, the private sector, or as a volunteer; however, your resume must clearly describe at least one year of the following specialized experience:

* Supporting planning programs by performing special studies or projects to identify, prepare, and implement data collection plans; and

* Maintaining situational information in support of a disaster field operations at the Federal, State, or local level.


Credentialed and qualified as a NIMS Situation Unit Leader or in a commensurate position in a non-NIMS compliant organization and have performed this position on multiple incidents.


* Master's or equivalent graduate degree; or

* 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or

* LL.B. or J.D., if related


A combination of specialized experience and related graduate level education that, when combined, meet the qualification requirements for this position.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills, and provides valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Your application must show that you meet all requirements for this position. You may be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position.

NOTE: Qualifications are based on breadth/level of experience. In addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from MM/YY to MM/YY) and the number of hours worked per week if part time. As qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. Applicants are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to develop their federal resume. For a brief video on How to Create a Federal Resume, click here.

Current or former FEMA Reservists/DAE employees: To accurately credit your experience for these intermittent positions, make sure to list the dates (from MM/YY to MM/YY) of each deployment, along with the job title and specific duties you were responsible for during each deployment. Failure to provide this information may result in disqualification.