Emergency Management Specialist, GS-0089-11/12


Vacancy ID: 850004   Announcement Number: MG-2013-01965-KCD-850004DEU   USAJOBS Control Number: 338733300

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-0089-11 Emergency Management Program Specialist work. Please select only one answer.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience that is equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-9 grade level or pay band in the Federal service. Specifically, I have at least one (1) year of specialized experience providing support on disaster incidents, coordinating emergency management program activities, and providing follow-up with Federal, state, and local technical personnel during disaster field operations.
B. I have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in political science, sociology, public administration, business administration or related fields which provided me with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work of the position.
C. I have a combination of experience as described under letter A above and graduate education as described under letter B above which, when combined, is equivalent to 100% of the qualification requirement. Only graduate education in excess of the Master's level may be used in the calculation. To calculate your percentage of graduate education, first determine the total number of graduate hours that exceed the Master's level, and divide the total number of your excess graduate semester hours by 18 (or your school's definition of one year of graduate study). To calculate your percentage of qualifying experience, divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by 12. Now, add the two percentages together. The sum of the percentages must be equal at least 100%.
D. I do not have the education or experience as described above.

2. Please indicate the level of experience that qualifies you for a GS-0089-12 Emergency Management Program Specialist.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience that is equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-11 grade level or pay band in the Federal service. Specifically, I have at least one (1) year of specialized experience providing support on disaster incidents, coordinating emergency management program activities, and providing follow-up with Federal, state, and local technical personnel during disaster field operations. This experience includes coordinating and/or managing complex projects under severe time constraints.
B. I do not have the experience and/or education described in any of the above statements.

3. Demonstrated incident management experience in working complex multijurisdictional response operations and knowledge of their attendant support requirements. The operational definition is field experience working in a disaster situation as a member of the command element, within the Incident Command System (ICS); as well as extensive knowledge and hands-on experience with FEMA's role in disasters and the ICS organizational model.

A. Yes
B. No

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your knowledge of major disaster-related laws, policies, rules, regulations and directives governing DHS-FEMA response operations. Please select only one letter for each item.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in disaster related laws, policy and regulations.
C- I have good working knowledge of disaster response and recovery concepts and processes at federal, state, and local levels of government.
D- I have substantive knowledge of other federal, State, and voluntary agency disaster response and recovery operations.
E- I have field experience in coordinating with other federal or voluntary agencies in carrying out disaster response and recovery functions.

4. Coordinates policy guidance or procedures at the regional, state, and local levels and provides related assistance.

5. Analyze national guidance and guidance changes with impact on regional procedures and policies, and development of new policy or procedure initiatives.

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your demonstrated ability to communicate effectively to diverse audiences, both orally and in writing, prepare correspondence, briefings and reports. Please select only one letter for each item.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training oral and written communications.
C- I have demonstrated expertise in communicating the interpretation of policies, regulations, or issues to various customer-based groups.
D- I have extensive knowledge of, and hand-on experience in, developing and interpreting reports based on data and other information from disaster response and recovery programs.
E- I have comprehensive experience in developing and making presentations to diverse audiences.

6. Conducts orientation and briefings for regional staff to promote familiarity with concepts of the region's response role.

7. Develops monitors and coordinates the implementation of plans and procedures in accordance with the Stafford Act.

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes skill in maintaining relationships between federal, state and local emergency planning/management officials and the ability to provide expert assistance with preparedness efforts at all levels of government.. Please select only one letter for each item.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in disaster assistance and preparedness programs.
C- I have in depth knowledge of assessing program deficiencies and developing solutions to correct shortfalls.
D- I have extensive knowledge of, and field experience in, assessing agency preparedness and providing assistance to rectify problems and/or eliminate gaps in preparedness posture.
E- I have demonstrated skill in providing expert emergency management and preparedness assistance to federal, state, and/or local government agencies and voluntary organizations active in disasters.

8. Develops and coordinates with staff from other FEMA offices, state offices and other federal agencies.

9. Participates in regional interagency steering committee meetings to include making presentations, leading discussions and facilitating resolutions to problems.

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your knowledge of and experience with FEMA Operations and Assistance authorities and programs. Please select only one letter for each item.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in disaster assistance programs.
C- I have demonstrated working knowledge of the major disaster declaration process, FEMA's role in coordinating federal response actions and the state's role in major disasters.
D- I have extensive knowledge of, and hand-on experience with, the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act and/or the National Response Plan and/or the National Response Framework - to include FEMA's disaster operations and disaster assistance programs.
E- I have demonstrated field experience in supporting or executing federal disaster operations and/or assistance programs within FEMA, other federal Emergency Support Function (ESF) agencies, or state government.

10. Experience in mobilizing resources and conduct activities to augment state and local response.

11. Supports supervisor by developing and coordinating, utilizing guidance of FEMA Headquarters, the federal emergency plans for response to all potential contingencies that could result in requirement for substantial federal response assistance under the authority of the Stafford Act.