Hazard Mitigation Assistance Specialist GS-0301-9-DE


Vacancy ID: 841379   Announcement Number: MG-2013-01937-WLW-841379-DE   USAJOBS Control Number: 337874500

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

THE RESUME YOU SUBMIT FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MUST SUPPORT THE ANSWER YOU CLAIM UNDER THIS AND OTHER QUESTIONS. IF NOT, YOU WILL BE FOUND NOT QUALIFIED OR YOUR SCORE WILL BE LOWERED.

1. From the descriptions below, select the letter that describes the education or experience you have that demonstrates your ability to perform GS-0301-9 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Specialist work.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience that is equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-07 grade level or pay band in the Federal service. Specifically, specialized is described as experience in Hazard mitigation Grant programs providing assistance, analysis, monitoring, and policy interpretation in support of grants management processes, from project-scoping through application development, review, award, implementation, and closeout.
B. I do not have the education or experience as described above.

Choose the answer for each task statement from the list below that best describes your knowledge of the Federal grants management rules, policies, at the federal level.

A- I have not had any training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had training relating to grants work, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have basic knowledge of and limited experience working within Mitigation Grants Programs that required and interpreting rules and regulations.
D- I have experience that demonstrates a general understanding of Mitigation Grants Programs, and an ability to interpret program policies, and apply Federal rules.
E- I have experience that demonstrates a full understanding of Mitigation Grant Programs, and an ability to evaluate applications, interpreting program policies, and apply Federal rules.

2. Knowledge and understanding of how the FEMA hazard mitigation programs relate to State and local hazard mitigation planning per 44 CFR 201.

3. Coordinate with the Public Assistance Program's mitigation activities under Section 406 of the Stafford Act for repair of public facilities.

Choose the answer for each task statement from the list below that best describes your knowledge of the Federal grants management rules, OMB circulars, policies, principles, practices and techniques.

A- I have not had any training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had training relating to grants work, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have basic knowledge of and limited experience working within the Federal grant programs that required evaluating applications and interpreting rules and regulations.
D- I have experience that demonstrates a general understanding of Federal grant programs, and an ability to evaluate applications, interpreting program policies, and apply Federal rules and OMB Circulars to the process.
E- I have experience that demonstrates a full understanding of Federal grant programs, and an ability to evaluate applications, interpreting program policies, and apply Federal rules and OMB Circulars to the process.

4. Ability to review and recommend approval of projects applications, cost overruns, modifications, extensions, and appeals.

5. Coordinates project reviews with engineers for technical feasibility and adequacy, with Benefit-Cost analysts for cost-effectiveness requirements of OMB A-94.

Choose the answer for each task statement from the list below that best describes your knowledge of and experience with Mitigation Grant Programs.

A- I have not had any training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had training relating to grants work, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have experience in Mitigation grants using NEMIS, Egrants or other databases.
D- I have experience working with mitigation grants using NEMIS, Egrants or other databases to include application processing, budget analysis, grant obligation, quarterly report reviews, and/or grant close out.
E- I have demonstrated experience in processing mitigation grants using NEMIS, Egrants or other databases to include application processing, budget analysis, grant obligation, quarterly report reviews, grant close out and knowledge of benefit cost analysis and /or environmental review procedures.

6. Ability to serve as a HMA Specialist for program implementation of the FEMA hazard mitigation programs to include: Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP); Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program; Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program; Repetitive Flood Claims (RFC) program; Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL) program.

7. Maintain and utilize the Agency's hazard mitigation data base and other grant systems (NEMIS, eGrants, SQANet and unified platforms). This includes responsibility for assuring the accuracy of the database and the integrity of the data base management system.

Choose the answer for each task statement from the list below that best describes your knowledge of and direct experience in building partnerships with States, Locals and Tribes to promote mitigation programs.

A- I have not had any training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have demonstrated experience interfacing with state, local, tribal or other entities when coordinating programs and delivering services.
D- I have experience that demonstrates an understanding of and ability to interact with program representatives at the state, local, tribal and/or other levels in the delivery of mitigation programs.
E- I have demonstrated experience in establishing partnerships or working relationships with states, locals and tribes and/or other entities that resulted in successful delivery of mitigation programs.

8. Ability to serve as a program manager for implementation of the mitigation grant programs.

9. Ability to serve as a liaison to State counterparts.

Choose the answer for each task statement from the list below that best describes your knowledge of and direct experience with pertinent laws regulations, and policies in order to manage complex disaster mitigation recovery programs.

A- I have not had any training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have demonstrated knowledge of and experience mitigation grants programs.
D- I have knowledge of and experience that demonstrates an understanding of the laws, regulations and policies associated with Federal mitigation grants programs.
E- I have knowledge of and demonstrated experience in implementing hazard mitigation programs to include Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMPG), Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM), Repetitive Flood Claims (RFC), and Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL) program.

10. Knowledge the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) regulations and policies.

11. Experience working with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

Choose the answer for each task statement from the list below that best describes your ability to speak effectively with diverse groups on technical and potentially highly contentious and controversial issues, and to render information and opinion into an easily understood written form.

A- I have not had any training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had training in public speaking, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have experience in briefing individuals or making oral presentations before groups and experience in writing report and letters on mitigation programs.
D- I have experience in making oral presentations before organizations or interest groups, and in briefing officials on important, serious or controversial mitigation program issues or experience writing letters or documents that must present an idea or describe an action that must be taken by the reader or that convey mitigation policy decisions/determinations in a clear and concise manner.
E- I have experience as a speaker, presenter or conductor of meetings, public forums, workshops, seminars, etc., on major issues; and in delivering oral presentations to inform federal, state/local officials or private sector organizations or interested parties with respect to significant or controversial matters within mitigation related programs and experience writing letters or documents that must present an idea or describe an action that must be taken by the reader or that convey mitigation policy decisions and/or determinations in a clear and concise manner.

12. Develops and presents materials for briefings, training workshops, and conferences with other divisions, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, and private organizations promoting hazard mitigation concepts, policies, and procedures.

13. Prepares responses to a wide variety of correspondence and issue papers requiring research and preparation of clear and concise replies.