Emergency Management Specialist

Veterans Health Administration - Department of Veterans Affairs

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 08/14/2022. Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-07 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-05. For a GS-09 position you must have served 52 weeks at GS-07 level. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. For a GS-7 you may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-5 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Prepare for and implement all Emergency Management work to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters; Support all emergency functions, including managing and coordinating all emergency management and contingency response operations, response planning and integration of Federal, State, local, nongovernmental organizations, and private sector disaster programs. This includes ensuring proper readiness of response capabilities such as the investment, maintenance, exercising, and validation of personnel, facilities, equipment and other assets; Knowledge of the Incident Command System (ICS), National Incident Management System (NIMS)functional roles within the National Response Framework (NFR); and Executes administrative support functions (budget/finance, human resources, acquisition, property management, internal controls, travel/travel card, time and attendance, training, award, purchase card, ethics, performance feedback, Web support, Alert & Notification cascade, Fair Act reporting, document control, etc.) relating to emergency preparedness, continuity, contingency, and security policy issues. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have possess a Bachelor’s degree with Superior Academic Achievement or have 1 academic year of graduate education related to the duties of the position. OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have a combination of specialized experience and education beyond the one year as described above. For a GS-9 you may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-7 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Prepare for and implement all Emergency Management work to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters; Support all emergency functions, including managing and coordinating all emergency management and contingency response operations, response planning and integration of Federal, State, local, nongovernmental organizations, and private sector disaster programs. This includes ensuring proper readiness of response capabilities such as the investment, maintenance, exercising, and validation of personnel, facilities, equipment and other assets; Knowledge of the Incident Command System (ICS), National Incident Management System (NIMS)functional roles within the National Response Framework (NFR); and Executes administrative support functions (budget/finance, human resources, acquisition, property management, internal controls, travel/travel card, time and attendance, training, award, purchase card, ethics, performance feedback, Web support, Alert & Notification cascade, Fair Act reporting, document control, etc.) relating to emergency preparedness, continuity, contingency, and security policy issues. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for a GS-9 grade level you must have a Master’s or equivalent graduate degree that is related to the duties of the position or two (2) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree. OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have a combination of specialized experience and more than 2 years of graduate experience as described above. AND This position has a Selective Placement Factor (SPF) for the GS-9 level. A SPF is a job-related knowledge, skill or ability that is essential for satisfactory performance on the job. Only applicants that meet this requirement as of the closing date will receive consideration for the Grade 9. The SPF for this position is: “Do you have a Commercial Drivers License with a Class A or B endorsement?” Applicants brought on at the GS-7 level may not be promoted to the full performance level, GS-9 without a Commercial Drivers License with a Class A or B endorsement. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Communication Writing Incident Managements Interpersonal Skills Analysis and Problem Solving 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; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Physical Requirements: The work is sedentary during non-emergency situations. However, participation in field exercises and operational support missions may require strenuous physical activity to include carrying persons and equipment, walking long distances over difficult terrain, running, climbing, working long hours in primitive or arduous conditions, long periods of standing, and bending and stooping. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management’s website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/.
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is a national program office within the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Operations and Management. OEM is a high profile organization that has daily interaction with the highest levels of leadership in the Department of Veterans Affairs and Veterans Health Administration and is responsible for preparing, carrying out, and coordinating emergency functions for emergencies and disasters.