Emergency Management Specialis

Veterans Health Administration - Department of Veterans Affairs

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 08/26/2022. 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-12 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-11. 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. You may qualify based on your experience as described below: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-11 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Assisting with developing and implementing emergency management standards, regulations, practices, training, and procedures to identify, minimize or eliminate hazards and threats. Assisting in the planning for decontamination of staff resulting from hazardous materials or Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) incidents including risk assessment, emergency management response, personal protective equipment selection, and training and exercising the Emergency Decontamination Team. Assisting by serving as a technical authority for new or enhanced information systems software and applies this knowledge in the development of emergency management information systems. NOTE: Experience must be fully documented on your resume and must include job title, GS level (if a federal position), duties, month & year starting and ending dates AND hours worked per week. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
Decision MakingInterpersonal SkillsPublic Safety and Security 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 assignments regularly involve long periods of walking, standing, bending, lifting, climbing, stooping or crawling to observe work operations in a storage area or warehouse or during surveys, audits, full-scale drills and exercises or an activation of emergency procedures. The work may require the employee to carry, erect/install and maintain equipment such as tents or shelters. Conditions can be primitive with little or no shelter, electricity or water with potential for prolonged periods of exposure to both cold and hot weather, the elements, lack of food and water and periods without rest. Emotional stability, the ability to effectively and efficiently function during a crisis; ability to make important recommendations and decisions and provide critical information in a professional and unbiased manner is essential to the position. 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 primary purpose of the Emergency Management specialist is to serve as the Emergency Management Program Manager and Preparedness Coordinator for the entire VA Loma Linda Healthcare System located in Loma Linda, CA. VA Loma Linda Healthcare System has over 2,460 employees and 1,367 volunteers that serve over 76,000 Veterans who entrust their health care needs to the VA.