Public Affairs Specialist (External Affairs Officer, Type I)

US Department of Homeland Security - Herndon, VA

Full-time | Part-time
Duties
Summary

This position is being announced under FEMA's Incident Management Assistant Team (IMAT) Program. This is a 4-year temporary appointment in the Excepted service. This position is located on a Type I National IMAT and has a starting salary range of $56.15 per hour to $75.80 per hour; however, the maximum salary possible in this position is $85.87 per hour. Salary listed includes locality pay.

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Responsibilities

When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce. Please visit www.fema.gov for additional information.

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: IMAT employees are subject to a 24-hour on call work schedules in the event of an emergency and be willing to be relocated to emergency sites with little notice. The teams deploy as soon as notified to respond and are on the scene within 12 hours. Once on scene, the teams operate and function under intense physical and mental stress until the response mission is accomplished. This service will require irregular and/or long working hours which may be under austere environments that include living and working in temporary facilities such as tents, warehouse, or other expediently established facilities, significant damage to critical infrastructure that prevents ready access to potable water (other than for drinking), other than basic medical care, and other routinely available services. Work may include duties other than those specified in the employee’s official position description and may involve some physical exertion including activities such as long periods of standing; walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; recurring bending, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities; carrying and lifting of moderately heavy items (up to 50 pounds).

In this position, you will serve on an IMAT General Staff as the External Affairs Officer. Typical assignments include:

Managing all response related Federal external affairs.
Coordinating communication efforts with Federal, State, Tribal territorial and local agencies, political office and private sector entities.
Leading and managing a large team (ranging from 250-500 people) of Federal communications professionals.

Travel Required

75% or less - IMAT members will deploy to emergency sites. IMAT members will travel to disasters, offices, trainings, meetings, or for other job related reasons. Non-emergency travel may be required.

Supervisory status

Yes

Promotion Potential

NA

Job family (Series)

1035 Public Affairs

Requirements

Requirements
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. citizen to be considered for this position
You must successfully pass a background investigation.
24 hour on-call work schedule during emergency response periods required.
You must be able to obtain and maintain a Government credit card.
Selective service registration is required for males born after 12/31/59.
Please review "Other Information" section for additional key requirements.

Please ensure you meet the qualification requirements described below and that you clearly describe how your experience meets these requirements within your resume.

Qualifications

The qualification requirements listed below must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

To qualify for this position at the IT-05 level, your resume must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to next lower level in federal service. This experience may have been gained in the federal government, a state or local government, a non-profit organization, the private sector, or as a volunteer; however, your resume must clearly describe at least one year of the following specialized experience:

Establishing, facilitating or coordinating emergency response communications for or between large institutions, such as voluntary emergency response agencies (such as Red Cross), local or state governments, or tribal organizations.
Communicating emergency response information to a wide variety of audiences.
Leading a large communications team.

NOTE: It is recommended you include in your resume any Position Task Book(s) you have completed and date(s) of completion in MM/DD/YY format.

NOTE: Qualifications are based on breadth/level of experience. In addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from MM/DD/YY to MM/DD/YY) and the number of hours worked per week if part time. As qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. Applicants are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to develop their federal resume. For a brief video on How to Create a Federal Resume, click here.

Current or former FEMA Reservists/DAE employees: To accurately credit your experience for these intermittent positions, make sure to list the dates (from MM/DD/YY to MM/DD/YY) of each deployment, along with the job title and specific

Education

Additional information

To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for Public Trust as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a credit check after initial job qualifications are determined (Mythbuster), review of financial issues, such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. For more information on background investigations for Federal jobs please visit the OPM website at https://www.opm.gov/investigations/background-investigations/.
If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.
DHS uses E-verify, an internet based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.
This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
STAFFORD ACT EXCEPTED SERVICE APPOINTMENTS: Cadre On Call Response Employee – Incident (CORE-I) is an appointment type granted under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Section 306 (b), which authorizes FEMA to appoint such temporary employees as necessary to accomplish work authorized under the Act. Appointments under this authority within FEMA are made to the excepted service and are nonpermanent in nature.
All candidates must be able to deploy with little or no advance notice to anywhere in the United States and its territories for an extended period of time. Deployments may include working in excess of eight hours a day, or in excess of 40 hours per week, including weekends and holidays, and under stressful, physically demanding, and austere conditions. When activated and deployed, you serve in a federal travel status and are entitled to lodging, transportation, and per diem reimbursements for authorized expenses in accordance with federal travel regulations.
If selected for this position, you will be required to complete FEMA’s onboarding program and a subsequent orientation program. Additional orientation information will be provided post selection.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

If you are among the candidates found qualified for the position, you may be required to participate in additional screenings consisting of an online assessment and an in-person interview. Failure to complete either of the screenings may result in your application being removed from consideration.

Veterans’ preference does not apply to the IMAT program selection process.

We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.

Interview Requirement: Interviews are required for this position. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from consideration.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Other

Drug test required

No

Required Documents

Required Documents

Your resume.
Your responses to the job questionnaire - You will be directed to the online job questionnaire once you begin the application process for this position.
Are you a current or former federal employee? Submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that verifies the Federal service indicated on your resume e.g., length of time you have been in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions or within-grade/range increases); your current promotion potential; proof of permanent appointment, etc.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

Benefits

Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select “Benefits.” Disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.