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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT/OPPORTUNITY #: MW-09-OA-0039-SSM1 OPENING DATE: 12/02/2008 CLOSING DATE: 12/23/2008

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking applicants for the Federal Coordinating Officer program to ensure the availability of expert staff to perform top management functions and provide leadership in disaster field operations. Experience as a Federal Coordinating Officer has the potential to provide a candidate with the skills necessary to compete for Senior Executive Service positions (SES). Appointments to the Federal Coordinating Officer program will be Schedule A, Excepted Service appointments without time limits. SALARIES: Chicago, IL: $117,482-$149,000 Kansas City, MO: $107,962-$140,355 Denton, TX: $113,266-$147,249

TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT: POSITION: SERIES - PAY GRADE: NUMBER OF POSITIONS: PROMOTION POTENTIAL: SALARY RANGE: ORGANIZATION:

Full-time Federal Coordinating Officer GS-301-15 1 per region none see above Department of Homeland Security/ FEMA Office of the Administrator Federal Coordinating Officer Operations Illinois (Chicago)

DUTY LOCATION:

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Missouri (Kansas City) Texas (Denton) RELOCATION EXPENSES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED

WHO MAY APPLY: Eligible Candidates - All This employment opportunity is open to all candidates. No prior Federal service is required. SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WILL BE REQUIRED TO TRAVEL TO DISASTER SITES AND WILL BE EXPECTED TO BE IN TRAVEL STATUS AT LEAST 50% OF THE WORK YEAR.

DUTIES: The Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) serves as the principal staff advisor to the Administrator, FEMA in leading and coordinating the timely delivery of all Federal disaster assistance to support state and local governments and affected communities. To achieve the timely delivery of full disaster assistance, the FCO will maintain a balance between sound management practices and pressure to satisfy stakeholders' interests. Specifically will perform the following duties: Establishes the Federal presence as the President's representative at the disaster operation site. Coordinates the relationships between Federal, State, local and FEMA personnel in partnership with the State Coordinating Officer (SCO) and advises the Governor on the status of the Federal response. Establishes response, recovery and mitigation operations with the SCO. Manages media, community and other external relations to communicate the availability of assistance to Congress, applicants and the general public as well as establishing communications links with the media and elected officials. Establishes a disaster assistance site to administer relief services and coordinates activities of state and local governments, activities of Federal agencies and volunteer organizations. Works with the Disaster Recovery Manager, Regional Administrator and/or FEMA Program Manager to implement appropriate financial controls and to coordinate and monitor Federal program and administrative activities. Develops plans and strategies based on Agency policy and the needs of the customer. Adheres to governing authorities and policies, civil and equal opportunity rights, ethics and customer service standards.

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.

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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). HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Include with your application a Narrative Statement describing possession of each evaluation criterion (i.e. knowledge, skills and abilities or KSAs). Failure to provide the Narrative Statement will adversely impact your ranking score and your ability to be certified for referral to the selecting official. If there is a Selective Placement Factor(s), please address fully and separately. Failure to meet the Selective Placement Factor(s) will result in no further consideration. You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required; and on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with this position as defined below. When describing your knowledge, skills, and abilities, please ensure to give examples and explain how often you used these skills, the complexity of the knowledge you possessed, the level of the people with whom you interacted, the sensitivity of the issues you handled, etc. SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: APPLICANTS WHO FAIL TO DEMONSTRATE THE FOLLOWING FACTOR WILL BE RATED INELIGIBLE. 1. As the senior leader, must demonstrate experience in leading and managing significant numbers of staff in a wide-range of emergency situations .

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES (KSAs): 2. Ability to lead and manage operations and personnel in crisis situations. 3. Knowledge and experience of governmental or private sector programs and policies. 4. Knowledge and experience with intergovernmental relations and the ability to facilitate, coordinate and negotiate at all levels of government to achieve results. 5. Ability to analyze information, reach quick and appropriate decisions, and effectively resolve problems. 6. Skill in articulating programs, procedures, and policies clearly and concisely.

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7. Ability to identify unique customer needs, tailor plans and strategies, and implement actions within established policy.

BASIS OF RATING: If the applicant meets the minimum qualifications, he/she will be given the minimum earned rating of 70 points. Applicants will then be rated by a rating panel, a subject matter expert, or Human Resources Specialist as determined by the Agency designee at the time of the rating. A maximum of 30 points may be awarded for KSA responses. The minimum earned rating plus the earned rating for all the KSAs will be combined to arrive at the total earned rating. Eligible veterans who meet established criteria will receive additional points (5 or 10) added to their total score as a result of their military service as appropriate. The applicants with the highest scores will be referred to the selecting official for possible selection. Highly qualified applicants may be asked to travel at their own expense to participate in an assessment process near a FEMA Regional Office. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT AT FEMA 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.

DRUG TESTING: Applicants for this position may be required to submit to a urinalysis for illegal drug use prior to appointment.

DIRECT DEPOSIT: Mandatory Direct Deposit/Electronics Funds Transfer (DD/EFT) for salary

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payment is a condition of employment at FEMA. Selectee will be required to participate in DD/EFT.

SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WILL BE REQUIRED TO TRAVEL TO DISASTER SITES AND WILL BE EXPECTED TO BE IN TRAVEL STATUS AT LEAST 50% OF THE WORK YEAR. FAILURE TO ACCEPT A DISASTER ASSIGNMENT MAY BE GROUNDS FOR SEPARATION. Selectee must have the ability to obtain a government-sponsored credit card.

SECURITY CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS NATIONAL SECURITY: This is a National Security 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. Additionally, appointment could require that the employee satisfy additional security requirements established by FEMA or other Federal departments or agencies. Failure to satisfactorily complete any aspect of this process is grounds for immediate termination.

OTHER INFORMATION 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.

HOW AND WHERE TO APPLY Applicants can apply for this position by submitting a resume, the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF-612) OR any other written format. The resume or application must contain: 1. 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); 2. Full name, mailing address, day and evening phone numbers, social security number, country of citizenship, branch and date of military service, if applicable; 3. High school name and location, date of diploma or highest grade completed, college name and location, majors, type and year of any degrees received; 4. 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 to include all periods of unemployment during the ten year time frame. 5. List of other qualifications such as job related training courses, job related skills, job related

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certificates and job related honors, awards and special accomplishments. Mail - 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 received in the office by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration. All forms should be sent to: Department of Homeland Security/FEMA Human Capital Division P.O.Box 9900 Winchester, VA 22604 Attn: Shelley S. Miller Phone: 1-800-879-6076 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 to Shelley Miller at 540-535-2839. Complete faxed packages must be received by the closing date of the announcement. To obtain additional information about employment opportunities, visit our WEB site at www.dhs.gov, or call our Employment Opportunities Hotline on 800-879-6076. Applicants needing TDD/TTY assistance should call the Federal Information Relay Service at 800-877-8339.

If you are sending your application via Email, please DO NOT use .zip or other compressed file formats. Preferred file formats include .doc, .txt, .pdf.

Please be sure to include the following information in your application (incomplete applications may not be considered for the position). Job Information: - Announcement number and position title and grade(s) for which you are applying Personal Information: - Full name, mailing address, day and evening phone numbers - Last four digits of your Social Security Number - Country of citizenship (must be U.S. citizen to be eligible)

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-Veterans Preference, if applicable. Attach latest report of Separation from Active Duty (DD-214) to establish honorable discharge from military service. Attach SF-15 & required proof (i.e., an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces) if you are claiming a 10-point veterans preference. If appropriate documentation is not received by the closing date, preference will not be granted. -Applicants who are on active military duty: Applicants who are on active military duty will not have a DD Form 214 at the time of application. Prior to appointment, we will verify: o Your eligibility for veterans preference, and o That your military service was honorable. - Special appointment eligibility (e.g., 30% compensable disability, handicap, Peace Corps, etc.). Attach supporting documentation. - If you are or were a Federal government employee, please attach your latest SF-50 (Notice of Personnel Action), indicating the highest Federal civilian grade held and dates and attach a copy of your latest performance appraisal. Education: - Colleges and Universities: Name, city, state, major(s), type of degree and year received (or total semester/quarter hours earned) - Other educational programs, if relevant. Show dates and total hours of program. Job-Related Work Experience: - Job title (include series and grade if Federal job) - Name and address of employer, supervisor’s name, and supervisor’s telephone number (please indicate if you do not want us to contact your current supervisor) - Starting and Ending dates (month and year) - Hours worked per week - Annual salary - Duties and accomplishments -. Other Job-Related Qualifications: - Relevant skills (e.g. foreign languages, computer software/hardware) - Relevant training courses - Relevant current certificates and licenses

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- Relevant honors, awards, etc. (e.g., memberships in professional and honor societies, publications, leadership activities, performance awards). Give dates, but do not send documents. 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.

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, disability, sexual orientation, and any other nonmerit factor. The Federal Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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