USFA Job Opportunity: Supervisory Fire Program Specialist

Federal Emergency Management Agency

U.S. Fire Administration Employment Opportunities Update

Job Title: Supervisory Fire Program Specialist, GS-301-14

Department: Department Of Homeland Security
Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency
Job Announcement Number: MG-2011-91003-KJD-488599D/M
$105,211.00 – $136,771.00 /year
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 to Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Full Time Career/Career Conditional
1 vacancy – Emmitsburg, MD
US Citizens and Status Candidates
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.

You will serve in the National Fire Program Division (NFP), United States Fire Administration (USFA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  In this position, you will be responsible for response support programs designed to increase the capacity of both the Nation’s fire and emergency services and the general public to better prevent, mitigate, prepare for and respond to local regional and national emergencies.

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: FEMA employees are subject to 24 hour on-call in the event of any emergency. This service may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee’s official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites that require functioning under intense physical and mental stress.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to be considered for this position.
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.
  • This position requires a Top Secret/SCI clearance.
  • Occasional travel may be required.
  • Direct Deposit is mandatory.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 – Selective Service Registration required.
Specific Duties:
  • Plan, develop, manage, direct, evaluate and coordinate the programs, resources and personnel of the Branch;
  • Develop and execute the Branch budget;
  • Coordinate USFA emergency response support activities within FEMA and with other Federal agencies, state and local governments and fire service organizations;
  • Responsible for administrative and technical supervision of assigned staff;
  • Collaborate and negotiate with other unit/organization managers on tasks and projects affecting other units/organizations;
  • Interpret proposed, pending, and approved legislation regulations and policies affecting the specific branch.

To qualify for this position at the GS-14 level you must possess: One full year of specialized experience.  Specialized experience is described experience in a position managing response support programs designed to increase the capacity of both the Nation’s fire and emergency services and the general public to better prevent, mitigate, prepare for, and respond to local, regional and national emergencies.

Time-in-Grade Requirements:  Status applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade in the Federal service.  To be creditable, one (1) year is required at the GS-13 level for the GS-14.
All qualifications and grade equivalency requirements must be met within 30 calendar days of the closing date of this announcement. 

SECURITY CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS: This position requires a Top Secret/SCI security clearance.
U.S. Citizens (DEU):We will review your resume and transcript{s), to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications based on the information provided and evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences as it relates to the specialized experience and KSAS required for the job for which you are applying.  Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Names of candidates in the Best Qualified Category will be sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration.
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion):To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire.  If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be given the minimum earned rating of 70 points and a maximum of 30 points may be awarded based on your responses to the questionnaire.  If you are found to be highly qualified based on your responses and a review of your resume, you will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.    

Veterans’ Preference: If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you should indicate the type of veterans’ preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans’ preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. If you are entitled to veterans’ preference and qualified for the position, your name will be placed above qualified non-preference eligibles in your assigned category. Qualified veterans’ preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 100% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category depending on the position and grade level of the job. For information on entitlement see  

INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (ICTAP): Federal Career and Career-Conditional Displaced employees in the local commuting area who are rated well qualified, which is defined as one who meets the qualifications identified in this announcement and scores at least an 85 (prior to veteran’s preference being applied) on the application questions, will receive special selection priority.

Selective Placement Factor:  Experience in national level preparedness, response, and recovery for domestic disasters/emergencies including knowledge of and experience with the National Response Framework and National Incident Management System.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA’s) measured in the questionnaire:

1. Ability to effectively manage and supervise federal staff and knowledge of federal personnel management principles.

2. Ability to manage, direct and implement the policies and activities of a comprehensive program of fire and emergency response support.

3. Ability to manage financial resources and administer grant/contractual procurements, including familiarity with associated federal regulations and procedures.

To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link:  View Assessment Questions

Our career opportunities feature the potential for performance-based increases, flexible hours, and the ability to achieve and maintain a balanced lifestyle.  Other benefits that may be available include a uniform allowance, health and wellness programs, fitness centers, and telework.  For more information on federal benefits, please visit
This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
VETERANS INFORMATION, EEO POLICY, AND REGISTRATION FOR SELECTIVE SERVICE can be obtained utilizing the links at the bottom of this announcement.
CITIZENSHIP:  Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position.
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS:  For more information, please see the link at the bottom of this announcement and
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:
1. Your Resume;
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire;
3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below).
The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, July 06, 2011.
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Please ensure you click the Apply for this position now! button at the end of the process. You will be redirected to Application Manager, Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. , to complete your application package.
Note: To check on the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.
To fax supporting documents that you are unable to upload, complete this cover page, 488599. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144. using the following vacancy ID:
If you cannot apply online, you will need to:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire,
2. Print the 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire:, and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form (all 6 pages but do not include a Cover Page for this document) to: 1-478-757-3144.
4. Print the fax cover page ( and include with any supporting documents you fax (e.g. resume, transcripts, veterans documents, etc) to the same fax number in #3.
Please do not complete steps 1 – 4 if you are applying on line. 
If you upload your documents using Application Manager, DO NOT FAX the same documents. To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account ( You documents will be displayed under the Details tab in the Document area. for this vacancy announcement.
Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. To fax documents, you MUST use the special coverage page. Print the pre-populated cover page on the uploaded documents screen of Application Manager or you may click this link: When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below. to print a copy of the cover page.
  • Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number: 488599
  • Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to         associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
  • Fax your cover page and documents to 1-478-757-3144.

              In addition to your Resume and complete Occupational Questionnaire: 
  • Eligible veterans are encouraged to attach the latest report of Separation from Active Duty (DD-214) or other proof of honorable discharge or terminal leave status, when a DD-214 is not available.
  • Applicants claiming 10-point preference based on a compensable disability, receipt of a purple heart, or preference for a spouse, widow/widower, or natural mother must complete and attach the SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and the required proof as listed on the backside of the SF-15.  The SF-15 is available at:
  • Current or former Federal civilian employees are encouraged to attach a copy of a non-award SF-50.
  • Qualified handicapped individuals must submit proof of disability.
  • If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal (at least “Meets or Exceeds,” or equivalent), proof of eligibility, and your most current non-award SF-50. 
  • If you are qualifying based on education or a combination of education and experience or if the position has a positive education requirement, you are encouraged to provide a copy of your college transcript.
    • Foreign Education:  to receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.
Kathy Delauter
Phone: (800)879-6076
TDD: (800)877-8339
Agency Information:
DHS FEMA HCD Talent Acquisition and Processing
16825 S Seton Ave
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
Once your complete application is received, you will receive correspondence indicating that your application has been received.  After a review of your complete application is made, you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. 

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